At the opening round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, former pro David Pingree combed the pits to find out what new parts the factory teams are using in the 450 class for the 2018 season. 

Video Credit: RacerX Illustrated Magazine, USA.

At the opening round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, former pro David Pingree combed the pits to find out what new parts the factory teams are using in the 250 class for the 2018 season. 

Video Credit: RacerX Illustrated Magazine, USA.

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After the announcement of Davi Milsaps crash right before the Monster Cup, in which he suffered a shattered elbow and suspected concussion, 2018 wasn’t looking great for the Monster Energy sponsored Factory Yamaha Team. With Cooper Webb still out with injury (he’s only just got back on the bike this week) and as Chad Reed not resigned for ’18, there were no active riders cutting laps.

Justin Barcia, having split from JGR Suzuki after a lacklustre 2017 season was racing as a privateer at the Monster Cup and obviously displayed enough talent to get the fill in ride, which was just made public today. 

JGR Suzuki, previously JGR Yamaha, which Justin also rode for, was known to have ‘disagreements’ between Barcia and the YZ450F he was campaigning in 2015 and ’16. But with 2018 being an all new chassis from Yamaha, maybe things could be a little different for Barcia, who will fill in for Davi for the first 6 rounds of Monster Energy Supercross.

After that? Well depending on results we would imagine that Barcia will be back to privateer life. But, and this is a big outside BUT, if Bracia was sitting in the top 3 in points after the first 6 rounds, It wouldn’t be unrealistic for Yamaha to keep Barcia on throughout the rest of the season. Again, a pretty big BUT – only time will tell…

Official Yamaha Press Release:

Cypress, CA – November 15, 2017 – Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Davi Millsaps had surgery last week due to complications with his left elbow that he fractured in early October while practicing for the Monster Energy Cup.

According to Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., “We initially hoped that Davi’s fractured elbow wouldn’t require surgery, but it’s been a particularly difficult injury, so he had surgery last week in order to take care of some lingering issues. We’re hopeful that the procedure will improve the timeline for his recovery.”

Davi commented, “Unfortunately, I pretty much shattered my elbow when I crashed last month, and Dr. Viola in Colorado performed surgery this past Wednesday, November 8, to repair the damage. Dr. Viola said that everything went well with the procedure, and he’s confident that my elbow will be 100%. I hope to be back on the bike as soon as possible.”

“Davi’s injury still needs time to heal properly,” McCarty added. “And we don’t want to risk making the situation worse by having him start the season when he is not completely ready. So, Justin Barcia has been contracted to race for what we anticipate will be the first six Monster Energy Supercross rounds. Anything beyond that is still dependent on Davi’s condition, and his fitness to race.”

Commenting on his return to Yamaha, Justin said, “First of all, I wish Davi well in his recovery. This is a great opportunity for me, and I’m really happy to be back with Yamaha again, and especially to be racing for the Yamaha Factory team. I’m proud to have my number 51 on the brand-new 2018 YZ450F, and A1 can’t come soon enough for me!”

Davi’s teammate Cooper Webb, whose left thumb was injured during practice at the Monster Energy MXGP of the USA in Jacksonville, Florida, this past September, is now healthy and getting reaquainted with his #2 YZ450F. This week, he and the team will begin preseason conditioning and testing at the Yamaha supercross track in preparation for the opening round of the Monster Energy Supercross season on January 6 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California.

“I rode last week on some outdoor tracks in Southern California, and it was awesome! My thumb didn’t give me any issues,” Cooper said. “I’ve also been working hard off the bike to be in the best possible shape I can be in, and I feel really good. The new 2018 YZ450F is an amazing bike, so I know there won’t be a whole lot of time required to get it fine-tuned for A1. It just comes down to me putting the laps in and getting up to race speed and conditioning. I will be ready for A1.”

Grason Veitch secured the Junior 125/250cc title at Round 2 of the NZ Supercross Championship Winton over the weekend. Photo by Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

CLOSE RACING AT SUPERCROSS CHAMPS FINALE

It was an exciting, edge-of-the-seats finish to this season’s New Zealand Supercross Championships at the second and final round in Southland on Saturday.

The scene had been set for a thrilling conclusion to the championship after close racing at a rain-drenched and muddy round one in Tokoroa a week earlier, but this time there were no downpours to ruin the party.

 A good-sized crowd was certainly entertained at the Brent Scammell Honda-supported, TransDiesel, Mainstream Global Logistics and DRD magazine-sponsored series finale at the “world’s southernmost supercross track” at Winton, just north of Invercargill.

Honda Racing Team CRF450F rider Cody Cooper was again in sensational form and, although he didn’t manage another clean-sweep of wins in the premier SX1 (450cc) class, as he had at a damp Tokoroa six days earlier, the 34-year-old’s 1-1-2 score-card at Winton meant he still emerged as the top man at the event and wrapped up the title by 12 points from Mangakino’s Kayne Lamont (Altherm JCR Yamaha YZ450F).

Eventual third overall in the SX1 class this season was Ngatea’s Ben Broad (Whyteline Kawasaki KX450F).

Meanwhile, Motueka’s former Grand Prix motocross racer Josh Coppins (Altherm JCR Yamaha YZ250F) finished the job he had started a week earlier in the SX2 (250cc) class, finishing 1-2-1 in his three outings at Winton and taking the title by a comfortable 29 points from Tauranga-based former Rangiora rider Micah McGoldrick (Honda Racing Team CRF250).

Third overall in the SX2 class this year was Kotemaori cross-country ace Reece Lister (Bike Worx KTM).

Te Awamutu’s Daniel White (Kawasaki) had led the Junior 125/250cc class battle at Tokoroa, but he was a no-show at Winton and this left the way clear for Dunedin’s Grason Veitch (KTM) to nip in and take the crown.

Veitch impressed with his 2-1-1 results at Winton, eventually taking the title by 14 points from Christchurch’s Marshall Phillips (Yamaha). Third overall in the Junior 125/250cc class this year was fast-improving Ashburton rider Mitchell Stocker (KTM). 

Ashburton’s Ben Wall (Husqvarna) came from behind to win the Junior Lites (85cc) class. His 1-3-1 results at Winton meant he won the day by nine points from Palmerston North’s Rhys Jillings (KTM) and he eventually secured the title by 12 points from Jillings. 

Invercargill’s Jack Symon (KTM) had led the Junior Lites class by a solitary point after Tokoroa and he again rode solidly at Winton, but a non-finish in the final race of the championship saw him forced to accept third overall for the series.

 

Final standings in the 2017 New Zealand Supercross Championships

SX1 Class

1. Cody Cooper 117 points

 2. Kayne Lamont 105 points

3. Ben Broad 86 points

SX2 Class

1. Josh Coppins 117 points

2. Micah McGoldrick 88 points

3. Reece Lister  84 points

Junior 125/250 Class

1. Grason Veitch 109 points

2. Marshall Phillips 95 points

3. Mitchell Stocker 73 points

Junior Lites (85cc) Class

1. Ben Wall 100 points

2. Rhys Jillings 88 points

3. Jack Symon 74 points