Tickle and the team made some changes to the setup after the first RedBud and he felt more comfortable straight away at Monday’s National. When the gate dropped in Moto 1, he found himself back in 20th at the start but was able to make passes on a difficult track to finish eighth. He made it easier on himself in the second moto, with a much better start inside the top 10, and crossed the finish line fifth to end the day sixth overall.
It went the other way for his teammate Barcia who had a better first moto. The Florida rider was fifth after the first lap and made the pass for fourth. As the race wore on, the battle heated up and no one was able to really separate themselves from each other in the lead group. Barcia was holding his ground in fourth until he made a mistake with three laps to go and ultimately finished fifth. The second moto got off to a tough start with Barcia getting caught up in a multi-rider crash in Turn 2. He was all the way back in 25th on the first lap but kept pushing forward to reach the top 10 near the end of the race for eighth overall.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team gets a weekend off before heading to Millville, Minnesota, for Round 6 of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the Spring Creek National, on Saturday, September 19.