Barcia Scores a Podium Finish in Texas

2/17/2014 5:35:00 PM

Nearly 54,500 fans filled AT&T Stadium—home of the Dallas Cowboys—Saturday night in Arlington, TX to watch not only the seventh round of the Supercross series, but also the opening round of the Eastern Regional 250SX class. It was an exciting night for Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Barcia who landed on the podium with a solid third-place finish.

450 Class
Barcia had a strong showing all day, finishing fourth overall in timed qualifying practice and battling his way to a second-place finish in his heat race. In the main event, Barcia didn't get the greatest jump off the line but was able to slip to the inside of the first turn and come out in the top five. By the conclusion of the opening lap, Barcia had moved into third. At one point in the 20-lap race he was briefly passed, but countered back to reclaim third position.  

"It was a good night of racing. Obviously I always want to win but third is great for me, especially since I haven't had the best results so far," explained Barcia. "Mentally this season has been a challenge so it feels really awesome to be back up on the podium. I wish I rode in the main how I did in the heat race. I felt really solid and think I could have caught James [Stewart] if there were a few more laps, but in the main I got pretty tight towards the end and was just trying not to make any mistakes. I am really looking forward to next weekend. I love Atlanta. It's kind of like a home race for me, so I have a lot of friends and family coming, which is exciting. Hopefully I can get on the podium again."

Team Manager Dan Betley said, "Tonight was a good night for the team. Justin rode strong all day and was up front and competitive in the main event, which is where he belongs. I think this gives us a lot of momentum heading into next week, so hopefully we can build off it and get another podium."

After hurting his hand two weeks ago in Anaheim, it was uncertain if Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda's Wil Hahn would even be able to compete this weekend. The Texas native proved otherwise by putting in an impressive effort, duplicating his best finish of the season in Oakland with another eighth-place.

"It's been two weeks off the bike for me, which is a long time in the middle of a season," said Hahn. "I took last week off because my hand just wasn't ready and I wasn't even sure if I could ride tonight. Two weeks without riding a dirt bike and then come in here and have the same finish I had in Oakland was pretty good considering the cards I've been dealt."

Teammate Eli Tomac missed transferring to the main event by one position in his heat race, forcing him to the semi-qualifying round. Following a fifth in the semi, he moved to the main event where he finished 11th.

250 Class
This weekend also showcased round one of the Eastern Regional 250 Supercross class with Muscle Milk sponsored-GEICO Honda's Blake Wharton, Justin Bogle and Matt Bisceglia taking the stage.

It was a tough start to the night for Bogle, who was forced to transfer into the main event via the Last Chance Qualifier. In the main, he put together a noteworthy ride to finish fifth. "My heat race was horrible, probably one of the worst races I have ever had," said Bogle."I just rode so much better in the LCQ, got that win, and that lifted me up mentally. I ended up kind of having another bad start in the main, but I knew the lines I wanted to ride and I ended up in the top five, which was my goal at the start of the race."

Wharton struggled in the main event, going down in the slippery first turn and again in a corner later in the race. He was able to remount his CRF250R and finish seventh. Bisceglia looked strong throughout practice but like his teammates, he too had some troubles during the evening. Despite going down in his heat race, Bisceglia was able to recover and still score a transfer spot into the main event. Unfortunately he lost his rear brake on the opening lap and had to ride the entire main event without it.

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450 Supercross Results
1. James Stewart
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Justin Barcia (Honda)
4. Ryan Villopoto
5. Justin Brayton
6. Ken Roczen
7.  Broc Tickle
8. Wil Hahn (Honda)
9.  Josh Hill
10. Andrew Short

450 Supercross Championship Points (after 7 of 17 rounds)
1. Ryan Villopoto 144
2. Ken Roczen 132
3. James Stewart 130
4. Ryan Dungey 116
5. Justin Brayton 114
6. Chad Reed 111
7. Justin Barcia 109
8. Andrew Short 83
9.  Wil Hahn 65
10. Broc Tickle 63

250 Supercross East Results
1. Adam Cianciarulo
2. Blake Baggett
3. Martin Davalos
4. Vince Friese
5. Justin Bogle (Honda)
6. Cole Thompson
7. Blake Wharton (Honda)
8. Kyle Cunningham
9. Alex Martin
10. Mitchell Oldenburg

250 Supercross East Championship Points (after 1 of 9 rounds)
1. Adam Cianciarulo 25
2. Blake Baggett 22
3. Martin Davalos 20
4. Vince Friese 18
5. Justin Bogle 16
6. Cole Thompson 15
7. Blake Wharton 14
8. Kyle Cunningham 13
9. Alex Martin 12
10. Mitchell Oldenburg 11