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Honda’s Barcia to Bercy Supercross

2011 Supercross of Bercy

GEICO Honda teammates Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac are prepared to attack this weekend’s 29th annual Supercross of Bercy at Omnisport Paris and bring home all the hardware up for grabs.

The event, a series of three complete races on consecutive nights – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – awards both individual nightly trophies and an overall "King of Bercy" crown that goes to the best racer of the entire weekend.

Last year, Barcia won two of the three main events to earn the King of Bercy title in his first appearance at the historic race. Tomac will be competing in Paris for the first time.

Unfortunately, due to passport complications, stablemate Kevin Windham, who offered to jump into the fray after Christophe Pourcel was injured in Las Vegas two weeks ago, could not get his documents in order in time and will not be able to participate. Barcia rode the momentum of his Bercy success to the 2011 Supercross Lites East title in the U.S.

Justin Barcia (GEICO Honda CRF450R Supercross) says: "Being King of Bercy was one of the coolest things I’ve accomplished in my career. When you go back and look at the guys that have won it before, you see some of the biggest names the sport has ever known. To be alongside them in the record books is very cool.

"Now the trick will be to win it again. I know I’ll have everyone’s attention so it will be a battle from the drop of the gate. I think I’m ready. I’ve had a lot more time on the 450 and I feel very comfortable with it. I’m ready to get back in that crazy stadium and pump those fans up again."

Like Barcia, Tomac will be running a Honda 450CRF in Bercy. This will mark just the second time Tomac has competed on a 450cc machine although he’s been practicing quite a bit on the more powerful bike at Honda’s test track in California.

Eli Tomac (GEICO Honda CRF450R Supercross) says: "I’m ready to get after it. I’m not going to totally judge where I stand with this bike, no matter if I win or lose, because the Bercy track is different that what we’re used to in America, but it’ll be good to get more time on the bike. You always learn stuff whenever you’re in a true race situation.

"That Monster Cup race was a good warm-up for this event. That was a different kind of course also. I’m anxious to get there and see the layout and familiarize myself with everything. My dad (mountain bike legend John Tomac) told me the fans in Europe are extra crazy because he’s been over there a couple of times, so it should be pretty cool to see."

Action begins Friday evening at Omnisport Paris.

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. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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