DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – American Honda Motor Co. is returning to flat track racing with Richie Morris Racing and top-level rider Mikey Rush.
Rush and Richie Morris Racing will chase the American Flat Track’s AFT Singles championship aboard the 2019 CRF450R.
The arrangement will have the Torrance, Calif.-based company providing support to the veteran RMR team, which scored 15 podium finishes during the last two seasons in AFT competition as well as earning a second and a third overall in the AFT Singles championship in 2018 and 2017, respectively.
Like RMR, 31-year-old Rush is an accomplished veteran, a two-time Daytona winner with more than a decade of professional experience in both the AFT Twins and AFT Singles divisions under his belt. Hailing from San Jose, Calif., Rush rode a G&G-sponsored twin last year until being called to fill in for a top factory twins effort.
“Teaming with Richie Morris Racing and American Honda is an amazing opportunity for me.” said Rush. “I’m very much looking forward to the 2019 season. Given the RMR team’s solid performances over the years, along with the amazing support and expertise Honda offers, we’re looking to be serious contenders for the AFT Singles championship.”
Additional RMR Honda riders are expected to be announced prior to the start of the season.
“The most appropriate word we could use from a team perspective is honored,” said Richie Morris, team owner of RMR. “To have one of the world’s leading engineering and racing companies partner with RMR in its return to American Flat Track after 30-some years speaks volumes about our team and the series. With a highly competitive motorcycle, our core team returning in James Hart and Shane Hill, and a proven and winning rider in Mikey Rush, it is no secret our goals are set on wins and championships. It would be an understatement to say the entire RMR team is excited about 2019 and beyond.”
“Thanks to the past success of AMA Grand National Champions Bubba Shobert and Ricky Graham, flat track has long held a special place in the hearts of everyone at American Honda, so it’s exciting to be involved in the sport once again,” said Brandon Wilson, Manager of Advertising & Motorcycle Sports at American Honda. “American Flat Track has made impressive strides over the past couple of years, and Richie Morris Racing has established itself as a professional operation with which we’re proud to be associated. We look forward to a successful season with Mikey Rush aboard the CRF450R.”