Erik Kehoe has announced that he will leave his position as Team Honda HRC Manager.
Just over a week after Jett Lawrence won the AMA Pro Motocross 250MX Championship, American Honda and Erik Kehoe revealed today that he will resign as Manager of Team Honda HRC, the manufacturer’s U.S. factory motocross/supercross team. The Californian, who has led the team since 2018, is retiring from racing to focus on his home.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Kehoe was a Honda-sponsored professional racer before directing the Honda of Troy/Yamaha of Troy race program for seven seasons. From the 2002 season through the 2012 season, he was also the factory team’s manager. Team Honda HRC won five AMA Pro Motocross National Championships and two AMA Supercross Championships during Kehoe’s management tenures.
“This decision to retire was very difficult, but at the same time, I know it’s time to slow down my pace,” Kehoe said. “I would like to thank American Honda, and [Manager of Sports & Experiential] Brandon Wilson in particular, for giving me the chance to return to the team this last time. I really wanted to help get Honda some positive momentum in supercross and motocross, and this past season, I think the team has enjoyed many successes. I’ve truly enjoyed my time here, but it’s time to focus on some personal projects that I’ve been putting off for some time.”
Kehoe will stay on for a part of the offseason to assist the team in its transition to a new manager.
“I’d be lying if I said we weren’t disappointed Erik is leaving,” Wilson said. “Anyone who has been around racing knows how pressure-filled that world can be, but Erik always manages to not only keep things organized and running smoothly, but to do so with a respectful, diplomatic approach that maintains harmony within the team. While I’ll be sad to see him go, I’m happy for him to enjoy this next phase in his life. On behalf of the team and everyone at Honda and HRC, we’d like to thank him for all of his hard work and leadership, and we wish him all the best.”
Honda will make the announcement about Kehoe’s replacement at a later date.
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