GEICO Honda Team Survives Texas, Earns First Podium Finish of Outdoor Season

WORTHAM, Texas (May 28) — The most brutal stop on the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship tour lived up to its billing Saturday as the
top riders in the world fought to survive 95 degree temperatures that scorched Freestone County Raceway.

GEICO Honda rider Justin Barcia, just a few weeks removed from his Supercross Lites championship, led his team with a runner-up result in the second moto of the day to fashion a fourth-place overall finish. Stablemate Eli Tomac also showed well, going 5-6 on the day, while new team member Lance Vincent and veteran 450cc rider Kevin Windham did their best on the severely rutted and sun-baked course.
Barcia was razor-sharp out of the starting gate in both motos, earning a pair of holeshot awards. But racing with 39 other riders proved costly in the first turn of Moto 1 as a rider clipped him from behind and knocked him off his bike, moving him all the way back to 39th place. He had to ride hard the rest of the way but somehow made it back to ninth.

Wishing to separate from the pack immediately in Moto 2, Barcia had an even better start and rode away from the field until getting passed with just two minutes left in his ride, which dropped him to second place. The points he earned on the day lifted him to sixth in the season standings.

“I just got tired at the end there,” Barcia said. “This is the hardest race of the year and you really just want to survive it. The track is so rutted and hard. The whole day I was just squeezing my bike as hard as I could to hang on.

“The first moto took a lot of effort because I got knocked way back at the start so I was charging the whole race. That caught up to me later in Moto 2. Considering this was easily the toughest ride I’ve had all year, to end the day on the podium feels good.

“I’m really happy with my bike and me and my dad have been working on my starts every day at home, just doing dozens and dozens of them. All that hard work paid off.”

Tomac was solid in both races, riding to fifth and sixth in his two motos for an overall finish of fifth place, which lifts him to third in the championship points.

The Geico Team Gets Ready Before the Race

“Just another okay round for me,” Tomac said. “A fifth and a sixth, fifth overall, not exactly what I was looking for but it wasn’t bad either. I need to get up on the podium next round. That’s the main
thing for me right now.

“I’ve trained a lot for the heat, especially thinking back to what happened last year here when it just crushed me, and although it’s still unbelievably hot, I feel like I handled it much better this time around. There’s still another level I need to reach but I’ll get there.”

New team rider Vincent, sporting No. 245 on his GEICO Honda, took 16th in Moto 1 before improving to 10th in Moto 2 to finish 13th in the overall Lites standings. Although this was his first race of the
outdoors series, he’s already in 19th place in the championship rankings.

“The track was so gnarly and the heat was just ridiculous but I managed to make it through the day and I’m not laid out right now,” Vincent said. “The team and the support they gave me is unreal. I
couldn’t ask for more. They motivate me so much.

“First moto I got a good start, maybe fifth or so, and then settled into about eighth place and was there for a good 20 minutes until I clipped a hay bale and went over the handlebars. By the time I got up
I as 16th and just rode it out. My start wasn’t as good in the second moto and I tipped over early so I was playing catch-up the rest of the way. I still ended up in the top 10, which is what I wanted, so it was
a solid day.”

Windham was frustrated by his visit to Texas, despite two fairly decent rides. He started strong in Moto 1 but his Factory Honda 450cc machine encountered some mechanical issues late in the race and he was unable to finish. He was credited with a 28th-place result. In Moto 2, he outlasted several riders that wilted in the heat and finished ninth. His 28-9 finish earned him the 17th slot in the overall


“We had a little mishap in the first moto and I wasn’t able to finish,” said Windham, who slipped a few spots to eighth in the 2011 rankings. “The bad part was it happened pretty late in the race so I
had spent a lot of energy. We got into the second moto and I just hit the wall. Somewhere around the 15-minute mark this Texas heat just got me.

“It’s frustrating and I’m a little embarrassed. I was late getting ready for the outdoors. It was an unexpected move and I entered Round 1 after just a few days of preparation. It was crazy to think I could
catch-up right away, especially coming to heat like this in week two. We’ve got an off weekend now so hopefully we can use the extra time to get better and have a good showing in Mt. Morris.”

The AMA Lucas Oil Motocross Series next races on June 11 in Mt. Morris, Pa.

Eslick Opens Salt Lake Race with Solid Qualifying Performances

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SALT LAKE CITY (May 28) — GEICO/RMR rider Danny Eslick battled cold and wet Utah weather during the first day of professional qualifying for the Big M Weekend at Miller Motorsports Park. Eslick spent time on both his Daytona Sportbike Suzuki and his XR1200 Harley Saturday and was happy to get twice as much track time as usual.

“I like riding both bikes,” Eslick said. “It’s nice to be able to get out there and compete in more than one class. The extra data we gain is valuable.”

The 2009 Daytona Sportbike champion ran well during the morning practice laps and sat second heading into the opening qualifier of the weekend. Although he slowed to seventh in that round, Eslick feels confident heading into raceday.

“This morning started off well,” Eslick said. “We did what we planned by riding some of the momentum from last race here into practice but in qualifying everyone picked up the pace a little bit and we slipped back. We’re seventh but it’s so close in those top spots it’s not a huge deal.

“Plus, putting in one fast lap is one thing but putting in 16 is under race conditions is another story. We’re starting in the second row and that’s not too bad for here because there are so many opportunities to pass on this track.”

The reigning champ in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series faced a very similar fate in the XR1200 class. He was the second quickest behind teammate Chris Filmore in the first practice session but rain and a slippery track caused Eslick to fall to seventh place in qualifying. The Harley is fun,” Eslick said. “I’m happy to be back on it. I wish we could have gotten up there and done a bit better but the conditions weren’t there and I didn’t want to do anything stupid.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow. The weather isn’t looking good so we probably won’t improve on our qualifying spot but we should be able to get a solid wet weather tune-up.

“It is cool here because they let us run in the rain. It’s one of the few tracks left where we are able to run in these conditions. Hopefully we’ll find a good wet setup and I’ll feel comfortable for the main events.”

The final qualifying session for Daytona Sportbike will be 8:40 a.m. MDT Sunday followed by the race at 4:10 p.m. MDT. Final qualifying for the XR1200 Series will be at 4:45 p.m.


Bikers & Rockers Rockin Relief Rally

Trussville, Alabama. 4750 Norrell Drive. Riders Harley Davidson, Bikers and Rockers Rockin’ Relief Rally. Starts at 2:00 pm. This is an ALL DAY EVENT. In honor of the Tornado victim’s….. We are gearing up with Salvation Army who will have a donation trailer set up for anything you want to bring to help out our Alabama families in need. We have a show for you; FOURTH AND ONE, WHO SHOT LIZZY,BUCK WILD,QUADRATIC,acoustics by TRES HOMEBOYS,Lisa Turner,Aaron and Jacob, The Lovin’ 44’s. There will be some good ol’ BBQ. BIKE WASH with the HOOTER GIRLS and a Ride in Bike Show. Entry fee is $7.00 and bring items to donate… as sun block, tooth paste, tooth brushes,pillows,blankets,clothes ;especially toddlers to youth sizes,microwaves,used appliances, furniture, old t.V’s or radios and anything you can donate to help. Also it is Memorial Weekend so lets not forget our military and veterans. Tell everyone and share this event. You never know who else we may have show up,so you don’t want to miss out on this event,Where else you going to get this with this many Bikers and Rockers Rockin out on any other day. This is for all of you and pass it on to everybody and hope to see all of your smiling faces,cause you will when we kick off and get the party started. FMI 205-655-1234 or

Veterans Memorial Ride & Chicken BBQ

Gardner, Massachusetts. Fish & Gun Club, 538 Clark St. Hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America, N. Central Chapter 907. Benefits all veterans past, present and future. Motorcycles, hot rods and classic cars. Ride ($10/bike) followed by music, raffles, barbecue ($15/person), vendors ($20/12×12 space by May 15, $30 after), and more. Free onsite camping avail., reservation required. Rain or shine. Gates open to public at noon. FMI 978-502-8713 or

The Discovery Channel’s American Chopper Teams up With Cadillac to Raise Funds and Awareness for Cure Duchenne

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Monday, May 30th, and Monday, June 6th, at 9 p.m./ET, The Discovery Channel’s American Choppers’ Teutuls will design and compete against one another with custom chopper creations inspired by Cadillac. Viewers will vote for the winning design and the choppers will be auctioned off to raise funds and awareness for Cure Duchenne – the national nonprofit organization whose purpose is to cure Duchenne, the most devastating and lethal muscle disease diagnosed in childhood.

“We have exponentially grown our awareness because of Cadillac. Millions of people now know what Duchenne is and the devastation it wreaks”

This is the first time father and son have faced off with competing builds for the same client since Paul Jr. left to start his own company. The two found a good reason to work toward a common goal in helping Cure Duchenne.

Following the big reveal at General Motors Design Center in Warren, Mich., in the second episode on June 6th, the choppers will be auctioned off with proceeds to benefit Cure Duchenne. The auction will take place on and will continue through the month of July.

Cure Duchenne Founder and President Debra Miller explained the Cadillac partnership has brought great resources to the organization over the last six months. “We have exponentially grown our awareness because of Cadillac. Millions of people now know what Duchenne is and the devastation it wreaks,” Miller said. “We truly believe we can find a cure for Duchenne if we continue to keep it front and center in the minds of people. We are extremely grateful to Cadillac for its support.”

During filming of the first episode of American Choppers in late April, Cure Duchenne boys and their families visited Teutuls Sr. and Teutuls Jr. at their workshops in Newburgh, N.Y., to serve as inspiration for the designs. Families included: the Gearys and son Dakota, 9, of Weirton, W.Va.; the McNarys and sons Austin, 12, and Max, 9, of Saxtons River, Vt.; the Capolongos, and son Michael, 4, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and the Franks and son Kevin, 11, of Emerson, N.J.

The second episode featuring the big reveal was attended by Cure Duchenne representative Mindy Cameron (parent of son Christopher, 9) of Newport Beach, Calif., the Van Houtens and son Kyle, 11, of Hartland, Mich.; the Maes and son Alex, 14, of Canton, Mich. Keith and Julie Van Houten are employed by General Motors Engineering and Jeff Maes is Cadillac’s Remarketing Manager.

About Cure Duchenne

Cure Duchenne, a national nonprofit organization located in Newport Beach, Calif., is gaining international attention for its efforts to raise funds and awareness for Duchenne – a devastating and lethal muscle disease in children. One in every 3,500 male births results in a child being afflicted with the disease. Nearly 20,000 boys are living with the disease in the United States alone, and many will not survive their teenage years. The disorder knows no ethnic or social boundaries.

The funds Cure Duchenne raises support the most promising research projects aimed at treating and curing the disease with the help of its distinguished panel of Scientific Advisors from around the world. To date, six research projects have made their way into human clinical trials with support from Cure Duchenne. This accelerated push to move research from the lab into clinical trials could save the lives of those afflicted and give them hope for halting the progress of the disease. Very few health-related nonprofits have been as successful in being a catalyst for human clinical trials. Cure Duchenne also works tirelessly to bring awareness to the disease through extensive outreach, promotions and celebrity endorsements.