Barcia Out For Remainder Of Supercross Series
Ever since winning the opening round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series at Anaheim 1, it’s been a tough road for Justin Barcia. Since then, the Monster Energy Yamaha Team rider has been slowed by injuries. As a result, he has chosen to sit out the remainder of the supercross series to heal up for the outdoor nationals. The 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship gets started May 18 at Hangtown (Sacramento, California).
Injuries Take Barcia Out Of Remainder Of Supercross Series
“Monster Energy Supercross is a demanding series, racing every weekend,” said Team Manager Jim Perry. “Justin has been battling injuries from the midpoint of the season and needs the time to recover and heal up. Sitting out the final three events is a hard call, however, getting back to 100 percent, the place he started the season is the number-one goal. It will be a bummer not seeing the number-51 YZ450F line up at the gate this weekend, but we will continue moving forward supporting Josh Grant for the final three events.”
Barcia says that he probably should have pulled out even earlier. “At this point, it seems that the best thing to do is to let my body recover,” Barcia said. “I’m just going to keep on training, skip the last few Supercross races and let my body heal up. Thinking about that now, I probably should have done that a few weeks ago because I was injured already, but I really wanted to be at the supercross race with my team and fans and put on a good showing. For right now, I’m going to regroup and be ready for the first Outdoor.”
Barcia’s best supercross finish since winning Anaheim 1 is fifth, which came 11 weeks later at Indianapolis. Injuries have forced him to miss two rounds, and he is currently ninth in the 2019 450SX Championship.