News 9 Feb 2018

Yamaha extends Barcia’s deal through 2018 remainder

To complete AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons with factory team.

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Monster Energy Knich Yamaha will retain Justin Barcia for the remainder of the 2018 season, completing the Monster Energy AMA Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series.

Barcia has been impressive as Davi Millsaps’ replacement on the factory YZ450F through the first five rounds, currently third in the standings with three podiums to his credit.

“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,” Barcia said. “I’m just super-happy and grateful to be with Monster Energy Knich Yamaha 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!”

Yamaha Motor Corporation USA motorsports racing division manager Keith McCarty said Barcia’s performance has been rewarded with the full-time deal following the retirement of Millsaps this week. His initial contract was scheduled to span the opening six races, now being extended.

“We’re delighted to extend Justin’s contract through the completion of both the 2018 supercross and motocross seasons,” McCarty commented. “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.”