And here it comes… the first injury of the year. Justin Barcia will sit out for at the least the first 4 rounds of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Championship in order to let a broken wrist heal. Check out the press release from Vital MX:
Justin Barcia will miss the opening rounds of the Monster Energy Supercross series due to a wrist injury. Justin had high expectations for the 2017 Supercross season on the JGRMX Suzuki, and is extremely disappointed to miss the start of the series. The injury occurred several weeks ago when a chain failure in the whoops sent Justin over the bars. Justin consulted with his surgeon in Florida, who ordered multiple radiological studies which revealed a fracture of his lunate bone, as well as ligament damage. While it was determined that surgery would not be necessary, the injury requires time off the bike to allow for proper healing. Justin said, “I am so disappointed to have this wrist injury, especially now, but I’m glad that surgery is not necessary”. Justin will maintain a rigorous off-bike training protocol to allow him to join the series as soon as he is cleared by his team of doctors. Justin is extremely anxious to compete on the JGRMX Suzuki, but he will have to wait for the appropriate time to make his 2017 debut. Justin will be at Anaheim this weekend for press events and to support JGRMX Suzuki as they kick off the start of another exciting season. He wishes to thank his team, sponsors and all his fans for their support through this time.
My Opinion: After two previous injury-riddled and lackluster seasons, Justin REALLY needed a good year in 2017. However, it seems that 2017 will be much of the same for Barcia (he missed many races at the beginning of last SX season with an injury as well). I personally felt that a successful 2017 was vital to Barcia’s career, and now I’m left thinking that it’s all down hill from here for him. In the last couple of seasons it seems that he has suffered from low confidence, and I can only imagine that his confidence must be at an all-time low right now. In my opinion, he doesn’t deserve that high-paying factory ride that he has; is this the start of the end for Barcia?
Photo from JGRMX by Garth Milan