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Barcia bashes second night at packed Geneva Supercross

Dec 022018

The ‘pyro’ nearly blew the roof away from a loaded Palexpo in Geneva last weekend for the final major motorcycle race of 2018. The Geneva SX drew some top flite American names and local and partisan hopes like Valentin Guillod, Cedric Soubeyras and Jordi Tixier for two nights of explosive and largely unpredictable fare.

The frivolous nature of fortune when it comes to Supercross – even in a spacious and expansive venue like the Palexpo – can be highlighted with Yamaha’s Justin Barcia; one of the headliners in the Swiss capital on his second visit to the event.

Barcia ruled the popular ‘Head to Head’ face-off (despite coming to blows with countryman Christian Craig on Saturday) and looked set for joy in the first Main Event on Friday but was held up and cast out of the race behind a tumbling Tixier as the riders blasted out of the start gate.

 

On Saturday Barcia was hungry for retribution and duly defied the attention of Justin Brayton to own the second evening. #51 whipped his way past the chequered flag but it was Brayton who boasted the best overall score and hoisted the ‘King of Geneva’ title for the fifth time in his career. Other talent to show their mettle on the Swiss dirt included Zach Osborne, Malcolm Stewart and Cole Seely while Twitch Stenberg fronted the Freestyle extravaganza.

“The racing was crazy,” offered up Barcia. “I was having a great time but a crash took me out of that first Main Event. It’s awesome here though, the track is cool, the stadium is full and noisy. I have a lot of great fans here so it is an honour to always come and have some bar-banging racing. They like my aggressive riding style.”

 

“I had to ride super-smooth and JB was always there,” he said of his Saturday victory. “We had a great race and I’m so happy to be here in Geneva. I was sad to miss it last year. Props to everyone for coming out tonight.”

 

And with that the sparks settled and started to fade on the European motorcycle racing scene. Dirt bike fans and athletes can now begin to think about the Anaheim 1 and the first round of 2019 AMA Supercross while the ’19 Dakar Rally will also be heading off onto the horizon as the new year rapidly approaches.

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