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Phoenix Race Report
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 11, 2015) – Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. was host to the second round of 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. 49,672 fans were on hand and the entire event aired live on Fox Sports One.
Justin Barcia transferred directly to the main event from Heat One. Weston Peick earned a gate for the main by winning Semi Two. When the gate dropped for the main event Barcia inadvertently wheelied causing him to back off the throttle to get the front wheel back down equating to a last place start. Peick began the race in fourth place. On lap two Peick passed the third place rider (Ryan Dungey) driving so hard into a turn that his rear wheel was in the air because of how hard he was on the front brake. Peick settled into the pace and rode comfortably in third until lap 17 when he cased a triple tweaking his ankle which broke his rhythm allowing the former multi-time champion Dungey to close up and pass him with just two laps remaining. Barcia meanwhile had methodically passed half the field earning 11th at the checkers.
Peick’s fourth place performance garnered him unprecedented attention from the broadcast crew and Fox Sports One cameras. It was his career best finish, besting a pair of fifths in 2014. Although post-race interviews are typically for the top-three podium riders, Fox Sports One had Jenny Taft, the pit reporter interview Peick about the race. “I was super stoked to get such an awesome start, the JGR Yamaha bike and Pirelli tires really hooked up,” said an elated Peick. “I made a pass on Dungey early in the race and then just rode my own race and stayed consistent. I have been working really hard during the off-season with my trainer Buddy Antunez and my whole team. I can’t believe I held a podium position the whole like 17 or 18 laps and then I came up short on a triple and rolled my ankle really bad and literally could not stand on it and that’s how Dungey passed me back. If it wasn’t for that I think I would have had a solid podium finish. I would like to thank AutoTrader.com, Toyota, Yamaha, Wienerschnitzel, FMF, Fly Racing, my mom and dad, my whole family, my trainer Buddy Antunez, my mechanic Patrick, everyone who is helping me out, I’m stoked,” added Peick.
Angel Stadium will host the series for the second time this season on Jan. 17 in Anaheim, Calif. Fox Sports One will broadcast the race live at 10:00 p.m. (EST).