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.