It was a crazy night of racing. Straight away Barcia had his work cut out for him. The 26yr old started to make progress through the pack after a poor start in his heat, but another rider made contact, ending Barcia’s race early. He bounced back to take a dominant win in the LCQ and went on to get a good jump on the start in the main. Unfortunately, the outside position wasn’t ideal and Barcia ended up in the hay bales. Never one to give up, the team’s veteran rider charged his way from last to finish seventh.
Although, not quite as dramatic, Barcia’s rookie teammate had some challenges of his own. A downed rider at the start of his heat had Plessinger at a disadvantage, but he put his head down and worked his way back up from 14th to sixth. In the main event, Plessinger got pinched off on the start, but put in the laps to ultimately finish ninth.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team will be back in action next weekend for round eight, and the second Triple Crown of the season, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, Saturday, February 23.