LAKEWOOD, CO – June 5, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The 12th annual True Value Thunder Valley National took place on Saturday and hosted the third round of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. A large crowd showed up to fill Colorado’s mountainous hillsides and sunny-blue skies with temperatures in the high 70’s treated them to near perfect weather. The tracks’ rutty conditions challenged riders throughout the day, while the high altitude watched the survival of the fittest prevail.
Justin Barcia used the All-New Pirelli SCOPRION™ MX32™ PRO tire to his advantage on the soil of the “Centennial States” slippery-hard base. The Autotrader/Monster Energy/Yamaha rider charged through the field in Moto 1, eventually passing his way into the top five before a mistake in the closing laps dropped him several positions to finish 11th. Despite a bobble early in Moto 2, he would rebound to finish eighth en route to seventh place overall (11-8).
After a good showing last weekend at Glen Helen, BTO Sports/WPS/KTM’s Justin Brayton carried the momentum into Moto 1 at Lakewood. He battled the entire 35-minute plus two-lap moto to secure a well-earned ninth. In Moto 2 he began the opening lap mid-pack, but passed his way to 14th. His efforts earned him 13th overall on the day (9-14).
BTO Sports rookie teammate Benny Bloss has consistently been recording impressive finishes in his first full-time season on the professional circuit. After beginning Moto 1 near the tail end of the field, he put his head down to score a solid 13th place finish. He returned with another strong ride in Moto 2, which placed him 15th overall (13-15).
Local hero Andrew Short had no shortage of support and was a fan favorite each lap he circulated the technical Thunder Valley facility aboard his BTO Sports/WPS/KTM. In Moto 1, the Colorado born rider crossed the checkered flag in 17th. The veteran lined up for the final time of his professional career in front of his hometown crowd, nearly pulling the holeshot as fans went crazy to start Moto 2. However, he was a victim of carnage on the opening lap, losing valuable time and forcing him to come from behind. “Shorty” finished the day 17th (17-18).
Autotrader/Monster Energy/Yamaha’s Phil Nicoletti suffered a hard crash in the first 450MX Class Moto, forcing him to call it a day early. Although banged up, the tough New Yorker seems to be in good condition and hopes to return at the next race in High Point.
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will take a weekend off and give riders a chance to recharge themselves before returning to action on June 18 for the fourth round at High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania.
450MX Class Results
1. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (1-1)
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle, Plaine. Minn., (2-4)
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (5-2)
4. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (6-3)
5. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda (3-6)
6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki (4-7)
7. Justin Barcia, Madison, Fla., Yamaha (11-8)
8. Matt Bisceglia, Tualitin, Ore., Suzuki (10-10)
9. Christope Pourcel, Dade City, Fla., Husqvarna (8-12)
10. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda (7-13)
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13. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, KTM (9-14)
15. Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, MO., KTM (13-15)
17. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (17-18)
450MX Class Championship Standings
1. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki – 143
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 131
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 114
4. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda – 97
5. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 89
6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki – 88
7. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna – 73
8. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 64
9. Justin Barcia, Madison, Fla., Yamaha – 62
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki – 50