HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (July 19, 2015) – Spring Creek Motocross Park in Millville, Minn. was host to round eight of the 2015 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. The first motos aired live on MAVTV, and the second motos were broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.
Severe storms the night before the race left the track muddy for practice, but by the time the motos began the track had improved dramatically. Justin Barcia ripped his third consecutive holeshot leading the pack with Phil Nicoletti just behind. Weston Peick was also near the front of the field. Nicoletti gave way to a charging Ryan Dungey and Barcia made a small mistake during the opening lap that allowed Dungey to get by, although Barcia recovered quickly and only lost one position. After one lap it was Barcia in second, Nicoletti third, and Peick fifth. After a dispute between the teammates Peick wrestled the fourth spot from Nicoletti on lap four. Unfortunately just after that Peick suffered a mechanical issue and retired from the moto. Barcia stalked Dungey throughout the entire 30 minute plus two-lap race, earning second place for the moto. Nicoletti was seventh at the checkers, and Peick was credited with 35th.
Barcia addressed the crowd and MAVTV audience from the podium. “I made a couple of mistakes out there that cost me the race, slipped off the grip actually, my hand slipped off the grip and I got a little squirrely and Dungey got around me and then I made a couple of mistakes and he checked out but my whole Autotrader Toyota Yamaha team was great out there, Monster Energy, everybody, Moser Energy Systems, they are killing it, just everyone. The track’s awesome, it was so muddy this morning and it really turned out good. My bike’s a ripper for sure, I got a great start and we’ll try and do that the second moto just like two weeks ago and try and hold onto that lead.”
Barcia collected an amazing fourth straight holeshot at the start of the second moto leading the opening laps until Dungey was able to make a pass on lap four. Nicoletti was inside the top-10 but Peick again faced adversity when a rider collided with him in the first turn forcing him off the track bending his rear brake pedal. He then began the race in 38th position. Barcia stayed with Dungey the entire race gapping the field, the third place rider was 18 seconds behind Barcia. Barcia finished second earning second overall for the day, Nicoletti was 10th, he was scored 9th overall. Peick was able to move up to 22nd, and was 28th overall. NBC Sports Network’s Georgia Lindsey spoke with Barcia on the podium. “That was an impressive race, progression throughout the season, the last two weekends you had overall wins, coming here to Millville second place, are you happy with that or do you have more to work on?” Barcia replied, “It’s frustrating in the (team) semi we talked about wanting to get that win again. Ryan (Dungey) was just so good today but my whole Autotrader Toyota Yamaha team was awesome, can’t thank my mechanic Ben enough, Jeremy, Coy, everybody at the team, my mom and dad, girlfriend Brooke, Just everyone. We had fun today but it’s frustrating cause I couldn’t match Ryan’s speed. Gonna go back fight hard and try and get em at Washougal.” Barcia is currently third in series points, with Nicoletti eighth, and Peick ninth with four rounds remaining.
The next stop on the tour is scenic Washougal, Wash. for round nine on July 25. The first motos will air live at 4:00 p.m. (EST) on MAVTV, and the second motos will be broadcast live at 6:00 p.m. (EST) on NBCSN.