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East Rutherford Report
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (April 26, 2015) – MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. held the penultimate round of the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship Series. The Fox network covered the event live, it was the first time that the Fox network has featured live Monster Energy AMA Supercross. The schedule was changed to accommodate the unique broadcast, with a start time of 3:00 p.m. (EST) rather than the typical 7:00 p.m. Temperatures were only in the low forties as the teams arrived at the track in the early morning, and The Weather Channel was on-hand and conducted a live feature showcasing the AutoTrader/Toyota/Yamaha Team hauler and personnel preparing for the event. Fortunately the weather improved as the day progressed making the stadium comfortable for the 60,582 fans that attended the race.
Due to rain during the prior week as well as the loamy soil found in the northeast, the track surface was challenging. Deep ruts quickly formed making even normally easy sections unpredictable and treacherous.
Justin Barcia, who has been building speed and strength since his injury to his pelvis suffered a crash in the whoop section during practice. He was not seriously injured but his neck was very sore. Despite the setback Barcia transferred directly to the main event through heat race two. At the halfway point during that same heat race the track claimed Weston Peick resulting in a spectacular crash. Amazingly, Peick wanted to race the semi, so the team worked together furiously to repair the badly mangled motorcycle in the short time allotted. Peick went on to win the semi transferring to the main event. The teammates began the main event with Barcia third and Peick fourth, during the first couple of laps Peick advanced to second while Barcia was shuffled to fifth. By lap four Barcia had settled into sixth and Peick into fourth which is where both riders stayed until the halfway mark when Barcia was hit by another rider from behind resulting in a hard crash that awkwardly focused the brunt of the force on his recovering pelvic area. Barcia tried to ride the remaining laps but the effects of the two crashes proved too much and he retired from the race. Barcia was scored in 20th place. Meanwhile Peick had managed to remain in the top-five until just after the halfway point, when he began to relinquish several positions but still managed to claim 10th.
The final round of the series will be held in Las Vegas, Nev. at Sam Boyd Stadium on May 2. Fox Sports One will broadcast the race live starting at 10:00 p.m. (EST).
The first 450SX Class race held in East Rutherford was on June 7, 1987. Rick Johnson won the race aboard a Honda.
From '87-'91, the East Rutherford 450SX Class race was held in Giants Stadium. The championship would not return to East Rutherford until '14 in MetLife Stadium, which was built right next to where Giants Stadium was located. Giants Stadium was demolished in '10.