Justin Barcia has been signed by Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. to continue racing for the Yamaha Factory Racing team throughout the remainder of the Supercross season and the 2018 MX Championship.
The announcement was made by Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for YMUS and comes just one day after injured Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing team rider Davi Millsaps announced his retirement from professional racing. Barcia had initially signed a six-race contract with the team to fill-in for the injured Millsaps, but that has now been extended.
According to Keith, “We’re delighted to extend Justin’s contract through the completion of both the 2018 supercross and motocross seasons. Justin’s results aboard the all-new 2018 YZ450F have been as great as we hoped they would be. We knew when we signed him to the original six-race deal and saw how well he rode the new bike in testing, that it was the start of something special. We believe in Justin, and all of us at Yamaha are looking forward to his continued success with our factory team.”
Justin commented, “When I first threw my leg over the 2018 factory YZ450F, I knew that I had a weapon with which to go for the Championship. I’m just super-happy and grateful to be with Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing, and I’m glad that it’s now full steam ahead for the rest of the supercross season and through the motocross season, as well. I get along really well with everyone on the team, and knowing that I have the best team behind me gives me a ton of confidence!”
Justin and his Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Cooper Webb (#2) are getting ready for Round 6 of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Championship, which is this weekend in San Diego.