Motocross Action Magazine is reporting that they have confirmed Justin Barcia has signed to GasGas for 2021. GasGas has been having a successful European race season in the MXGP rounds and now is looking to translate that success to the USA.
"The factory Yamaha rider, Justin Barcia has been with the Yamaha since 2018. For 2021, Justin will be jumping ship to the newly formed GasGas team. Rumors of Justin Barcia’s potential ride options for 2021 have been going around for a while now. We’ve heard rumors of Justin going all the way to Europe to race in the MXGPs. This was thought of to be coming from left field, but it was justified by saying “his wife is British and maybe she wants to be home again.” We’ve also heard rumors of him staying with Yamaha and moving with the team from the factory tent to the Star Racing organization. Mixed in with those rumors were talks of Justin Barcia going to GasGas. After KTM purchased the GasGas brand, we knew it wouldn’t be long until we’d have a factory GasGas team racing in AMA Supercross and the AMA Nationals. Now, we know that the Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM team will be trading their Orange shirts for red GasGas apparel and KTM will be take their 250 program back under their Red Bull KTM umbrella. Prior to Monday, September 21st, we didn’t have a lot of hard evidence to report on. But, Justin Barcia’s trainer, former Pro cyclist Tom Danielson blew the whistle and that promptedMXA to call up Roger DeCoster for a confirmation." -MXA
"Tom Danielson sent an email saying: “All good here in Minn. [Minnesota] riding for GasGas next year as they upped the deal crazy and now we have a sick contract for next year. Star [Yamaha] did some sketchy stuff as well.” Tom was a professional cyclist and raced in the Tour de France on the same team as Lance Armstrong, the US Postal Service. He has been working with Barcia for some time now." -MXA
"An email from a trainer of Barcia’s wasn’t enough to convince us this was true. So we called up Roger DeCoster who is in charge of the three Austrian Brand’s factory teams (KTM, Husky, GasGas). He confirmed that Barcia has signed a contract for the 2021 racing season for the GasGas factory team. It will be the first time Barcia will race with the Austrian juggernaut." -MXA
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