Cypress, Calif. - May 2, 2018 - The 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship is set to conclude its 17-round series this Saturday, May 5, at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. The Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team looks to end the season on a strong note as Justin Barcia prepares to battle for a top position, while 450SX fill-in rider Justin Hill seeks redemption after a tough weekend in Salt Lake City.
Additionally, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing's Aaron Plessinger will vie for the 250SX West Championship as he heads into the finale with a 13-point lead in the championship.
Justin Barcia, 450SX #51 – Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team Rider
"I'm super excited going into Vegas. It's good for me because I have no pressure and nothing to lose. For me, I'm just getting back to my peak again, where I was in the beginning of the season, so I'm going there with some motivation to get on the podium. I've been top-five since I came back, which is fine and great, but I want to be on the podium. That's always the goal. I've had good luck in Vegas in the past, I've wrapped up championships there on the 250, so I think it will be a great weekend."
Josh Hill, 450SX #751 – Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team Fill-In Rider
"Last weekend in Salt Lake City, I just felt like I wasn't riding like myself. I felt like I was riding pretty tight and I don't know if it was the dirt, being at a dry race for the first time this season, or if it was the elevation getting to me. But this weekend I'm just trying to focus on riding loose, focusing on my form, technique and I think that's what's going to pay off going into Las Vegas."
MEET THE YAMAHA bLU cRU SUPERCROSS RIDERS AND YOU COULD ALSO WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED JERSEY
Friday night, from 6-7 p.m., stop by RideNow Boulder at 6350 Boulder Hwy. in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Justin Barcia and Josh Hill will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and give away posters.
Plus, be sure to get your FREE numbered Yamaha Financial Services Drawing Card! There will be a number of exciting, free-prize giveaways throughout the night. If your number is drawn, you might win an autographed Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team Jersey just like the ones worn by Cooper or Justin.
Additional Yamaha bLU cRU Supercross riders who will be at RideNow Boulder include:
- Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing's Aaron Plessinger, Mitchell Oldenburg and Thomas Ramette
- CycleTrader/Rock River/Yamaha's Alex Ray, Brandon Hartranft and Dylan Merriam
- 51FIFTY Energy Drink/Yamaha's Kyle Chisholm and Hayden Mellross
Meet Justin Barcia and Josh Hill During Saturday's Pit Party
Stop by the Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing team transporter on Saturday afternoon from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (subject to change due to scheduling). Justin and Josh will be there to meet fans and sign autographs.
See the All-New 2018 YZ65 and Full Lineup of Yamaha E-Bikes
The recently-introduced line of Yamaha Pedal-Assist bicycles will be on display at the Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing team transporter on Saturday, as will the All-New 2018 YZ65. With its all-new engine, chassis, suspension, bodywork and more, the YZ65 is designed to provide young riders with top-notch performance and reliability while racing toward the victorYZone. Come and check it out!
Enter to Win a Cooper Webb Factory Team Replica 2018 Yamaha YZ450F
While visiting the Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team transporter on Saturday, be sure to enter the "2018 Team Replica Yamaha YZ450F Sweepstakes" as this is the last in-person opportunity to enter!
FIRST PRIZE: A replica of Cooper Webb's #2 2018 Yamaha YZ450F decked out in full Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing team livery
SECOND PRIZE: Five (5) KMC Side-by-Side Wheels, five (5) EFX MotoHammer UTV Tires, and one (1) Installation Kit
THIRD PRIZE: $1,700 to spend on Yamaha Genuine Parts, Apparel & Accessories at https://www.ShopYamaha.com
Look for the Yamaha Financial Services Brand Ambassadors and ask them to enter your name in the "2018 Team Replica Yamaha YZ450F Sweepstakes." No purchase is necessary to enter or win, and all names collected will be automatically entered in a random drawing. If you miss the opportunity to enter in-person this weekend, you can enter online at www.YZsweeps.com or mail-in an entry through May 11, 2018. A First Prize Winner, Second Prize Winner and Third Prize Winner will be selected from a pool of all eligible and qualified entries on June 1, 2018, and the Sweepstakes ends on May 11, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
For Official Sweepstakes Rules and more information, please visit: https://www.YZsweeps.com
IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO SAM BOYD STADIUM, TUNE INTO FS1
This week's coverage of Monster Energy Supercross from Las Vegas will be broadcast on FOX SPORTS 1 beginning at 7 p.m. PST. So, if you can't be there on Saturday, be sure to watch Justin, Josh and the other Yamaha bLU cRU riders on FS1.
For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, visit http://www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing
Also, check out "YamahaMotorUSA" on your favorite social media site.