Team Honda HRC director Erik Kehoe retires
JIt was more than a week after Jett Lawrence completed the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross 250MX Championship, American Honda and Erik Kehoe today announced that he will be stepping down as team manager for the Honda HRC team. manufacturer’s factory motocross / supercross in the United States.
The Californian, who has led the team since 2018, will be leaving the racing world and focusing on family life.
Kehoe was a Honda-backed professional racer in the late ’80s and early’ 90s before managing the Honda of Troy / Yamaha of Troy racing program for seven seasons. He also led the factory team for the 2002-2012 season. During Kehoe’s leadership terms, the Honda HRC team won five AMA Pro Motocross National Championships and two AMA Supercross Championships.
“This decision to quit was very difficult, but at the same time, I know it’s time to slow down,” said Kehoe. “I would like to thank American Honda, and [Manager of Sports & Experiential] Brandon wilson in particular, for giving me the chance to come back to the team this last time. I really wanted to help Honda build positive momentum in supercross and motocross, and last season I think the team had a lot of success. I really enjoyed my time here, but now is the time to focus on some personal projects that I have been putting off for quite some time.
Kehoe will remain on board for part of the offseason, helping the team transition to a new manager.
“I would be lying if I said we weren’t disappointed that Erik was leaving,” Wilson said. “Anyone who has been in the racing world knows how under pressure this world can be, but Erik always manages not only to keep things organized and run smoothly, but to do so with a respectful and diplomatic approach that maintains harmony within the team. While I will be sad to see him go, I am happy that he is enjoying this next phase of his life. On behalf of the team and everyone at Honda and HRC, we would like to thank him for all of his hard work and leadership, and we wish him all the best.
Honda will announce Kehoe’s replacement at a later date.