News 10 Mar 2020

Barcia expected more in challenging Daytona main event

Factory Yamaha pilot salvages fifth at the 10th round.

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Justin Barcia admits he expected more from himself at Daytona’s 10th round of Monster Energy Supercross after completing the main event in fifth position.

The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing rider indicated he struggled with bike set-up as conditions roughened up, making him ‘a little bit uncomfortable’ in the 18-lap final.

“I felt like I should have had a stronger result, but there were some positives to take from tonight,” Barcia stated. “My starts were much better, so that was a good thing. We just struggled with setup all day. We were trying to adapt to the track and find that happy place, I just never found it.

“I rode well in my heat race. The track was pretty smooth, but in the main event the track roughened up and I was just a little bit uncomfortable. Aaron and I battled for a while. It was a fun race, but I expected a lot more of myself.

“I felt like I should have had a better result, but we have to take the positives. I had good starts and qualified pretty well today, which was something that has hurt us. So we’re going to take the positives moving into next weekend at Indy and get back on top.”

Barica sits fourth in the standings as the series heads to Indianapolis this weekend.