Following a one-week hiatus after the Supercross finale in Las Vegas, the Honda Red Riders are back in action this Saturday for round one of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Sacramento, CA. The first Hangtown Motocross Classic was held on April 8, 1974 with both 250MX and 125MX class winners riding Hondas. In 2011, Chad Reed topped the podium giving Honda its 18th 450 class win, the most of any other manufacturer. GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac made history in 2010, being the first rider ever to win at Hangtown in his professional debut. The start of the outdoor season is especially exciting this year as Honda celebrates 40 years in U.S. MX competition.

With a successful comeback Supercross season under his belt, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard is ready to take on the grueling outdoor series, and hopefully have the same success as in 2010 when he was crowned the AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class Champion. In 2012, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia finished second overall in the 250 Motocross class championship with two overall wins and five moto victories. Hangtown marks the kickoff of Barcia’s first full 450 Motocross season aboard his Honda CRF450R.

“We got the opportunity to ride the track on Thursday for press day and it is awesome,” described Barcia. “It is nice to check out the track and test the bike before Saturday. There were some big bumps from the amateur days but they will go over and groom them. It rained a little bit so there is some good moisture in the dirt and there is a lot of sawdust down so that will get some good berms. Hangtown is definitely one of the rougher tracks of the year. I haven’t had the best of luck here, but hopefully we can change that and start the season off right.”