JUSTIN BARCIA CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY WITH A PODIUM FINISH IN SEATTLE.
PIERCE BROWN SHOWS IMPRESSIVE SPEED WITH HEAT RACE WIN.
When the AMA Supercross series moves to Seattle, you can nearly always expect soft and extremely rutted conditions. That’s just the sort of added challenge that the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team loves.
With the momentum that Justin Barcia had displayed over the last few rounds of the AMA Supercross series, expectations were high coming into Seattle, and the team didn’t go home disappointed. After being scored in the seventh spot on the first lap of the main event, Justin went to work on his MC 450F Factory Edition, picking off four riders on the extremely rutted course on the way to a third-place finish.
Justin Barcia:„I felt good and qualified fourth. In the heat race, I finished fourth. I didn’t get the greatest start but I rode really well. In the main event, it was the same. I didn’t get off to the best start, then had a lot of battles and charged all the way up to third. I closed in on second but didn’t have quite enough time. The bike was really good. I had a lot of fun and the team crushed it. We are on the gas and going forward, going for that win.”
The first 250 heat race of the night was a great showcase for Pierce Brown as he and his MC 250F Factory Edition sped through the pack to score a strong heat race win. That boosted expectations for a good result in the main event, but unfortunately, a first-turn crash dropped Pierce to 20th place. Over the remaining 18 laps he was able to charge back to an impressive seventh on the soft and rutted track.
Pierce Brown:“Tough day. It started off great. Something about today, I was fired up. I was P1 in free practice, and decent in qualifying. Not the best. I won the heat race, and in the main event, I collided with a rider in the first corner and fell. But after the fall I was able to put some really good laps together. Not good enough to be where I want to be…I ended up P7. I’m not a seventh-place guy and I need to prove that I’m not. So we’re going to use the next weekend off to smooth some things out and focus on eliminating our weaknesses.”
Next Event (Round 12): April 8, 2023 – State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Results – 2023 AMA Supercross Championship, Round 11
250SX West – Main Event Results
1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) 18 laps; 2. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna) +02.712; 3. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) +03.215… 7. Pierce Brown (GASGAS) +34.975; 17. Austin Politelli (GASGAS); 19. Mitchell Harrison (GASGAS)
450SX – Main Event Results
1. Eli Tomac (Yamaha) 23 laps; 2. Cooper Webb (KTM) +04.798; 3. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) +05.466 … 19. Justin Starling (GASGAS)
Championship Standings – After 11 Rounds
1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) 127 points; 2. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna) 104 points; 3. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) 101 points …18. Mitchell Harrison (GASGAS) 24; 22. Jerry Robin 12 points; 24. Austin Politelli 12 points
1. Eli Tomac (Yamaha) 248 points; 2. Cooper Webb 248; 3. Chase Sexton (Honda) 226 … 6. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) 195; 23. Justin Starling (GASGAS) 40