The Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing team and Justin Barcia have confirmed that the rider received a hand injury in a Heat Race incident at the 2018 Arlington Supercross round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series. Barcia was near the front of the field at the start of the race but made a small mistake on the obstacles just before the standard seventy-five-foot triple, which caused him to double-single the jump. Barcia made the decision to get as far to the left as possible when he rolled over the landing, but he was still in the direct path of Tyler Bowers as the privateer came into the landing and the two made contact, with the frame rails of Bowers’ bike landing on Barcia’s right hand. This caused Barcia’s hand to come off of the handlebars and he dropped the bike in the turn that followed the triple, and then walked directly to the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Unit.
Immediately after the crash, we walked to the Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing team in the pit area to find out the extent of the injury. As we walked up, Barcia was leaving the truck in casual clothes with his right-hand in a soft cast. The team told us that he had broken a bone in his hand and that he will need to undergo a further treatment in the coming week.
On Sunday morning Barcia posted an X-ray of his hand following the crash, which shows the broken bone in the middle of his hand, and stated that he will undergo surgery on Monday to repair the damage.
Barcia recently signed a deal to remain with the Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing for the remainder of the 2018 race season, taking the place of the recently retired Davi Millsaps.