Following the announcement that Davi Millsaps has retired from professional racing, Monster Energy Knich Yamaha Factory Racing have signed Justin Barcia to complete the rest of the Monster Energy Supercross series and full Lucas Oil Pro Motocross campaign. Barcia was initially on a six-race deal with the squad.
"We are delighted to extend Justin's contract through the completion of both the supercross and motocross seasons," Keith McCarty stated in a press release. "Justin's results aboard the all-new 2018 YZ450F have been as great as we hoped they would be. We knew when we signed him to the original six-race deal and saw how well he rode the new bike in testing that it was the start of something special. We believe in Justin,and all of us at Yamaha are looking forward to his continued success with our factory team."
"When I first threw my leg over the 2018 factory YZ450F, I knew that I had a weapon with which [I could] go for the championship," Justin Barcia added. "I'm just super-happy and grateful to be with Monster Energy Knich Yamaha Factory Racing and I'm glad that it is now full steam ahead for the rest of the supercross season and through the motocross season as well. I get along really well with everyone on the team and knowing that I have the best team behind me gives me a ton of confidence!"
The Monster Energy Knich Yamaha Factory Racing team will head to San Diego this weekend for round six of seventeen in Monster Energy Supercross. Justin Barcia sits third in the series standings, just seventeen points down on the current series leader.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Octopi