Honda Racing Press Release: Century Link Stadium, home to the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders, was filled Saturday night with 53,927 racing enthusiasts for round 15 of the AMA Supercross series. The Honda Red Riders had a successful night with Eli Tomac landing his Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda in 4th and Justin Barcia and Trey Canard scoring fifth and sixth respectively. 450 Race: Barcia secured his position in the main event via a second place finish in his heat race on his CFR450R. When the gate dropped on the night’;s final 20-lap race, Barcia struggled off the line, leaving him 10th after the first turn. For the balance of the race he fought his way forward through the field, ultimately finishing fifth. Justin Barcia: “I’;m not thrilled on how tonight ended up for sure. It was a tough day. I struggled a lot with bike setup and the track was really challenging. Going from east coast to west coast dirt and track conditions was difficult and I wasn’;t able to adapt or find the right settings today. I rode okay in the main event; didn’;t get a great start and just had to fight through the pack to finish fifth. I’;m looking forward to having a weekend after 15 rounds straight so I can regroup and head into New York strong. I want to win there bad; it would be incredibly special since it is a home race for me. I know I can win, we just need to put all the pieces together.” In heat one, Canard got a decent jump off the line and was able to sneak to the inside of the first turn, emerging in 4th. On lap 5 he worked his way into second, which is where he finished, allowing him to move directly into the main. Unfortunately, when the gate dropped for the main Canard was towards the back of the pack heading into the first turn. He spent the remainder of the 20-lap race charging through the field to nab an impressive sixth.
Trey Canard: “My start was not where it needed to be tonight in the main event. I felt good all day and really enjoyed the track and my bike, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to be up there racing with the top guys. Unfortunately, I started outside the top 15 and had to work my way all the way through the pack. I’;m happy to have been able to make it into sixth and be leaving here healthy.” Tomac logged his second best finish of his 450-rookie season with a 4th. “Overall I am pretty satisfied with the night,” stated Tomac. “It was a long 20 laps, but I’;m getting stronger and stronger each weekend. It was an okay start; I was somewhere around the top 6, then made some early passes and ended up settling in 4th place.” 250 Race: Following an intense battle in his heat race, Zach Osborne scored a second-place finish, transferring him directly into the main event. He then launched his GEICO Honda CRF250R off the line to a less-than-desirable start leaving him towards the back of the pack. The remainder of the 20 laps was spent in an admirable charge through the pack, which eventually netted him sixth place. “The heat race was really good for me. I got off to a decent start and then I had a good battle with Malcolm [Stewart] and then Dean [Wilson] after he crashed,” explained Osborne. “In the main event I just blew the start. I was 15th and rode to a mediocre sixth. I really feel like I let one slip away tonight. Being on the podium seemed to be within my reach after the heat race ride, so I am a bit disappointed.” 450 Class Overall Results: 1. Ryan Villopoto 2. James Stewart 3. Ryan Dungey 4. Eli Tomac (Honda) 5. Justin Barcia (Honda) 6. Trey Canard (Honda) 7. Ken Roczen 8. Andrew Short 9. Josh Hill 10. Mike Alessi 450 Class Championship Points (after 15 of 17 rounds) 1. Ryan Villopoto 318 2. James Stewart 270 3. Ryan Dungey 267 4. Ken Roczen 249 5. Justin Barcia 214 6. Justin Brayton 196 7. Andrew Short 194 8. Broc Tickle 126 9. Josh Hill 124 10. Wil Hahn 122 250 Supercross West Overall Results: 1. Cole Seely (Honda) 2. Jason Anderson 3. Justin Hill 4. Dean Wilson 5. Jessy Nelson (Honda) 6. Zach Osborne (Honda) 7. Cooper Webb 8. Jake Canada 9. Malcolm Stewart (Honda) 10. Shane McElrath (Honda) 250 Supercross West Championship Points (after 8 of 9 rounds) 1. Jason Anderson 178 2. Cole Seely 170 3. Justin Hill 139 4. Dean Wilson 138 5. Cooper Webb 121 6. Malcolm Stewart 121 7. Jessy Nelson 103 8. Zach Osborne 100 9. Shane McElrath 96 10. Jake Canada 72 For more information: Honda Racing