Justin Barcia wins Supercross Round 1 for the third consecutive time

Supercross Round 1
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Justin Barcia is the Supercross Round 1 hero for the third straight year after holding off a determined charge by Ken Roczen through the final five minutes. Barcia is happy to have won the season opener in the last two seasons, but he hopes to break another cycle. Two years ago he won the season opener, but failed to stand on the podium again in 2019.

Barcia won the season opener at Anaheim last year, only this time he kept his momentum for a while. He finished second in Saint Louis to get off to a great start for the season, but fell to fifth in the overall standings at the end of the year.

Barcia has a solid reason to believe this year will be different because his circumstances have changed. Making the debut for the GasGas Factory Racing team, Barcia gave them a sweep for the night, winning his heat before taking the Feature race.

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“I got a great start and rode my own race,” Barcia said following the race. “Kenny (Roczen) pressured me so hard the whole race, but I held it together.

“I just want to be in the fight all year, not just a one-hit wonder.”

Starting the year with a new team meant Barcia had to navigate a set of unknowns.

“The offseason training went extremely smooth, the transition to the team went really well,” Barcia said in the post-race press conference. “But you just don’t know where you are. I know I can win, but there’s more to it than that.”

Roczen’s second-place finish was also notable. Battling a physical condition that was eventually diagnosed as shingles, he experienced fatigue in several races. Still, he managed to win races near the end of the season, including Round 15 at Salt Lake City, and finished third in the points behind Eli Tomac and Cooper Webb.

Roczen skipped the outdoor season in order to fully heal.

“It was clean; it was awesome,” Roczen. “The track got rough. It was tacky. It’s good to get the first one out of the way, safe and sound. Second-place, I’m totally fine with it. We did some good racing out there and it’s a long season.”

In fact, the entire night might be characterized as a win for underdogs and drivers battling back from adversity. Marvin Musquin missed the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury. He returned to finish fourth in the overall standings in the outdoor Lucas Oil Motocross season.

It has been 25 years since the Supercross season started some place other than California. Notably, the last time that happened was in 1996 when Jeremy McGrath also won his third consecutive season opener in Orlando, Fla.

Everyone was not happy with their start to the season. After falling twice in the feature, defending champion Eli Tomac finished 13th.

And, in fact it was not a particularly strong night for the last three Supercross champions. The 2019 title-holder Cooper Webb managed only a ninth-place finish. The top rider from 2018, Jason Anderson finished 15th.

This year’s rookie class has been highly anticipated. Winning the last two 250 championships in the West and East divisions respectively, Dylan Ferrandis and Chase Sexton got the opportunity to race head to head in the second heat.

Sexton won the first battle, finishing fourth in his heat to Ferrandis’ ninth.

Ferrandis prevailed in the Supercross Round 1 feature with his first career top-10 in seventh. Sexton finished 14th.

The 250 East got underway first and it set the tone for dark horses.

After Christian Craig scored his second career win and first in five years, he leaned his head on his forearms and absorbed the emotions.

Like Barcia, Craig also got off to a solid start in 2020. He stood on the podium in the first race of the season behind winner Justin Cooper and second-place Dylan Ferrandis.

“If only people knew what I’ve been through in the past two years,” Craig said from the top of the podium. “This is the most weight I’ve lifted off my shoulders I’ve ever had. I never gave up. I’ve been down to the lowest of lows – to the bottom – and I still kept going.”

Austin Forkner kept the theme of overcoming adversity alive.

“I’m the happiest I’ve been for second place,” Forkner said. “The start wasn’t exactly what I wanted. I haven’t had to come through the pack like that for a while, so I was really happy. First race back from my big crash in Salt Lake City. I wanted a podium.”

Colt Nichols rounded out the top three.

“I need to get out of the gate a little better,” Nichols said. “I struggled with that all night.”

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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