With conditions tough for those that were on top form, the night proved challenging for Barcia, who was still not 100% fit after his big crash at Anaheim 2. In spite of the pain, the New Yorker finished fifth in his heat and went on to finish seventh in the main. Barcia’s perseverance keeps the 450SX title in sight as he trails the championship leader by nine points with 13 rounds remaining.
His rookie teammate also had a rough night on the soft, rutty track. Plessinger struggled all day, but made some progress during qualifying and felt good going into the night program. The newly turned 23yr old had a good start in the main, something he had been working on all week, but unfortunately stalled out on the wall jump and his bike was damaged. Plessinger didn’t give up, pulling in a couple of times to straighten out his bike, and carried on to score points to remain within the top-10 of the standings.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team heads down south to San Diego, California, next Saturday, February 2, for round 5 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship at PETCO Park.