Following a second place in his heat race, Barcia launched off the gate in the 450 Supercross main event in sixth. He moved his way into fourth, which is where he stayed a majority of the race until the final laps when he made the pass for third. His finish locked down 20 points, moving him into seventh in the overall championship chase. “I am really happy with how tonight went,” said Barcia. “This is an awesome way to come back after the last two weekends that I have had. I was riding really good and am looking forward to next weekend.”
SALT LAKE CITY (May 5, 2012) – Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., won his fourth Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race tonight in front of a sold-out crowd of 39,509 at Sam Boyd Stadium. After leading wire-to-wire, GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia, of Ochlocknee, Ga., won the final stop of the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class Championship. Barcia’s teammate Eli Tomac, of Cortez, Colo., also led all 15 laps of the Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Main Event, winning his fifth race of the season.
NEW ORLEANS (April 14, 2012) – A crowd of 33,392 filled the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday night, as Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, hosted its 14th race of the 2012 season in a return to New Orleans. One race after capturing back-to-back Supercross Class Championships, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., won his ninth win of the season with a convincing effort. In the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class, GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia, of Ochlocknee, Ga., secured his second-consecutive title with a fourth-place finish, while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Darryn Durham, of Butler, Pa., raced to the first victory of his career.
NEW ORLEANS (April 10) – All Justin Barcia has to do this Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is have an average night on his GEICO Honda CRF250R and he'll easily wrap up his second consecutive Monster Energy AMA Supercross Lites East title.
With just two races left on the Lites East schedule, Barcia holds a strong 32-point lead over second-place Blake Wharton. To wrap up the title Barcia just needs to leave New Orleans with a 25-point cushion, which equates to a finish of fourth place or better in the Big Easy. His average finish this season has been 1.4, and he hasn't finished off the podium since 2010.
March 24, marked the return of the only Canadian stop on the Supercross tour. A season riddled with injuries to the front-runners in the Supercross Class may have tempered the intrigue of the Main Event, but the Lites Class made up for it.
2 70 Ken Roczen Murrieta, USA KTM 250 SX-F +7.439 Red Bull/KTM/Akrapovic/Dunlop/Motorex
3 956 Blake Wharton Pilot Point, TX, USA Suzuki RM-Z250 +13.008 Rockstar Energy Racing/Suzuki Yoshimura/One/Bel Ray/Losi/Dragon/DC/
4 57 Jake Canada Sun City, CA, USA Honda CRF250 +25.219 Motoconcepts Racing
5 35 Darryn Durham Butler, PA, USA Kawasaki KX250F +28.567 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki Motors
6 30 Alex Martin Millville, MN, USA Honda CRF250 +37.610 K&N/FMF/Scott/Motion Pro/SDG/Galfer/Tag/ICW/Crankworks/Wiseco/Dubya/
7 78 Tommy Weeck Menifee, CA, USA Honda CRF 250 +41.120 Motoconcepts/FMF/JT Racing/We All Ride
8 49 Justin Bogle Cushing, OK, USA Honda CRF250 +41.629 GEICO/Honda/Alias/Amsoil/Factory Connection/Planet Fitness
9 60 Matthew Lemoine Collinsville, TX, USA Kawasaki KX250F +44.047 TiLube/J&M Racing/Rekluse/Red River Motorsports/FMF/Oneal/Shoei/Scott/
10 275 Jeffrey Gibson Blacklick, OH, USA Honda CRF450 +47.116 K&N/FMF/Scott/Motion Pro/SDG/Galfer/Tag/ICW/Crankworks/Wiseco/Dubya/
11 93 AJ Catanzaro Portland, CT, USA KTM 250 SX-F +50.203 Ohlins USA/Langston Motorsports KTM
12 68 Shane Sewell Westville, IN, USA KTM 250 SX-F 14 Laps Violation1.com/Shea Racing/SMS Racing/KTM/National Switchgear/Fly/Decal
13 37 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL, USA KTM 250 SX-F +1.681 JDR/JStar/KTM/Answer/FMF/Motorex/Bell/DC/Pro Taper/Hammerhead/Dunlop/
14 74 Tyler Bowers Danville, KY, USA Kawasaki KX250F +15.762 MonsterEnergy/ProCircuit/Kawasaki/TomMorganRacing/ENZO/GLContracting/
15 12 Blake Baggett Grand Terrace, CA, USA Kawasaki KX250F +24.212 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
16 166 Dakota Tedder urfside, CA, USA Kawasaki KX250F +32.722 Monster Energy Drink/Team Tedder/Malcolm MC/Kawasaki/Pro Circuit/Leatt/
17 55 Lance Vincent Youngsville, LA, USA KTM 250 SX-F 12 Laps Munn RacingAnkleSaversKTM/EBR Perf/Fox/Ricks Towing/DEP/PMP/Enjoy/
18 96 Kyle Peters Greensboro, NC, USA Yamaha YZ250F 11 Laps Star Valli Yamaha
19 714 Shawn Rife Mechanicsburg, OH, USA Honda CRF250 10 Laps UtterMotorsports/Fox/Cycra/Pit Posse/Magnummx.com/Renthal/Scott/Dunlop/
20 715 Phillip Nicoletti Cochecton, NY, USA Yamaha YZ450F 5 Laps none listed
AURORA, Ill. (March 19, 2012) – A strong outing to claim his sixth win of the season, combined with the misfortune of his remaining championship rival, has given Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto firm control of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. The defending Supercross Class champion carries a 54-point lead into the championship’s annual visit to Toronto’s Rogers Centre for the 12th race of the 2012 season this Saturday night.
Media day is Thursday, March 22 from Noon-2:00 p.m. inside the Media Center at Rogers Centre, featuring Canadian Standout Cole Thompson.
Justin Barcia's reign is broken! Black Wharton shatters Barcia's hopes for a perfect season in Indy. Darryn Durham finishes second, with the last podium position going to Barcia.
Barcia continues to hold onto his reigning points lead, followed by Durham and Wharton. Canada's own Cole Thompson is currently seated in 14th.
AURORA, Ill. (March 12, 2012) – After winning his first race of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season in Oakland six weeks ago, Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX’s James Stewart returned to the top step of the podium last Saturday in Daytona, gaining nine points on Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto’s championship lead. This weekend, the schedule returns to the Midwest and the Circle City of Indianapolis, with the 11th race of the season from Lucas Oil Stadium.
Media day is Thursday, March 15 from Noon-2:00 p.m. at the Lucas Oil Plaza.
So, was it me, or was this year's Daytona absolutely spectacular. I mean more so than usual. There were easily a dozen or more super intense moments that had me on the edge of my seat, or standing, shouting at the television. I could talk endlessly about it, but really I shouldn't, so I've pared it down to my own personal list of 5 awesome things I saw, from my couch, from Daytona.
5 - Marvin Musquin breaks the top 5 on his 350 SX.
It wasn't until Dungey took home his first win of the season that KTM got a win on the SX450, but no one's had much luck on the 350. A lot of people site the problems of being 100 ccs down as a major disadvantage, but I guess Musquin didn't get the memo. The Lites West rider had an amazing ride, qualifying fifth gate pick for the main before ending up fourth.
I'm glad to see more of the west riders trying their hands out in the big bike class, and receiving some level of success too. Cole Seely, who came out and made a statement in the Lites class in Anaheim, has been tearing it up too.
4 - Seeing not one, but TWO 2-strokes make the night events.
I'm a two stroke fan, but like most I have come to accept that in the world of moto and supercross, two strokes just can't compete with their four stroke cousins. Or can they? Two riders line up on 2-strokes last night; one YZ125 and the other aboard a YZ250. Both two strokes succumbed to the mud, but Renner, the pilot of the 125, was in a transfer spot when his bike gave out. It was pretty awesome to hear that YZinger screaming in the mud and much.
Bonus points: I got a reply from Tim Ferry himself, one of my favourite riders, when I commented that one of his tweets about 2 strokes broke my 2 stroke loving heart. It's always cool when someone famous like that replies to your tweets.
3 - Having Reed up in the booth with Fro, Goat and Sheheen.
I like Reed, and I've grown to like him more as the years go on and he matures. He's got great style, on and off the bike, and has come a long way from being all the things young, talented riders tend to be. I'm am happy to see that he has grown into a very respectful, well spoken team front man. He's gone from being a role model based solely on his talents, to being someone riders of all ages can look up to for the way he carries himself, on and off the track, and the way he takes new challenges on with, what from the outside at least, looks like a wry smirk and a positive attitude.
He was filled with insightful comments and a few good one liners at the expense of his hosts. While I'd be happier watching him race, I do hope that they invite him back into the booth.
2 - Bam Bam gets to keep his perfect record, but not without some challenging from Baggett.
Justin Barcia got to keep his unmarred record, but not without some serious challenging from Blake Baggett. The mean, green machine came through the mud to challenge the red rider when pretty much everyone, except Baggett, had accepted that Barcia just might walk away with a 4th victory.
In the end, Barcia did get a 4th victory, but it wasn't without some hard work. He had a comfortable lead at one point,
1 - Kevin Windham. He's the man.
He won his first heat race of the season in the muck and got his first podium of the year in the mud. Race #202 was pretty good to Mister Kevin Windham, not that it was a surprise. Even the commentators were talking about it. Going into the day everyone knew Windham would have a good night. He's a class act on the podium and on camera, and his riding style is just amazing. He's a big, tall guy and man can he ride the mud, and watching him ride through the puddles towards his first heat race win of the year was like "poetry in motion."
An honourable mention: Cole Thompson
The kid from Canada is getting a lot of press down south these days, some of which is coming from fellow ex-pat Steve Matthes in the way of a RacerX.com Privateer Profile. I've got to say I am incredibly proud of Thompson for representing in the US. It seems every week he's getting better. In Daytona he broke into the top ten with a 9th place finish, improving on a 13th place finish in St. Louis and tying his best finish so far from Arlington.
I'm looking forward to getting to see this fast Canuck race on home turf. Nothing beats the roar of the Roger's Centre at the Toronto when a Canadian is racing.
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