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How Motorcyclist Won Anaheim Race That Never Happened

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How Motorcyclist Won Anaheim Race That Never Happened


A video that circulated on social media in early January left fans of Supercross—a style of motorcycle racing that involves sharp turns and high jumps—both excited and perplexed. In the video, acclaimed rider Justin “Bam Bam” Barcia claimed his third consecutive Monster Energy American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Supercross Series victory at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California—the circuit’s premier, season-opening event. There was only one problem, and some fans pointed it out immediately: the Anaheim race had been canceled. The video was actually a publicity stunt concocted by Barcia’s sponsors, and has already logged over 100,000 views on Instagram. “Three-peat, it was sick! It felt like nobody else was out there,” Barcia says in the video, which shows him holding up his victory trophy and spraying champagne everywhere. When the event was canceled, Barcia’s sponsors turned disappointment into inspiration. Though the team may not have actually finished first in a race …

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