Barcia to stay with JGR until 2018

Justin Barcia will stay with his current team JGR Yamaha for the next three seasons it was revealed yesterday. Barcia was already contracted until the end of 2016, but that agreement has now been extended for another two seasons, giving both sides some stability and the chance to grow on the increasing success that they have enjoyed this year.

“We feel like Justin is a great addition to our racing family", said Coy Gibbs, the JGR team owner."Even though he was under contract through 2016 we wanted to extend his agreement with us long-term.”

Barcia was clearly happy with the decision to stay with the squad. “I really like the guys on the team and the overall atmosphere here, now I don't have to think about anything but riding and training for a long time. We all get along great and I'm pumped,”

After moving up from the 250 class where he won back-to-back East Coast Supercross titles in 2011 and 2012, Barcia enjoyed some strong results on the Geico Honda, taking third place in his rookie outdoor season. But that was the best he would place with the rider seemingly failing to get on with the bike in his final season with the squad. Transfering to the Yamaha team at the tail end of 2014, Barcia's SX season was wrecked by injury, the rider sitting out eight of the 15 rounds and coming away with a 15th place final standing.

But Barcia's form in the outdoor series has grown staggeringly fast and since his conquering the mud at Budds Creek had become a genuine threat to Ryan Dungey and recorded a good run of six consecutive podiums. He finished the series in third place, just pipped out of second by the outgoing champion Ken Roczen at the final round.

Barcia's last appointment for the 2015 race season will be to lead out the American team at the Motocross of Nations, flanked by fellow Yamaha riders Jeremy Martin and Cooper Webb and JGR will doubtless hope that Barcia and the boys can return the Chamberlain Trophy to American ownership.

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