JUSTIN BARCIA NARROWLY MISSES PODIUM FINISH AT DAYTONA SUPERCROSS.
MICHAEL MOSIMAN SHOWS OFF IMPROVED SPEED.
Bike Week and a visit to Daytona International Speedway always bring a little extra excitement to the AMA Supercross season and adds a bit of extra motivation to the riders on the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team.
With a P6 in qualifying and a third-place finish in his heat race, it was clear that Justin Barcia was on the gas and feeling good aboard his MC 450F Factory Edition at Daytona. After rounding the first turn in the main event, Justin was among the leaders and maintained close contact with them in pursuit of a podium spot. After one off-track excursion and a close encounter that momentarily put him on the ground, he ultimately finished fourth on the night.
Justin Barcia:„This was my best practice and qualifying of the year. That was awesome, and I ended up P6. Very happy with that. In the heat race, I didn’t get the best start but had some of the fastest lap times and moved up to third. In the main event, I got a good start and was running fourth. I had the leaders in front of me, and tried to make a pass and got a little tangled. Then I came back, tried to make another pass, and got tangled again. Fourth was all it wrote. I’m really disappointed. It definitely was a podium night with my speed and the bike was really good. I really like Indy. It’s a good vibe there and a good stadium. I do well there, and I want to be on the podium.”
With a P4 qualifying effort, Michael Mosiman went into the evening’s racing with a positive outlook. He also scored a fourth in his heat race despite a minor tip-over. A poor start had Michael charging forward from 11th to sixth before a hard crash ended his night.
Michael Mosiman: “You know what? Today had a lot of positives. I was riding a lot better. I felt like my bike was in a good spot. I felt fast and in control. I felt good in my heat race, and just felt racy. In the main event, I didn’t have the best gate pick and slid off the gate. I made the most of it, got banged around a little bit, and just tried to make my way up through the pack. I think I was in sixth, catching fifth, and I caught a haybale and got bit. It’s super tough to end my night on a crash. I’m not stoked on that. But I can’t let the sour ending take the place of so many of the positives. So, we’re going to focus on the positives, focus on the good riding, and try to carry that momentum into the next one.”
Next Event (Round 9): March 11, 2023 – Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Results – 2023 AMA Supercross Championship, Round Eight
250SX East – Main Event Results
1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) 13 laps; 2. Max Anstie (Honda) +09.127; 3. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha) +24.514 … 21. Michael Mosiman (GASGAS)
450SX – Main Event Results
1. Eli Tomac (Yamaha) 17 laps; 2. Cooper Webb (KTM) +01.791; 3. Chase Sexton (Honda) +12.046 … 4. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) +23.001; 18. Justin Starling (GASGAS)
Championship Standings – After Six Rounds
1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) 99 points; 2. Max Anstie (Honda) 85; 3. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha) … 10. Michael Mosiman (GASGAS) 51
1. Eli Tomac (Yamaha) 139 points; 2. Cooper Webb 132; 3. Chase Sexton (Honda) 132; 3. Cooper Webb (KTM) 83 … 7. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) 97; 21. Justin Starling (GASGAS) 18