Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Others...Thunder Valley.

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship took to the high elevation of Lakewood, Colorado for round number 3. 

Finding the man to beat is always a challenge. Being that guy may be an even harder roll. RCH Suzuki rider Ken Roczen is making the most of it as he'd again dominate  the 450 class. His 1-1 performance claimed the overall win and stretched the points lead. RedBull KTM's Ryan Dungey proved consistent once again with 2nd overall after going 2-4. If Eli Tomac could buy a start, he'd be a threat for the win. His speed is there as he'd go 5-2 for 3rd overall. Starting outside the top 14 both motos made Tomac work for every position. 

In the 250 class it's Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy who is trying to claim that title of the guy to beat. He'd go 2-1 and take the overall at Thunder Valley. It was a much needed performance after a lack luster round 2. Star Yamaha teammates Jeremy and Alex Martin would take steps 2 and 3 respectively on the podium. Jeremy was handed the win in moto 1 after a Savatgy tip over and would finish 3rd in moto 2. Alex Martin, we'll just read the next section.

If you tell me that you picked Alex Martin to be a podium threat this season, you are a liar. I don't think I've ever been more impressed with a rider. He was a true privateer who showed flashes of potential and then got a shot. This week Alex came in as the points leader and qualified 3rd. After issues in the 1st moto came out to prove a point in moto 2. He'd go 8-2 for 3rd overall. It was that moto 1 performance though that showed his true grit. Martin went down and found himself around 20th late in the race. He put his head down and charged through the pack. Way to go A-Mart.

Disappointment. Adam Cianciarulo went 6-38 for 14th overall. A crash bent up the bike and took him out of moto 2. This kid was supposed to be a title threat and I really don't think he even has top 5 in him right now. He'll come around. It's got to be the effects of missing a full season. Jason Anderson. I was so bummed to see him pull off after having elevation sickness. He's been riding solid and his DNF-DNS results just ruined his season.

Tevin Tapia would be an impressive privateer as he'd work his way from outside the top 20 in moto 2 to a 17th place moto finish and 22nd overall. Tapia rides the number 97 Yamaha in the 250 class. The 188 of Dillan Epstein and 96 of Noah Mcconahy continue to be the top privateers of the 450 class. They each would score top 20 finishes in both motos, finishing 18th and 19th overall. Gared Steinke is 2 strokin' it again this summer and he'd squeak into the program after a 4th in the consi race gave him the last transfer spot. He'd go on to finish 35th on his Husqvarna 125.

Rider: Tevin Tapia  |  Photo: Chad Guin
One of the best parts about the series stop in Colorado is coming to the home state of Novik Gloves. Novik is a company who has seen success with riders like Matt Lemoine and Freddy Noren. They thrive on the core of the sport and really respect every rider, especially privateers. They host an annual Privateer Ride Day to allow privateers a day of adjusting to elevation and some seat time before the national. This year they took over Jewell MX and with riders like Gared Steinke, Cody Church, Kevin Rookstool, Connor Olson, Matt Babbitt and Michael Akaydin there was plenty of talent getting ready to take on Thunder Valley. We thank Novik Gloves for their support of privateers around the world and an amazing event.

And now...The Others.

20. 45 Kyle Cunningham
21. 40 Kyle Peters
22. 97 Tevin Tapia
23. 212 Chase Marquier
24. 768 Cole Shondeck
25. 56 Jackson Richardson
26. 492 Luke Clout
27. 421 Vann Martin
28. 820 Dalton Oxborrow
29. 987 Matthew Babbitt
30. 593 Martin Castelo
31. 84 Jimmy Albertson
32. 703 Justin Rando
33. 284 Cody Church
34. 174 Josh Osby
35. 726 Gared Steinke 
36. 125 Josh Mosiman
37. 91 Brandon Scharer
38. 975 Jake Loberg
39. 702 Josiah Hempen
40. 902 Killian Auberson

20. 718 Toshiki Tomita
21. 81 Jason Brooks
22. 76 Scott Champion
23. 805 Carlen Gardner
24. 88 Ronnie Stewart
25. 551 Jeremy Byrne
26. 670 Dylan Schmoke
27. 80 Zack Williams
28. 918 Michael Akaydin
29. 79 Nick Schmidt
30. 63 Jesse Wentland
31. 95 Dustin Pipes
32. 600 Connor Olson
33. 292 Austin Howell
34. 509 Alex Nagy
35. 123 Kevin Rookstool
36. 120 Todd Bannister
37. 87 Austin Politelli
38. 34 Phil Nocoletti
39. 11 Kyle Chisholm
40. 21 Jason Anderson

A week off will give riders a chance to recover and head home for a weekend. They'll then make the trip from west to east for round 4 High Point, Pennsylvania.

-Kyle Pesci

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