This weekend Honda Red Riders return to Southern California for the second time to battle for the top podium position in both the 450 and 250 Supercross classes. Since 2004, Angel Stadium in Anaheim California has hosted the season opener of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, a FIM World Championship series, and also holds two additional rounds during the first half of the season. Sitting in the center of the motocross industry, nearly 45,000 fans fill the stadium at each event to watch the fastest racers in the world.
At round one, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard made an impressive return to the racing scene after being gone for almost a year due to a severe back injury in 2012. After a hard fought battle, Canard placed second overall in his first race back and is looking to top the podium at Anaheim II. Canard has tasted success at this stadium before, grabbing the Supercross Lites West victory in 2010. Teammate Justin Barcia may be the rookie but he is definitely making his presence known. Not only has he won both of his heat races at the first two rounds, but in Phoenix he nailed down his first win of his 450 Supercross class career.
Muscle Milk sponsored GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac heads into this weekend hoping to extend his 6-point lead with another victory. “Angel Stadium always has a packed crowd so that really helps pump you up before the races start,” stated Tomac. “The dirt is always a little bit tricky, sometimes its tacky during practice but then gets slicker as the night goes on so you need to be pretty careful with that. I have always really enjoyed Anaheim but one of my favorite memories is from 2011 when I had an awesome battle with Ken Roczen and Josh Hanson. I’m excited for this weekend and looking forward to another win and keeping the red plate on the number 1 bike.”