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Barcia Posts Back-to-Back Podium Finishes with a Third in St. Louis

Round 14 of the AMA Supercross series took place at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO, over the weekend, and the Honda Red Riders showed up ready to vie for the top spots aboard their Honda CRF450R and CRF250R race machines. Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Barcia scored his third podium of the season with a third, while teammate Trey Canard returned to the gate with a hard-charging performance to finish fifth in the Supercross class. It was another strong showing by Muscle Milk-supported GEICO Honda rider Justin Bogle, who yielded a solid second-place finish in the 250 class.

450 Class After finishing second in his heat race, Barcia got away to a good start on his CRF450R in the main and was among the lead group early on. He secured third on the third lap where he remained until the race's end. Barcia's finish marked his third podium of the season, including one second and two thirds, and after 14 rounds he is sixth in the championship.

 "I rode good tonight but I am definitely not 100 percent satisfied. I really want that win," stated Barcia. "I've won before and I know what that feeling is like and I'm not feeling it right now. It feels good to hit the podium though; I just have to keep charging forward for that top spot. James [Stewart] and Ryan [Villopoto] rode a great race. It was a tough track tonight and there were some areas that I struggled."

With five rounds remaining in the series, teammate Canard returned to racing aboard his factory Honda–prepared CRF450R, and put together an impressive performance. Canard won his spot directly into the main event with a solid fourth in his heat race. In the main, he launched off the line to a top-10 start and began pounding out a series of successful passes, ultimately finishing a solid fifth. 

 "I am so happy to be back. I was definitely a ball of nerves today but I was excited to back out their racing with these guys. I had a lot of fun and am leaving here safe, which is most important," says Canard.

Also returning to racing action after taking a few weekends off to recover from a shoulder injury was Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac. He transferred into the main event via a second in his semi-qualifying race, and turned in a respectable sixth-place finish in the 450 main.

"I wanted more, to be honest, but we'll keep working at it," stated Tomac. "All those guys who finished in front of me are going so fast and have been racing all year, so I guess in that sense I'm pleased. I had some good laps and we're healthy, so that is definitely a positive."

Teammate Wil Hahn was unable to line up on the gate after a being involved in a crash in his heat race.  

250 Class  Bogle propelled his CRF250R off the line to a good start, rounding the first turn in fourth. He quickly made his way into second on lap three where he spent the remainder of the race applying pressure to the leader. Bogle was unable to get by for the win, but his runner-up result elevated him into second in the 250SX championship with two rounds to go in the series.

"I'm right where I need to be with my riding. A few races ago we were 25 points back and now we're only eight with two races left, so it's going to be a battle until the end," explained Bogle. "I think if I had even one more lap it could have ended different, but I just ran out of time. There weren't many places to pass and it was even more difficult with the lappers. I am happy with the points we've gained tonight and now I am just going to get ready for New York."

Teammate Matt Bisceglia put together one of his best performances of the season with a seventh-place finish. "I was really expecting to be on the podium tonight," stated Bisceglia. "It was just one of those days. I was riding well and for once had a good heat race and didn't have to go to the LCQ. I got a decent start in the main event and had settled in behind the leaders before having to avoid some downed riders on lap four, which caused me to tweak my knee. Luckily, I have a couple weeks to recover but it took everything I had to finish."

The Focus: Hats-Off Helmet Removal Device

Beginning in 2007, all racers participating in an AMA Supercross or Motocross event were required to start wearing a Hats-Off helmet removal device. The device helps qualified rescuers properly remove a rider's helmet at the scene of a crash without causing further damage.

The device consists of a small, tightly folded plastic bladder that sits inside the top of a helmet. A tube then feeds under the padding and fastens to the bottom of the inside of the helmet rim. The end of the tube is fitted with a quick release screw fitting which, when removed, allows a rescuer to attach an inflation source—such as the inflator bulb found on a common blood pressure testing kit. In the event of an accident where the helmet must be removed, the rescuer simply inflates the bladder and the helmet smoothly glides off the head.

450 Supercross Results 1. James Stewart 2. Ryan Villopoto 3. Justin Barcia (Honda) 4. Ken Roczen 5. Trey Canard (Honda) 6. Eli Tomac (Honda) 7. Josh Hill  8. Andrew Short       9. Ryan Dungey 10. Nick Wey     450 Supercross Championship Points (after 13 of 17 rounds) 1. Ryan Villopoto 268 2. Ryan Dungey 233 3. James Stewart 232 4. Ken Roczen 215 5. Justin Brayton 196 6. Justin Barcia 176 7. Andrew Short 153 8. Broc Tickle 126 9.  Wil Hahn 122 10. Chad Reed 111

250 Supercross East Results 1. Martin Davalos 2. Justin Bogle (Honda) 3. Blake Baggett  4. Kyle Cunningham 5. AJ Catanzaro 6. Cole Thompson 7. Matt Bisceglia (Honda) 8. James DeCotis 9. Alex Martin 10. Gannon Audette

250 Supercross East Championship Points (after 7 of 9 rounds) 1. Martin Davalos 149 2. Justin Bogle 141 3. Adam Cianciarulo 120 4. Blake Baggett 120 5. Vince Friese 100 6. Kyle Cunningham 94 7. Cole Thompson 89 8. Jimmy DeCotis 78 9. Matt Lemoine 74 10. Alex Martin 72