Barcia Wins Muddy Lites Daytona SX

Shan Moore | March 10, 2012
Justin Barcia rainy Daytona

Daytona, Florida, (March 10, 2012) – Justin Barcia kept his win streak alive by winning a very muddy Lites final at tonight’s Daytona Supercross, however, he had to hold off a hard charging Blake Baggett on the final lap to do so.

After off and on heavy rain showers turned the Daytona infield to a sloppy mess, the Lites final was shortened from 15 laps to 12.

Barcia and Blake Wharton hit the first turn first but it was the GEICO Powersports Honda of Barcia with the lead heading into the opening lap, while Wharton settled into second on his Rockstar Suzuki ahead of the Monster Energy Kawasaki of Baggett.

Barcia quickly pulled a lead, which grew to as much as eight seconds at times. However, Baggett put on a late charge, pulling to within a few seconds of Barcia with the laps winding down. On the final lap, Baggett closed in and was not far behind when Barcia nearly went down, however, a bobble by Baggett himself gave Barcia all the room he needed to take the win.

Baggett held on for second, while Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Darryn Durham made up for a bad start to finish third ahead of Ken Roczen, passing Roczen when the Red Bull KTM rider made a mistake.

Wharton finished fifth, with Jake Canada and Kyle Cunningham rounding out the top seven.

Shan Moore | Contributing Editor

Moore covers all facets of off-road racing for Cycle News – from AMA Supercross and Motocross to GNCC and National Hare Scrambles events.