Justin Barcia has released an official statement that confirms that he will not be beneath the Autotrader JGR Yoshimura Suzuki awning in 2018. The news is not overly surprising, as they were rumoured to be parting ways, but it sounds as though Barcia is unsure what his future holds currently. This means that there is one open spot on a RM-Z450 at JGR, but Justin Bogle will take that. The full statement that Barcia released can be found below.

Hello Everyone,

As this season comes to an end so does my time with the Joe Gibbs Racing Team. I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone at JGR for all they have done starting with Coach who is a great man and it has been a pleasure to get to know over the last three years. Coy and Jeremy have worked hard to give us the best chance for success off and on the track as does the entire crew including my mechanic Ben who is always busting his butt off for me. Thanks again guys!

I have been asked by many people what is next for me and I will let you know as soon as I know. For now I am going to take a little break to allow for my mind, body and spirit to heal and then it will be back to work prepping for 2018 so when an opportunity arises I will be ready. I look forward to re-grouping and showing that I still have plenty in the tank.

I also would like to thank my Fiancé Amber who has been my rock through this difficult season and battling through injuries. My parents who I can always count on for everything I need have been awesome so big thanks to them, as well as Dr. Steve Navarro who always has my back. And last, but not least I would like to thank my fans who have stuck behind me and are great to talk to at the races. They stick up for me on social media sites and I will be working hard to make them proud in the upcoming season.

Thanks for reading, see you all soon,

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