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Oakland Race Report
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 25, 2015) – O Co. Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. was host to round four of the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. 47,671 fans were in attendance and all of the action was broadcast live on Fox Sports One.
As reported earlier, Weston Peick underwent surgery on his foot last week and is recovering. He will return to training and racing when cleared by his doctors, the expectation being four to six weeks. Phillip Nicoletti began substituting for the injured Peick in Oakland and will continue to do so until Peick’s return.
Justin Barcia transferred directly to the main by winning heat race two earning an interview with the fans and the Fox Sports One television audience. When asked by Fox Sports One commentator Ralph Shaheen if Justin was ready to get a main event win Justin replied, “We want that main event win bad. It’s going good, the whole AutoTrader Toyota Yamaha team is working super hard, I’m really happy with everyone. My Pirelli tires hooked up good on that start so that felt nice. It’s just been a work in progress, a lot of new things, new trainer, new team, just everything, so I’m just working toward my goal and that’s obviously winning and podiums.” Nicoletti won the LCQ securing his gate for the main event.
When the gate dropped for the main event, Barcia began the race in the top-10, being credited for ninth on the first lap, while Nicoletti checked in 21st. Barcia methodically rode the remaining 19 laps advancing to sixth at the checkers, while Nicoletti improved to 15th.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim will host its third and final round of the series in 2015 on Jan. 31. Fox Sports One will broadcast the entire event live starting at 10:00 p.m. (EST).