& SENSE OFTH
es were too good for Marvin to fail in
2017. He finished third at the Monster
Cup, beat Ryan Dungey in the final for
the Red Bull Straight Rhythm crown,
and decimated the field at Lille and
Geneva. No other rider had an offsea-
son as successful as Musquin’s.
Justin Barcia was the major moti-
vating factor behind JGR’s decision to
leave a rather lucrative factory-backed
deal with Yamaha on the table in
favor of a one-year support deal from
Suzuki. “Bam Bam” was supposed to
set the world on fire after signing
with the North Carolina-based JGR
effort for 2015. Two years and two
measly wins later, Barcia hadn’t come
to terms with the Yamaha chassis.
When the Suzuki deal came along,
Justin made a bold proclamation that
he could win on the yellow bike.
Given the short time frame between
negotiations ending and the start
of the 2017 Supercross series, the
JGR team was left scrambling.
Nevertheless, Barcia threw his hat in
the ring for Paris-Lille and Geneva. At