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Anaheim 2 Race Report
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2015) – Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. was the site for round three of the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. 40,718 fans were in attendance and all of the action aired live on Fox Sports One. In addition, the first of eight new episodes of the popular Supercross, Behind the Dream documentary series aired on Fox Sports One today at 10:30 a.m. (EST) and contained a feature on Justin Barcia. The next episode will air on Feb. 1 on Fox Sports One at 1:00 p.m. (EST).
As reported earlier, Weston Peick suffered a broken bone in his foot during the final laps of the Phoenix round of the series on Jan. 10, where he finished a career best fourth. After having a screw inserted last week and being advised that attempting to ride at Anaheim would not cause further damage, but potentially excruciating pain, Peick was determined to attempt to compete. Unfortunately the screw was not successful in keeping the bones together and on just the first lap of practice the bone broke again causing Peick to retire from the event. With NASCAR in its off-season Joe Gibbs was present and had Peick fly back with him to North Carolina where he will undergo surgery by one of the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Coaches’ trusted surgeons in Charlotte on Monday. Peick will return to racing when cleared by the surgeon. In the meantime, Phillip Nicoletti will substitute for Peick beginning this Saturday in Oakland, Calif.
After posting the fastest qualifying time during practice, Justin Barcia earned a gate for the main event in semi one. Barcia began the race around mid-pack in heavy traffic. He quickly moved into the top-10, and was seventh on lap five, sixth on the fourth lap and fourth on the eighth of 20 laps. Barcia maintained his fourth place position unchallenged to score his best finish to date in 2015. After three rounds Barcia is sixth in series points with Peick eighth.
The next stop on the tour is O co. Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. Jan. 24. Fox Sports One will broadcast the race live at 10:00 p.m. (EST).