SX Las Vegas
A third-place finish at the season-ending AMA Supercross Finals Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas secured another runner-up finish to the championship for GEICO Powersports Honda rider Kevin Windham.
Windham’s result in Las Vegas marked his fifth straight podium appearance and was his eighth top-three finish of the 17-race season.
The 32-year-old motorcycle legend entered the evening off back-to-back victories in Seattle and Salt Lake City.
Kevin Windham says: "We’ve had a great season," Windham said. "Eight podiums and finished out with a third here. We’re in a lot better place than we were at the end of 2009 and it gives us a lot of hope and inspiration for 2011.
"I’m going to stay active in the offseason. I plan to ride the X-Games and we’ve got a house full of kids that will keep us busy. I’m looking forward to time with my family."
Teammates Justin Barcia and Trey Canard had their hands full in the Lites Shootout. Barcia had a better evening, finishing fifth despite a bad start. Pressing the front pack early, Canard was knocked over by Josh Hansen and ended the night 10th.
Justin Barcia says: "Not the best start for me and I ended up getting buried in the pack early," said Barcia, a two-time winner this year on the Lites East tour. "I think I fell back as far as 12th but I was able to work my way back up and get a fifth-place finish. That’s not bad. It was hard-pack, and dusty, and really hard to be too aggressive out there.
"It was a fun season. I stayed injury-free and healthy. We won two races, got five podiums, and we only finished lower than fifth place one time so there’s nothing to complain about. Now we’ll switch to the outdoors and see how it goes there."
Racing the entire Supercross Lites West series and six events in Supercross filling in for the injured Andrew Short, Canard claimed two wins and 10 podium finishes in 15 starts this year. Saturday’s 10th-place result was his third worst of the season.
Trey Canard says: "To get taken out again is not a pleasing feeling," a dejected Canard said. "I felt like I was really quick out there but I didn’t get to show it for too long.
"It’s good to make it through the season and be healthy and we have a long outdoors season ahead of us but right now I don’t want to get past this feeling and forget about it too quickly. It needs to stay in my head."
Barcia finished the Lites East series in second place. Canard ended up third in the Lites West rankings.
The Lucas Oil outdoor series begins May 22 with the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Rancho Cordova, Calif.