In the first moto, Barcia got the raw end of the deal at the start, coming around the first lap in 22nd. He was quick to make moves towards the front, into 12th by Lap 4. Fans would never know that Barcia was tired as he put in his fastest lap of the race on the final lap, and made the pass to finish sixth on the moto. His start was much stronger in Moto 2 where he funneled into third and had a great battle for second before cementing his spot in the runner-up position where he finished. Barcia’s 6-2 moto score placed him third overall on the day, and continued to keep him third in the championship standings.
Teammate Tickle has roots in the Michigan area and has earned podium finishes at RedBud throughout his career. While the track was constantly changing throughout the day, Tickle was able to remain consistent. He started the first moto in eighth and settled in to finish in the same spot. Tickle didn’t enjoy the same top-10 start in Moto 2 and was forced to move through the pack, moving up from 14th to finish the race in ninth, giving him ninth overall.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team will remain in Buchanan, Michigan for a second RedBud National on Labor Day, Monday, September 7.