Night One of the 2015 Paris-Lille Supercross has been won and run in front of a packed house at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, with American Weston Peick taking the main event honours.
With the race being in doubt before the start of the day's program due to the terrible and cowardly attacks around France over the past 24 hours, the organisers were given the green light to go ahead with the traditional international supercross event as the 23,000 plus spectators started to arrive at the venue.
When riders hit the track it was Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart who set the pace early, posting the fastest time in the first practice session.
JGR Yamaha's Weston Peick who claimed the first race win of the night, winning the opening heat from Frenchman Christophe Pourcel aboard his Rockstar Husqvarna, with kawasaki's Dylan Ferrandis in third.
Geiko Honda's Malcom Stewart surprised in the second heat, taking the race win in the 450 class aboard his Honda CRF250, winning ahead of Yamaha's Cooper Webb with James Stewart completing an all American top three in third postion.
James once again became the main event pre race favourite when he topped superpole by .266 of a second ahead of Pourcel, while Peick was left with the seventh pick of the gate with a lap time more than 1.5 seconds slower than Stewart.
When the gates dropped on the main event, it was Peick who lead the way through the tight first turn while both James and Malcom Stewart ran into trouble on the first lap as the two riders crashed, with James favouring one leg when he got back to his feet.
Unable to lift his bike and re-mount for some time, James after being carried off the track, eventually got back aboard his Suzuki and rode straight back to the pits, unable to complete one lap of the nights main event.
Back out front Peick had established a handy lead with Pourcel in second and looking as though he was slowly closing in on the American, while Webb had moved his way into third.
On lap 11 Webb locked on to the back wheel of Pourcel with the Frenchman pulling over and letting Webb by. Webb took full advantage of the gifted pass and quickly set about catching Peick.
By lap 14 of 16 Webb had closed in on Peick with the two riders settling in for an epic battle to the finish. On Lap sixteen Webb made his first attempt to move into the lead with the two American riders going back and fourth in a respectful but tough battle for the lead.
Despite Webb getting side by side and occasionally getting his front wheel just into the lead, Peick proved to strong over the closing few laps, crossing the line to take a narrow win from Webb, while Pourcel held on to claim the final spot on the podium.
Riders will line up for a second night of racing on Sunday the 15th of November in France with Weston Peick currently the front runner to be crowned the King Of Lille.
Paris-Lille Supercross Results - Night One
1. Weston Peick - 18.45
2. Cooper Webb +0.661
3. Christophe Pourcel +19.469
4. Valentin Guillod +26.517
5. CÌ©dric Soubeyra +29.904
6. Romain Febvre +30.927
7. Fabien Izoird +32.945
8. Christophe Martin +42.159
9. Shaun Simpson +45.179
10. Loic Rombaut +1 lap
11. Valentin Teillet +1 lap
12. Malcom Stewart +7 laps
13. Dylan Ferrandis DNF
14. James Stewart DNF