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Powersports Honda mid-season review

LaRocco evalutes GEICO Powersports Honda team at mid-season point TORONTO (March 10) -- The GEICO Powersports Honda riders have solidified their position as consistent frontrunners this season and enter this Saturday's Monster Energy AMA ...

LaRocco evalutes GEICO Powersports Honda team at mid-season point

TORONTO (March 10) -- The GEICO Powersports Honda riders have solidified their position as consistent frontrunners this season and enter this Saturday's Monster Energy AMA Supercross race at Rogers Centre in Toronto looking to paint the podium in team colors.

Between Supercross and Supercross Lites, GEICO Powersports Honda riders have reached the podium at eight of the nine races contested so far, and are seeking their third victory celebration of the year in Canada.

Team manager and past world champion rider Mike LaRocco is pleased with his group's efforts this season and expects better things in the weeks to come.

Veteran Kevin Windham has three podium finishes on his 450cc Honda and has led the way in multiple qualifying heats and races this year, but so far he hasn't been able to punch through for a victory.

"I love where K-Dub's at speed-wise," LaRocco said. "Some events he has 20 awesome laps in him but a slow start or maybe someone in his way during the race prevents him from getting the win. He's had other races where he starts really strong and can't quite finish.

"We all know what he's capable of. I think he just needs a win to get his belief system back up. Once he cracks it, the wins will come in bunches."

Trey Canard, who has split time between the Lites West and Supercross series, has been the most consistent rider in the GEICO Powersports Honda stable. Canard is coming off his second straight podium finish in the Supercross series filling in for injured Honda Red Bull rider Andrew Short. He also has two wins and is second in the national points in the Lites West series.

"Trey's in a really good spot," LaRocco said. "I had a little concern, to be honest, when Honda asked him to step up to the 450 because it could have gone either way and I didn't want him to have a bad experience and be put off. But Trey's been great. He's handled it like a true professional and he's riding strong. There's no pressure on him and he's just thriving with this opportunity.

"When we get back out west he should really be able to push for the Lites championship. He easily could win both of the remaining races out there."

Lites East riders Brett Metcalfe and Justin Barcia both have podium finishes in their first three races and are fourth and sixth, respectively, in the points. Metcalfe was slowed just a bit by injury in the early going, but has recovered and been strong. Barcia has run well and would be higher in the points if not for a last lap spill in Atlanta.

"Metty is a soldier," LaRocco said. "He had an injury to his ankle right before the season started and we switched him from the West to the East series. He's been getting on the podium, which is great to see, and I think he'll only get stronger as the season goes along.

"Justin is the rider we all expected him to be coming up from the amateur ranks. There's been a little drama with the other riders because he's aggressive. At the same time, it's hard for me to think about trying to calm him down because I think his aggressive style is what will make him great. But you don't want to make a bunch of enemies your first year out when you plan on making a career out of this sport. The thing I'm trying to teach him is to ride aggressively, but to ride with respect."

-source: powersports honda

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Series AMA
Drivers Kevin Windham , Justin Barcia , Trey Canard , Mike LaRocco