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Nicol on the Money at the Commotion by the Ocean!

| 13 March 2015 12:17 am

The Commotion by the Ocean
Ventura Raceway

Story by Steve Evans
Photos and Captions by Robert Hargraves
VENTURA, CA, MAR. 7, 2015

Speedway bikes returned to “The Commotion by the Ocean” at Ventura for its opening event of 2015, sharing the bill with several flat-track classes.

Broc Nicol showed good pace all night, steadily increasing in confidence and speed, and ultimately winning the main event.

Broc Nicol showed good pace all night, steadily increasing in confidence and speed, and ultimately winning the Division One main event.

Though rider turnout was low, the entertainment value was high – and then taken to unexpected levels when 2014 World Champion Greg Hancock showed up to join in the fun! Hancock ran five simulated full-race runs during the evening, and his speed left the appreciative crowd applauding loudly after each run. It was a rare opportunity for U.S. fans to see Hancock on perhaps the only circuit in use right now in America that truly approximates a GP racetrack, and it was his first appearance in front of an audience here in close to 20 years.

Three-time and current World Speedway Champion Greg Hancock was incredibly fast while doing some testing and preparation for the upcoming Speedway Grand Prix season.

Three-time and current World Speedway Champion Greg Hancock was incredibly fast while doing some testing and preparation for the upcoming Speedway Grand Prix season.

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In the First Division class, Broc Nicol won all five races in style. His closest rival was Russell Green. Both riders were putting in laps to get ready for the coveted AMA National Series round on June 27. Bike trouble meant Green did not appear for the last two rides.

Broc Nicol carries the checkers after winning the Division One main.

Broc Nicol carries the checkers after winning the Division One main.

Hayley Perrault won four of the five Support-class heats, including the main event.

Hayley Perrault was the winner of the Support main and runner-up in the Division One main.

Hayley Perrault was the winner of the Support main and runner-up in the Division One main.

Ken Thiebaud, after a last-place finish the first time out, came back to win four in a row to win the Vintage class.

Ken Thiebaud (right) battles Malcolm Roe (left) in heat-race action. Thiebaud won the Vintage main.

Ken Thiebaud (right) battles Malcolm Roe (left) in heat-race action. Thiebaud won the Vintage main.

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The big, banked racetrack produced exciting and fast action in all Divisions. This event was the first of five events at Ventura this season. Four of the events will be mixed with flat-track and quad races, with the June 27 AMA National Series Speedway round being the only stand-alone speedway show.

Ventura Raceway
Ventura, California
Results: March 7, 2015

DIVISION 1 MAIN: 1. Broc Nicol; 2. Hayley Perrault; 3. Mike Lane.

SUPPORT MAIN: 1. Hayley Perrault; 2. Bentley Barrett; 3. Mike Novratil; 4. Chris Mistretta.

VINTAGE MAIN: 1. Ken Thiebaud; 2. Ron Davis; 3. Pat Smith; 4. Dave Tice; 5. Ron Brankov; 6. Malcolm Roe (fell).

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