Following a one-week hiatus, the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series returns to action this Saturday, August 10, at Unadilla in New Berlin, NY. Round 10 marks the series’ final stop on the East Coast before heading west for the remaining two races.
Unadilla is a staple in the motocross world, having hosted races for over 45 years. The track first gained national attention as a premium stop on the Trans-AMA circuit, as well as hosting the inaugural AMA Pro Motocross Championship in 1972. From 1977-1992 the track become home to the annual 250cc United States Grand Prix of Motocross, and in 1987 Unadilla had the honor of being the first facility in America to host the prestigious Motocross of Nations. Two years later in 1989, Unadilla returned to hosting the AMA Pro National circuit.
Honda has a total of six wins in the premiere (now 450) class and Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard was the last Honda rider to win in the support (now 250) class in 2010. Teammate and Monroe, NY native Justin Barcia has also seen success at Unadilla. In 2011, Barcia filled in on the American Honda team aboard a factory-prepared CRF450R and scored third overall with impressive 3-3 finishes. Barcia returns to his home state this weekend in hopes of capturing his first 450 class victory at Unadilla.
Two weeks ago at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, MN the Honda Red Riders put together stellar performances all day. Canard logged his best finish of the season for second overall with 2-2 scores. Barcia finished just shy of the podium in fourth overall with his 3-5 scores. Muscle Milk-supported GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac swept the 250 class for a second consecutive week with two impressive come-from-behind performances. Tomac holds a 27-point championship lead over second place heading into this weekend.
“I am pumped to be back at Unadilla and in my home state,” said Barcia. “I have always really liked this track; the layout is good and it has big jumps. We had press day out here on Thursday so it was fun to get out there and check things out a little before the race. This isn’t my first year racing here on the 450. In 2010 I rode a few rounds as a fill in rider for Honda and Unadilla was the first of those races. I am really hoping I can get my first win here this weekend since I have a bunch of friends and family here.”