After months of racing, cross-country travel, and hundreds of laps, the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has come to a close. For much of the summer we avoided rough weather, be it heat or rain, but that seemed to change in the waning weeks of the tour and the 2018 Ironman Motocross was a complete mud bog. We trekked back and forth through the Indiana circuit over the weekend and came back with plenty to discuss.
JUSTIN BARCIA’S BIG WEEK
Yeah, things are going well for Justin Barcia. On Wednesday it was announced that Barcia and the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing team reached an agreement that will keep BamBam on blue for a few more years and he backed that up with a 1-1 sweep of the 450 class at Ironman. Barcia ended the summer fourth in the championship standings, which is a massive improvement over his rank just one year ago (thirteenth in 2017). The last twelve months have been massive for Barcia and his results over the past year have not only helped his career, but also Yamaha’s standing in the big bike ranks.
With the Canadian series complete, Monster Energy/Alpinestars/Kawasaki Canada racer Tyler Medaglia ventured to the US for the final round. Medgalia is one of the top riders in the northern series and his skills in adverse conditions came in handy during the muddy motos, as he put in 7-6 motos for sixth overall. But don’t think the mud is the only reason Medaglia finished so well, because he likely would have contended for spots 6-15 had the track been dry.
Last week we posted a quick look at the likely team-rider pairings for 2019 and while at Ironman we sorted out a few more details. Check back in a few hours for a refreshed listing and keep an eye out over the next few days when teams put out official press releases for the new lineups.