Supercross Live Article: Justin Brayton Rejoins Factory Honda Team
Following Cole Seely’s announcement that he would be retiring from professional racing, all eyes were on the empty seat left at Team Honda HRC. On Thursday, the team revealed its 2020 lineup, with Justin Brayton joining Ken Roczen in the 450SX class.
Brayton placed 10th in the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross standings while racing for Smartop/MotoConcepts/Bullfrog Spas Honda, the team with which he has competed for the past three years. Brayton raced for Team Honda HRC back in 2012 and placed fourth in the standings.
The Iowa native proved he still had it what it takes to get the job done with a win at Daytona in 2018, and the 35-year-old is very much looking forward to the upcoming season.
“I’m beyond excited to be riding for factory Honda in the 2020 Supercross season,” said Brayton in the team’s press release. “Riding with the team in 2012 was the achievement of a dream for me, and I had my best season so far that year. Now I feel like I’m living my dream all over again, just a little older and more experienced to be able to take full advantage of this opportunity.”
“Justin has been nothing less than professional and respectful since the idea of his joining the Honda team was presented,” said Mike Genova, MotoConcepts team owner. “Justin has been a positive force on the MotoConcepts team, and I wish him nothing but the best in his future.”
Brayton will only compete for Team Honda HRC during the Supercross season. For the AMA Pro Motocross series, Chase Sexton will join the team.
“I’m super excited to be joining Team Honda HRC,” said Sexton. “Factory Honda is a team that I’ve wanted to ride for since I was a kid, so to have this opportunity is honestly a dream come true. I’m looking forward to starting this journey with them, and I think it will be a successful one.”
Part of the Honda Performance Development program, L.A. Honda World Racing is the official race team of L.A. Honda World, a factory-authorized Honda dealership in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey, CA.
About L.A. Honda World Racing
L.A. Honda World Racing is an in-house professional racing team based in Southern California and participates in the SRO / TC America and IMSA racing series exclusively racing touring cars built by Honda Performance Development. They are also a factory authorized Honda dealer for American Honda Motor Co. www.lahondaworldracing.com
About Honda Performance Development
Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD), has a rich heritage creating, manufacturing, and supporting Honda Racing and Acura Motorsports customers since 1993. From pinnacle racing in INDYCAR and IMSA Sports Cars to commercial racing programs, HPD powers the dreams of professional and amateur racers from age 4 to 40+. HPD is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and leads all of Honda and Acura's high-performance racing programs in North America. HPD specializes in the design and development of powertrain, chassis, electronics, and performance parts, as well as technical and race support. HPD offers parts and race support to Honda and Acura amateur and professional motorsports racers and is continually expanding its palette of racing programs that make Honda racing products available to all racing styles, from karting and Quarter Midgets to the highest levels of pro racing. For more information, visit www.hpd.honda.com