Justin Barcia has announced that he will return to the track this weekend at the 2018 Minneapolis Supercross. The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing rider was sidelined through the middle portion of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series with a broken hand that he suffered after being landed on by Tyler Bowers at the 2018 Arlington Supercross.
Initially hired by the Yamaha factory squad for a six-race stint in place of Davi Millsaps, Barcia posted two third-place finishes in the first two Main Events of the year (Anaheim One & Houston) and then finished in second place at Glendale. When Millsaps announced his retirement from racing ahead of the San Diego Supercross, Yamaha extended Barcia’s term for the remainder of the 2018 race season, including the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
Barcia resumed riding in the last month and flew to California to test with the Yamaha team ahead of the summer’s outdoor National series, but returned to his private property in Florida shortly after to get back into the flow of Supercross. The initial expectations were for him to return at the 2018 Seattle Supercross, but with little time on the track, the decision was made to push the return one week more.
Barcia is currently ranked thirteenth in the 450 class championship standings.