2011 AMA Motocross
GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia had a successful debut aboard an American Honda CRF450R bike, finishing third overall on Saturday at the Unadilla National in the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championships.
Justin Barcia (American Honda CRF450R Motocross) says: “I had a really fun day. The bike was really awesome. I was just hoping to run in the top 10 today, so going out and getting two thirds is a little better than that.”
In the 250cc Motocross races, Eli Tomac got his third podium of the season, finishing third overall with moto finishes of fifth and second.
During the morning practices, Barcia was one of the fastest Motocross bikes off the truck, so he said he knew a special day was in the works.
Justin Barcia says: “The bike was just extremely good right away. It was really fast and the suspension felt awesome. I’m so thankful for the opportunity. There were a lot of hometown fans out there, I could hear them all the way around the track.”
In the second moto, Barcia dueled with Ryan Dungey for most of the race. The pair made inadvertent contact late in the moto, which Barcia got the worst of, as he tumbled off his bike as Dungey stayed up and went around Barcia.
Justin Barcia says: “That really stunk. I was taking a different line every lap and there was a lapper in my line that time. I knew Dungey was close, but not that close. I went over we hit and I went down. I got back up and kept pushing to the end.”
Tomac had his best race in a while, powered by a second place finish in the second moto that was a result of a strong start.
Eli Tomac (GEICO Honda CRF250F Motocross) says: “It was so nice to get some fresh air at the start. I nearly got the holeshot, I haven’t done that since Hangtown. My starts have hurt me a lot this year. My first start today wasn’t awesome, but it was good enough to work my way up to fifth in the moto.
“We’ve made some improvements to the bike over the last couple of weeks that have really helped me.”
Justin Bogle made his pro debut finishing sixth in both motos for an overall finish of fifth.
Justin Bogle (GEICO Honda CRF250F Motocross) says: “It went great. I was running third in both motos, then I got a little nervous and rode a little tight. I know what I need to do to get ready for next week. It’s been a big jump, but a lot of fun to race under the GEICO banner.”
Jimmy Decotis, who came back from injury this weekend, finished 19th and 15th in his motos, but his highlight of the day was getting the holeshot in the second moto and leading a couple of laps.
Jimmy Decotis (GEICO Honda CRF250F Motocross) says: “It was good for me to get out front and see what I have to run for a pace. I’m just trying to learn and get better every time I race.”
GEICO Honda’s final rider, Wil Hahn, went down hard in the first moto, suffering a concussion and banging up his shoulder. As a safety precaution, Hahn will be held out of the next race on the schedule, the Southwick Motocross National on August 27.