In only his second race with the team, Tickle made a lot of progress. After qualifying 14th on Saturday, he made a strong getaway, storming to third by the end of the first lap behind Barcia. Running a smart race, he advanced to second to join his teammate on the podium. In the second moto, Tickle struggled at the gate drop and was down in 15th, but managed to put his head down and battled his way back up the field to finish ninth for a solid fourth overall.
After a strong qualifying in third place, Barcia came out swinging in the first moto with the holeshot. After a short battle for the lead, he solidified his place at the top of the field and completely checked out, building a gap as large as 59 seconds over second-placed Tickle by the halfway stage. Barcia controlled his pace with ease and took the flag comfortably to record his first moto win since the 2018 Ironman National.
The second moto was a tough ride for the Florida rider. Barcia worked his way to fifth before a tip over that dropped him to the back of the field as he pulled in for a goggle swap. He mounted a solid comeback lap after lap to reach 15th, but unfortunately, the conditions took their toll and Barcia was unable to complete the moto. With a strong win in the bag, Barcia ended the second round in seventh overall with a 1-32 tally, giving him third place in the championship standings.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team returns to the dirt at the Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana, next Saturday, August 29, for Round 3 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.