After months of speculation and confirmation by the rider at the 2017 Ironman MX, Justin Barcia has announced he will not return to JGRMX for the 2018 race season. The statement is a thank you to the entire staff at JGRMX for the work that was put in over the three years that were spent together, which included two seasons on Yamaha bikes and one season on Suzuki bikes.
Barcia also makes it a point to say that he has not confirmed his plans for the coming year and states that he will take the time to regroup in order to be ready for the next opportunity. A number of injuries have plagued Barcia in past year, including a recent pair of concussions over the summer, and a portion of each season was spent returning to form from the setbacks.
The letter is posted in full below…
As this season comes to an end so does my time with the Joe Gibbs Racing Team. I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone at JGR for all they have done starting with Coach who is a great man and it has been a pleasure to get to know over the last three years. Coy and Jeremy have worked hard to give us the best chance for success off and on the track as does the entire crew including my mechanic Ben who is always busting his butt off for me. Thanks again guys!
I have been asked by many people what is next for me and I will let you know as soon as I know. For now I am going to take a little break to allow for my mind, body and spirit to heal and then it will be back to work prepping for 2018 so when an opportunity arises I will be ready. I look forward to re-grouping and showing that I still have plenty in the tank.
I also would like to thank my Fiancé Amber who has been my rock through this difficult season and battling through injuries. My parents who I can always count on for everything I need have been awesome so big thanks to them, as well as Dr. Steve Navarro who always has my back. And last, but not least I would like to thank my fans who have stuck behind me and are great to talk to at the races. They stick up for me on social media sites and I will be working hard to make them proud in the upcoming season.
Thanks for reading, see you all soon,