As we first reported in April, Micahel Leib will make his Lucas Oil Pro Motocross debut this weekend at the Washougal National with Washington based Barn Pros Racing/Home Depot/Yamaha team. This is Leib’s first race back since breaking his right tib/fib, his right foot, right big toe, and left pinky toe during practice at Oakland Supercross.
“We are excited to see Michael back on the bike, but really don’t have any expectations for the weekend," said Steve Oslund, owner of BPRMX. “Our goal is to get him back in the mix with a few Nationals under his belt before turning his focus toward the 2016 season.”
Leib has competed in just two Lucas Oil Pro Motocross rounds—both in 2013—during his career, after spending the majority of his early career racing the FIM World Motocross Championship in Europe.
Leib will join Austin Politelli on the team this weekend, who is returning from a wrist injury sustained at Santa Clara Supercross. Politelli also has limited experience in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, racing just one round in 2012. The California native has spent the majority of his outdoor career racing the Canadian Nationals, winning the 2013 MX2 championship.
“Austin is a hard worker and over the last few days we have been really making some great head way, his fitness is there along with is raw speed, it will be great to see him back on the track,” said Steve Oslund. “We are looking to have Austin just get a few National starts then set our sights on Monster Cup.”
According to the team, both riders have contracts through the Washougal National with deals pending for 2016.