Honda Riders First and Third in Toronto

Honda Riders First and Third in Toronto

Torrance CA: The Honda Red Riders took on round 10 of the 2010 Supercross series in Toronto, Canada on Saturday, March 13, and Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps and Trey Canard made the trek across the border to battle the Supercross competition aboard their Honda CRF450Rs.

Canard successfully made it three podium finishes in a row in Toronto after grabbing the holeshot and racing to the lead on the opening lap. Challenged up front by Dungey and Villopoto in the early stages of the race, Canard found his rhythm to maintain third place from the sixth lap onward. Teammate Davi Millsaps was in sixth position on the opening lap and began picking off riders, but then he crashed out of the race on lap 15 while chasing his teammate Canard down for the podium spot. GEICO Powersports Honda’s Kevin Windham put in a solid performance after getting a mid-pack start to finish in fifth spot.

“I’m really happy with the way I raced in Toronto,” said Canard. “The past few weeks have been a real whirlwind; all the traveling, testing and getting used to the bigger bike. But I feel really good about the way things have gone and I’m proud of how I’ve raced. Having the opportunity to fill in for Andrew while he’s out injured couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’ve been racing 250s for a while now, so having the opportunity to step up and not only test but also race the 450 is something I am very grateful for. The CRF450R has the speed and power to be up front and I know with more time on the bike I’d be able to stick with the leaders for longer and be in the hunt for the number one spot.”

In the Supercross Lites East competition, GEICO Powersports Honda’s Justin Barcia claimed his first Supercross Lites victory in his debut professional season. The 17-year-old rookie was fastest out of the gate, grabbing the holeshot and building a solid lead out front. Overcoming a close call with a tuff block that had the potential to spoil his lead as well as an off-track excursion late in the race, Barcia held on to lead all 15 laps on his GEICO Powersports Honda CRF250R. Teammate Brett Metcalfe worked hard to make up ground after getting a mid-pack start and he finished in sixth place.

“My day didn’t start out that great in Toronto and I had a few issues to deal with in practice,” said Barcia. “But I talked with my team and got my head in the right place before heading into my heat race. I finished second in the heat and went into the main feeling really confident. I got the holeshot in the main and I knew that the race was mine to lose from there. I knew I had the speed to win—I have all season—I just needed to ride a smart race and keep a level head throughout. Winning my first-ever Supercross race is an awesome feeling. I’m so grateful to my family and the GEICO Powersports Honda team for getting me this far. It’s been a long time coming and I couldn’t have made it without them.”

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