Hales' 2 Cents: Barcia is Screwed for MXdN
I know that people have been screaming and squabling over who got the third spot on the US des Nations team. I understand why it came down to Barcia and whether I may or may not agree with how the decision was made to put him on the team, I know that he's proven himself in the sand before. That's only really handy due to the fact that MXdN is at Lommel this year.
Now, Barcia hasn't proven to be an outstanding sand rider. Though he excelled at Southwick on the 450 last year, he finished fifth overall on the 250 this year, going 7-4. You can blame that on it being a bad day all you want, but it just comes down to this: Barcia didn't perform on the sand this year.
Does that mean anything for des Nations? Not necessarily. He could have a great day out at Lommel. But then you have to remember that he's up against Jeffrey Herlings, no doubt one of the best sand riders of all times.
In case anyone was doubting his abilities before this weekend, Herlings gave a master class in how to ride on sand, completely obliterating any competition that he might have had. The KTM rider lapped up to third (he couldn't quite lap second in the time he had) during his second moto at Lierop.
All of these pieces aren't in favor of the US winning the MX3/Open class at MXdN this year. The team still has a strong chance at holding on to it's title with Dungey and Baggett as strong competitiors in their classes. But is there a possibility that there might have been an American rider who could have matched Herlings' domination? Or would that class have been lost no matter who was riding it for the US?
Check out a breakdown of Herlings' lap times compared to others by the guys at Vurb Moto HERE.