JANUARY 23, 2018
Yamaha Factory Racing rider Justin Barcia is sitting third in the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross points after a strong opening to the season on the No. 51 YZ450F. He earned a pair of third-place podiums in the season’s opening rounds.
Barcia is riding for the Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing squad as an injury substitute for Davi Millsaps, who shattered his elbow late last year. The talented rider is confirmed for the first six rounds of the season and has said he’s determined to make the best of the opportunity. Teammate Cooper Webb is currently sitting 10th on the No. 2 YZ450F.
KMC Wheels announced in December that it is continuing its long involvement in pro motocross with partnerships with the Yamaha Factory Racing team and JGR MX Suzuki. The brand is a strong fit motocross lifestyle. Pro and recreational riders often use lifted trucks to haul their dirt bikes to off-road and track riding opportunities.
In the 250 division, Justin Hill is currently 8th on the No. 1 JGR MX Suzuki. The defending champion said he struggled with his starts at the opener in Anaheim and couldn’t find a rhythm after a qualifying crash in the second round.
JGR Suzuki rider Weston Peick drives a Toyota Tundra on XD828 Delta wheels in matte black with tinted clear face, while Yamaha rider Cooper Webb drives a Toyota Tundra on XD829 Hoss II wheels in satin black with dark tint finish.
Monster Energy Supercross is held from January through May with 17 stops nationwide. The season opened in Anaheim in early January and concludes in Las Vegas in May. The top professional riders campaign the premier 450SX class, while the 250SX class is populated primarily by younger riders and is split into East and West Regions.