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Bad news for Australian race fans that were hoping to see Justin Barcia at the 2018 AUS-X Open in Sydney next month. On Tuesday afternoon the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing rider announced that he will no longer be able to make the trip down under due to “a pressing issue” that must be addressed prior to the start of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Series. Barcia was one of the many that are on the entry list for the biggest Supercross race in the southern hemisphere, but even with his absence fans will still be treated to racing by Chad Reed, Jason Anderson, Ryan Villopoto, Ben Townley, Justin Brayton, and other competitors in the Australian championship.

After spending the entire 2018 season as a fill-in rider, Barcia recently inked a full-time deal with Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing for the 2019 race season and will be alongside incoming rookie Aaron Plessinger underneath the factory tent. As of now, Barcia is still expected to race the 2018 Geneva Supercross in Switzerland that will be held this December.