Barcia to Race Honda CRF450R at Remaining Motocross Rounds

American Honda is pleased to announce that GEICO Honda rider Justin Barcia will ride for the American Honda Racing team and race a factory...

American Honda is pleased to announce that GEICO Honda rider Justin Barcia will ride for the American
Honda Racing team and race a factory Honda-prepared CRF450R at the remaining four rounds in the 2011 AMA
Motocross Championship.

"I'm so grateful to have this opportunity to ride the Honda CRF450R in the 450
class," said Barcia. "I can't thank GEICO Honda team owners Rick Zielfelder and
Jeff Majkrzak enough for allowing me to take advantage of this opportunity. I raced
the CRF450R to the overall win at the Bercy Supercross last year and I felt great
competing on the bike, so I'm excited to now get the chance to race several
rounds in the Motocross series on it. I'm also really looking forward to working with
the factory Honda team. I feel I've grown a lot as a professional racer over the past
three years and this whole experience is only going to help me develop my skills
even more."

American Honda Racing Team Manager Erik Kehoe welcomes Barcia to the Honda
starting line-up. "Justin has been a part of the Honda family for many years now,
having entered the professional ranks through Honda's amateur support program,"
said Kehoe. "He has a lot of experience racing Honda motorcycles and he's earned a lot of success in both his amateur
and professional careers. Trey Canard showcased his talents aboard the factory-prepared Honda CRF450R last year
when he filled in for six Supercross rounds, and obviously that was a significant career opportunity for him, while
Cole Seely enjoyed racing several Supercross' with the team this year.We are pleased to work with Honda-supported
teams and give the younger Honda riders the chance to gain valuable experience riding for the factory team when
opportunities arise."

For more information, contact American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (310) 783-3745.

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