Troy Lee Designs GasGas Justin Barcia bagged himself a heat race win, and a main event finish at round twelve of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross championships in Seattle.
Qualifying his best of the season in fifth, Barcia had a strong start to the day and he kept the ball rolling into his heat race. Powering his MC 450F to the holeshot, Barcia led all nine laps of the heat to carry a nice gate pick into the Main Event.
With a solid second-place start in the main, Barcia established himself as a front-runner early on. He kept himself in the mix up front for the first half of racing but an OTB crash cost him a good amount of time. Re-mounting in fifth, Barcia did what he needed to manage the rest of the race and ultimately salvaged a hard-fought fifth on the night.
“It felt awesome to win the heat race, the bike was ripping! Said Barcia. “We made a few changes for the Main Event and got a second-place start. Me and Eli checked out, running a good pace and I just got a little off the line, landed on a tuf block and went flipping.”
“I’m super disappointed in that but I was riding my heart out and ended up fifth. My bike was already torn up after that crash and I managed the race as good as I could. All-in-all, I’m just happy with the positives on the day. It’s a bummer on the crash but we’ll be back in St. Louis to go for the win.”