HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 23, 2015) – The final round of the 2015 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship was the Ironman National held in Crawfordsville, Ind. The first motos aired live on MAVTV, and the second motos were broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.
Justin Barcia suffered a hard crash in the second qualifying session, but still managed to qualify second fastest. Weston Peick had injured his ribs in a crash last weekend, and was able to qualify but was in quite a bit of pain. When the gate fell for moto one neither of the AutoTrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha teammates got the start they wanted. Phillip Nicoletti was sixth, Peick ninth and Barcia 11th at the conclusion of the first lap. Barcia, still feeling the effects of the earlier crash started to advance moving into fifth on lap five. While in the top-10 Peick landed hard on a jump causing the pain in his ribs to be unbearable forcing him to retire for the moto. Nicoletti settled into 11th with Barcia fifth by the halfway mark. With only a few laps remaining Barcia briefly ran off the track finishing the moto in seventh, with Nicoletti 11th. Peick was scored in 38th.
Barcia pulled the holeshot in moto two and was leading the race but two riders had collided in the first turn and the race was red-flagged as the Asterisk Mobile Medical crew was attending to them on the course. Barcia was second around the first turn after the re-start and quickly moved into the lead. Nicoletti was just outside the top-10 during the early laps. Peick did not start moto two. Barcia battled with the top-three riders moving into third place on lap eight, by which time Nicoletti had moved into the top-10. Barcia finished the moto in third, with Nicoletti 10th. Barcia’s seven – three finishes gave him fourth overall. Nicoletti’s 11 – 10 scores resulted in 10th overall for the day. Peick was officially credited with 40th overall. For 2015 series points, Barcia was third, Nicoletti eighth, and Peick ninth.
NBC Sports Network’s Georgia Lindsey congratulated Barcia on his second moto finish on the podium, Barcia said, “I had a really hard crash in practice, hit my head pretty hard so that was tough, just struggled all day, wasn’t able to get it done. Pretty pumped my whole AutoTrader Toyota Yamaha Team did great today, Monster, Alpinestars, everyone I appreciate all the help but it was a challenging day, ready for the Motocross of Nations.”
The next event for the team is the annual Motocross of Nations in Ernee, France on Sept. 26 and 27 where Justin Barcia will compete as an honorary member of Team U.S.A.