Under the threat of thunderstorms, the heroes of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship duked it out on the loamy dirt of the Thunder Valley Motocross Park. Although thier bikes and bodies struggled with the 6000-foot elevation, the racers pushed hard during both 30-minute plus two lap motos. The location may have changed, but in the 450 class the story remained the same with Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey once again taking the overall victory. In the 250 class Christophe Pourcel became the first repeat winner of the season. As the season nears the mid-point of the season, the two winners are beginning to distance themself from the field in the points.
Suzuki's Ryan Dungey pulled off his fourth overall win in as many races. Dungey went 2-1 for the day at Thunder Valley.
With the holeshot out of the gates at Thunder Valley it was the local favorite Andrew Short in the lead. The Red Bull Honda rider was pulling ahead of the pack with a five-second lead when he went down, however, handing first to current championship leader, Ryan Dungey.
Just when it looked like a repeat victory for the Number 5 bike, Muscle Milk JGR Yamaha’s Josh Grant came charging along to make the pass for the lead ahead of Dungey. Not only did Grant manage to take the lead but he also gradually pulled away from Dungey to finish almost seven seconds ahead of the current points leader. Dungey was forced to settle for second with Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Tommy Hahn riding a good race to take the final spot on the podium in third.
Josh Grant ran away with the first moto win, but he went down in the first turn in Moto 2.
After finishing third overall at Budds Creek, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Chad Reed suffered a horrible start in Moto 1 and was running outside the top-20 at the start of the race. In the end Reed finished 10th.
In the second moto it was Short once again with the holeshot followed by Grant, Townley and Dungey. Going down in the first corner was Grant who went from second to 20th in a matter in seconds. It was looking like a copy of Moto 1 with Dungey trailing in second, but this time Dungey wasn’t content with second-place. Dungey made the pass on Short for first with Townley closely following to take the second spot ahead of Short.
By Lap 10 Grant had made significant progress after dropping back to 20th and was running just outside the top-10.
Dungey took the checkers in Moto 2 followed by Townley, Short, Metcalfe and Jagermeister KTM’s Mike Alessi. Dungey once again earned the win to take his fourth overall victory in a row after a 2-1 score in Colorado. Townley took second overall after a 6-2 result followed by Metcalfe in third. Short finished third in the second moto to take fifth overall. Improving on his 12th-place finish in Moto 1 was Alessi who took fifth in the second moto and eighth overall. Having a good start but falling back to 10th in the opening laps was Reed. After being consistent and making some good passes Reed finished Moto 2 in seventh for a ninth–place overall finish.
"I'm pretty stoked really. I expected to be up there," said Metcalfe about his second place standing in the points. "I'm still gaining momentum and still learning a few things that the 450 needs. We're still getting better, but right now I'm happy with the way things are going."
450 Motocross Thunder Valley Results:
1. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki) 2-1
2. Ben Townley (Honda) 6-2
A 6-2 moto score put Troy Lee Design's Ben Townley on the podium for the first time this season. The New Zealander finished second overall.
3. Brett Metcalfe (Honda) 4-4
4. Josh Grant (Yamaha) 1-10
5. Andrew Short (Honda) 8-3
6. Kyle Regal (Honda) 9-6
7. Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha) 7-8
8. Mike Alessi (KTM) 12-5
9. Chad Reed (Kawasaki) 10-7
10. Justin Brayton (Yamaha) 13-9
11. Daniel Reardon (Yamaha) 11-11
12. Thomas Hahn (Suzuki) 3-35
13. Kyle Cunningham (Yamaha) 5-22
14. Nicholas Wey (Kawasaki) 16-12
15. Grant Langston (Yamaha) 15-13
450 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Dungey, 218
2. Brett Metcalfe, 167
3. Chad Reed, 160
4. Mike Alessi, 154
5. Andrew Short, 153
6. Josh Grant, 152
7. Ben Townley, 151
8. Kyle Chisholm, 108
9. Thomas Hahn, 101
10. Kyle Regal, 94
Frenchman Christophe Pourcel took his first double win of the season at Thunder Valley.
Taking the first holeshot for the 250 class was Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel. Closely following the Frenchman was his teammate Dean Wilson in second with Geico Powersports Honda rider Trey Canard running third. It didn’t take long for Canard to begin applying pressure on Wilson, but Wilson rode a consistent race to keep the #38 bike of Canard at bay. While Wilson and Canard were preoccupied with second-place, Pourcel began stretching his lead and eventually took the Moto 1 victory by 10 seconds ahead of Wilson.
Back in sixth-place was Pourcel’s Pro Circuit teammate, Tyla Rattray, who struggled to break into the top-five after a mediocre start. Also recovering from a poor start was Honda’s Eli Tomac, who was running eighth halfway into the race. After getting trapped in a pile-up Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer and Honda’s Justin Barcia played catch-up for the majority of the race and finished 10th and 16th, respectively. Trying to make the best of an ugly situation, Rattray had an impressive charge through the pack to finish just shy of the podium in fourth-place. Rounding out the top-five finishers were DNA Shred Stix Yamaha’s Brok Tickle in fifth, Blake Wharton in sixth and Tomac in seventh.
Pro Circuit's Dean Wilson swapped finishing positions with Trey Canard for third overall.
Heading into the first turn of Moto 2 it was Wilson with the holeshot, but his lead was quickly replaced by Canard. Following Canard was Wharton, Wilson, Rattray and Pourcel, with Jake Weimer crashing out of his seventh-place position on Lap 2.
Putting in a strong performance was the Pro Circuit Kawasaki trio of Wilson, Rattray and Pourcel. Able to take the lead from Canard on Lap 9, Pourcel instantly began pulling away and took the checkers for his first double win of the 2010 season. Honda’s Canard took second overall after finishing second in Moto 2. Meanwhile, Pourcel’s teammate Wilson took third in Moto 2 for third overall ahead of Rattray in fourth. Rounding out the top-five was Honda rider Wharton who had a 6-5 score that earned him fifth overall.
"I'm kind of really suprised about everybody else, because you never know whos is going to be on out there," said the overall winner Pourcel about his competition. "This weekend it was Trey, and he ran really good. Maybe next weekend it's going to be Barcia again or someone else. It's kind of crazy, so you never know."
250 Motocross Thunder Valley Results:
1. Christophe Pourcel (Kawasaki) 1-1
2. Trey Canard (Honda) 3-2
3. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki) 2-3
Honda's Trey Canard made his return to the podium this weekend at Thunder Valley with a 3-2 moto score.
4. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki) 4-4
5. Blake Wharton (Honda) 6-5
6. Broc Tickle (Yamaha) 5-6
7. Martin Davalos (Yamaha) 8-8
8. Eli Tomac (Honda) 7-9
9. Cole Seely (Honda) 9-12
10. Justin Barcia (Honda) 16-7
11. Vince Friese (Yamaha) 13-11
12. Alex Martin (Honda) 11-16
13. Killy Rusk (KTM) 14-13
14. Hunter Hewitt (Suzuki) 14-15
15. Darryn Durham (Honda) 40-10
250 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Christophe Pourcel, 219
2. Dean Wilson, 185
3. Tyla Rattray, 180
4. Trey Canard, 162
5. Broc Tickle, 151
6. Justin Barcia, 140
7. Eli Tomac, 135
8. Blake Wharton, 112
9. Martin Davalos, 108
10. William Hahn, 106
Next weekend the racing moves to Red Bud in Buchanan, Michigan for Round 6 of 12 in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
Courtesy of MX Sports Pro Racing
MX Sports Pro Racing presents the Rockstar Energy Thunder Valley Highlight Video from Saturday's Toyota Trucks Thunder Valley National at Thunder Valley MX Park in Lakewood, Colo. A massive crowd of thousands filled the hillside and despite threatening weather, were able to witness a tremendous battle amongst the world's fastest riders at mile high elevation. Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey captured his fourth consecutive 450 Class victory and has become the rider to beat in 2010 while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Christophe Pourcel became the first repeat winner in the 250 Class. Additionally, the Women's Motocross Championship resumed with its third round as DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha's Jessica Patterson remained perfect in 2010 with her third overall win.
The video is narrated by NBC and SPEED television host Jason Weigandt and includes racing highlights from the 450, 250 and WMX classes.
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