2016 Thunder Valley Motocross Results
Ken Roczen and Joey Savatgy returned to their winning ways this weekend at the True Value Thunder Valley National in Morrison, Colo., round three of 12 in the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Roczen dominated the field with solid 1-1 Moto finishes in the 450 class. Savatgy secured his overall win on his Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki with an impressive 2-1 overall Moto score in the 250 class.
The opening 450 Moto one began with Rockstar Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson and Roczen sprinting out to the front. Roczen quickly sprinted away from the rest of the pack and never looked back. Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey made his way into third early in the race, and tried to latch onto the first and second place riders.
Dungey made his move on Anderson at the bottom of the hill for second place. Dungey and Roczen sprinted out in front of the rest of the pack; they were around three seconds a lap faster than everyone else on the track. Disaster struck Anderson halfway through the Moto when he crashed, leaving third place to Monster energy Kawasaki’s Josh Grant.
HRC Honda’s Trey Canard and Weinerschnitzel Autotrader Toyota JGR Yamaha’s Justin Barcia followed Grant in fifth. Disaster also struck Barcia late in the Moto when he ran into a downed riders bike, causing him to crash and stall his bike. Barcia salvaged an 11th in the Moto.
Barcia’s crash allowed Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac to secure fifth. After thirty minutes plus two laps here’s how they ended: Roczen, Dungey, Canard, Grant, and Tomac.
The second 450 Moto two began with HRC Honda’s Cole Seely and Justin Barcia leading the rest of the pack out of the gate. Seely’s teammate Canard quickly overtook him for the lead, with Dungey and Grant in tow. Dungey made a mistake and went down early in the Moto.
Roczen who got pinched off on the start began quickly making his through the pack. After latching onto a battle between the two HRC Hondas of Canard and Seely, Roczen was able to make the pass and sprint away in the lead; where he remained for the rest of the race.
Tomac, who was once again plagued by a bad start, began to look like himself again about ten minutes into the race when he set a faster lap than Roczen. Tomac would then go onto set the fastest lap of the race on lap seven, and battle his way into second place in Moto two.
Battles ensued late in the race for the top five positions. Dungey, who had fallen all the way back to 17th after his crash managed to mount an impressive charge that allowed him to secure fourth place in the Moto. After the checkers flew, it was: Roczen, Tomac, Seely, Dungey, and Musquin. The overall scores were Roczen (1-1), Dungey (2-4), Tomac (5-2), Seely (6-3), and Canard (3-6).
2016 Thunder Valley Motocross 250 Recap
The opening 250 Moto began with the Star Racing Rockstar Yamaha leading four out of the top five positions. Cooper Webb led Jeremy Martin and Aaron Plessinger followed by Geico Honda’s Jordan. Smith quickly took over third, while another battle between Webb and Jeremy Martin began.
Plessinger went down after making push to catch the leaders; this allowed Joey Savatgy out on a charge of his own to the front after he got around Jordan Smith. As Savatgy began to close in on the Martin and Webb battle, things began to intensify. Jeremy finally got around Webb, leaving him to deal with Savatgy’s relentless attacks. Savatgy got by Webb shortly after, and set his sights on Martin.
With ten minutes left in the Moto Savatgy managed to overtake Martin for the lead. He sprinted away and built a nice cushion over the rest of the field. Unfortunately, Savatgy went down with three laps remaining, relinquishing the lead back to Jeremy Martin. Savatgy was able to salvage a second place in the Moto though. At the end of Moto one here’s how they finished: Martin, Savatgy, Webb, Osborne, and Smith.
The final 250 Moto of the day was lead out of the gate by Joey Savatgy and his teammate Adam Cianciarulo. GoPro Red Bull Troy Lee Designs KTM’s Shane McElrath, Rockstar Husqvarna’s Martin Davalo’s, and the Star Racing Yamaha’s of Jeremy Martin and Cooper Webb followed them.
Savatgy wasted no time in speeding away from the rest of the pack. Another Martin brother battle occurred this weekend, with Alex Martin scrubbing past his brother Jeremy. Alex didn’t stop with his brother; he immediately began to pick off more riders.
Cianciarulo made a big mistake ten minutes into the Moto and crash, which forced him to pull off. Jeremy Martin was able to make a quick pass on McElrath and regain some positions. Savatgy had built up a comfortable gap at the half way mark.
Late in the Moto, both Martin brothers began to drop their lap times. At the twenty minute mark Alex Martin was able to pass Martin Davalos for second, his brother, Jeremy wasn’t too far behind them either. Jeremy would make his way around Davalos later in the race, while Alex was putting on a big charge to catch Joey Savatgy out front. Alex Martin caught Savatgy, but the Monster Energy Pro Circuit rider was able to up his game and secure the victory.
When the moto came to an end, it was: Savatgy, Alex Martin, Jeremy Martin, Forkner, and Davalos. The overall results were: Savatgy (2-1), Jeremy Martin (1-3), Alex Martin (8-2), Osborne (4-6), and Webb (3-8).
The 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship takes its first break next weekend ahead of round four scheduled for June 18 – the High Point National at Mt. Morris, Pa.
2016 Thunder Valley Motocross Results, 450 Class (Moto Finish)
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (1-1)
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (2-4)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (5-2)
- Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (6-3)
- Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (3-6)
- Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki (4-7)
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (11-8)
- Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Suzuki (10-10)
- Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna (8-12)
- Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda (7-13)
2016 Motocross – 450 Class Championship Standings
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki – 143
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 131
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 114
- Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 97
- Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 89
- Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki – 88
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 73
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 64
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 62
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki – 50
2016 Thunder Valley Motocross Results, 250 Class (Moto Finish)
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (2-1)
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (1-3)
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (8-2)
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-6)
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (3-8)
- Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Husqvarna (7-5)
- Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Honda (5-12)
- Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (12-7)
- Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (17-4)
- Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha (11-11)
2016 Motocross 250 Class Championship Standings
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 123
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 120
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 114
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 110
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 81
- Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 80
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 78
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM – 65
- RJ Hampshire, Hudson Fla., Honda – 59
- Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Honda – 52