Justin Barcia wins Monster Energy Cup

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Associated Press

Posted on October 21, 2012 at 3:32 AM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Justin Barcia won the Monster Energy Cup on Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium, winning a moto and finishing second in the other two to earn $100,000 in the special event.

Barcia, the Muscle Milk Honda rider from Greenville, Fla., finished second behind Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto in the opening moto, won the second, and was second behind Honda's Eli Tomac in the third on the hybrid track with supercross and motocross features.

"All the guys in this class are really fast, and I am happy to turn in the performance I did tonight," Barcia said. "I tried to hold off (going into the Joker Lane) until late in the race, and that gave Eli the chance to move into the lead. I have been working hard and will continue to work hard."

Villopoto missed the finale after crashing in the second moto. Last year, he won $1 million by taking all three motos.

Auston Forkner, a Kawasaki rider from Richards, Mo., swept both motos to take the Super-Mini Class Championship.

"It feels amazing because I have been thinking about this all year, and to come here and win is awesome," Forkner said. "It was a great race tonight and awesome to feel what it is like to race supercross."

Yamaha's Cooper Webb, from Newport, N.C., won the Amateur All-Star Class title.

"It feels awesome to be out ahead of all the best riders in this class," Webb said. "I was just trying to make my way up to the podium. It was shocking I won the overall, but still awesome."

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