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Unadilla Race Report
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 9, 2015) – Round 10 of the 2015 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship was held at the Unadilla Sports Valley in New Berlin, N.Y. The first motos aired live on MAVTV, and the second 450 Class moto was broadcast live on NBC.
In celebration of Yamaha’s 60th anniversary, Justin Barcia’s, Weston Peick’s, and Phillip Nicoletti’s YZ450Fs were outfitted in special yellow livery reflecting the yellow and black schemes of vintage YZ motorcycles. The unique bikes garnered a lot of attention both at the track and through social media.
Prior to the start of the race, the 2015 U.S.A. Monster Energy Motocross of Nations team was announced, and Justin Barcia was selected as one of the three members. Cooper Webb, and Jeremy Martin, both also Yamaha riders were also selected. They will travel to Ernee, France on Sept. 26 and 27 to compete against teams from other countries all over the world in hopes of winning the coveted Chamberlain Trophy. The U.S.A. has won the event 22 times, the most of any country, but has not brought home a victory since 2011. The event was started in 1947 and the Ernee, France race will be the 68th annual running of the event.
Barcia began moto one in the top five and quickly advanced into second behind Ryan Dungey. Peick was involved in a first turn crash and began the race in 38th position, Nicoletti was seventh after the conclusion of lap one. Peick started a charge and passed more than half of the field by lap seven. Nicoletti suffered a crash on lap six that caused him to retire from the moto, he would sit out moto two as well. He is expected to race next weekend. Barcia was steady and fast staying with Dungey the entire moto, earning second at the checkers. Peick managed to advance to 12th, and Nicoletti was credited with 38th.
MAVTV’s Georgia Lindsey congratulated Barcia on the podium, “my whole Autotrader Toyota Yamaha team did a great job,” said Barcia. “Monster Energy, Arai, just everyone, Alpinestars for being behind me. The track is extremely tough out there, it’s rough. I just need a better start to give Ryan a fight, he’s riding really good, I just need to get out there and hammer down,” added Barcia.
Barcia was fourth at the start of moto two, and moved into second prior to the conclusion of the first lap. Peick began the race in 11th. The team tried some setting changes before the second moto and Barcia found himself struggling with the changes. By lap six he had slipped to fourth position, Peick had moved up to seventh. Barcia was able to maintain fourth while Peick fought his way to fifth. Barcia’s two – four moto finishes awarded him second overall, Peick’s 12 – five scores equated to seventh for the day. Nicoletti’s 38 – DNS results gave him 39th. Barcia is second in series points, Peick eighth, and Nicoletti ninth.
Barcia addressed the live NBC audience on the overall podium, “for sure the second moto was tough, I put myself in the right position but I made some changes for the second moto and I went the wrong direction and just struggled really bad but I can’t thank my whole AutoTrader Toyota Yamaha team enough, they worked really hard today, we’re going to go during the week and work on a few things, we want some more wins for sure, it’s tough getting second, we got second overall which is good, but we want some more wins so we’ll go home and work and be back next weekend strong.”
FRAM, the official filtration provider of the AutoTrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha Team sponsored a feature during the NBC broadcast, “Unadilla Done Right.” Justin Barcia, Ben Schiermeyer (Barcia’s tuner), Phil Nicoletti, and Patrick Barker (Peick’s tuner) all spoke about the iconic track and some of the challenges the riders face at the facility.
The penultimate round of the series will be held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on Aug. 15. The first motos will be broadcast live starting at 3:00 p.m. (EST) on MAVTV, the second motos will air at 11:00 p.m. (EST) on the NBC Sports Network.