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Honda’s Barcia to 450 AMA Motocross

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2011 AMA Motocross

For the remaining four rounds of the 2011 AMA Motorcross Championship, 250cc rider Justin Barcia will be competing in the main 450 class.

Starting this weekend at Unadilla Motocross, Barcia will pilot a factory Honda-prepped CRF450R; the Supercross Lites East Champion will only be competing in the 450 class from now to the end of the season.

Justin Barcia (Honda Motocross) says: “I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to ride the Honda CRF450R in the 450 class. I can’t thank GEICO Honda team owners Rick Zielfelder and Jeff Majkrzak enough for allowing me to take advantage of this opportunity.

“I raced the CRF450R to the overall win at the Bercy Supercross last year and I felt great competing on the bike, so I’m excited to now get the chance to race several rounds in the Motocross series on it.

“I’m also really looking forward to working with the factory Honda team. I feel I’ve grown a lot as a professional racer over the past three years and this whole experience is only going to help me develop my skills even more.”

Erik Kehoe (American Honda Racing Team Motocross Manager) says: “Justin has been a part of the Honda family for many years now, having entered the professional ranks through Honda’s amateur support program.

“Barcia has a lot of experience racing Honda motorcycles and he’s earned a lot of success in both his amateur and professional careers. Trey Canard showcased his talents aboard the factory-prepared Honda CRF450R last year when he filled in for six Supercross rounds, and obviously that was a significant career opportunity for him, while Cole Seely enjoyed racing several Supercross’ with the team this year.

“We are pleased to work with Honda-supported teams and give the younger Honda riders like Barcia the chance to gain valuable experience riding for the factory team when opportunities arise.”

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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