HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 17, 2015) – Sacramento, Calif. was the site of the opening round of the 2015 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. The event marked the 47th annual running of the Hangtown Classic at Prairie City OHV Park. The first motos aired live on MAVTV, and the second motos were broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network.
Phillip Nicoletti joins Justin Barcia and Weston Peick for the entire 2015 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series making for a three rider effort. When the gate dropped for moto one and the 40 rider field charged into the first turn Peick was third with Barcia 10th and Nicoletti 15th. Peick remained in third until lap four when he dropped to fourth, Barcia was ninth and Nicoletti was 12th. On lap seven, Barcia was in seventh when he suffered a bizarre crash that saw his motorcycle hung up on the spectator fence. He dislodged the bike but found that it was damaged during the crash and had to retire for the moto. Barcia was credited for 35th, Peick finished eighth and Nicoletti was ninth.
Prior to the start of moto two NBC Sports Network pit reporter Georgia Lindsey interviewed Peick, noting that he was in a podium position during the first third of the race. Peick said to the NBCSN audience, “it’s been a good season, with JGR signing me (the team announced last week that an agreement for an extension had been reached with Peick) I am feeling really comfortable, I’m super stoked with the whole team, everyone is awesome. I did a lot of off-season stuff, training harder, you know just getting my life together. I have a factory ride now and have the money to be able do everything right. I got off to a good start in the first moto but had some problems and am looking forward to the second moto and getting up on the podium.”
When moto two began Barcia was at the front holding down the third position with Peick seventh and Nicoletti 10th. On the second lap Nicoletti slid out in a turn and briefly went down relegating him to 17th. By lap 13 Peick had caught Barcia who had held third the entire moto and Nicoletti was 14th. Peick made the pass on his teammate on lap 14 to move into third taking his first career moto podium and fourth overall. Barcia was fourth and 11th overall. Nicoletti finished 14th and was credited with 10th overall.
In addition to providing the GoPro Hero Four on-rider camera footage from the first moto to the NBCSN audience Georgia Lindsey once again interviewed Peick after the second moto, commenting that she had a feeling Peick would be a contender. Peick responded, “we made a change for the second moto, we made some suspension changes. I’m super stoked the way we went from eighth to third. The whole JGR, AutoTrader.com, Yamaha, Pirelli Tires, Fly Racing, just the whole team is killing it. We made some solid changes for the second moto and I’m super stoked to get up here on the podium and looking forward to next weekend.”
Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif. will be the next stop on the tour on May 23. The first moto will air live starting at 5:00 p.m. (EST) on MAVTV, and the second moto will broadcast live starting at 7:00 p.m. on The NBC Sports Network.
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