Rookie Barcia wins Supercross race in Phoenix

Updated: January 13, 2013, 1:36 AM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Justin Barcia won an AMA Supercross race at Chase Field on Saturday night for his first career victory.

Barcia, a rookie from Ochlocknee, Ga., became the 56th different winner in the history of the 450SX class. Two-time 450SX class champion Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., was second, and Davi Millsaps, of Murrieta, Calif., who won last week's race at Angels Stadium, grabbed third.

"I can't tell you how excited I am right now," Barcia said. "I didn't think this win would come so soon. I kept it smooth out there, but the track was super slick. It was a great night for me."

Villopoto spun out on the first lap and dropped from fourth to eighth place.

Honda rider Eli Tomac, of Cortez, Colo., won his second consecutive Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event. Tomac had a 10.193 second margin of victory in his ninth 250SX Class race win.

"I am totally stoked," he said. "I am now 2 for 2 this season, and to get a win here in Phoenix is huge because I have a lot of family and friends here. I haven't had a lot of great races here in the past, so picking up the win is awesome."

Next week's Supercross is back at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

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