Barcia and Brown Sidelined for Remainder of 2023 AMA Supercross Championship
TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL/GASGAS FACTORY RACING TEAM LOOKS AHEAD TO PRO MOTOCROSS
AMA Supercross 2023 has drawn to an early close for Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing, with 450SX front-runner Justin Barcia and Pierce Brown joining Michael Mosiman on the sidelines following what was an inspired season from the team.
- Justin Barcia recovering following surgery on broken collarbone from Nashville
- 250SX West team rider Pierce Brown joins eastern region regular Michael Mosiman on the sidelines
- Attention of Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing turns to Pro Motocross
450SX rider Barcia has successfully undergone surgery on his broken collarbone sustained in Nashville at round 15 of the championship. The 31-year-old also unfortunately broke his right shoulder in the fall during Saturday’s Main Event, along with suffering two broken ribs in the incident.
Justin’s injuries came just one week following his breakout first win of the year onboard the current MC 450F Factory Edition at East Rutherford and he carried that momentum by picking up the Heat race win in Tennessee. He had starred throughout the series, achieving no less than six podiums before being injured, and comfortably featuring inside the top-five in points.
Justin Barcia: “I had surgery on Monday on my collarbone. That’s feeling a lot better today. I ended up breaking two ribs and broke my right shoulder. The shoulder doesn’t need any surgery, so that’s great. I’m feeling a lot better today and the next few days are just gonna keep getting better, and better, and better – hopefully I can start training soon. Obviously, not on the dirt bike for a little bit, but just wanted to give a shoutout to everyone this season. It was definitely, for me, my best – mentally and physically – Supercross season and I really enjoyed it, had a lot of fun. Definitely a bummer to go out this way, but things happen though, and I can’t wait to be back, racing hard, and stronger than ever.”
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing 250SX West entry Brown has also been affected by injury after breaking his hand while preparing for the upcoming Pro Motocross Championship late last week. With three top-five results to his credit in 2023, his best result of fourth came in Glendale last month riding his MC 250F Factory Edition.
Pierce Brown: “I’m bummed to end the season early due to a broken hand. Myself and the team work too hard to bring back no results. I’m on the mend now and will be doing everything possible to get back for as many of the remaining outdoor rounds as possible.”
The addition of both Barcia and Brown being out sees them join Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing teammate Michael Mosiman in recovery mode, with the team now focused on a strong outdoor campaign when the gates drop at Fox Raceway in Pala, California, on Saturday, May 27th. It’s not yet confirmed when Barcia and Brown will be fit to return.
Max Lee, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team Manager: “I am gutted to say that our riders Pierce Brown and Justin Barcia will not be racing the final rounds of the Supercross season due to injuries. We hope for a speedy recovery from both and for them to be back racing sometime this outdoor season. On the upside, Michael Mosiman has been riding and training and looking good heading into round one at Fox Raceway.”
Barcia, Brown and Mosiman are Back in Action with 2023 Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team
SQUAD WELCOMES MAX LEE AS NEW TEAM MANAGER;
OLLY STONE BECOMES CREW CHIEF
MATTIGHOFEN, AUSTRIA – December 15, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – With the all-new 2023 MC 450F Factory Edition and MC 250F Factory Edition bikes, and a new face at the helm of our team, GASGAS Factory Racing is on the gas for a third season of SX/MX racing in the U.S.! Proudly welcoming Max Lee on-board as the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team Manager, our returning three-rider lineup of Justin Barcia, Michael Mosiman and Pierce Brown are fired up for more in 2023.
- Barcia, Mosiman and Brown are back for 2023!
- Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing welcomes Max Lee as Team Manager!
- Olly Stone steps into Crew Chief role after a decorated career as race team mechanic
Never one to back down from a challenge, Justin Barcia is back on the hunt for a 450 title this season, racing aboard the all-new MC 450F Factory Edition in 2023. Charging his way to six podium finishes in the 2022 AMA Supercross Championship, Barcia heads into the new season with his eyes on the prize in the 31-race SuperMotocross World Championship.
We’re stoked to welcome back two heavy hitters in the 250 division as Michael Mosiman and Pierce Brown return to action aboard the all-new MC 250F Factory Edition. As a three-year veteran on the team, Mosiman is well-versed in the 250 class. Coming off his first career Supercross win in San Diego last season, the Northern California native is ready to stake claim atop the podium with a consistent season ahead.
Also returning for year three with the squad is Utah native Pierce Brown, the third-place finisher in the 2022 250SX Eastern Championship. Brown ended the season on a high note with two consecutive podium finishes and he looks to build upon that momentum as the gate drops for a new year of racing.
Justin Barcia: “I’m so amped for this upcoming season, we’ve got more races with more opportunities to win! I’m excited about our new bike and going racing with my wife and baby boy it’s going to be a fun season!”
Michael Mosiman: “With the added three rounds of the SMX, I think it will be very important to stay consistent and to come into each round fresh – mentally and physically. I’m looking forward to the new season.”
Pierce Brown: “I’m stoked for the 2023 season coming up. I feel really good and I’m loving the new bike! Excited to go racing.”
With longtime SX/MX Team Manager Tyler Keefe taking on a more strategic role as Troy Lee Designs’ Director of Motorsports, GASGAS Factory Racing is excited to welcome Max Lee as Team Manager, along with Oliver “Olly” Stone as Crew Chief.
By leveraging his years of experience in motorsport management, Keefe will continue working closely with the team to prepare for a successful race season in 2023 and beyond. With an extensive background with Troy Lee Designs, Max Lee will step into the role of Team Manager, overseeing the team and commercial responsibilities. As Crew Chief, “Olly” Stone will take on a more comprehensive technical role, overseeing the day-to-day operations of testing and preparing the bikes for racing.
Max Lee, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team Manager: “I would like to thank Roger De Coster, Tyler Keefe, my father [Troy Lee], and everyone else who has guided me and given me this opportunity. Words cannot express how excited I am to work full-time for the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team, it is a dream come true for me and my family. I am thankful to be surrounded by great people and I’m looking forward to an amazing season with this team.”
Troy Lee: “Beginning with our very first 250 team to building the TLD/GASGAS 450 and 250 team to what it is today, I would like to express great thanks to Tyler Keefe for his 11 years of hard work and success, and we look forward to his contributions as Troy Lee Designs Motorsports Director in the next chapter of his professional career. I’m also really stoked to have Max Lee as Team Manager of the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team. It’s a very proud moment for me and I know this new leadership team is going to help a lot in his guidance.
It’s going to be an exciting season in 2023 with three world-class riders returning to the lineup. Everyone has been putting in the work and the new Factory Edition bikes are looking good! We can’t wait to get the season kicked off at A1!”