Not news anyone wants to hear just a few days away from the start of the new race season. Early in the week rumors circulated through industry circles that Justin Barcia had suffered a wrist injury, and this was mentioned on the PulpMX Show. We reached out to a few sources about the matter and their replies indicated that something had indeed happened, but according to the people that we talked to the severity of the issue was still unclear as of Tuesday morning.
The crew at Vital MX was the first to receive confirmation of the injury and news isn’t good for the AutoTrader.com/Monster Energy/Toyota/JGRMX/Suzuki rider. Per the press release from the Barcia camp, the wrist injury was sustained in a practice crash and after evaluation from doctors, it’s been determined that an extended period off the bike will be required for recovery of the lunate bone and damaged ligaments.
Here is the full press release from the Barcia camp…
Justin Barcia will miss the opening rounds of the Monster Energy Supercross series due to a wrist injury. Justin had high expectations for the 2017 Supercross season on the JGRMX Suzuki, and is extremely disappointed to miss the start of the series. The injury occurred several weeks ago when a chain failure in the whoops sent Justin over the bars. Justin consulted with his surgeon in Florida, who ordered multiple radiological studies which revealed a fracture of his lunate bone, as well as ligament damage. While it was determined that surgery would not be necessary, the injury requires time off the bike to allow for proper healing. Justin said, “I am so disappointed to have this wrist injury, especially now, but I’m glad that surgery is not necessary”. Justin will maintain a rigorous off-bike training protocol to allow him to join the series as soon as he is cleared by his team of doctors. Justin is extremely anxious to compete on the JGRMX Suzuki, but he will have to wait for the appropriate time to make his 2017 debut. Justin will be at Anaheim this weekend for press events and to support JGRMX Suzuki as they kick off the start of another exciting season. He wishes to thank his team, sponsors and all his fans for their support through this time.