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Tooele Race Report
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 16, 2015) – The penultimate round of the 2015 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship was held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. The first motos aired live on MAVTV, and the second motos were broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.
Justin Barcia pulled the holeshot in the first moto, with Weston Peick just outside of the top-10 and Phillip Nicoletti right behind him. Peick crashed on lap three and was not able to continue, by this time Barcia was third and Nicoletti was 14th. Barcia maintained third until lap 12 when he briefly fell, relegating him to fourth. By this time Nicoletti had moved up to 12th position. Feeling the effects of the crash Barcia lost one more spot dropping to fifth on lap 14. He finished fifth, with Nicoletti 12th. Peick was scored in 40th.
Nicoletti put his YZ450F at the front of the field when the gate dropped for the second moto, Barcia began the race in third and Peick was again just outside the top-10. During the opening laps Peick moved into the top-10 before suffering another crash on lap three ending his race. Nicoletti settled into fifth during the early going. Barcia maintained a steady mistake-free pace in third place the entire moto, his five – three finishes earned him his sixth consecutive overall podium finish, third on the day. Nicoletti ended the moto in 10th, netting a 10th place overall, while Peick was credited with 39th overall. Barcia is second in series points, Nicoletti eighth, and Peick ninth.
On the podium NBCSN’s Georgia Lindsey asked Barcia, “the track conditions were crazy today, what was your opinion? You came out with the fastest lap in qualifying but what was your opinion as the day progressed?” “I felt really good this morning, the track was definitely one of the hardest. I’m very proud of my team they made great bike choices for the second moto, I felt good the bike was great. I was a little off today but I can’t thank everyone on my Autotrader Toyota Yamaha team enough they’re doing a great job, Monster Energy, N-FAB, just everyone for being behind me, my parents who have been working extremely hard. Today is a little disappointing but we ended up on the podium so we will keep working and try and get a win at the last race,” said Barcia.
Crawfordsville, Ind. will host the final round of the series on Aug. 22. The first motos will air live starting at 1:00 p.m. (EST) on MAVTV, the second motos will be broadcast at 11:30 p.m. (EST) on the NBC Sports Network.