2012 AMA SuperCross, an FIM World Championship
It was an exciting weekend for Honda at round 14 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, an FIM World Championship series. Fans filled the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans to see Honda Red Riders make their way to the podium, with Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton and GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle each placing third. GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia wrapped up the Supercross Lites East Championship with a fourth-place finish. New Orleans also marked the return of L&Mc Racing’s Andrew Short aboard his factory-spec CRF450R.
Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton had an impressive night, rounding out the podium with a third-place finish. After getting a midpack start, Brayton put in a hard charge making his way through the field all the way up to third. “Today definitely wasn’t my best day, but I am very thankful to be up on the podium again,” said Brayton. Wil Hahn finished a respectable ninth place after getting tangled in the first turn.
GEICO Honda had a sensational night with Bogle making his second podium appearance of the season and Barcia wrapping up the Lites East Championship. “I am so happy to be back up on the podium,” said Bogle. “It’s been a roller coaster season for me, so it feels great to head into Vegas on a positive note. The track was pretty difficult and it definitely kept you on your toes but I felt comfortable and my bike was running great.”
After posting the second-quickest lap time in practice and winning his heat race, Barcia grabbed a second-place start in the main. He rode a consistent 15 laps to take the title. “Winning this second championship is truly mind-blowing and I am so excited,” said Barcia. “It was a tough race tonight, I couldn’t get in a good flow and everybody was riding really well. I wanted to just stay consistent and finish in a good enough position to win the championship, which is exactly what I was able to do. This season took a lot of hard work and dedication but it all paid off.”
L&Mc Racing’s Andrew Short had a noteworthy first race back, finishing in fifth place aboard his CRF450R.
With 17 rounds in the AMA Supercross series, and most of the races spread far apart, it’s crucial to get the team the proper equipment needed each week. In order to do this, the team uses special injection-molded hard plastic cases to ship engines from race to race. The inside of the case is filled with custom-cut foam that is contoured to fit the CRF450R engine, with enough padding to protect it during shipping. The shipping boxes are similar to those used by the military for weapons and supplies, or by production companies for carrying cameras or lights.
With only a week between races, engines are pulled Sunday after the race, shipped to the Honda race shop in Torrance, CA, to be rebuilt and prepared then overnighted out to the next round. Each race bike has three engines in rotation at all times, one in the bike, one spare in the truck and one at the shop being built. During Supercross season each engine gets two races under its belt before being rotated through the process, depending on the conditions. For outdoor motocross, the engines are rotated every week due to the extreme conditions and heat they endure.
|3||Justin Brayton (Honda)|
|5||Andrew Short (Honda)|
|9||Wil Hahn (Honda)|
|3||Justin Brayton (Honda)||201|
|8||Kevin Windham (Honda)||166|
|3||Justin Bogle (Honda)|
|4||Justin Barcia (Honda)|
|1||Justin Barcia (Honda)||185|
|7||Justin Bogle (Honda)||107|