Heading into the weekend, Barcia was one of the many riders in the Supercross paddock to find himself battling illness in addition to the competition. Although feeling under the weather, he was determined to hold on to his advantage in the title chase, and the coveted red plate. In addition to not feeling well, a crash earlier in the day had the team pulling together to get the bike setup back to optimum for conditions at The Dome at America’s Center. Barcia was able to rebound to qualify fifth. Although the 27-year-old got a poor start in his Heat, he pushed through to salvage a decent gate pick with a third-place finish.
In the Main Event, Barcia got a much better start and quickly worked his way into third. He didn’t waste any time advancing to second and was able to put some separation between himself and the competition while they were locked in a heated battle for third. From there on out, the Florida resident maintained a solid spot in second and scored some very valuable championship points on a day that wasn’t his best.
As for Plessinger, he put forth a solid effort to rebound from a tough beginning to his Sophomore season. Like his teammate, he also recovered from a poor start to his Heat and finished seventh. He then improved upon his 14th gate pick for the Main Event to start 11th and work his way forward to finish 10th.
Now the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team heads back West to Southern California for Round 3 at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, on Saturday, January 18.