The 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship comes to an exciting close this Saturday in Las Vegas, NV with both the East and West Regional 250 class championships still up for grabs. GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn leads the East Championship by five points and his teammate Eli Tomac sits in second, a mere five points behind the West leader.
The first race held at Sam Boyd Stadium was March 17,1990, making this the 23rd time the gate will drop for both the 450 and 250 Supercross classes. In 1995 the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West shootout was established, where riders from both regions were given the opportunity to battle it out for the ultimate bragging rights. Since its founding, only seven newly crowned regional champions have gone on to win the shootout, including Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia in 2012 aboard his CRF250R. Honda is in a position to sweep both regional championships for the second consecutive year; a feat only accomplished by one other manufacturer. Honda also has a total of six victories in Las Vegas; can Justin Barcia or Trey Canard make it seven?
“Last weekend was a little frustrating especially after getting the win in Seattle,” stated Barcia. “I feel like I should have more podiums and wins, but overall this has been a good rookie season for me and I have learned a lot. I am excited for Vegas because I have had a lot of success there. I won both the East regional race and the shootout last year, and then won Monster Cup on the 450, which was awesome. This track is always good, and it’s cool that it goes outside the stadium in the back section. The pits are always packed and fans get crazy excited so it's a pretty cool atmosphere. Hopefully I can get my third win this weekend.”