GEICO Honda riders ready for big finish in Pala

PALA, Calif. (Sept. 5) - The Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship wraps up on Sept. 10 and the GEICO Honda riders have plenty to race for in the season finale.

Eli Tomac will be trying to secure a fourth-place finish in the standings at the Pala National, while also shooting for his first overall 250cc victory of the season.

"I'll definitely race well there," Tomac said. "I run the California tracks well. I even live out there part time."

After a second-place finish last weekend, Tomac pulled ahead of Kyle Cunningham for fourth place in the standings, and now holds a seven-point edge heading into Saturday.

"I'll be comfortable out there," Tomac said. "I'll be heading out to California right away to train. Pala is a track that suits my style, so I should be good."

Justin Barcia is looking for a bit of redemption after an abbreviated day aboard an American Honda CRF450R at Steel City a week ago.

"I feel like I wasted a good opportunity," Barcia said. "The key for me is to just work really hard this week. Hopefully I'll be able to put the bike up front. That's what we've got to do to put on a good show for the fans."

Justin Bogle will be finishing his first taste of pro motocross racing for GEICO Honda. He said he's looking forward to racing Pala because it's the only one of the four tracks he's been to that he's familiar with.

"After not feeling great last week, I'm really going to try to chill and recoup," Bogle said. "I've not raced at Pala but I've ridden there. It's the most familiar track on my schedule so it should be good."

Jimmy Decotis said he will be trying to end a roller-coaster season on a high note.

"I like that kind of soil," Decotis said. "I've practiced at Pala a whole bunch so I'm familiar with the track and the soil there."

Practice for the Pala National gets under way at 8:30 a.m. PDT. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 12:40 p.m. FUEL TV will show the first motos in the 450 and 250 classes starting a 4 p.m. EDT. SPEED TV will show the second motos live starting at 7 p.m. EDT.