After a run in with a tough block and a tip over in his heat race, Barcia still managed to finish eighth and qualify for the Main event. Unfortunately the main event didn’t go much better with a less than ideal gate pick for the star who continues to recover from a shoulder injury. He was 13th after the first turn and then had a crash that set him back further. Barcia remounted, but was unable to make progress through the field and crossed the line 17th.
Grant, who is filling in for the injured Aaron Plessinger, was also held back by a pair of crashes. A crash in his heat had him barely missing the transfer spot in 10th-place. That put Grant in the LCQ with one more shot to make the main, but another crash ultimately ended his night.
Barcia, Grant, and their Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team will regroup and head to Houston, Texas, where they will race Saturday, March 30, at NRG Field.