The Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Team Carries Momentum Into Pro Motocross Round 5 This Saturday
The next stop on the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross
schedule lands in Blountville, Tennessee this Saturday, June 23,
for Round 5 at the southeastern-favorite Muddy Creek
Last round, Justin Barcia matched his best overall finish of the season with third, where he carries good momentum and a top-three standing in the 450MX Championship into the weekend. With a solid conditioning program at his home base in Florida, Barcia feels confident in taking on the hot and humid conditions that could arise in Tennessee.
His teammate, Alex Ray, looks forward to lining up in front of a familiar crowd on Saturday as he pilots the Factory Yamaha at his "home race" for the first time ever. Last round, Ray earned a career-best finish of 12th overall and for this weekend, the Tennessee native looks to build with a pair of consistent moto finishes at Muddy Creek.
Justin Barcia, 450MX #51
"I'm looking forward to Muddy Creek, I've had good luck there in the past and I think the short uphill start really suits the Yamaha with our good power and works in our favor. I'm happy with the whole team, we've been working really well together and trying to make the bike as comfortable as it can be. Last weekend was definitely a step in the right direction with getting back on the podium but I'm definitely wanting more. I've been working on things to improve and I want to get a win, it's driving me crazy! This weekend, the goal is to have good qualifying times, get up there on the box and go after a moto win or overall."
Alex Ray, 450MX #91
"Tennessee is my home state and to be on a factory team for my home race in front of my friends and family is a dream come true! I've got one shot for a top ten, I know I have the tools, I just need to put it all together!"
MEET JUSTIN BARCIA AND ALEX RAY AT THE RACE TRANSPORTER DURING SATURDAY'S AUTOGRAPH SESSIONÂ
Stop by the Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing team transporter on Saturday from 11:20 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (time subject to change due to scheduling). Justin and Alex will be there to meet fans and sign autographs.
IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO MUDDY CREEK, TUNE INTO MAVTV AND NBCSN
The first set of motos from Blountville, Tennessee will be broadcast live on MAVTV beginning at 10 a.m. PDT, followed by live second moto coverage on NBC Sports Network at Noon. All motos can also be viewed live on the NBC Sports Gold App, beginning at 10 a.m. PDT.