AutoTrader.com/Monster Energy/Toyota/JGRMX/Suzuki have announced that Justin Barcia will miss the 2017 Budds Creek MX, round eleven of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, due to the concussion he suffered roughly three weeks ago at Washougal. As you may recall, Barcia rode press day one week ago at the 2017 Unadilla MX, but failed to receive clearance for the concussion from the Alpinestars Mobile Medical staff and withdrew from the race on Friday evening.
Barcia has experienced a string of issues during the summer months, starting with a separate concussion suffered during practice at the 2017 High Point MX and then another one a few weeks later at the 2017 Washougal MX, which resulted in him visiting a local hospital due to neck pain. He was discharged from the hospital that day. During a road bicycle ride shortly after the Washougal wreck, Barcia was hit by a car and sustained road rash on his leg.
Barcia is coming to the end of his current contract with the team and no confirmation of future plans has been clear at recent races.
The full press release from the team is posted below…
After consulting with his doctor, Autotrader/Suzuki/JGRMX team rider Justin Barcia has not been cleared to race this weekend's round of the 2017 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship series at Budds Creek.This unfortunate news comes as the result of Justin Barcia crashing in the final
This unfortunate news comes as the result of Justin Barcia crashing in the final practice session at Washougal. Barcia was looking forward to racing Budds Creek on Saturday, a track he has fond memories of racing at. In 2015, "Bam Bam" won the overall against a stacked field. Since turning pro in 2009, Justin hasn't placed worse than fifth overall at Budds Creek, with an average overall finish of 2.85.We will provide an update on Justin Barcia's status for the final round of the series,
We will provide an update on Justin Barcia's status for the final round of the series, to be held at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on August 26th.