Spearheading the team's campaign in the 450SX class is Justin Barcia (#51) and Aaron Plessinger (#7) aboard factory-prepped Yamaha YZ450Fs. A reenergized Barcia returns for his second season with the factory squad and aims to get his first win since 2013. The two-time 250SX East champion got a hot start to the season last year, scoring three podiums in the first four races. Unfortunately, his season was interrupted with injury, but Barcia still managed to end the season top 10 in the point's standings in one of the most competitive and prestigious motorcycle racing championships in the world.
Making his debut with the factory team this weekend is 450SX rookie Aaron Plessinger. Fresh off of his landmark 250 class season on the Monster Energy/Star/ Yamaha Racing team, earning both the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX West Championship and AMA 250MX Championship, Plessinger hopes to carry that momentum forward into the premier class aboard his Yamaha YZ450F.
The much-anticipated Anaheim I season opener gets underway with practice starting at 3:00 p.m. ET. Live coverage begins on NBC Sports (NBCSN) Saturday at 10 P.M. ET and on NBC Sports Gold providing subscribers with Live Streaming coverage of all qualifiers and races without commercial interruption (Supercross Pass).