Honda star Justin Barcia is headed overseas to race as a member of the U.S. team that will compete at the FIM Motocross of Nations on September 30 in Lommel, Belgium. Barcia will compete in GEICO Honda colors in MX3, the Open Class, aboard a Team Honda Muscle Milk CRF450R. Barcia, who just closed out the 250 Motocross season aboard a GEICO Honda CRF250R, has previously logged pro racing experience aboard the factory CRF450R, finding great success in the process. He is moving up to race the CRF450R full time in 2013 as the newest member of Team Honda Muscle Milk, and has been practicing on his new machine. This will be his first trip to the Motocross of Nations.
"It's a little bit shocking, really. It's awesome," said Barcia. “I've always dreamed of racing for the U.S. at the Motocross of Nations, and it's incredible. I'm speechless. To be picked for that team is just mind blowing. I'll be riding a 450, and that will be exciting. I practice on the 450 a lot, and I ride the sand really well. I've matured a lot in the past year, and I'm ready."
The Motocross of Nations is one of the most high-profile motorsport events in the world. It features national teams competing for a combined score to determine the overall championship-winning country. The event emerged in post-war Europe in 1947 and has run uninterrupted since that time.
The United States is the reigning champion of the Motocross of Nations, winning in 2011 when the event was held in Saint D'Angely, France. The United States is also the all-time leader in Motocross of Nations overall victories with 22. Great Britain is second with 16.