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!”
GASGAS Goes Big with Two Factory Edition Motocross Models for 2023!
GET ON THE GAS WITH THE ALL-NEW GASGAS MC 450F AND MC 250F DIRT BIKES
December 1, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – One year on from launching our first-ever race team replica dirt bike and we’re back with more! And not just one, but two factory edition motocross models. Built for maximum on-track performance, the all-new GASGAS MC 450F Factory Edition and MC 250F Factory Edition bikes have been designed and developed together with GASGAS Factory Racing, so you know they’re going to be good! Both feature brand-new motors, new frames, and are packed full of the latest technology, with pretty much everything else being improved over the outgoing generation. So, if you’re a racer focused on winning, you’re going to need one. It’s as simple as that!
GASGAS unveils two awesome TLD Race Team replica motocross bikes
New models developed with GASGAS Factory Racing for maximum performance
Watch Justin Barcia and Pierce Brown ride the new bikes right here
The MC 450F Factory Edition benefits from a new cylinder head and CP piston – a potent combination that gives a boost to overall performance and amplifies the on-track experience for all riders. With the motor now lighter than ever, as well as being repositioned within the all-new frame to improve mass centralization, the bike’s already agile handling characteristics are taken to the next level.
450F Factory Edition
250F Factory Edition
As the newest and freshest model added to the GASGAS line-up, the MC 250F Factory Edition is pretty much an all-new dirt bike. Headlining this awesome bike is the powerful, high-revving, motor that’s super compact to save weight. Together with the new frame it makes carving through corners so, so easy. The brand-new motor features a new cylinder, cylinder head and piston, crankcases, and gearbox, which all work as one to make the MC 250F Factory Edition quite possibly the very best 250cc 4-stroke motocrosser out there.
Rewarding riders who really push the pace, the WP Suspension fitted on the Factory Edition models is set up firmer to favor aggressive riding. Up front, the WP XACT front forks feature a new hydrostop for improved bottoming resistance while the slightly slower rebound setting takes the sting out of heavy landings. At the rear, the WP XACT shock is all-new, better performing, and easily adjustable by hand for quick and easy trackside changes.
Shared updates across both GASGAS Factory Edition models.
New generation frame – Hydroformed, laser cut, and robot welded, the new frame is as strong and as flexible as it gets. Super-stable at high speed without compromising things in the corners, the frame is finished with a tough, electronic red powder coating.
New aluminum subframe – Strong and light. Contributing to the overall handling of the Factory Edition bikes, the aluminum subframe is super reliable.
New die-cast swingarm – An improved casting process knocks off 190 grams when compared to the old swingarm. Still strong and designed to work with the flex of the new frame, the swingarm is complete with a new chain guide designed to prevent mud build-up and help maintain forward momentum in deeply rutted turns.
New bodywork and graphics – Fresh new plastics and the latest Red Bull/Troy Lee Designs/ GASGAS Factory Racing graphics sure look the business. But there’s a lot more to the updated bodywork as the contact areas for your knees are now larger, which allows riders to grip the bike more when getting on the gas.
Bigger fuel tank – If you’re competing in the pro ranks then you’ll enjoy the larger fuel tank as you can go the full distance with no fear of running out.
New footrest design – Mounted further inwards on the frame to help prevent them from catching on deep ruts or take offs when scrubbing, the new footrests feature a larger surface area to improve control in all conditions.
Updated suspension settings – With the WP forks set-up to maintain forward momentum after heavy landings and the all-new WP shock as good as rear suspension gets, attacking the track has never felt so good. Plus, both the forks and shock are adjustable by hand, for quick and easy set-up changes.
State-of-the-art electronics with Traction Control and Quickshifter – Helping to get the power down in slick conditions, Traction Control is essential for all hardpack tracks while the Quickshifter ensures super-smooth gear changes – even when wide open!
New map selector switch to engage mappings, launch control, traction control and quickshift – Easy to operate, even when riding, the handlebar-mounted Map Select Switch houses all the buttons to activate Launch Control, Traction Control, and the Quickshifter.
Lighter motors and new engine position – Low in weight and positioned to play a vital role in handling, the Factory Edition motors aren’t just fast, but they help each bike handle perfectly.
Redesigned 250 motor – All-new and designed for pro level racing, the 250cc 4-stroke motor may well be the best out there!
Updated 450 motor – Refined to be lower in weight and still produce copious amounts of power, the 450 motor is designed to centralize mass for perfect handling.
Beyond the super-cool Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing graphics, the very best race-tested components have been fitted to both factory edition models. Every single part is designed to improve performance and durability while the latest in electronic wizardry allows riders to customize the power to suit their style.
Take a look at the full list of what’s included on both the GASGAS MC 450F Factory Edition and MC 250F Factory Edition motocross bikes, it’s seriously impressive…
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing replica graphics from the 2023 season
Ribbed Factory Seat Cover
Factory Racing Triple Clamps (anodized red)
Factory Wheels (anodized black)
Black rear sprocket
Gold x-ring chain
Factory Start Device
Semi-Floating Front Brake Disc
Factory Racing Brake Disc Guard
2K Carbon Composite Skid Plate
Frame Protection Kit (red)
Hour meter with FI status LED and low fuel warning
Map Select Switch to control Launch Control, Traction Control, and Quickshift
Akrapovic “Slip-On Line” titanium exhaust system
Billet Hinson Outer Clutch Cover
Black Neken Fatbar with GASGAS bar pad
Softer ODI Lock-On Grips
Firmer suspension settings
Unlocking even more power from the new, more compact, and easier to work on motors is a lightweight Akrapovič Slip-On Line titanium exhaust system. Giving a significant boost to both torque and top speed, it’s the very latest offering from Akrapovič, which as well as improving performance, looks the absolute business.
Not only super-fast, but these new Factory Edition bikes also handle like a dream. Firmer settings on the WP XACT suspension encourage riders to attack the track and big jumps with full confidence, safe in the knowledge that heavy landings will be soaked up with no loss of forward momentum. Up front, red anodized Factory Racing Triple Clamps allow riders to customize the ergonomics, while soft ODI Lock-On grips improve comfort. A grippy, ribbed seat cover keeps riders where they want to be when getting on the gas.
Dunlop Geomax MX33 tires hook up in all conditions, and are fitted to our black Factory Wheels, which are rock solid and add to the real race bike flavor. We’ve bolted on a Semi-Floating Front Brake Disc, so you’ll never miss your line in the corners and protected it with a Factory Racing Brake Disc Guard for when things get wild in the first turn!
Finishing off both bikes in style is a long list of parts taken straight from our Technical Accessories range. From front to back, there’s a Factory Start Device, Neken handlebars, a 2K Carbon Composite Skid Plate, Hinson Clutch Cover, a red Frame Protection Kit, a black Rear Sprocket, and a gold x-ring chain. Finally, to make sure riders stay on top of servicing their bike, we’ve installed an Hour Meter to ensure no one ever loses track of just how many hours they’ve spent on this awesome bike.
For more information and to check out the full spec of both factory edition motocross bikes, head to GASGAS.com.
The MC 450F Factory Edition and MC 250F Factory Edition models will be available in all US based GASGAS dealerships in January 2023. European and all non-US customers will be able to get their hands on the MC 450F Factory Edition a couple of months later, in March. For full pricing details and more information, please visit your local GASGAS dealer.