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2011 Thunder Valley AMA Motocross Photo Gallery

View photos from the fifth round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship in our Thunder Valley photo gallery.

TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed took third overall and still leads the championship ahead of Ryan Villopoto.
Ryan Villopoto continued his pattern of winning the first moto, but couldn't overthrow Dungey in Moto 2.
Chad Reed got the holeshot in Moto 2 but couldn't keep the lead with Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto nipping at his heels.
Kawasaki's Blake Baggett swept both motos at Thunder Valley ahead of Dean Wilson.
Dean Wilson has once again taken the lead in the 250 standings after earnning 2-2 moto scores in Colorado.
Eli Tomac put his Geico Honda on the box at his home race.
Geico Honda's Justin Barcia took holeshots in both motos at Thunder Valley.
KTM's Mike Alessi finished 14th overall at Thunder Valley after crashing out of Moto 2.
Ryan Dungey overtook Chad Reed in both motos to eventually take his first overall win of the 2011 season. - Thunder Valley
Local favorite Andrew Short nabbed fifth overall with 7-8 moto scores at Thunder Valley.
2011 Thunder Valley podium (from left to right): Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey and Chad Reed.
Ryan Dungey: "It means a lot to get this win. We're five rounds in and I wish it could have come earlier, but that's racing. I have to give it up for Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki; we've all been working our butts off. This win feels really good."
KTM's Mike Alessi had a poor start and technical difficulties in the second moto, but grabbed fifth in the first contest of the day at Thunder Valley.
Blake Baggett: "I felt great. It was definitely a difficult track and the second moto it was a little unpredictable. I tried to ride smart and smooth and it worked out. I hope I can try and get two in a row because I haven’t been able to put together back-to-back weekends.”
Darryn Durham continues to excel in the 250 class where he took another top-five finish at Thunder Valley behind Eli Tomac.
Tyla Rattray: "I didn’t feel like I rode to my potential and that makes me a little frustrated. I know I am capable of much more, but I’ll have to put this one behind me and put in a solid week to get ready for the next race. I have had good results at Red Bud and maybe I can get another win there.”
Chad Reed: "We need to make some improvements, and I think I know where we need to make those."
Ryan Villopoto: "I didn’t win, but it is definitely something to build on and I know it will only get better from here. The track was pretty tough, especially the second moto, but we were able to pick up some points today, which is the main goal.”
Dean Wilson: "I want a win, but ultimately it’s about the championship and I’ll take the points. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing and eventually a win will come. It is a little hard because I know I have the ability to win, but I’m focusing on the championship.”
Kevin Windham: "I've had a great time riding Motocross this season," said Windham. "It's been so much fun, I'm going to race at least a few more rounds. The fans have played a big role in my decision. The crowd support at each race has been kind of overwhelming. I can hear them cheering me on all around the track and so many people come by the transporter to see me and talk with me that I'm just amazed."