AMA Pro Motocross Thunder Valley Results

June 27, 2009
Adam Waheed
By Adam Waheed
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Ivan Tedesco - AMA Motocross  Thunder Valley
Honda Red Bull’s Ivan Tedesco won both 450 motos in Round 5 of AMA Motocross at Thunder Valley in Colorado.

In the 450 class Red Bull Honda’s Ivan Tedesco put in a dominant performance with the California rider winning both 16-lap motos. His double win today would be the first time he’s won an outdoor race since 2005 when he was racing a Kawasaki KX250F.
In Moto 1 it was Tedesco with the holeshot over Rockstar Suzuki’s Mike Alessi, who returned back to motocross racing after suffering a serious knee injury in a practice crash a few weeks ago. A few laps into the race Joe Gibbs Racing’s Josh Grant hit Alessi knocking the injured rider down and putting him of the race. 
“It was a great start,” said Alessi. “I was way outside. I think I was second or third right of the start. The pace was really fast right from the beginning. I knew it was going to be. Then someone came from the inside and took me down.”
Tedesco would go on to take the win over teammate and hometown rider Andrew Short by a good margin. The other Rockstar Suzuki of Chad Reed would collect the final podium position but wasn’t to enthused about it.
“I got a good start actually, said Reed. “But I rode like crap. It’s disappointing. I don’t know what to say about that. The other guys rode awesome. We’ll turn the lights on and maybe it’ll feel like Supercross,” laughed Reed.
The second 450 race went off under the lights Supercross-style and once again it was Tedesco with the holeshot, this time acing teammate Short. Behind was the Rockstar Suzuki’s Michael Bryne and Kawasaki’s Tommy Hahn. Initially it looked like Short had the pace to run with Tedesco, but he couldn’t take advantage of some of the fast lines through the darker sections of the track that Tedesco was using. Tedesco would go on to win the race completely unchallenged over Short and Hahn.  
“It was deceiving,” commented Short after the race. “The lights were crazy. I wish I had a little more speed to get the win but I’m pumped with the 2-2. Ivan smoked me today. I’ve got to work on a few things.” 
“Man it feels great I haven’t won an outdoor since 2005,” said an elated Tedesco from the top of the podium. “I’ve always rode good here since we started racing here in ‘05. I got two holeshots and led every lap. I couldn’t be happier today.” 

Ivan Tedesco - AMA Motocross  Thunder Valley
Rockstar Suzuki’s Mike Alessi returned to racing in Colorado but was taken out by Josh Grant in the first moto.

450 Results:
1. Ivan Tedesco (Honda) 1-1
2. Andrew Short (Honda) 2-2
3. Tommy Hahn (Kawasaki) 7-3
4. Chad Reed (Suzuki) 3-7
5. Michael Byrne (Suzuki) 6-4
6. Josh Grant (Yamaha) 5-5
7. Ricky Dietrich (Kawasaki) 11-6
8. Jimmy Albertson (Yamaha) 10-9
9. Kyle Summers (Yamaha) 9-10
10. Jake Moss (Honda) 4-33
11. Cody Cooper (Yamaha) 32-8
12. Chris Blose (Honda) 8-30
13. Nick Wey (Yamaha) 18-13
14. Roberto Castro (Kawasaki) 16-15
15. Tyler Bowers (Honda) 33-11
16. Kyle Keylon (Honda) 35-12
17. Timmy Ferry (Kawasaki) 12-22
18. Jeff Alessi (Honda) 13-34
19. Justin Sipes (KTM) 25-14
20. Weston Peick (Honda) 14-35

Chad Reed - AMA Motocross  Thunder Valley
Chad Reed leads the 450 class headed into Red Bud.

450 Overall Point Standings:
1. Chad Reed 195
2. Andrew Short 181
3. Ivan Tedesco 160
4. Josh Grant 151
5. Mike Alessi 142
6. Tommy Hahn 123
7. Michael Byrne 117
8. Cody Cooper 104
9. Ricky Dietrich 88
10. Justin Brayton 79
11. Nick Wey 77
12. Jimmy Albertson 70
13. Dan Reardon 68
14. Ryan Villopoto 55
15. Weston Peick 47
16. Jake Moss 45
17. Jeff Alessi 43
18. Matt Goerke 41
19. Chris Blose 40
20. Josh Hill 39

Jake Weimer at Thunder Valley.
Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders Christophe Pourcel and Jake Weimer both split wins in the 250 class in Colorado. Weimer however would win the overall.

Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders Christophe Pourcel and Jake Weimer both split wins in the 250 class at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colorado during the fifth round of the 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. But it was Weimer who would capture the overall win–the first of his career.

“This was something huge for me,” Weimer said. “I didn’t know if I was going to ever get an outdoor win. I got two good starts on my Kawasaki and I only made one small mistake in the second moto. I’m really excited because this is my first moto and overall wins.”

Pourcel nabbed the holeshot in the first moto and put in a dominant performance leading every lap and taking the win over teammate, Weimer. Weimer shadowed Pourcel for the entire race but could never get close enough to make any kind of move past him. Star Racing Yamaha’s Broc Tickle also made his first visit to the podium via his third place in Moto 1 and contributed it to an excellent start.
In the second moto it was Weimer who took the win over Geico Powersports Honda rookie Justin Barcia. Third went to another first-time podium visitor, KTM’s Tommy Searle. Absent from the podium was Pourcel who had some sort of gate problem at the start of the second race, which forced him to play catch-up for much of the race. He would go onto to finish sixth.

Tommy Searle and Brett Metcalfe - AMA Motocross Lites  Thunder Valley
KTM’s Tommy Searle made his first podium apperance in third position at Thunder Valley in Moto 2.

250 Results:
1. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki) 2-1
2. Christophe Pourcel (Kawasaki) 1-6
3. Tommy Searle (KTM) 5-3
4. Justin Barcia (Honda) 9-2
5. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki) 6-4
6. Broc Tickle (Yamaha) 3-8
7. Brett Metcalfe (Honda) 7-5
8. Blake Wharton (Honda) 4-11
9. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki) 8-9
10. Darryn Durham (Yamaha) 10-12
11. Max Antsie (KTM) 12-13
12. Ben Evans (Honda) 13-14
13. Matt Lemoine (Yamaha) 22-7
14. Wil Hahn (KTM) 11-18
15. Martin Davalos (KTM) 40-10
16. Luke George (Kawasaki) 17-17
17. Steven Clarke (Suzuki) 14-20
18. Cole Seely (Suzuki) 24-15
19. Sean Borkenhagen (Honda) 15-37
20. Alex Martin (Honda) 21-16

Christophe Pourcel - AMA Motocross Lites  Thunder Valley
East Coast Lites Supercross champion Pourcel now has a 9 point lead over West Coast Lites SX winner Ryan Dungey.   

250 Overall Point Standings:
1. Christophe Pourcel 217
2. Ryan Dungey 208
3. Tyla Rattray 160
4. Tommy Searle 153
5. Blake Wharton 144
6. Brett Metcalfe 141
7. Trey Canard 139
8. Broc Tickle 130
9. Justin Barcia 117
10. Jake Weimer 113
11. Matt Lemoine 79
12. Wil Hahn 70
13. Darryn Durham 69
14. Ben Evans 66
15. Kyle Cunningham 61
16. Max Antsie 50
17. P. J. Larsen 43
18. Steven Clarke 43
19. Sean Borkenhagen 35
20. Austin Stroupe 34

Ashley Fiolek - Womens Motocross  Thunder Valley
Honda Red Bull Racing’s Ashley Fiolek won both motos in Colorado. Saturday’s double gives her a 49 point advantage in the championship over second place, Jessica Patterson.

In the WMX class, once again it was Honda Red Bull’s Ashley Fiolek who took a pair of wins in Colorado. Both wins would come under dramatically different conditions, with the first race going off in the daylight before the boys started their two motos and their second race being run under the lights at the end of the evening when track conditions were the worst.
“In the first moto I come out and really try to push myself hard and get a good start,” stated Fiolek. “[In the] second moto, I want to be there up front and race to get the overall so I just try and ride my best but ride smart as well.”

Second overall was Suzuki’s Sheri Cruse with Brazil’s Marian Balbi taking third. Vicki Golden, riding Trey Canard’s vacant Geico Powersports Honda CRF250R finished fourth.

Women’s Overall
1. Ashley Fiolek (Honda) 1-1
2. Sherri Cruse (Suzuki) 2-4
3. Mariana Balbi (Honda) 5-2 

Sheri Cruse - Womens Motocross  Thunder Valley
Sherri Cruse took second overall to break the third-place tie with Vicki Golden in Women’s Motocross.

4. Vicki Golden (Honda) 4-3
5. Jessica Patterson (Honda) 3-6
6. Sara Price (Kawasaki) 8-5
7. Elizabeth Bash (Kawasaki) 7-7
8. Tatum Sik (Suzuki) 10-8
9. Sarah Whitmore (KTM) 9-9
10. Penni Cyrus (Kawasaki) 11-11

Women’s Point Standings
1. Ashley Fiolek 247
2. Jessica Patterson 198
3. Sherri Cruse 194
4. Vicki Golden 192
5. Elizabeth Bash 147
6. Sara Price 146
7. Sarah Whitmore 118
8. Penni Cyrus 105
9. Tatum Sik 101
10. Mariana Balbi 86

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