Yamaha has announced the addition of Justin Barcia to its rider lineup for the 2016 Monster Energy Supermotocross Riders’ Cup, beefing up Yamaha’s participation in the event.
The 25-year-old will race alongside Romain Febvre, Benoit Paturel and Brent van Doninck inside the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on October 8.
As a two-time AMA 250SX Supercross Champion and winner of the 2012 Monster Energy Cup Barcia will be looking to make the most of his vast experience of stadium racing at the first edition of the Monster Energy SMX Rider’s Cup.
“It’s an honour to be selected to represent Yamaha at the first SMX Cup,” Barcia. “I’m pumped to return to Europe and I’m really looking forward to racing next to my Yamaha team-mates Febvre, Paturel and Van Doninck.”
Fresh off a hard-fought fourth place finish in the 2016 AMA Motocross Championship, the Autotrader Monster Energy Yamaha Team rider will be a strong asset to Yamaha’s squad in Germany.
“The race has a totally new format, which makes things even more exciting for us,” added the American. “Many of the world’s best motocross and supercross riders will be there, so competition will be fierce. I’ll do all I can to get Yamaha to the top.”
Along with 2015 FIM MXGP World Champion Romain Febvre, 22-year-old Benoit Paturel and 20-year-old Brent van Doninck Yamaha’s exciting quartet of riders will form a young and highly-promising team that will go head-to-head against the elite of international motocross and supercross racing.
Set to take place on October 8, inside the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, the inaugural edition of the Monster Energy SMX Riders’ Cup will see the best riders in the world compete for brand supremacy in a stadium style motocross race.