TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL/GASGAS FACTORY RACING TAKE THE POSITIVES FROM GLENDALE SX TRIPLE CROWN
MICHAEL MOSIMAN ENJOYS A RACE PODIUM IN THE 250SX CLASS
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team came away with a mixed bag of results at Saturday’s AMA Supercross Triple Crown, where the races were short but the action was intense with three Main Events taking place in each class. Our riders put up a good fight to secure top-10 finishes in their respective divisions, and props to Michael Mosiman for putting his MC 250F onto the second step of the podium in race two!
- Mosiman battled for the win in 250SX Main Event 2
- Barcia had a consistent night with 6-7-6 finishes
- Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing return home to SoCal for A3 next weekend
In the first Main Event of the night, Barcia started just inside the top-10 and he steadily worked his way into sixth. With the top-five battle in sight, Barcia fought hard in the final laps of the race but ultimately came up short for sixth. In the second race, it was another top-10 start for Barcia and he got caught up battling through the pack early on. Inheriting seventh midway through the race, he maintained a good pace through the checkers to pick up a seventh-place finish in race-two. He carried a little more momentum into the start of the last Main Event as he rounded the first lap in eighth. He climbed into sixth a few laps later and pressured the top-five battle all the way to the end, finishing sixth in the final race.
Justin Barcia: "It was a difficult day – my starts were pretty frustrating and just not very good riding for me. We made some changes going into the last race and I feel like I had a better start. Going into next weekend, I feel like we can be in a better position than where we started today, so that’s good news. All-in-all, I’m happy to be healthy and going into the race strong. My bike feels good and we’re ready to go out there and do work!”
Coming off a two-race podium streak, Michael Mosiman was hoping to keep the ball rolling this weekend but luck wasn’t on his side from the get-go. In the first race, Mosiman came together with another rider in the first turn and got trapped under his bike. Eventually remounting in dead last, he made an impressive charge from 22nd up to 14th halfway into the race, and he was able to squeak into the top-10 with another big push late in the race.
Rebounding in the second main, Mosiman turned a ninth-place start into a stellar ride as he charged his way into podium contention. Overtaking second on lap eight, Mosiman put in some solid laps to challenge the leader late in the race, finishing only 1.384 seconds away from the win in race two.
Mosiman got off to a promising start in the last Main Event, jumping into a top-five battle right off the start. Running fourth, he chased down the podium battle late in the race but he took another spill that ultimately caused him to drop to the back of the pack with only three laps to go. He fought hard to come back to 15th in that race, giving him ninth overall on the night.
Michael Mosiman: “What a wild ride that was! Three races and three different experiences. I rode really well and I had a lot of great things happen but some things didn’t go my way. We’re going to move forward and continue to do the things we’ve done well, learn from what we haven’t and move onto Anaheim and see if I can’t get another win. I totally believe I can, so we’re going to take this week to do a little bit of healing and go knock it out of the park!”
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team heads back to Anaheim, California next Saturday, February 12 for the third and final race inside Angel Stadium.