GEICO Honda Dominates in Las Vegas

The final stop of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series, took place Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd at Sam Boyd Stadium. It was an exciting night for Honda, with GEICO Honda teammates Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac topping the podium in both Lites East and West main events, as well as going one-two in the East/West shootout. Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Brayton put in an impressive performance aboard his CRF450R, finishing third overall. Brayton also scored Bret Michaels' Rock Hard-Ride Hard Award for the season after overcoming incredible odds and finishing strong despite fracturing his leg in San Diego.

The Race

Posting the quickest qualifying time in practice, Brayton seemed to have found his groove on the challenging Las Vegas track. After grabbing a good start in his heat, Brayton put together a solid ride to win, giving him a good gate pick heading into the main. In the main event, he got away to a midpack start but quickly started working his way through the field. Brayton put together a great ride to make his way to the podium in third.

"Getting a good start is key in Supercross," said Brayton. "I got a great start in my heat race, and was able to come out with the win, but unfortunately, in the main I wasn't so lucky. I didn't get the greatest start and was forced to work my way through the pack. I made my way up to third, which is pretty good, but I have been really itching to get on that top podium position and grab my first win. The entire Team Honda Muscle Milk crew worked really hard all season with me, and although I'm a little bummed to be taking fourth in the championship, this is my best season finish yet, and I couldn't have done it without everyone's support."

In the 15-lap East and West main events, GEICO Honda teammates Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia dominated the night. The pressure was off for the two, who had already wrapped up both titles; however, they came out strong reminding everyone of how they won those titles in the first place. Both riders grabbed the holeshot in their mains and quickly checked out from the rest of the pack. In the shootout, Barcia ran up front for a majority of the race followed closely by Tomac. Tomac charged hard and was able to catch Barcia, but never got close enough to make the pass.

"What a crazy night," stated Tomac. "Being able to come into Vegas this year and not have to worry about the championship was really nice. I felt really good today and am glad to take the win in the West main and second behind Justin in the shootout. It was great to race with my teammate and be able to put the GEICO Hondas on top."

"This is such an amazing feeling, it's almost unreal," said Barcia. "Even though the championship title is already wrapped up, I still wanted to come to Vegas and win, which is exactly what I did. The shootout was a lot of fun and everyone was riding really strong. The GEICO Honda team did a great job setting up my bike, and I can't thank everyone enough for all the support. I am looking forward to moving up next season and riding with a new group of guys on the 450."

Teammate Wil Hahn rode a respectable race, finishing third-place overall in the Supercross Lites West main event and sixth in the East/West shootout.

The Focus: VP Racing Fuels

The 2012 season marks the 11th year that VP Racing Fuels® has been a Honda racing team sponsor. VP's experience in blending championship-winning fuels dates back 32 successful years, and in addition to its Motocross and Supercross titles with Team Honda, the company also boasts several NHRA Pro Stock titles, plus championships in off-shore, off-road, circle-track and aviation competition.

Supercross Main Event
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Davi Millsaps
3. Justin Brayton (Honda)
4. Jake Weimer
5. Josh Grant
6. Nico Izzi
7. Mike Alessi
8. Weston Peick
9. Andrew Short (Honda)
10. Nick Wey

Supercross Championship Points (after 17 of 17 rounds)
1. Ryan Villopoto 323
2. Davi Millsaps  266
3. Ryan Dungey 257
4. Justin Brayton 257
5. Jake Weimer 229
6. Mike Alessi 206
7. James Stewart 178
8. Brett Metcalfe 177
9. Broc Tickle 171
10. Kevin Windham 166

Supercross Lites West Main Event
1. Eli Tomac (Honda)
2. Dean Wilson
3. Wil Hahn (Honda)
4. Martin Davalos
5. Jason Anderson
6. Marvin Musquin
7. Matt Moss
8. Ryan Sipes
9. Scott Champion
10. Landon Powell

Supercross Lites West Points (after 9 of 9 rounds)
1. Eli Tomac 184
2. Dean Wilson 154
3. Marvin Musquin 142
4. Cole Seely 119
5. Jason Anderson 111
6. Matt Moss 106
7. Ryan Sipes 96
8. Martin Davalos 89
9. Billy Laninovich 85
10. Nico Izzi 78

Supercross Lites East Main Event
1. Justin Barcia (Honda)
2. Ken Roczen
3. Blake Baggett
4. Malcolm Stewart
5. Blake Wharton
6. Kyle Cunningham
7. Hunter Hewitt
8. Jake Canada
9. Matt Lemoine
10. Kyle Peters

Supercross Lites East Points (after 9 of 9 rounds) 
1. Justin Barcia 210
2. Ken Roczen 165
3. Blake Wharton 158
4. Blake Baggett 148
5. Darryn Durham 143
6. Jake Canada 131
7. Justin Bogle 117
8. Kyle Cunningham 85
9. Matt Lemoine 78
10. Malcolm Stewart 77

Supercross Lites East/ West Shootout
1. Justin Barcia (Honda)
2. Eli Tomac (Honda)

3. Martin Davalos
4. Ken Roczen
5. Marvin Musquin
6. Wil Hahn (Honda)
7. Ryan Sipes
8. Malcolm Stewart
9. Blake Wharton
10. Matt Moss

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