Fiolek Extends Points Lead, Barcia Earns First 450 Win

Torrance, CA: The Southwick MX National at Moto-X 338 in Southwick, MA, hosted round 10 of the 2011 AMA Motocross Championship this weekend. On their Honda CRF250R and CRF450R race machines, the Honda Red Riders overcame the adverse weather conditions caused by Hurricane Irene to score podium finishes, including winning two motos.

At only his second race on the factory Honda CRF450R, American Honda Racing’s Justin Barcia nabbed his first-ever big-bore class win. Barcia got a great start in the second moto and charged into the lead on the opening lap to take a wire-to-wire victory. Despite a DNF due to a mechanical failure while running third in the first moto, Justin’s first win earned him seventh overall for the day.

“I’m so happy right now,” said Barcia. “I know I ride well on sandier tracks, so I was confident I could do well here at Southwick. Unfortunately, I had some bad luck in the first moto but rebounded in the second to take the win, which I’m really happy about. I got a great start and charged hard the whole time. The American Honda team did an awesome job, and I’m thankful for all the support I receive from them and from the GEICO Honda team.”

TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed had a disappointing weekend, unable to finish either race due to mechanical issues in both motos. Reed remains in third place in the championship chase with two rounds to go.

In the 250 class, privateer Honda rider Alex Martin had his best showing of the season, completing moto one in 10th spot and finishing third in the second moto to secure fourth overall for the weekend. GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle put in a strong ride aboard his Honda CRF250R in unfavorable racing conditions, rebounding from his 18th place finish in moto one to finish fourth in moto two. Bogle finished a solid ninth overall at only his second Motocross 250 class event of his professional career. After posting the fastest time in practice, GEICO Honda teammate Eli Tomac struggled on the hurricane-drenched track, finishing 19th (14-32). Fellow Honda racer Darryn Durham rounded out 10th overall (8-13).

In the Women’s class, Honda CRF250R riders Ashley Fiolek and Tarah Gieger finished the weekend in first and second, respectively. American Honda Racing’s Fiolek took her third overall victory of the year, going 1-2 for the win, while Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Gieger went 2-5 for second. Fiolek’s win extended her lead in the championship to 30 points over second place, and she has a 53-point lead on Gieger in third with two rounds remaining. Fellow Honda-equipped racers Kasie Creson and Lindsey Palmer finished in seventh and eighth spots, respectively.

450 Class Overall Results
1. Brett Metcalfe 3-2
2. Ryan Villopoto 2-4
3. Ryan Dungey 1-7
4. Justin Brayton 7-3
5. Mike Alessi 4-6
6. Jake Weimer 6-5
7. Justin Barcia (Honda) 36-1
8. John Dowd 9-8
9. Les Smith 8-9
10. Kyle Chisholm 11-10

450 Class Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)
1. Ryan Villopoto 431
2. Ryan Dungey 423
3. Chad Reed 366
4. Brett Metcalfe 304
5. Mike Alessi 243
6. Jake Weimer 221
7. Andrew Short 196
8. Kevin Windham 193
9. Davi Millsaps 173
10. Justin Brayton 163

250 Class Overall Results
1. Tyla Rattray 2-1
2. Dean Wilson 3-2
3. Gareth Swanepoel 1-5
4. Alex Martin (Honda) 10-3
5. Blake Baggett 9-6
6. Marvin Musquin 7-8
7. Broc Tickle 5-12
8. Gannon Audette 4-16
9. Justin Bogle (Honda) 18-4
10. Darryn Durham (Honda) 8-13

250 Class Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)
1. Dean Wilson 438
2. Tyla Rattray 400
3. Blake Baggett 398
4. Kyle Cunningham 264
5. Eli Tomac 246
6. Gareth Swanepoel 241
7. Broc Tickle 220
8. Justin Barcia 181
9. Martin Davalos 175
10. Alex Martin 170

WMA Overall Results
1. Ashley Fiolek (Honda) 1-2
2. Tarah Gieger (Honda) 2-5
3. Alexah Pearson 7-3
4. Sarah Whitmore 5-4
5. Julie Parizek 8-7
6. Jessica Patterson 27-1
7. Kasie Creson (Honda) 11-6
8. Lindsey Palmer (Honda) 9-8
9. Jacqueline Strong 4-15
10. Sade Allender 10-9

WMA Championship Points (after 6 of 8 rounds)
1. Ashley Fiolek 279
2. Jessica Patterson 249
3. Tarah Gieger 226
4. Jacqueline Strong 162
5. Kasie Creson 153
6. Marissa Markelon 148
7. Vicki Golden 140
8. Alexah Pearson 137
9. Lindsey Palmer 132
10. Sayaka Kaneshiro 113

For more information, contact American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (310) 783-3745.

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