News 23 Aug 2018

Factory Yamaha signs Barcia and Plessinger to multi-year deals

Recently-crowned champion Plessinger set for premier class graduation.

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Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing has signed Justin Barcia and Aaron Plessinger to multi-year deals for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross and Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross championships.

Barcia, who initially joined the squad as fill-in rider this year, will remain with the outfit for 2019 after what has been a highly-impressive campaign that sees currently situated fourth in the outdoor standings.

“I’m really excited to extend my contract with the team,” said Barcia. “It’s an honour and a pleasure working with everyone at Yamaha. It started out as just a fill-in ride and it turned into something a lot more. I can’t ask for a better team, it’s just been awesome.

“We’ve really turned my career around, I was in a really tough place, struggling a lot and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do next and Yamaha gave me the opportunity to ride a really good motorcycle and I went out there and gave it my all and put in some really good results.

“It’s just been a pleasure working with all the guys on the team and riding the new Yamaha 450. I’m really excited for the future and I hope to finish out my career at Yamaha, that’s definitely my goal.”

Pleesinger earned the 250SX West crown earlier this year and just wrapped up the 250MX title last weekend, and will graduate to premier class next season with the factory team in place of departing rider Cooper Webb.

“Signing with Yamaha for the 450 Class is amazing,” Pleesinger expressed. “I’ve been with Yamaha since 2008 and we have had an awesome relationship ever since. I feel like it’s going to go really well for me next year, just being on a great team with good people around. I can’t wait to start testing and get my bike dialled in.”

The duo will return to action this weekend at final round of the Pro Motocross championship at Ironman before representing Team USA at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) in October.