Supercross Preview: Justin Barcia leads riders to Glendale

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On Saturday, Jan. 12 Justin Barcia and the rest of the Monster Energy Supercross riders head to State Farm Stadium in Glendale Ariz. for the second round of the 2019 season.

Barcia and Colt Nichols will bolt on red plates as the points leaders after scoring victories last week in Anaheim, Calif.  For Barcia, this is the first time in his career that he has been decked out in red.

With a retractable roof on State Farm Stadium, there will not be a repeat of last week’s muddy conditions, but Barcia has a good opportunity to replicate his performance and keep the top spot after finishing second in last year’s Glendale round.

Long whoops sections will require riders to triple-jump coming and going with sharp 180 degree turns providing dramatic passing zones.

Ken Roczen is looking for his first win in two years with his last coming in San Diego on Jan. 14, 2017. Roczen has four podiums in his last six events, including last week. He also stood on the podium last year in Glendale with a third-place finish.

Last year’s champion Jason Anderson struggled in the mud at Anaheim and dropped from third at the gate to 14th at the checkers. He finished fourth at Glendale last year, but it was a distant fourth nearly 12 seconds behind Eli Tomac and 15.355 seconds off the lead.

Schedule:

Qualifying: 3:00 pm on NBC Sports Gold
Race: 9:00 on NBCSN, or stream live by clicking here

Last Week:

Justin Barcia beat Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac in the 450 class.
Colt Nichols beat Dylan Ferrandis and Shane McElrath in the 250 class.

Last year:

Eli Tomac beat Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen in the 450 class.
Aaron Plessinger beat Shane McElrath and Adam Cianciarulo in the 250 class.

Points Leaders

450s:
Justin Barcia (26)
Ken Roczen (23)
Eli Tomac (21)
Dean Wilson (19)
Cooper Webb (18)

250s:
Colt Nichols (26)
Dylan Ferrandis (23)
Shane McElrath (21)
RJ Hampshire (19)
Adam Cianciarulo (18)

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Keating stripped of Le Mans GTE-Am win; No. 68 Ganassi entry also disqualified

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FIA stewards announced Monday that two Ford GT entries have been disqualified from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, including the GTE-Am class-winning No. 85 entry from privateer Keating Motorsports.

Also DQ’d was the factory No. 68 Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais, which initially finished fourth in the GTE-Pro class.

Both entries were found in violation of fuel capacity regulations, with the No. 85 entry also failing to meet the minimum refueling time during pit stops.

The refueling system on the No. 85 entry, driven by Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga, measured a time of 44.4 seconds during a stop, just shy of the minimum required time of 45 seconds.

As a result, the team was initially issued a 55.2-second post-race penalty by officials, which elevated the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR of Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, and Egidio Perfetti to the class win.

The time penalty was calculated by the difference in the refueling time (0.6 seconds) multiplied by the amount of pit stops made by the team (23), then multiplied by four.

The No. 85 entry was set to finish second in class, but then received an outright DQ after its fuel capacity was also revealed to be 0.1 liters above the maximum permitted capacity of 96 liters.

As for Ganassi’s No. 68 entry, it was found to have a fuel capacity of 97.83 liters, which is above the maximum allowed capacity of 97 liters for the GTE-Pro Fords.

The No. 67 Ford of Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, and Jonathan Bomarito subsequently moves up to fourth, and the No. 69 Ford of Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook moves up to fifth.

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