During a recent “How Was Your Weekend” interview with Justin Barcia, the topic of the 2016 Monster Energy Supermotocross Riders Cup came up. The Autotrader.com/Monster Energy/Toyota/Yamaha rider told us there was a chance that he’d make the trip to Germany for the first-ever running of the event, but this came just hours after Yamaha had announced their three-man squad of Benoit Paturel, Brent Van Doninck, and Romain Febvre. Knowing that, we both figured he was off the list.
Never mind that, because Yamaha announced at the 2016 MXGP of the Americas at Charlotte Motor Speedway that Barcia has been added as a fourth rider to the squad. The format of the new event allows for a four-rider team, with three riders and one possible “wild card.” We’ll talk more with Barcia about this later in the weekend.
With Barcia’s involvement, this ups US participation at the event a little more. Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin will join Jeffrey Herlings at KTM, while Jason Anderson and Zach Osborne join Max Nagl for Husqvarna.
Here’s the full press release from Yamaha’s European division…
Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. is pleased to announce the addition of Justin Barcia to its rider line-up for the 2016 Monster Energy Supermotocross Riders’ Cup, on October 8. The 25-year-old American will race alongside Romain Febvre, Benoit Paturel and Brent Van doninckinside the VELTINS-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, further strengthening Yamaha’s participation in the event.
As a two-time AMA 250SX Supercross Champion and winner of the 2012 Monster Energy Cup Barcia will be looking to make the most of his vast experience of stadium racing at the first edition of the Monster Energy SMX Rider’s Cup.
Fresh off a hard-fought fourth place finish in the 2016 AMA Motocross Championship, the Autotrader Monster Energy Yamaha Team rider will be a strong asset to Yamaha’s squad in Germany.
Along with 2015 FIM MXGP World Champion Romain Febvre, 22-year-old Benoit Paturel and 20-year-old Brent Van doninck Yamaha’s exciting quartet of riders will form a young and highly-promising team that will go head-to-head against the elite of international motocross and supercross racing.
Set to take place on October 8, 2016 inside the VELTINS-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, the inaugural edition of the Monster Energy SMX Riders’ Cup will see the best riders in the world compete for brand supremacy in a stadium style motocross race.
Justin Barcia – Monster Energy Yamaha Team: “It’s an honour to be selected to represent Yamaha at the first Monster Energy SMX Riders’ Cup. I’m pumped to return to Europe and I’m really looking forward to racing next to my Yamaha teammates Febvre, Paturel and Van doninck. The race has a totally new format, which makes things even more exciting for us. Many of the world’s best motocross and supercross riders will be there, so competition will be fierce. I’ll do all I can to get Yamaha to the top.”