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Justin Barica Creates History in Houston

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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GASGAS Factory Racing made history today in AMA Supercross World Championship racing, taking their first-ever 450SX Main Event win thanks to a flawless performance by Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing‰Ûªs Justin Barcia.

With the brand making an exciting U.S. Supercross debut at Round 1 in Houston, Texas, Barcia furthered the historic night by winning his third-straight SX season opener ‰ÛÒ the first rider to accomplish that feat in 25 years.

In true fashion, Barcia set fire to his MC 450F right away as he charged to the holeshot in 450SX Heat 1, immediately establishing his presence out front. Hitting his marks under pressure, Barcia rode smooth and steady to maintain control of every lap, making history by stamping the brand‰Ûªs first-ever 450SX heat race win.



Barcia didn‰Ûªt hold anything back when the gate dropped for the Main Event as he blitzed off the line to just miss the holeshot and command the lead right away on lap one. Fighting off multiple attempts fromFactory Honda's Ken Roczen to take over the lead, Barcia held strong out front for all 28 laps of the Main Event, where he proudly stood atop the podium as the first 450SX winner in 2021.

‰ÛÏKenny [Roczen] honestly pressured me so hard the whole race but I held it together, it was really awesome." Barcia reflected. "I can‰Ûªt thank the whole Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team enough, that was an insane race!

"I‰Ûªm glad I did the three-peat, that wasn‰Ûªt the goal, but this is the first one of hopefully many more and I just want to be in the fight all year and not just a one-hit wonder.‰Û
Honda's Ken Roczen (#94) had the speed to win but kept his pass attempts clean and eventually settled for a second-place finish to start the year in a good points position. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Roczen worked his way through the top five to reach second place with over seventeen minutes left on the race clock; Roczen stayed close, and with five minutes and one lap remaining launched three intense pass attempts but despite the numerous attempts, Roczen had to settle for second position.

Factory Redbull's Marvin Musquin rounded the first corner in the lead but found himself outside the top three in the early laps. At the Main Event's midpoint, he made his move on Monster Energy Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo to regain his place in a podium position.

Cianciarulo held on for a fourth place finish, while Monster Energy, Star Racing Yamaha's Malcom Stewart worked his way forward throughout the race to round out the top five.

The three former champions in the field had a tough opening round. Defending champion Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac had a fall and an off track excursion that relegated him to thirteenth.

2019 champion Red Bull KTM's Cooper Webb steadily recovered from a bad start to earn ninth, while 2018 champion Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Jason Anderson spent most of the race eighth place until lap 22 of the 28 lap Main Event when he dropped back to finish in fifteenth position.
Yamaha's Christian Craig, on a new team in 2021, got out front early and made his first victory in five years look easy. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
The Eastern Regional 250SX Class kicked its season off with great racing excitement. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's RJ Hampshire nabbed the holeshot but his time at the front lasted less than one minute before Christian Craig got past and pulled away to a comfortable lead.

Behind, Hampshire battled hard to stay up front, but Monster Energy Kawasaki's Austin Forkner got past just after the midway point, and Craig's teammate Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha's Colt Nichols made his way into a podium finish after rounding the first lap just inside the top five.



It was a mixed night for Australia's Jett Lawrence aboard his HRC Factory Honda. Working his way into third place early in the main event, he challenged hard to pass Hampshire for second spot, before slipping back to 5th.

A late race resurgance once again had Lawrence challenging for the final podium position, but a mistake on the final lap relegated him back to a 6th place finish.

The intense 2021 race schedule sees the riders line-up again in Houston on Tuesday January 19th, then again at the same venue on Saturday, January 23rd.
(riders left to right) Ken Roczen, Justin Barcia, and Marvin Musquin. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
450SX Class Results
1. Justin Barcia, GASGAS
2. Ken Roczen, Honda
3. Marvin Musquin, KTM
4. Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki
5. Malcolm Stewart, Yamaha
6. Justin Brayton, Honda
7. Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha
8. Aaron Plessinger,Yamaha
9. Cooper Webb, KTM
10. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna

450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Justin Barcia, GASGAS (26)
2. Ken Roczen, Honda (23)
3. Marvin Musquin, KTM (21)
4. Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki (19)
5. Malcolm Stewart, Yamaha (18)
6. Justin Brayton, Honda (17)
7. Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha (16)
8. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha (15)
9. Cooper Webb, KTM (14)
10. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna (13)
250SX Class podium (riders left to right) Austin Forkner, Christian Craig, and Colt Nichols. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Christian Craig, Yamaha
2. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki
3. Colt Nichols, Yamaha
4. Jo Shimoda, Kawasaki
5. RJ Hampshire, Husqvarna
6. Jett Lawrence, Honda
7. Michael Mosiman, GASGAS
8. Mitchell Oldenburg, Honda
9. Max Vohland, KTM
10. Joshua Osby, Honda

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Christian Craig, Yamaha (26)
2. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki (23)
3. Colt Nichols, Yamaha (21)
4. Jo Shimoda, Kawasaki (19)
5. RJ Hampshire, Husqvarna (18)
6. Jett Lawrence, Honda (17)
7. Michael Mosiman, GASGAS (16)
8. Mitchell Oldenburg, Honda (15)
9. Max Vohland, KTM (14)
10.J oshua Osby, Honda (13)

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