Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team’s Justin Barcia Has Best Moto Finish of the Season in Millville
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team’s Justin Barcia bounced back from a tough first moto at Spring Creek MX Park to finish with his best moto finish of the season in fourth during moto two. Round eight proved especially challenging as the riders faced a muddy and treacherous circuit in Millville, Minnesota, but Barcia came away with sixth overall (11-4) and teammate Aaron Plessinger had a strong showing in moto one finishing ninth before having to retire early in moto two, placing him 16th overall (9-40).
The veteran Barcia had a long moto in store after starting the opening race outside the top 30. With most bringing forth a survival mentality, he pushed on and worked his way up to 11th by the checkered flag. Moto two was a different story with his start affording him a new opportunity in 10th. Barcia moved quickly and was into fourth by the fourth lap and maintained the position in the sloppy conditions to score sixth overall on the talents of an 11-4 moto score.
Gaining strength at each race since his return from injury, Plessinger has never shied away from muddy and tough conditions. It worked out for him in the opening moto when he made up for a poor start to finish ninth. Plessinger was running well in moto two inside the top 10 when he went down and was forced to retire early, giving him a 40th score on the moto and pushing him out to 16th on the day.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team returns next weekend to Washougal, Washington for the Washougal National on July 27.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager
“The conditions were tough all weekend. It was extremely hot yesterday. Then this morning it rained for the better part of mid-morning. In spite of the rutty, muddy, sloppy conditions, we definitely had a step in the right direction today.
“I think that when we started the season, it was no surprise that we were behind the eight-ball due to injuries and time off during supercross. So we’ve been making progress each week. I think these last two weeks of being off and being able to ride and work on fitness and speed seemed to help both guys. We look to keep building on that next weekend at Washougal.”
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team
“It was a pretty good day overall for me. The first moto put me back, but I got up to 11th. I seem to be continuing the hard charger role, which isn’t really fun but shows my spirit to not give up. The bike changes we made for the second moto were good and we rode well. I played cat and mouse with third in the second moto. I feel like there is room for improvement, which is good to say on a decent day. We have more to get out of this season still and we’ll keep moving forward with my riding and the bike.”
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team
“Spring Creek went pretty well, considering. I felt pretty good in qualifying, even though we only got about three or four laps in. We went out for the first moto and it poured down rain. So the track was muddy. It was tough conditions, but I worked my way up to ninth. It was a really good race and I felt really good on the bike. I changed some things for moto two and went out and got a really, really good start in moto two. I was running with the top guys for a little bit, the Justin [Barcia] and Eli [Tomac] got by me and I decided to go end over end on the “Chadapult.” So that ended my race, kind of destroyed my bike a little bit. We’ll get back out there this week and get after them next weekend.”
2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 450 Class Spring Creek Results
1. Cooper Webb (1-1)
2. Zach Osborne (4-3)
3. Eli Tomac (2-5)
4. Marvin Musquin (3-7)
5. Ken Roczen (14-2)
6. Justin Barcia (11-4)
7. John Short (6-8)
8. Fredrik Noren (7-11)
9. Henry Miller (5-14)
10. Benny Bloss (16-6)
16. Aaron Plessinger (9-40)
2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 450 Class Standings
1. Eli Tomac 342
2. Marvin Musquin 304
3. Ken Roczen 293
4. Cooper Webb 288
5. Jason Anderson 272
6. Zach Osborne 265
7. Justin Barcia 198
8. Blake Baggett 175
9. Justin Bogle 166
10. Fredrik Noren 156