Contact: David Evans
Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team Media Relations
Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team 2015 Rider Lineup
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2014) – The Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team is excited to announce their 2015 rider lineup. In addition, Yamaha, the brand that has been with the team since its inception has entered into a multi-year extension of their agreement with the team. The team riders will race Yamaha YZ450F motorcycles in the premier classes. Justin Barcia and Weston Peick will join the team for 2015. Phillip Nicoletti will return as a substitute for Monster Energy AMA Supercross and will contest the entire Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
As an amateur Barcia claims 25 major titles, including four at the prestigious AMA National Amateur Championship at Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Barcia is a two time 250SX East Champion, the 2012 Monster Energy Cup Champion, and a frequent visitor to the podium in both supercross and motocross. Internationally he has won the Genoa Supercross in Italy, two King of Bercy titles in Paris, France, and was on the overall podium with Team USA in the Motocross of Nations in 2012.
Peick, is arguably one of the hardest working riders in the sport, steadily progressing largely without factory support. Riding since the age of four, and racing since he was 15, Peick earned seven amateur titles before turning professional in 2009. Riding as a privateer he placed ninth overall in his first professional race debuting in the premier 450 Class at Glen Helen Raceway May 23, 2009.
Nicoletti has been tirelessly working to earn a position on a top-tier team in the crucible that is racing. Showing your talent on a tight budget with sub-par equipment is challenging, but professional teams need to see results before investing. Believing in his potential, Thomas Fichter, CEO of N-Fab, and Dr. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology have placed their support solidly behind Phil helping him debut in the premier class in 2013. In 2014 Coy Gibbs made room for the determined kid from New York with support from Fichter and Maresca. Nicoletti was scheduled to contest six events and be ready to step in as a substitute rider in the event Josh Grant or Justin Brayton were unable to compete due to injury. Nicoletti came to the aid of the team on seven occasions ensuring two bikes were on the track for the team’s sponsors. In 2015 Nicoletti will race all 12 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship rounds and again substitute if needed during the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship Series.