Another great night in Arlington, Texas for Justin Barcia and the TLD Red Bull GasGas team, who finished just off the podium with an incredible come-from-behind performance in the 450SX Main Event.
Barcia once again flew the flag solely for GasGas in the Lone Star state as 250SX West teammate Pierce Brown successfully underwent thumb surgery on Monday to fix an injury sustained last Saturday.
“My riding was awesome in the Main Event. I just pushed through and got as far as I could but unfortunately missed out on the podium, which is frustrating, but all-in-all it was a good ride and I’m looking forward to getting back up on the podium on Saturday. The bike is really good, the team is good and I’m good, so we just need to nail those starts and we’ll be up there.”
In the Main Event, Barcia had some struggles off the start that set him back as far as 16th on the opening lap but he quickly turned things around to jump into 10th early on. He continued to chip away, finally reaching a top-five spot around the halfway point and that’s when he charged full-steam ahead to secure fourth.
Barcia found himself just outside the podium battle once again but he wasn’t able to close the gap enough to make a move and he brought it in for a solid fourth in the Main Event. With six rounds to go in 2021, Barcia maintains fourth overall in the 450SX Championship standings.