U.S Motocross

Justin Barcia Makes A Solid Start To 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship

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Photo of Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing motocross rider Justin Barcia
Justin Barcia rode to sixth in both motos and was rewarded with fifth overall in the 450 class. Photo: Align Media

A top-five result in 450MX for Justin Barcia saw a solid way to drop the gates on the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Pala, California on Saturday.

Barcia was in form from the outset to open the outdoors, fourth fastest in the opening qualifier and then slotting into seventh on combined times. The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing rider rode to sixth in both motos, rewarded with fifth overall and a strong haul of points following the first round of 11.

“Had a good qualifying practice, fourth in the first one and seventh overall, so we had a good gate pick for the races,” Barcia explained. “First moto, I got off to a good start and it was a good one. Second moto, also got off to a good start and was about to have a holeshot but was bumped from behind, so that cost me a few positions. I fought really hard, charged the whole moto, and I have a lot of building to do still. It’s going to be a long season, the bike was really good today, and I’m looking forward to more.”

Photo of Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing motocross rider Pierce Brown
250 rider Pierce Brown finished eighth overall in the 250 class. Photo: Align Media

The 250MX Class also produced encouraging results this weekend for the Troy Lee GasGas team, with Pierce Brown qualifying third and then going 10-8 for eighth overall. Ryder DiFrancesco was consistent across both motos, recording 9-12 finishes and 10th for the round.

“It was a decent day with 10-8 results for eighth overall. It’s somewhere to start and we know where to build from now, so I’m excited to start building some momentum from here,” Brown said.

Ryder DiFrancesco, said, “Round 1 was good for me at Pala. The first moto was good and the second one was okay as well, but all-in-all I’m satisfied with 10th overall. It was better than last year, but I’ve got a couple of things to work on with 10 more rounds to go!”

The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing will be back racing next weekend at Hangtown, California, for round two

Photo of Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing motocross rider Ryder DiFrancesco
Ryder DiFrancesco was satisfied with tenth overall in the 250 class. Photo: Align Media

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