Except this time, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel plays the role of Jean-Michel Bayle, the ultra-smooth Frenchman, and GEICO Powersports Honda’s Justin Barcia plays the role of Damon Bradshaw, the young, wild, outgoing, give-it-your-all racer.
Like Bradshaw, Barcia doesn’t seem to care much whose feathers he ruffles on the path to the top of the pack. And like Bradshaw, Barcia’s style is exciting to watch, and very fast.
Like Bayle, Pourcel is amazingly smooth on a motorcycle, and he goes fast through being smart, not just twisting the throttle. And like Bayle, Pourcel rightfully sees himself as the top of the field, and he doesn’t take kindly to some young guy trying to push him (or anyone else) around.
Pourcel pays attention to the media and what is said, not just about him, but everyone, and apparently he must have read the Justin Barcia interview we did last week, where he talked about how he likes to race, and Pourcel didn’t like it. In the main event, Pourcel was going out of his way to teach Barcia a lesson.
Pourcel took Barcia down once, and then Barcia came up and passed him again, and either Barcia didn’t try to take Pourcel out, or Pourcel is just to “crafty” to let it happen. It was really like the LA Supercross in 1990, except it was a battle for like fourth place at the time.
The trouble for Pourcel might be, what will Barcia do to return the favor this weekend in Daytona?