Geico Honda’s Justin Barcia made his first statement of intent towards the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross East Region Lites series by proving he is fit, fast and ready for more hard-ball antics as he won the Supercross Paris-Bercy in his maiden appearance.
The 18-year-old GEICO Powersports Honda rider bounced back from a dramatic outing on Saturday in which he used the kind of close-proximity passing tactics normally reserved for NASCAR to comfortably claim the third and final evening on Sunday. In becoming one of the youngster winners ever of Europe’s biggest supercross meeting, Barcia narrowly defeated the consistent Kyle Chisholm and extended the victorious streak of AMA-based riders to four in a row, and 10 from the last 11 years.
Barcia went 1-5-1 over three sell-out evenings performed in front of over 40,000 weekend fans, with the French in typically enthusiastic and passionate voice. The CRF250R rider got caught up with Cyrille Coulon and Fabien Izoird in the ‘L’Americaine’ elimination heat – perhaps as a form of recompense for Saturday – but made the holeshot and led a shadowing Chisholm through the fifteen laps of the Main. He fitted the crown thanks to just a point advantage over the Motoconcepts Yamaha man.
Photo: Ray Archer
"I knew that the start here in Bercy is very important and I was focused for that," said the New York-born Barcia. "I’m proud to be the new King of Bercy, I know who has won this event in the past and it’s great to be there. The atmosphere was incredible and I enjoyed this European trip."
Saturday night victor Greg Aranda started badly and the Frenchman was never in the running for a second tilt at the chequered flag while countryman Cedric Soubeyras gained arguably the best result of his career to-date by putting the 250-SX two stroke KTM on the final podium in third place.
It has been a chaotic and cruel Bercy this year with those limping out of the French capital including Michael Byrne (suspected broken wrist), Max Anstie (broken right kneecap), Grant Langston (briefly dislocated pelvis) and Marvin Musquin (injured right knee, the seriousness of which is pending further scans).
More seriously, freestyle Charles Pages remains in a coma after an accident during the final session on Saturday.
Levi LaVallee talks about the previous Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. events in preparation for this New Year's Eve, when Levi, a seven-time Winter X Games medalist and champion snocross racer, will attempt to jump his snowmobile longer than ever before (over a 300-foot water gap) and eclipse the current record of 301 feet, live from San Diego on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET.
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East/West Lites Class Champions to be Crowned at Monster Energy Supercross Season Finale in Vegas
AURORA, Ill. – Feld Motor Sports announced today a major format change to the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, Lites class race from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on May 7. Las Vegas will now serve as the season finale for both the Eastern and Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championships before the regions square off in the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout later that evening.
Racer X printed a story this morning that broke in an Australian newspaper, but this is an Australian paper that’s not really focused on supercross, so maybe the story doesn’t come out they way they way Americans or supercross fans would want it.
Chad Reed: I just read it and I’m disappointed. Normally they’ve been pretty accurate through the years. I didn’t even know it was out until this morning when I got a text from you. I was a little confused. It was a crazy morning, I was making some phone calls, and then I finally sat down and read it, and I was immediately like "Oh no." This was not the image or the storyline I was going for. Obviously it’s an Australian rider and newspaper and they have taken the story in a different direction than I hoped. But other than that, things are good, I’ve got awesome news coming and I’m excited to share it.
10/22/10 07:47:21 AM Contributed by: JoJmoto Views:: 542
Hello Fellow Racer,
This issue we are going to discuss the necessary performance elements that need to be in place for new levels of speed and fitness for the 2011 race season.
Regarding your workouts this time of the year, please pay close attention to your fluid intake throughout the day. Your goal is to consume half of your body weight in ounces of filtered water to help off set your loss of water through sweat and other internal processes. To bring this concept into perspective for you, please weigh yourself before and after your workout (without your shoes and socks on). Take the number (positive or negative) and add to it your fluid intake (in ounces). Add the two numbers together and determine your total loss or gain. If you are gaining weight during your workout, you are consuming too much fluid and calories. If you are losing more than 2-3% (depending on your body size), you are losing too much water. One of the adverse side effects of excessive water loss is electrolyte imbalance which can lead to cramping and other gastro-intestinal issues.
With this in mind, continue to pay attention to the small details: weight loss/gain during exercise, energy levels (pre/during/post exercise), food & fluid intake along with the volume and quality of sleep. It is the fine balance of all these variables that produces a strong, illness and injury resistant racer! Remember, stay focused and train smart, not hard!
10/21/10 08:53:22 AM Contributed by: JoJmoto Views:: 500
It comes with great regret that I have to tell everyone this but, our “local” South Carolinian and favorite Ausi from across the pond, Aden De Jager, will not be able to compete in AMA Motorsports for the next 5 years. Aden has been banned from the United States for the next five years due to a problem with his Visa which is requirment to be able to stay and work in this Country. For those of you who dont know Aden, he is from Australia and came to America a few years ago to try his hand against some of the best racers in the world. He raced AMA Supercross out of the Wonder Wart Hog rig as well as competing in the outdoor series this year. He qualified for several races in the Pro ranks and was on his way to making a name for himself here in the US.
In a Facebook conversation, Aden had this to say about what happened to him while trying to re-enter the Country on Monday to get ready for the upcoming 2011 AMA Supercross season.
“Basically, they thought with my Visa that I had and what I was trying to do, I should not be allowed in (To the United States) and get another Visa. So, they gave me two options, Fly home that night and pay for my ticket and that would cancel my current Visa and apply for a different Visa once that was sorted out I could fly back out again. I would have done that if the flight did not cost $2700.00 and then all the other expenses that go alone with that like another flight and Visa application and then a full season in the States. So, basically I said I am not paying that and they said well if you don’t pay, you still fly out tonight and are not allowed in the Country for five years and we will have to force you home.
So, it was kinda (crappy) but I think things happen for a reason. I got treated like a piece of (Crap) though, they fully escorted me to the plane, I was stuck in interrogation for 12 hours in this disgusting little room, was not allowed to call anybody or have anything in my possession. They even took my belt saying it could be used as a weapon! I got escorted from there, right on to the plane. Oh well..”
Aden wanted to thank everyone who supported him while in the States during his racing endeavor. He thanks all his fans, friends and sponsors who has helped him make it this far in his career and he hopes to be back soon. Currently, he is looking into this matter to see if there is something that can be done to allow him back in under a work Visa. You can visit his website to keep tabs on his at http://www.adendejager.com
Stay tuned here at Southeastmx.com for more information on his status.