MT. MORRIS, Pa. Ã¢Â€Â“ Another stop on the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship, another trip down memory lane for GEICO Honda’s Kevin Windham.
The track at High Point, site of this weekend’s national, was a watershed mark for Windham early in his career.
“I nearly won my first moto there back in 1994,” Windham said. “I was just 17 years old at the time, and led the race until the last lap. From that day on, it’s been a great place for me.”
Windham said the opportunity to revisit these classic venues has been a joy.
“The length of my career has been pretty extraordinary,” said Windham, who at 33 years old is the oldest pro on tour. “It great to see the fans excited to see me back at tracks like High Point. It’s a whole lot of fun to come back to.
“So many good things have happened at this track in the past, it’s great to be able to re-live those memories.”
It’s been a bumpy road so far this summer for Windham, who is filling in for the injured Trey Canard on the Honda of America team.
“The first two races have been a little bit difficult for us,” Windham said. “We were behind in the first race and had mechanical problems in the second one. I’ve been working to better prepare myself for the season.
“The competitive part of me wants to run up front and we’ll work to do just that this weekend.”
Windham is currently eighth in the 450cc class standings.
GEICO Honda’s 250 riders are doing all they can to stay in the championship hunt. Eli Tomac, who is currently third in the series points, finished fourth in the season opener and has an average moto finish of 4.5.
Justin Barcia is sixth in the points, has three holeshots in four motos so far his season, has led the second most number of laps of anyone in the class, and finished fourth overall last time out.
Newcomer Lance Vincent, helping fill the gap left by the injured Wil Hahn and Jimmy DeCotis, rounds out the GEICO contingent. He’s 19th in the series standings.
Practice at High Point gets under way at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Saturday. Opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 12:40 p.m. with the gate dropping on the first moto at 1 p.m. The first motos will be broadcast live on FUEL-TV on Saturday at 1 p.m. EDT. The second 250 moto will be shown on SPEED tape delayed at 10 p.m. with the 450 second moto to be shown on NBC affiliates on Sunday at 4 p.m. EDT.