The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team came to the AMA Supercross Championship season opener with their usual high hopes, a full off-season of preparation, and of course, Troy’s artistic touches for the rider’s helmets, bikes and gear. Racing aboard the all-new 2023 MC 450F and MC 250F Factory Edition bikes for the first time, both Justin Barcia and Pierce Brown came away with their fair share of ups and downs in Anaheim, California.
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team came in hot for the start of the 2023 season!
Barcia brings the speed with an amazing holeshot in the 450 main
Brown unfortunately suffered a race-ending crash in the 250SX West heat race
Justin Barcia and Anaheim 1 are generally a solid match, and he’s had plenty of success (including wins and podiums) in previous years at the season opener. Another win looked like a definite possibility once again, as he quickly grabbed the holeshot aboard his GASGAS MC 450F Factory Edition and jumped into the early lead. Unfortunately, after leading the first three laps ahead of last year’s champ, he had an off-track excursion that dropped him to the 11th spot.
Justin Barcia: "A1 is a wrap. The day started off pretty well. I felt good in the first practice but I struggled a little bit in the next two, just with feeling comfortable with the track, because it was very tricky with a lot of square edges and things like that. I made a big change before the heat race and unfortunately went in the wrong direction. So I went back to my base setting for the main event. Pretty much ripped the holeshot, led a few laps, made a huge mistake, and had a crash. I worked my way back up to like seventh and had another crash. So it was a difficult main event. We'll take a few positives from the day. We had a good start, and we had speed, we just need to keep it on two wheels and keep it simple and we'll be good. But the speed is there, the fitness is there, and the bike's there, so I'm happy with that and definitely put this result behind us and move forward."
Pierce Brown started off the day on the gas, qualifying in the third position. But a hard crash in his heat race proved to be the end of his evening. After being seen by the Alpinestars Mobile Medical crew, he was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. The good news is that he’s already been released, and is headed home.
Next Event (Round 2): 1/14/23 – RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, California
Results – 2022 AMA Supercross Championship, Round 1
450SX – Main Event
1. Eli Tomac (Yamaha); 2. Cooper Webb (KTM) +02.778; 3. Chase Sexton (Honda) +04.350 … 11. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) +42.507; 18. Justin Starling (GASGAS)
250SX West – Main Event
1. Jett Lawrence (Honda); 2. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna) +05.259; 3. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) +10.671 … 18. Jerry Robin (GASGAS)
Championship Standings – After Round 1
1. Eli Tomac 26 pts; 2. Cooper Webb 23; 3. Chase Sexton 21 … 11. Justin Barcia 12
1. Jett Lawrence 26 pts; 2. RJ Hampshire 23; 3. Cameron Mcadoo 21
Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing rolled out of a MotoGP pitbox for the very first time today with a busy, sunny and fascinating first ‘look ahead’ test towards the 2023 world championship! Valencia’s blue skies were the perfect ceiling for Pol Espargaro and Augusto Fernandez debut ‘Get on the Gas’ experience.
Izan Guevara travelled to the other side of the globe to sit on top of the world when the 18-year-old from Majorca wrapped his – and GASGAS Motorcycles – first FIM Grand Prix world championship in road racing.
GASGAS on the podium in Moto3 and Moto2 in Australia, and a Moto3 championship title in the bag; does it get any better than this? Izan Guevara wins and secures the riders’ title while Sergio García finishes 3rd. In Moto2 Jake Dixon takes a cool fifth podium of the year.
With three races to go, the Thailand Grand Prix at the Chang International Circuit brought high drama including storms, a top four finish for the Inde GASGAS Aspar Moto2 Team in Moto2, and a key top five result in Moto3 for the Gaviota GASGAS Aspar Moto3 Team.
The Gran Premio Animoca Brands de Aragón illustrated the true highs and lows of motorcycle racing for GASGAS - with Izan Guevara putting on a vintage performance to take his fourth win of the season, while Sergio Garcia finished 13th. In Moto2 both Jake Dixon and Albert Arenas couldn’t reach the checkered flag.
Current ‘standout’ from the 2022 Moto2™ class, Augusto Fernandez, will take the plunge into the big-time for 2023 when he will partner fellow Spaniard Pol Espargaro in the brand new GASGAS Factory Racing Team in MotoGP.
A strategic Austrian Grand Prix in Moto 3™ witnessed Autosolar GASGAS Aspar Moto3 rider Sergio Garcia finish 5th while Zinia GASGAS Aspar Moto2™ teammate Jake Dixon used a dramatic last-lap overtake to score his third consecutive Moto2 podium.
GASGAS have always been keen to get on the gas for fun but now the throttle grip feels different, the pace faster and the stakes higher. From 2023 Spain’s iconic motorcycle brand will join the rush of MotoGP for the first time in deal that sees the Tech3 Factory Team turn a full crimson red.
GASGAS touched down at the home of British motorsport for an edge of the seat racing return after five weeks off. GASGAS riders led the way with outright pace and finished on the podium in Moto2, but unfortunately endured a double retirement in Moto3.
The hallowed TT Circuit Assen was calling and GASGAS answered in incredible style by celebrating podiums across Moto3 and Moto2 - with Izan Guevara, Sergio García and Jake Dixon all spraying the champagne at Assen.
Izan Guevara scores a dominant Moto3™ lights to flag victory while teammate Sergio Garcia races into third position. In Moto2™ Albert Arenas slides into the top six and Jake Dixon finishes 11th at the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.