2011 St. Louis Supercross
Supercross legend Kevin Windham is enjoying the championship ride of his GEICO Honda Lites teammate Justin Barcia this season, and as the Monster Energy Series winds down with a stop this weekend at Edward Jones Stadium in St. Louis, the 32-year-old crowd favorite is enjoying the buzz generated by his 19-year-old counterpart.
Kevin Windham (GEICO Honda CRF450R Supercross) says: “It’s been a lot of fun watching Justin ride to his potential. It’s brought back a lot of great memories of years when I was right in the mix for the championship. You look at this kid and see the energy and excitement he’s carrying right now and it’s refreshing. He looks to be in top form every race, and that’s what it takes.”
In the first seven Supercross races of Lites East competition, Barcia has racked up a pair of victories and five second-place results. He currently holds a 13-point edge over his nearest rival with just this weekend’s Supercross race and the final in Las Vegas left on the Lites East schedule.
Justin Barcia (GEICO Honda CRF250R Supecross) says: “It’s getting close. The emotions are there, but having guys like K-Dub (Windham) and Rock (team manager and former multi-time world champion Mike LaRocco) around has really helped. They’re keeping me focused on the right things.
“We just need to finish strong and we’ll do that if keep doing exactly what we’ve been doing all year. I have the best team behind me. We have the best sponsor. The bikes are perfect. It comes down to execution and just finishing this thing off. I want it so bad.”
Windham, who has four races left on the Supercross slate – St. Louis, Seattle, Salt Lake, and Vegas – is seventh in the 450cc standings. A couple of early-season spills that ended in Did-Not-Finish results cost him a chance at the 2011 Supercross title, but the oldest rider in the sport knows there’s plenty of things out there to keep his interest.
Kevin Windham says: “As a competitor, you always want to win whatever you’re involved in. I want to get in there and ride as hard as I can down the stretch to see if we can put some solid finishes together. Another win would be awesome. I’ve always done well in St. Louis and I’m the defending champion in Seattle and Salt Lake so the potential is there. I feel as though I have a lot to ride for, even if the championship is out of reach.”
Spurred on by back-to-back podium finishes, GEICO Honda stablemate Blake Wharton has his 250cc Lites bike in top form heading into the Gateway City. Wharton was third in both Toronto and Dallas and has found himself out front on numerous occasions in the last several races, heats, and practice sessions.
Blake Wharton (GEICO Honda CRF250R Supercross) says: “I’m riding pretty good. I just need to finish. Dallas was a big race because I pushed through the time when you usually get tired and rode it out to get on the podium. It was my home race and I had a lot of friends and family there so I dug down deep for some extra energy. Now I know it’s there, I can tap into that every race.”
Wharton is solidly in fifth place in the Supercross Lites East rankings.
The St. Louis race will receive full coverage on both CBS and SPEED: the main event will be on at noon (EST) Sunday, April 10, on CBS, and the Lites Class at 6 p.m. (EST) on SPEED Sunday.