Torrance, CA: This past Saturday, the Prairie City OHV Park in Sacramento, CA hosted the 46th running of the GoPro Hangtown Motocross Classic for round two of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard claimed his second podium finish of the season with a hard-fought third overall, while teammate Justin Barcia’s 4-5 scores were enough to log him fifth.
For the second consecutive week, Trey Canard landed his Team Honda Muscle Milk CRF450R on the podium with a third overall. It all began in the morning’s timed qualifying practice, where Canard scored the second quickest time of the day. In moto one he launched off the line to a fifth-place start but quickly snuck into third by turn two. He kept the front-runners in his sights for the first half of the 30-minute plus two-lap race, before taking the checkered in third. In the second moto, Canard put on an incredible show, letting his true potential shine with a remarkable come-from-behind performance. After the gate dropped, he rounded the first turn outside the top 20 and quickly began negotiating his way around the competition. By the half way mark he had worked his way into sixth, but he wasn’t finished there. He continued to lay down consistently faster lap times then the riders in front of him and by the checkered flag he had made his way into fourth.
Teammate Justin Barcia battled throughout the afternoon to finish fifth overall with 4-5 marks. In moto one, Barcia propelled his CRF450R off the line to a top-10 start and worked his way into fourth before settling into a pace that left him mistake-free until the checkered. During the second moto he scored an even better start and was sitting in second by the completion of the first lap. He made multiple attempts to pass for the lead but a mistake caused him to fall back to fourth. He swapped positions numerous times before taking the checkered in fifth.
The Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda squad had its challenges throughout the day, but was still able to walk away with all three riders in the top 10. Zach Bell lead the charge for the team with a score of 5-12 for an eighth-place overall finish. “I’m really excited about my performance, especially in the first moto,” stated Bell. “It’s been a long time coming for me with all of my injuries and setbacks. I got a nice holeshot in the first moto and was leading for a while before making a few mistakes and falling to fifth. I missed a shift in the second moto, so didn’t get a great start and from there was forced to play catch up. I’m making a lot of improvements and so grateful to have such an awesome team behind me.”
In moto one, teammate Matt Bisceglia got shut out in the first turn, sending him towards the back of the pack. He spent the remainder of the 30-minute plus two-lap race charging through the competition, ultimately finishing 13th. Bisceglia launched his CRF250R off the line to a top-five start in moto two and was running in fourth until succumbing to the summer heat and falling back to eighth.
Following a third-place finish in moto one, Muscle Milk-supported GEICO Honda rider Justin Bogle was running in the top five during the second race of the day when he went down hard and was unable to return to the competition. Despite his tough second moto, Bogle was still able to score 10th overall.