Justin Barcia was crowned King of Bercy for the second time in his career – but Trey Canard pushed him all the way!
Canard dominated the opening heat race where even a fall after the whoops failed to let Gautier Paulin get a sniff of victory. Paulin had no answer to Canard despite a holeshot and was more interested in fending off an impressive Jordi Tixier.
Heat race two saw Justin Barcia take the lead from Izoird on lap two and it looked like he would take the win only for Justin to go down after the triple. Barcia remounted but had to chase down Short for the lead. But on the last turn Barcia did what he does best and moved Short out of the way to take a last gasp victory. Izoird and Soubeyras rounded out the top four forcing Hahn and Webb to the LCQ.
The drama continued in the Superpole as Justin Barcia unleashed a flying lap to go fastest, but Trey Canard was last to go and he went even faster to top a disappointed Barcia and get some revenge on last night.
The elimination race was nuts. Canard gave Barcia a shove in the first turn in race one and Barcia couldn’t catch him. In race two Barcia was leading with Canard on his tail only for Barcia to lose the front wheel in a turn and have Canard run right into him leaving both of them on the ground! Barcia tried to kick Canard out of the way but by the time the picked themselves up they were to far back to qualify in the top three. It was Cedric Soubeyras who took a super victory against Short and the fans went nuts!
The final was between Paulin, Soubeyras and Short but it was the American who came out of the first turn ahead and controlled the race from Paulin who at times just isn’t aggressive enough for supercross when it comes to passing.
The final saw Justin Barcia and Canard with bad gate picks with Canard starting in the second row. But both riders rounded turn one side by side in mid pack – the race was on! Meanwhile it was Gautier Paulin leading and as they entered the whoops you would have thought the roof was going to lift off!
But Paulin wasn’t having his best day and the extra aggression of the Americans meant Paulin lost his flow and we from first to fifth in a couple of laps. Andrew Short grabbed the lead but by now he had Canard and Barcia all over him, Canard made the move and Barcia got Short straight away too to set the race up perfectly.
Barcia was moving all over the bike trying to find a way to close down Canard but the Oklahoma man was calm out front and didn’t make a single mistake. He took the Joker lane early but Barcia couldn’t make the pass and started to make small mistakes as he looked to make up time.
The last lap flag came out and despite one last push from Barcia, Canard took a hard earned victory while Barcia took the overall King of Bercy title. While Andrew Short just beat French hero Gautier Paulin for third overall by one solitary point!
Essentially it was that pass by Barcia on Canard on Saturday night that won it for Barcia and it is something that neither rider will forget as they head into A1!
Paris Bercy as always was brilliant in 2013, providing drama and incredible noise each and every night to send the fans home happy.
Words by Jonathan McCready
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