Cypress, Calif. - May 24, 2018 - Coming off a pair of solid podium finishes at the opening round, Justin Barcia and the Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team will shift their focus ahead to this Saturday as they vie for another top position at the Glen Helen National. Barcia will be joined under the factory tent this weekend by Yamaha bLU cRU rider Alex Ray, who is set to make his debut on Saturday as a 450MX fill-in rider for the injured Cooper Webb.

Justin Barcia, 450MX #51 - Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team Rider

"I'm excited for Glen Helen after a solid weekend at Hangtown. I had my first Pro race at Glen Helen in 2008 and I have a lot of good memories, so I really look forward to keeping that going. I feel like I’m in a really good place to start off the year - I have a lot of good momentum going and I feel like I can definitely better myself. I had a solid week of testing and training and I also have press day on Friday to kind of figure out the track. We have a really good setting for this weekend since this is a pretty unique track and I'm looking forward to racing!"

Alex Ray, 450MX #91 - Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team Fill-In Rider

"Coming into the weekend, I'm just trying to keep my nerves calm because this is a huge opportunity for me to race with the Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team. I'm just hoping for two solid motos and to stay off the ground!"

MEET JUSTIN BARCIA, COOPER WEBB AND ALEX RAY FRIDAY NIGHT AT MALCOLM SMITH MOTORSPORTS

Friday night, from 6-7 p.m., stop by Malcolm Smith Motorsports at 7599 Indiana Ave. in Riverside, California, where Justin Barcia, Cooper Webb and Alex Ray will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and give away posters.

Other Yamaha bLU cRU riders who will be at Malcolm Smith Motorsports include:

– Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing's Aaron Plessinger, Mitchell Oldenburg, Justin Cooper, Dylan Ferrandis and Colt Nichols

– 51FIFTY Energy Drink/Yamaha's Kyle Chisholm

– CycleTrader/Rock River/Yamaha's Brandon Hartranft and Hayden Mellross

MEET JUSTIN BARCIA, COOPER WEBB AND ALEX RAY AT THE RACE TRANSPORTER DURING SATURDAY'S AUTOGRAPH SESSION­

Stop by the Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing team transporter on Saturday from 11:30-12:15 p.m. (time subject to change due to scheduling). Justin and Alex will be there to meet fans and sign autographs.

IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO GLEN HELEN, TUNE INTO MAVTV AND NBCSN

This week's coverage of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship from San Bernardino will be as follows: first motos are live on MAVTV beginning at 1 p.m. PDT and second motos will be live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 3 p.m. PDT. All motos can be viewed live on the NBC Sports Gold App beginning at 1 p.m. PDT.

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