Barcia Battles to Fifth-Place Finish, Plessinger Takes Top 10 at Petco Park
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team’s Justin Barcia rode a solid race on another tough, technical track to score a top-five finish at the Petco Park in San Diego, California. His teammate Aaron Plessinger continued to make forward strides in the premier class of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, bouncing back from a crash to finish 10th.
Barcia started the night off with a fourth-place finish in his Heat, giving him a much better gate pick than last weekend’s Main Event in Oakland. Unfortunately though, starts continued to be an issue for the Florida resident and he once again found himself fighting towards the front. He quickly worked his way into seventh and steadily moved forward into fourth. Around the halfway mark, he was locked in a heated battle with one of the title contenders. The pair exchanged positions multiple times, but he ultimately had to settle for fifth. Looking at the bigger picture, the top-five finish helped score important points in the championship where Barcia currently sits fourth in the standings with 11 rounds remaining.
After finishing fifth in his Heat race, Plessinger got off to a flying start in the Main Event and was right in the fight up front. The 2018 250SX West Champion was in third and maintained that position for the first six laps. In his battle with the reigning 450SX Champion, the sophomore Supercross rider lost the front in the left hander before the whoops. Plessinger quickly rejoined the race but found himself back in eighth. Four laps later, he lost another position but didn’t lose his cool. The 24-year-old kept knocking down the laps but unfortunately got passed in the final moments and crossed the line 10th.
The team now heads east for Round 7 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship on Saturday, February 15, at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Jim Perry – Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager
Justin Barcia – Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing
Aaron Plessinger – Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing