Justin Barcia has a long way to go.
At least that’s his plan.
“This is my first year in the 450 Class and I think I’ve done pretty well,” said 21-year-old Monroe native Barcia, who will compete in the 10th round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships at the Unadilla Valley Sports Center on Saturday. “I think things can only get better from here. The next couple years, I think I should be up there.”
It’s not like he’s all that far behind right now, though.
Barcia will enter the Unadilla National with the third-highest points total in the 450 Class. His 307 points in the 12-stop series is 38 better than James “Bubba” Stewart and trails only the 413 points of leader Ryan Villopoto and the 379 of Ryan Dungey.
“The Ryans are kind of making it look easy out there,” said Brandon Short, the circuit’s media manager. “They’re definitely a step ahead of all the other riders.
“Coming into Unadilla, you never know because this is a sport where anything could happen,” he continued. “There’s a pretty comfortable margin for Villopoto right now, but by no means will he let up and by no means should he. Dungey has two championships in four years of racing and that speaks for itself. Villopoto hasn’t lost a championship in any full motocross season he’s competed in. It’s pretty impressive just to see how fast they are.”
Barcia said he wants to be in the same spot at some point in his career.
“There’s always one guy who stands out a little and it’s usually a little bit of everything,” said Barcia, whose hometown is roughly 140 miles away from the New Berlin track. “My last two years have definitely been action-packed, so I’m getting a lot of experience.