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Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team’s Justin Barcia Takes Top-10 Finish at Washougal

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team’s Justin Barcia Takes Top-10 Finish at Washougal

It was another tough Lucas Oil Pro Motocross round for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team at Washougal MX Park on Saturday, July 27. Justin Barcia led the way, scoring another top-10 finish (10-9), whilst teammate Aaron Plessinger rebounded from a DNS in the first moto to end the day 17th overall (40-13).

Once again, starts proved to be the Achilles' heel for the team’s veteran rider Barcia, who found himself outside of the top twenty in the first moto. Never willing to give up, the Florida resident put his head down and quickly worked his way to 13th at the end of the first lap. He then moved up into the 10th, but had fight his way back to a top-10 finish after coming together with a lapper around the halfway mark. In the second moto, Barcia got a better start, but still had to battle his way back from 15th to ninth to take 10th overall.

The day didn’t start much better for his rookie teammate. A technical issue on the sight lap prevented Plessinger from starting the first moto. That misfortune put him at a disadvantage in the second moto with the last gate pick in 40th. The 2018 Pro Motocross 250MX Champion didn’t let that discourage him and went to work through the pack to cross the line 13th at the end of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto.

The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team gets a weekend off before heading back east to New Berlin, New York, for round 10 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Unadilla, on August 10.

Jim Perry

Washougal was a tough one. The track was tough, slick and hard to find a groove, but starts were definitely our downfall. In moto one Justin suffered a poor start outside the top twenty. He rode solid race and worked his way up to 10th. In the second moto, he started a little bit better but was only able to finish inside the top 10 in ninth. For Aaron, things looked to be going well, however in the first moto we had a technical problem that didn’t allow him to start the race. He came back in the second moto, but didn’t get the best gate pick and had to start on the far outside. He rode hard all moto long, but was outside the top 10. Definitely a tough day. We will take this next weekend off, regroup, work on our starts and come back at Unadilla, a place where both guys have had solid results.

Justin Barcia

We struggled a little bit this morning, made lots of little changes all day. In the first moto, got a bad start again. I charged through the pack up to the top 10. I passed a lapper and got taken out, so that kind of put me back a little bit, but still managed to finish 10th. Then got another bad start in the second moto, which is frustrating. I can’t figure those out at the moment. I just charged as far as I could forward and rode the best I could today. It was a tough one, but just going to keep working and getting better and move forward.

Aaron Plessinger

It was kind of a struggle all day. I didn’t really have that great of a practice time, was struggling with the whole bike, pretty much. Went out for the first moto. Went for the sight lap and my clutch started slipping really bad. We tried to fix it but then the clutch started to not work at all, so I didn’t make the first moto. Went out for the second moto and had the 40th gate pick and got a really bad start. I just tried to charge as hard as I could. We’re going to keep trying to make improvements and spend time down in Florida now. It was a really tough day. Hopefully we can come back and rebound at Unadilla.


2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 450 Class Washougal Results
1. Eli Tomac (1-1)
2. Ken Roczen (2-3)
3. Marvin Musquin (5-2)
4. Cooper Webb (3-5)
5. Jason Anderson (4-7)
6. Zach Osborne (9-4)
7. Joey Savagty(6-6)
8. Fredrik Noren (8-8)
9. Dean Wilson (7-10)
10. Justin Barcia (10-9)
17. Aaron Plessinger (40-13)

2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 450 Class Standings
1. Eli Tomac 392
2. Marvin Musquin 342
3. Ken Roczen 335
4. Cooper Webb 324
5. Jason Anderson 304
6. Zach Osborne 295
7. Justin Barcia 221
8. Justin Bogle 185
9. Fredrik Noren 182
10. Blake Baggett 175
22. Aaron Plessinger 48