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By: Robert Janis

Honda

A Q&A with Chuck Miller, Honda's Race Team Manager

Honda started racing ATCs in the late 70's and continued until the Consumer Product Safety Commission's descent decree was invoked. It was at that time Honda switched from championing a factory team to supporting individual racers and their teams. Currently, Bruce Ogilvie and Chuck Miller assist individual racers, and Honda is fully supporting four riders competing in Best in the Desert, SCORE, AMA MX Pro ATV and ATVA Pro dirt track.

ATVSource.com had an opportunity to question Miller about Honda's racing venture.

Chuck Miller, Honda's Race Team Manager.
Chuck Miller, Honda's Race Team Manager.

ATVSource: How do you recruit your racers?
Miller: While many racers benefit from some level of support, fully supported racers have one thing in common - they caught our eye with good race results and championships.

ATVSource: What Honda ATVs will be raced in 2009?
Miller: The TRX450R/ER

ATVSource: Why was this model chosen to race?
Miller: It is our performance ATV.

ATVSource: Do you use racers in the Honda R&D program?
Miller: Yes, they are especially valuable in the final stage of testing and
endurance tests.

ATVSource: Do racers go to events to promote Honda?
Miller: Yes, of course.

ATVSource: Do they also visit Honda dealers?
Miller: As time permits, but there may be some costs associated depending on the racer’s schedule and his physical location at the time. The racers we support are in complete control of their non-race schedules.

ATVSource: Can a dealer request a racer appear at a special event at the dealership; and if so, how would a dealer request it?
Miller: He can contact the racer directly to inquire about fitting an appearance into their schedule.

ATVSource: Are there ATVs under development now that will be used by the 2009 or the 2010 racing team?
Miller: Nothing I can speak to right now.

ATVSource: What ATV features exist due to the racing program?
Miller: The most notable would be the kick start version of our electric start TRX450ER. Racers looking to save every pound appreciate having a kick-start version of the 450ER.

ATVSource: Do you have a website that promotes the team?
Miller: http://powersports.honda.com/racing.aspx

ATVSource: How does a racer inquire about racing for Honda?
Miller: We are fortunate to have a great group of riders lined up for the 2009 season. However, future riders can send resumes to:

American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
ATV Racing
Mail Stop 100-4C-2D
1919 Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, Ca., 90501


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