So far Geico Honda’s Justin Barcia has won every East Coast Lites race of the season and has easily established himself as the fastest rider. For Barcia, this will mark his third Daytona Supercross and he has yet to garner a win. With the momentum of three consecutive wins on his side, though, it’s looking good for the defending champion to take home a victory. Barcia is also famous for his prowess in the sand and Daytona has plenty of it. Last year, Barcia finished second behind Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett. It’s also worth mentioning that Barcia rode with a broken wrist last year, so one can only imagine that his results will improve now that he is 100-percent healthy.
This isn’t Ken Roczen’s first time visiting Daytona, as the Red Bull KTM rider competed in the Supercross class last year aboard a KTM 350SX-F, finishing eighth. This year, Roczen is the reigning MX2 World Motocross Champion and returning aboard a KTM 250SX-F in the Lites class. With an 18-point deficit to make up, Roczen is no doubt hoping that his World Championship experience will help him make up some points on series leader Barcia.
New to the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team for 2012, Darryn Durham has enjoyed the best finishes of his career so far this season. Currently third in points, he has been practicing this week on some outdoor-style tracks to hone his skills for the hybrid SX/MX Daytona track.