HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (June 14, 2015) – High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pa. was host to round five of the 2015 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. It was the 38thannual running of the event in the hills of northern Pa. The first motos aired live on MAVTV, and the second motos were broadcast live on NBCSN. All of the concluded races are archived on Promotocross.com and can be viewed on demand free.
Justin Barcia took the holeshot at the start of moto one with Weston Peick close behind in third. Just after the starting line a rider collided with Phillip Nicoletti which unbeknownst to Nicoletti disabled his front brake. After remounting Nicoletti charged down the next hill only to realize he could not slow for the upcoming right hand turn. He vaulted off the berm crashing and causing him to go back to the pits for repairs. Due to the misfortune he was scored 40th. Meanwhile Barcia was in a battle at the front of the filed, as was Peick. Barcia traded the lead several times on the opening lap and then led for two laps before being passed again. While in second place Barcia lost the front of the machine after a rough landing clearing a large uphill triple jump. He recovered quickly and re-joined the race in sixth. During this time Peick was racing just outside of the top-five. At the checkers Barcia had advanced to fifth, and Peick was 11th.
When the gate fell for moto two Barcia again put his YZ450F at the front just missing the holeshot running in second position. Nicoletti was fifth and Peick seventh after the first lap. After the opening laps Barcia settled into fourth, Peick was eighth, and Nicoletti sixth. As the laps wound down Peick moved forward passing Nicoletti in the closing laps for sixth. Barcia was fourth and Nicoletti seventh. Barcia’s five – four scores gave him fifth overall, Peick’s 11 – six finishes equated to seventh for the day, and Nicoletti’s 40 – seven results were good for 13th. Despite Nicoletti’s strange incident during the first moto, he still sits 10th in series points with Barcia fourth and Peick seventh after five of 12 rounds.
Georgia Lindsey, the NBCSN pit reporter interviewed Barcia after the second moto. After commenting on his improving results she asked what he was going to do during the short break in the series coming up. Barcia replied, “it was a tough day, I want to be on the podium so bad, just gotta get the fine-tuning done. Buddy Antunez has been helping me a lot (Buddy Antunez is a former multi-time champion who is coaching Barcia). I am getting better and better. During the off week I am going to train hard and take a little rest but I’m still going to do what I like to do and that’s ride dirt bikes and ride my bicycle. I can’t thank everyone enough at the JGRMX Team, AutoTrader, Toyota, just everyone, Yamaha for helping me get the bike dialed and all the Gibbs guys, thanks.”
After a weekend off, round six and the halfway point of the 12-race series will be held at Budd’s Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville, Md. on June 27. The first moto will air live at 1:00 p.m. (EST) on MAVTV, and the second moto will be broadcast at 9:00 p.m. (EST) on NBCSN.
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