GASGAS MOTORCYCLES APRIL 2021RACING NEWS
PIERCE BROWN ENJOYS FIRST CAREER PODIUM AT DAYTONA SUPERCROSS!
TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL/GASGAS FACTORY RACING’S JUSTIN BARCIA FINISHES SIXTH AT ROUND 9
Brown:“I had some highs and some lows during my downtime and thought it would be a while before I was back up here but first race back and a podium – this is awesome and I’m so stoked! I had a really good start, I got shuffled back for the first couple of corners but I got into my pace, started making passes and next thing I know I was in third. I saw the white flag coming and I knew Justin [Cooper] was right on me, so I knew I had to make it happen.”
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing’s Pierce Brown enjoyed a sweet welcome back to the racing scene on Saturday as he capped the night with a career-first podium finish at the legendary Daytona International Speedway in Florida. Teammate Justin Barcia scored sixth in the 450SX class with another solid night on the gas.
- Pierce Brown enjoyed a career-first podium finish in his debut ride aboard the MC 250F
- Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing scores its third podium finish in the 250SX class this season
- Ryan Sipes made a guest appearance in Daytona to have some fun on the MC 250F!
Brown missed the opening round of the 250SX West Championship two weeks ago as he wrapped up his recovery process from a recent ACL surgery. Eager to debut his MC 250F at ‘The World Center of Racing,’ Brown lined up on Saturday for the first time in 2021 and he hit the ground running with a pair of podium finishes throughout the day. In the heat race, he got off to a fifth-place start and worked his way into third halfway through. Finishing strong, Brown locked in a third-place transfer to the main. He got a decent top-10 start in the Main Event and he went to work right away. With five laps to go, Brown made his move into a podium position and he didn’t let up as he crossed the checkers with third overall in his first race aboard the MC 250F.
Barcia: “Daytona was a tough day. I kind of struggled with the track a bit and trying to find the comfort, which unfortunately didn’t happen. I’m going back to California this week to do some work, get more comfortable so we can head into Texas and crush it. I’m definitely not pleased with the results today so I’m trying to put this one in the past, move forward and regroup next week to come out swinging in the next three races, I’m looking forward to it.”
In 450SX racing, Barcia had a strong performance with sixth overall in the Main Event. Qualifying 10th earlier in the day, he kept his focus ahead to secure a great start in the heat race, battling from second early on. After getting passed on the second lap, he settled into third and held strong for a top-three finish. In the Main Event, he started off in eighth and worked his way up to seventh in the first few laps. He raced back and forth inside the top-eight, battling with a deep field of premier class riders on arguably the most physically demanding track of the series. Digging deep in the final laps, Barcia clawed his way up to sixth where he finished just outside the top-five for the night. After nine rounds, he sits fourth overall in the championship standings.
Sipes:“The day was cool! We had some rain and it made the track perfect. My hand was pretty sore but adrenaline kicked in and I was able to mix it up with those guys for a little while in the heat race, so that felt cool. The adrenaline wasn’t quite there in the main, and I had a lot more swelling, so I was having a hard time hanging on. I went and got X-rayed and no broken bones, just some bruising, so we’ll go back and recoup to be back for Atlanta.”
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team welcomed the incredible all-rounder, Ryan Sipes, to the supercross paddock on Saturday where he kicked off his tour of fun aboard the MC 250F. Sipes qualified 11th overall in the 250SX West division, where he lined up alongside the sport’s rising talent. Following a red-flag restart due to his own crash, Sipes rebounded and cruised to a top-five finish in the heat race, advancing himself into the Main Event with ease. He suffered a minor hand injury in his heat race crash but he lined up for the main and salvaged what he could to finish 21st.
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team continues into the second half of the 2021 season next Saturday, March 13 in Arlington, Texas.
Results – 2021 AMA Supercross Championship, Round 9 450SX – Main Event
1. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) 18laps; 2. Cooper Webb (KTM) +03.856; 3. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha) +04.523…6. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) +21.635
250SX West – Main Event
1. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) 14laps; 2. Stilez Robertson (Husqvarna) +03.653; 3. Pierce Brown (GASGAS) +05.139…21. Ryan Sipes
(GASGAS)Championship Standings – After Round 9 450SX
1. Ken Roczen (Honda) 199pts; 2. Cooper Webb (KTM) 197; 3. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) 175; 4.Justin Barcia (GASGAS) 153
1. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) 49pts; 2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha) 45;3. Garrett Marchbanks (Yamaha) 39… 10. Pierce Brown (GASGAS) 21
ALL SMILES FOR TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL/GASGAS FACTORY RACING
JUSTIN BARCIA WITH A RUNNER-UP FINISH AT ARLINGTON SX
Barcia: “It was a good week leading up to this, I did a lot of testing and my team did a great job helping me get comfortable and feeling good again. Tonight was very special for us, our boss from Austria was here, so that’s super awesome to get second and make him proud in front of these Texas fans. The track was super challenging and I pushed hard and closed on Cooper a little but I just couldn’t make it happen, he rode really well. I’m looking forward to the next two rounds here, I’m going to push it hard and try to take another win.”
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team had a positive start to their week-long stay in Arlington, Texas as Justin Barcia scored a second-place podium finish with an epic battle at round 10 of the 2021 AMA Supercross Championship. Teammate Pierce Brown unfortunately had to watch from the sidelines due to a thumb injury he sustained during a crash in Saturday’s free practice.
Barcia worked his way through the qualifying sessions earlier in the day, leaving more to be desired as the gate dropped for the night’s racing. He started just outside the top-five in the heat race, eventually working into podium contention halfway through the race. He locked in third with four laps to go and he brought it home for a top-three finish. In the Main Event, Barcia put himself into a great position off the start, rounding the opening lap in fourth. Mixing it up in the early laps, Barcia eventually settled into the second-place spot where he strived to catch the leader of Cooper Webb, whose pace proved to be unmatched, to ultimately claim a solid runner-up finish.
Brown:“It’s a bummer because I came into today super confident. I just had a small tip over in free practice and messed up my thumb a little bit. We weren’t sure what was wrong with it so we just kept on trucking through the day but it was bothering me all day so we got an x-ray after the last practice and found out that it was fractured. We’re going to get it reviewed on Monday and hopefully we’ll be back soon.”
Coming off an impressive podium finish last Saturday at Daytona, Brown had high expectations for his second race of the season. However, a small tip-over during free practice resulted in a fractured thumb and despite a brave attempt at battling through qualifying, Brown and the team made the tough decision to sit out the remainder of the day and re-evaluate the injury on Monday.
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team will return to AT&T Stadium on Tuesday for their second round in Arlington, Texas.
Results – 2021 AMA Supercross Championship, Round 10 450SX – Main Event
1. Cooper Webb (KTM) 28 laps; 2. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) +04.013; 3. Jason Anderson (Husqvarna) +08.248
250SX West – Main Event
1. Seth Hammaker (Kawasaki) 21 laps; 2. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) +01.760; 3. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) +07.201
Championship Standings – After Round 10
1. Cooper Webb (KTM) 223pts; 2.Ken Roczen (Honda) 216; 3. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) 190; 4.Justin Barcia (GASGAS) 176
1. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) 70pts; 2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha) 64; 3. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) 58…14. Pierce Brown (GASGAS) 21
JUSTIN BARCIA COMES FROM BEHIND TO FINISH FOURTH AT ARLINGTON 2 SUPERCROSS
TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL/GASGAS FACTORY RACING COMPLETES TWO OF THREE ROUNDS IN THE LONESTAR STATE
Barcia: “My riding was awesome in the Main Event. I just pushed through and got as far as I could but unfortunately missed out on the podium, which is frustrating, but all-in-all it was a good ride and I’m looking forward to getting back up on the podium on Saturday. The bike is really good, the team is good and I’m good, so we just need to nail those starts and we’ll be up there.”
It was another great night in Arlington, Texas for Justin Barcia and the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team, who finished just off the podium with an incredible come-from-behind performance in the 450SX Main Event. Barcia once again flew the flag solely for GASGAS Factory Racing in the Lonestar state as 250SX West teammate Pierce Brown successfully underwent thumb surgery on Monday to fix an injury sustained last Saturday.
Returning to the very place that Barcia and his Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing tea, enjoyed their podium celebration just three days ago, the squad came into a familiar AT&T Stadium on Tuesday with great confidence as Barcia lined up for round 11 of the 17-race championship. He made big strides during the practice sessions, qualifying with a season-best second overall aboard the MC 450F. In the heat race, Barcia started off in fourth and he put down some hard-charging laps to overtake third early on. He attempted to make a run at the lead battle late in the race but there simply wasn’t enough time in the heat, so he cruised it in for a third-place transfer. In the Main Event, Barcia had some struggles off the start that set him back as far as 16th on the opening lap but he quickly turned things around to jump into 10th early on. He continued to chip away, finally reaching a top-five spot around the halfway point and that’s when he charged full-steam ahead to secure fourth. Later in the race, Barcia found himself just outside the podium battle once again but he wasn’t able to close the gap enough to make a move and he brought it in for a solid fourth in the Main Event. With six rounds to go in 2021, Barcia maintains fourth overall in the 450SX Championship standings.
Team rider Pierce Brown wasn’t able to line up for Round 11 after undergoing surgery on Monday to repair a thumb injury he sustained on Saturday in Arlington. Brown hopes to make a full recovery and return to racing within the next couple of weeks. Barcia and the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team will return to AT&T Stadium on Saturday for the third and final round in Arlington, Texas.
Results – 2021 AMA Supercross Championship, Round 11
450SX – Main Event
1. Cooper Webb (KTM) 24 laps; 2. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) +4.634; 3. Ken Roczen (Honda) +7.882; 4. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) +19.977
250SX West – Main Event
1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) 18 laps; 2. Jalek Swoll (Husqvarna) +05.133; 3. Kyle Peters (Honda) +06.317
Championship Standings – After Round 11450SX
1. Cooper Webb (KTM) 249pts; 2.Ken Roczen (Honda) 237; 3. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) 213; 4.Justin Barcia (GASGAS) 195
1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) 84pts; 2. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) 83;3. Justin Cooper (Yamaha) 82…19. Pierce Brown (GASGAS) 21
BARCIA GIVES HIS ALL IN TEXAS WITH A HARD-FOUGHT FOURTH PLACE AT ROUND 12SP
TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL/GASGAS FACTORY RACING MAINTAIN FOURTH IN 450SX CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team returned to racing at AT&T Stadium on Saturday, wrapping up an intense week of AMA Supercross racing in the Lonestar state. Justin Barcia once again made his mark in the 450SX class with a strong performance aboard the MC 450F at round 12, where he finished just off the podium in fourth.
With intensity levels at an all-time high in Arlington, Barcia kicked off the day with positive vibes. In the heat, he had a great drive off the start as he railed the outside line to secure the holeshot and early lead. He led the first half of the race before getting passed by the defending champion Eli Tomac. He tucked in behind Tomac to capture a second-place finish in the heat. In the Main Event, Barcia got off to a good start as he powered the MC 450F into third on the opening lap. In an intense back-and-forth battle, he dropped to fourth early on but then powered his way back into the fight for third after taking advantage of a mistake by Tomac. He held onto a podium position for about four laps but a mistake allowed Tomac to reclaim the spot with a few laps to go. That didn’t stop Barcia from fighting all the way to the checkers, where he finished only two seconds from the podium in fourth.
Barcia: “This was one of the hardest fourth-place finishes I’ve ever gotten. I charged so hard and was so close to the podium, it was a little bit frustrating. It was definitely one of the more intense races I’ve ever had and with such an aggressive track, the top four of us were just on top of each other the whole race trying as hard as we could. All-in-all, it was a great race but I definitely wanted to be on the box. We’re going to be working hard going into Atlanta, wanting more – to be on the podium, up front and getting wins.”
Team rider Pierce Brown missed Saturday’s race after undergoing surgery to repair a thumb injury he sustained a week ago. Brown hopes to make a full recovery and return to racing within the next couple of weeks. The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team will enjoy a break from racing as they prepare to ramp up for the last five rounds, beginning on Saturday, April 10 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Results – 2021 AMA Supercross Championship, Round 12
450SX – Main Event
1. Cooper Webb (KTM) 26 laps; 2. Ken Roczen (Honda) +1.351; 3. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) +3.434; 4. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) +5.586
250SX West – Main Event
1. Justin Cooper (Yamaha) 19 laps; 2. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) +03.538; 3. Seth Hammaker (Kawasaki) +11.016…7. Chris Blose (GASGAS) +32.154
Championship Standings – After Round 12
1. Cooper Webb (KTM) 275pts; 2.Ken Roczen (Honda) 260; 3. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) 234; 4.Justin Barcia (GASGAS) 214
1. Justin Cooper (Yamaha) 108pts; 2. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) 106; 3. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) 102…20. Pierce Brown (GASGAS) 21