Visiting the birthplace of Supercross, the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team was looking for strong finishes to close out the SuperMotocross playoffs.
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing was a beehive of activity all day long as this is close to their home turf
Justin Barcia had a tough end to his ’23 campaign
Pierce Brown had his best race of the SMX Playoffs
Pierce Brown stepped things up for the final round of the SMX Playoff, qualifying in third position, and setting himself with a great gate pick for the night’s racing. When the gate dropped for the first moto, he rounded the first turn in 13th aboard his MC 250F Factory Edition, picked off a few spots on the first lap, and powered his way up to eighth by the checkered flag.
For the second moto, he was 11th around the first turn, and sixth by the time they finished the first lap, and fifth at the finish. That gave him seventh overall for the night, and 11th overall in the series.
Pierce Brown: “The last round of SuperMotocross is done and dusted. All around it was a pretty good day. I qualified good. In moto one I had a bad start, but I ended up eighth. In moto two I got a better start, and I ended up fifth so I was happy with that. I feel like I was riding good all day...I'm happy with it. I'm ready to take some time off and then get back to work. "
For Justin Barcia, his night was spectacular, but unfortunately, far too brief. Justin has had a string of great starts during the SMX Playoffs, and that continued in the Coliseum, as he powered his MC 450F Factory Edition into second as he rounded the first turn. He had made a pass for the lead on the first lap, but a hard crash immediately after that put an end to his night. He finished his season in seventh overall among the 450 class competitors.
Results – SuperMotocross Playoff 3
1. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha) 5-2; 2. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki) 4-4; 3. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna) 2-6 … 7. Pierce Brown (GASGAS) 8-5
1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) 1-1; 2. Ken Roczen (Suzuki) 2-2; 3. Cooper Webb (Yamaha) 5-3… 23. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) 21-23
Final Championship Standings
1. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha) 157 points; 2. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki) 152 points; 3. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna) 122 points… 11. Pierce Brown (GASGAS) 86 points
1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) 163 points; 2. Ken Roczen (Suzuki) 146 points; 3. Chase Sexton (Honda) 120 points … 7. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) 98 points