HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (June 5, 2016) – Thunder Valley Raceway in Lakewood, Colo. was the site of round three of the 2016 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. The first moto's were broadcast live on MAVTV, and the second moto's aired live on the NBC Sports Network. Both moto's streamed live on www.promotocross.com.
Weston Peick sat out the Lakewood event in order to recuperate from a hard crash he suffered last week during the first moto at Glen Helen. He is expected to compete at the next race in Mt. Morris, Pa. At the start of moto one Justin Barcia and Phillip Nicoletti were both at the front of the field in and just outside of the top-five. Nicoletti went down on the opening lap restarting the race in 16th position. Barcia rode in fifth until just after the halfway mark when he was shuffled back to eighth. Nicoletti had worked his way back into the top-10 but then crashed hard and his motorcycle was badly damaged from other riders riding over it as it laid on the ground. He was unable to finish the moto. A rider fell in front of Barcia during the closing laps causing his bike to briefly stall, Barcia finished the moto in 11th place, with Nicoletti credited with 34th place. When the gate fell for the second moto Barcia was again fighting in the top-five with lead riders. Nicoletti suffered another crash on the opening lap and was unable to continue. He was scored 39th. Barcia remained in fifth position for the first third of the race before being relegated to eighth during the final third of the moto. Barcia’s 11 – eight scores gave him seventh for the day. Nicoletti’s 34 – 39 finishes credited him with 38th overall.
High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pa. will host round four of the series on June 18. MAVTV will broadcast the first moto's live starting at 1:00 p.m. (EST), the second 450 moto will air live on the NBC network (rather than NBC Sports Network) at 4:00 p.m. (EST). Both moto's will stream live on www.promotocross.com.