This year’s MEC really put racers to the test with three different starts, two different directions and the usual one-lap ride down the mandatory Joker Lane in the three Main Events. Barcia got a decent start in the first race and was able to work his way from seventh to fifth by the halfway mark and hold onto that position until the checkers.
When the direction was reversed for the second Main, the 27-year-old was unable to find his comfort zone, but was able to manage an eighth-place finish. Barcia and the team made some adjustments to bike for the third and final Main and was able to improve to sixth to end the night sixth overall.
Unfortunately for his teammate Plessinger, an error in the sand section while racing in seventh had him on the ground and out of the first Main. The rookie regrouped for the second race and kept his cool to finish 17th. He was able to get off to a good start in ninth from the 17th starting position and was able to cross the line eighth to finish 15th overall.
Although hoping for more, positive gains were made in preparation for the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season which kicks off January 4, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.