Justin Barcia has been out with a hand injury from a mid air tangle with Tyler Bowers during a heat race at Round 7 in Arlington back in February, but Bam Bam will make his return to Monster Energy Supercross this weekend in Minneapolis. Since it was only a hand injury, Barcia has been able to keep up with his endurance training regimen and reports say he’s been riding a lot lately in preparation for the outdoor season, so hopefully Bam Bam can pick up where he left off and work his way back onto the podium.
Cypress, Calif. – April 12, 2018 – The Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team is excited to head into this Saturday’s Minneapolis SX with its complete two-rider roster as Justin Barcia makes his return to racing for Round 14 of the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship at U.S. Bank Stadium. Cooper Webb looks to carry his momentum from a top-five finish at last week’s tough-mudder to focus his sights ahead on a race-win in Minnesota.
It’s been a week-by-week evaluation for Barcia’s recovery process but the Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team is happy to report that Justin’s diligent therapy and rehabilitation has paid dividends and his hand has improved dramatically over the past week. As for Webb, he continues to display determination and tenacity week after week since his shoulder injury prior to Round 11 and he enters this weekend feeling as close to 100% as ever before.
Cooper Webb, 450SX #2 – Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team Rider
“Seattle was a survival race! I’m glad that one is over but I really did have some fun out there and enjoyed it. I’m happy to walk out of there with a solid top-five and collect good points on a hectic night of racing. This week has been awesome here in North Carolina, my outdoor track is getting built and I’ve been switching things up a bit and plan on bringing some more intensity into Minneapolis!”
Justin Barcia, 450SX #51 – Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team Rider
“I’m very excited to be back racing this weekend in Minneapolis! It’s been tough watching, so this makes it even more fun to be back at the races – kind of like Anaheim I for me. I’m looking forward to seeing how my speed is since the last time I was actually racing. I’ve been training hard both on and off my dirt bike and I definitely believe I have the speed and fitness to be up front.”
Meet the Yamaha bLU cRU Supercross Riders
Friday night, from 6-7 p.m., stop by Motoprimo at 16640 Kenrick Ave. in Lakeville, Minnesota, where Cooper Webb and Justin Barcia will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and give away posters.
Additional Yamaha bLU cRU Supercross riders who will be at Motoprimo include:
- Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing fill-in rider, Thomas Ramette
- CycleTrader/Rock River/Yamaha’s Brandon Hartranft and Alex Ray
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