Honda-LogoTorrance, CA: The 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series came to a dramatic close Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV before 39,504 race fans.

Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia finished fifth, wrapping up his rookie year fourth overall in the championship points chase. It was an unbelievable night for Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn, who secured his first-ever 250 Supercross Championship with a second-place-overall finish in the main event. Although his teammate wasn’t able to bring home the West championship, Eli Tomac rode an incredible race, taking home his fifth main-event win of the season.

450 Race
450 Supercross rookie Justin Barcia had a successful 2013 season, winning two main events, earning three more podium finishes and placing in the top five seven additional times. With the fourth-quickest qualifying time in practice, Barcia got a less-than-desirable start in his heat race but put together an incredible come-from-behind charge to finish fourth. In the main event, he jumped off the line to a mid-pack start and was able to work his way into fifth overall, which is where he finished.

Torrance, CA: Honda Red Riders came out strong Saturday night at round one of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series, taking home five of the top ten positions in the 450 Supercross class. Fans filled the stands of Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, to see Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard and Justin Barcia occupy the top spots all night aboard their all-new CRF450Rs. GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac started the season exactly where he left off in 2012, on top of the podium.

The Race
The much-anticipated return of Canard was nothing short of amazing as he posted a second place finish in his qualifying heat race. In the main event—his first main in nearly a year—Canard launched into the first turn to grab a second place start. Throughout the entire 20-lap main event, Canard stuck right with the leader looking for a place to attack. With four laps remaining he made his move to take over the lead, which he held until the final lap when he was passed and finished second—a remarkable performance for a young man who a year ago suffered a broken back that nearly ended his career.

Torrance, CA: This past Saturday, Washougal MX Park in Washougal, WA, hosted round eight of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton posted a fifth in moto one, Tommy Hahn finished sixth overall and Ashley Fiolek swept both motos for the WMX overall win.

In the 250 class, Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac went 1-2 on the podium for a third consecutive week.

The Race

Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Tommy Hahn rode his way to a sixth-place finish after going 7-7 in both motos. After posting the third-quickest times in practice, Hahn was forced to work his way through the pack in moto one after getting a less-than-desirable start. He put together a hard charge, making his way into seventh. In moto two, Hahn jumped to a good start, eventually surrendering a few positions to finish in seventh.

Teammate Justin Brayton put together a noteworthy first moto with a solid ride for the entire 30-minute-plust-two-lap race, finishing in fifth. Unfortunately, after getting off to another good start in moto two Brayton went down hard and was unable to continue the race.

In the 250 class, Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac delivered impressive performances for a third consecutive week, topping the podium with 1-2 finishes. In moto one, Barcia ran in second a majority of the race, followed by Tomac. Both riders eventually made the pass on the leader to finish the race 1-2. In the second moto, Barcia launched to a good start, quickly opening up a gap on the rest of the pack. He led a majority of the race until a slight mistake caused him to surrender the top position. He finished second, followed by Tomac. Justin Bogle placed seventh overall with 9-5 finishes, followed by Wil Hahn with 5-10 finishes.

“It feels awesome to be in the top spot and to have closed up the points gap a little,” said Barcia. “In moto one I had to ride really hard to get around Marvin but I finally got sick of the roost and made the pass. In the second moto I got the holeshot and rode up front most the time until Blake caught up and passed me. I haven’t had the best of luck here the last few years so it’s great to come out of here on top.”

“Today was overall a good day,” stated Tomac. “In the first moto I stayed up front with Justin throughout the race and once we got by Marvin we settled into a nice pace and rode to the finish. In the second moto I didn’t get as good of a start and spent way too much time trying to get through to the front but was able to make my way up to third.”

In the WMX class, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Ashley Fiolek topped the podium once again with 1-1 finishes. In moto one, Fiolek grabbed the holeshot and rode unchallenged to the checkered flag, then in the second race she once again launched to a great start but was quickly pressured by other riders. After moving into second, Fiolek was able to capitalize on a mistake by the leader, which allowed her to regain the front position. She currently sits third overall in the championship standings, a mere 11 points off the leader.

The Focus: Throttle Jockey

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450 Class Overall Results

1. Ryan Dungey 2-1

2. Mike Alessi 1-2

3. Andrew Short (Honda) 4-3

4. Jake Weimer 3-5

5. Broc Tickle 6-4

6. Tommy Hahn (Honda) 7-7

7. Kyle Chisholm 8-10

8. Christian Craig (Honda) 10-9

9. Weston Peick 9-11

10. Josh Grant 17-6

 

450 Class Championship Points (after 8 of 12 rounds)

1. Ryan Dungey 383

2. Mike Alessi 303

3. Jake Weimer 280

4. Andrew Short 247

5. Broc Tickle 220

6. Justin Brayton 183

7. Josh Grant 169

8. James Stewart 151

9. Brett Metcalfe 142

10. Kyle Chisholm 137

 

250 Class Overall Results

1. Justin Barcia (Honda) 1-2

2. Eli Tomac (Honda) 2-3

3. Blake Baggett 6-1

4. Marvin Musquin 3-4

5. Ken Roczen 4-7

6. Blake Wharton 7-6

7. Justin Bogle (Honda) 9-5

8. Wil Hahn (Honda) 5-10

9. Ryan Sipes 8-8

10. Jason Anderson 10-9

 

250 Class Championship Points (after 7 of 12 rounds)

1. Blake Baggett 355

2. Justin Barcia 344

3. Eli Tomac 323

4. Ken Roczen 305

5. Marvin Musquin 256

6. Wil Hahn 218

7. Blake Wharton 185

8. Jason Anderson 168

9. Jessy Nelson 144

10. Travis Baker 134

 

WMX Class Overall Results

1. Ashley Fiolek (Honda) 1-1

2. Tarah Gieger (Honda) 3-2

3. Mariana Balbi 4-3

4. Jessica Patterson 2-8

5. Sara Pettersson 5-4

6. Jacqueline Strong 9-5

7. Hailey Larson 8-6

8. Kasie Creson 7-7

9. Alexah Pearson 6-9

10. Amanda Brown 10-11

 

WMX Class Championship Points (after 6 of 8 rounds)

1. Jessica Patterson 236

2. Tarah Gieger 234

3. Ashley Fiolek 225

4. Mariana Balbi 193

5. Jacqueline Strong 176

6. Kasie Creson 174

7. Sara Pettersson 173

8. Sayaka Kaneshiro 137

9. Alexah Pearson 127

10. Sade Allender 118

MECHANICSVILLE, Md.  Southern Maryland’s Budds Creek MX Park hosted the fifth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, on Saturday, as each of the series’ points leaders added to his respective championship advantage. Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., raced to his third consecutive 450 Class win with a third straight 1-1 moto sweep. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., secured his second victory of the season thanks to a triumphant effort in the second moto.

In the opening 450 Class moto, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton, of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, grabbed the holeshot, but Dungey wasted little time in making his move to the front. Once in the lead, Dungey extended his advantage over the field every lap, eventually winning by over 40 seconds.

In Moto 2, MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., assumed the early lead and stayed out front for three laps before Dungey moved past. The KTM rider then pulled away from the field consistently en route to the checkered flag.

Torrance, CA: American Honda congratulates all the Honda racers who have earned a spot at this year’s prestigious AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship taking place August 1-6, 2011, at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN. This year’s event celebrates 30 years of amateur racing at the famed Loretta Lynn Ranch and Honda’s been there every step of the way in support of the thousands of Honda racers who have lined up behind this famous starting gate over these past three decades.

“We are really excited to once again be a part of this premier event and proud of our continued trackside support for Honda-equipped racers at Loretta Lynn’s in 2011,” said Keith Dowdle, Assistant Manager Honda Riders Club of America® (HRCA®). “This year marks 30 years of Honda support for all the Honda racers who have earned a spot at this terrific grassroots racing event and it’s fantastic that more than 190 Honda riders will be racing this year. We encourage everyone to stop by our Honda amateur support compound whether it’s for some technical info or parts support or just to say hi and chat with the members of our amateur support team.”