After a one-week break following RedBud, the Honda Red Riders return to battle this weekend at one of the most scenic tracks on the circuit for round eight of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series in Washougal, WA. Washougal Motocross Park has hosted an AMA National every year except one since 1980, and is currently in its third decade of hosting the Nationals in the Pacific Northwest. This year marks the 23rd time the gate will drop for the premiere (now 450) class with the first race being held on August 14,1983.
The first support (now 250) class and 500cc class races were both held on July 6, 1980. Local competitor Chuck Sun of Sherwood, Oregon won the inaugural 500cc class event aboard a Honda. Since then Honda has claimed a total of five victories in the premiere (now 450) class, eight in the support (now 250) class, and three in the 500cc class. Both Team Honda Muscle Milk riders Justin Barcia and Trey Canard have seen success here in the 250 class; can one of them become the seventh rider in history to win Washougal in both classes?
Over Fourth of July weekend at the famous RedBud National Canard and Barcia had a respectable showing, finishing fourth and fifth overall for the day. GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac captured another podium appearance aboard his CRF250R with his 1-2 scores.
“Last time I was in Washougal I won so I think it should be pretty good,” said Barcia. “I really like the track with it being up in the mountains. The scenery and atmosphere are awesome. The track is super fun, but the dirt is pretty deceiving. It looks really good but it is actually pretty slick and hard underneath so you need to be careful. There are a lot of long up and down hills, which is different from a lot of the other tracks we have been to.”