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BAM! BAM! OUT GO THE LITES! The races that kept the spectators in Las Vegas glued to their seats were the wild and crazy antics of the Dave Coombs Sr. Memorial East vs. West 250 Lites challenge. In this series of intense bat- tles, it was an East coast war between Justin Barcia, Ken Roc- zen, and Blake Baggett. On the West Coast side, it was a duel between Eli Tomac, Dean Wilson, Wil Hahn, and Martin Davalos. In Vegas, Bar- cia nabbed the East Coast win while Tomac capped the season with the West Coast Lites win. For the season, GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia topped Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen for the Eastern Lites series title, with GEICO Honda mounted Eli Tomac taking the West Coast Lites championship, over Kawa- saki’s Dean Wilson and KTM’s Marvin Musquin. All in all, the 2012 Super- cross season started out as an anyone can win, slugfest con- flagration. It then turned into a grind it out-endurance fest. And fi- nally, a case where the walk- ing wounded prevailed. Proving that modern day Supercross Racing does indeed have some- thing in common with the Old School Roman Gladiator con- tests. It is a war of attrition and survival, in this modern day era of ‘bread and circuses’ we call Supercross Racing. Far Left Photo - Lights, Cameras, Cell phones? The omnipotent cell phone is fast replacing cameras and videos at the podium photo show. A Monster image of live TV coverage only makes this surreal scene even more bizarre. Left - Eli Tomac (1) and Justin Barcia got to run their coveted East and West Lites numbers in a battle of the coasts race in Vegas. www.dirtillustrated.com