While riders Trey Canard and Justin Barcia grab most of the spotlight on Team Honda Muscle Milk, a host of team sponsors contribute toward making the full year of racing a viable option. Here we take a quick look behind the scenes at the companies and products that help make it all possible.
Muscle Milk serves as title sponsor for the team, and CytoSport, the maker of Muscle Milk, is among the largest sport-nutrition protein beverage companies in the U.S. Their deep involvement with athletes in widely varying disciplines makes them a natural fit with the team. CytoSport offers a complete line of protein-enhanced powders, bars and shakes, with Muscle Milk Protein Nutrition Shake being one of the most widely recognized.
Troy Lee Designs
For more than 30 years, TLD has been customizing helmets, and its relentless commitment to creating products that exceed the cutting edge of style, design and quality has given the company the reputation as an innovator in many different racing fields. Troy Lee Designs has since expanded into a full-force operation, offering a product line spanning from helmet visors and graphics to casual wear and the all-new Speed Equipment Racewear. Beginning in 2012, Troy Lee Designs joined with American Honda in a multi-year agreement to produce the official Team Honda Muscle Milk apparel. The line includes t-shirts, hats, hoodies and pit shirts worn by staff and riders. To get your official Team Honda Muscle Milk merchandise, visit your local Honda dealership or go to troyleedesigns.com.
Pro Honda Oils and Chemicals
Pro Honda® Oils and Chemicals has supported Honda’s motocross team for nearly 30 years, supplying a full line of lubricants and motorcycle products. Only Pro Honda products are approved by Honda R&D, and they are available at Honda dealerships across the country. Key products used by the team include: Pro Honda Chain Lube, Contact/Brake Cleaner, Hondabrite cleaner, and Spray Cleaner & Polish.
Honda Performance Development
Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD) is Honda’s racing company within North America, founded in 1993 and owned by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. HPD specializes in the design and development of race engines, chassis and performance parts and technical/race support. The company derives its strength from the contributions of inspired associates driven to develop fresh ideas, winning solutions and leading-edge technologies. Honda Racing products have proven time and again to be innovative, fast and reliable.
Dunlop has an unequaled win record in virtually every form of AMA racing and, as a Honda racing team sponsor for more than two decades, has contributed immensely to the motocross team’s record 61 national titles. Working hand-in-hand with Honda’s factory riders and technicians guarantees cutting-edge tire technology for the Honda team, and the sponsorship pays dividends for consumers as well. Dunlop’s Geomax® series is designed for motocross, Supercross and off-road use, encompassing tires that range in use from blue-grooved hard pack to sand and mud conditions.
Honda and Showa have celebrated countless championships over the years and will bank on decades of experience to elevate the Red Riders to future championships as well. Showa is also an OE supplier to Honda as well as other manufacturers, and its expertise in motocross suspension adds greatly to the success of the team.
Among manufacturers of handlebars and sprockets, only Renthal, a 27-year Honda racing team sponsor, can boast more than 100 world and national championships. It goes without saying American Honda’s motocross team has won many of its championships with Renthal products.
Renthal’s revolutionary Twinwall handlebar is the world’s strongest motocross handlebar produced. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard favors Renthal’s Twinwall handlebar, an oversized-diameter, 1 1/8” handlebar that utilizes two tubes, one within the other. This design borrows principles from aircraft design and gives the Twinwall the best combination of strength, light weight and safety. By utilizing two tubes throughout the handlebar, this design effectively increases the wall thickness in the most highly stressed areas of the handlebar, which extends its fatigue life. Teammate Justin Barcia, in turn, prefers the increased forgiveness of the Renthal Fatbar. This handlebar features a tapered outer wall resulting in a 1 1/8” clamping diameter and 7/8” diameter at control ends. This profiled wall and brace-less design combines excellent strength with good flexibility.
D.I.D has been a longtime Honda racing team sponsor and puts what it learns in competition into the OE products it supplies to Honda and other manufacturers. Spokes, rims and drive chains take an unbelievable beating in the world of professional motocross, which is why the Honda team puts its trust in D.I.D to provide components that can take the constant abuse. The team specifically uses the 520ERT2 Gold chain and DirtStar rims.
VP Racing Fuels
The 2014 season will mark the 13th year VP Racing Fuels has been a Honda racing team sponsor. VP’s experience in blending championship-winning fuels dates back 33 successful years, and in addition to its Motocross and Supercross titles with Team Honda, the company also boasts several NHRA Pro Stock titles, plus championships in off-shore, off-road, circle track and aviation competition. VP’s unleaded fuel for motocross and Supercross is engineered to generate maximum horsepower in 4-stroke applications in conformance with AMA Pro Racing rules while requiring minimal jetting/mapping changes, and does not require radical changes in ignition timing like other racing fuels on the market.
Twin Air, one of the originators of oiled-foam air filters, has been with the Honda racing team for 14 years. Twin Air has been racking up championships around the globe for more than three decades. Twin Air Filter’s design, high quality materials and superior construction deliver unbeatable performance and protection. They increase airflow while ensuring the highest level of protection from dirt/dust.
As a sponsor and supplier of cutting-edge four-stroke exhaust systems to the Honda racing team, Yoshimura spends countless hours each year developing race bike exhaust systems and building products for consumers. The largest motorcycle-aftermarket exhaust manufacturer in the world, the company has been building four-stroke exhaust systems since 1954. Since moving to the dual exhaust system on the 2013 CRF450R, Team Honda Muscle Milk has used the RS-9 and switches between the Carbon Muffler for Supercross and the Titanium Muffler for Motocross. TheRS-9 not only makes more power and torque possible, but also does it more quietly than single systems. The uniquely sculpted Carbon Fiber end-caps feature a Tunable Insert System, able to fine-tune power delivery and decibel levels to rider specifications.
Hinson Racing, supplier of clutch components to the Honda racing team, has won titles in every major professional off-road series, and expects to add more to its mantel with Honda. The massive power produced by the Honda team’s factory engines is readily handled by Hinson Racing clutch components, which deliver the ultimate in off-road performance and reliability. Hinson products used by the team include: the Billetproof Clutch Cover and Billetproof Clutch Basket.
The sponsorship relationship between graphics supplier Throttle Jockey and Honda Racing began in 1998 and continues to the present. Honda wanted the best product and superior service, and Throttle Jockey stepped up and delivered. Throttle Jockey is an official Honda licensee, offering custom graphics for Honda models, and also manufactures custom graphics and seat covers for race teams and dealerships all over the United States and overseas. You can purchase your 2013 Team Honda Muscle Milk complete graphic kit for $199.99 at www.throttlejockey.com. The full kit includes: shroud decals, fender decals, swing arm decals, airbox decals (2013/14 CRF450R only), fork guard decals, VP tank decals, fork leg decals and seat cover (ripples cost extra).
Replay XD, a brand of Stable Imaging Solutions LLC, has joined forces with Team Honda Muscle Milk as a sponsor, providing ultra-lightweight cameras to capture racing video footage. Replay XD was developed by a group of professionals with more than 50 years of experience in the high-performance racing industry. These cameras are developed and tested to endure the most grueling conditions while providing crystal clear footage. The company’s goal is to bring customers the most technologically advanced recording systems available today. The Replay XD1080 HD video action camera is all about small and simple while offering full HD. Featuring a water-resistant hard-anodized rugged aluminum housing for extreme adventures, the Replay XD1080 is the smallest and lightest full HD action camera on the market.