HISTORIC NIGHT FOR TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL/GASGAS FACTORY RACING TEAM AT HOUSTON SX SEASON OPENER
GASGAS Factory Racing made history today in AMA Supercross World Championship racing, taking their first-ever 450SX Main Event win thanks to a flawless performance by Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia. With the brand making an exciting U.S. Supercross debut at Round 1 in Houston, Texas, Barcia furthered the historic night by winning his third-straight SX season opener – the first rider to accomplish that feat in 25 years. Teammate Michael Mosiman had a strong start to the season in his first race aboard the MC 250F, earning seventh-place in the stacked 250SX Eastern division.
In true fashion, Barcia set fire to his MC 450F right away as he charged to the holeshot in 450SX Heat 1, immediately establishing his presence out front. Hitting his marks under pressure, Barcia rode smooth and steady to maintain control of every lap, making history by stamping the brand’s first-ever 450SX heat race win.
Barcia didn’t hold anything back when the gate dropped for the Main Event as he blitzed off the line to just miss the holeshot and command the lead right away on lap one. Fighting off multiple attempts from Ken Roczen to take over the lead, Barcia held strong out front for all 28 laps of the Main Event, where he proudly stood atop the podium as the first 450SX winner in 2021.
Justin Barcia: “Kenny [Roczen] honestly pressured me so hard the whole race but I held it together, it was really awesome. I can’t thank the whole Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team enough, that was an insane race! I’m glad I did the three-peat, that wasn’t the goal, but this is the first one of hopefully many more and I just want to be in the fight all year and not just a one-hit wonder.”
In his first gate drop of the new year, Mosiman settled nicely into third early in 250SX Heat 2. He kept on charging aboard his MC 250F to successfully lock in a third-place transfer to the Main Event. Mosiman had a top-10 start in the main and he passed up to sixth early on. While running just outside the top-five in a freight-train of riders, Mosiman ended up going down in the midst of chaos but he quickly got up and salvaged a respectable seventh-place for the night.
Michael Mosiman: "Tonight wasn’t the results that I was hoping for but I learned a lot and I know what I need to improve on moving forward. Lucky for me, we are racing again on Tuesday and I’m excited to show everyone what I can do on my MC 250F this season!”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rookie, Maximus Vohland, captured an impressive top-10 finish in his professional supercross debut. Fresh off a successful amateur racing career,Vohland dove right into his professional Supercross debut with a favorable third-place start in 250SX Heat 1. He mixed it up with some of the top riders in the class, bouncing back-and-forth inside the top-five. He made his way up to third halfway through and fell just short of a podium finish in his first-ever heat race attempt.
With a solid gate choice heading into the Main Event, Vohland secured a top-10 start aboard the KTM 250 SX-F. A crash shuffled him back to 12th early on but the young rookie diligently worked his way up to ninth just before the halfway mark. He kept his focus laser sharp throughout the remaining laps, where he secured an impressive ninth-place finish in his debut.
Vohland: “The first race went good. I made some mistakes but it’s a learning experience and we’ll make sure to come back on Tuesday to fix those little tweaks. The goal was top-10 and that’s what I achieved tonight, so we’re happy with that and we’ll pick up on a couple of those things and try to come back and get a better result on Tuesday.”
We can’t forget about our TLD Groms! We couldn’t be more stoked to partner with KTM USA and the KTM Jr. Racing Program for the sixth consecutive year.
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team will get back to racing in three short days with the second round of the 2021 AMA Supercross Championship taking place in Houston, Texas once again.
Results – 2021 AMA Supercross Championship, Round 1
450SX - Main Event
- Justin Barcia (GASGAS) 28 laps
- Ken Roczen (Honda) +01.015
- Marvin Musquin (KTM) +20.076
250SX EAST - Main Event
- Christian Craig (YAM) 20 laps
- Austin Forkner (Kawasaki) +05.057
- Colt Nichols (Yamaha) +06.665
- Michael Mosiman (GASGAS) +35.213
Chanmpionship Standings - After Round 1
450SX - Main Event
- Justin Barcia (GASGAS) 26pts
- Ken Roczen (Honda) 23
- Marvin Musquin (KTM) 21
- Christian Craig (Yamaha) 26pts
- Austin Forkner (Kawasaki) 23
- Colt Nichols (Yamaha) 21
- Michael Mosiman (GASGAS) 16