The Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Series stopped in Lakewood, Colorado, this past weekend with the riders competing on one of the more difficult tracks they’ve seen so far this season. The racing was intense, but that wasn’t all that went on at Thunder Valley Raceway. Check out this week’s Monday Kickstart to learn about everything.
Defending Champion Ryan Dungey has had some good rides this season, but hasn’t been able to put together an overall victory. This past weekend, though, he was finally able to string together a 2-1 score and take home his first overall win of the year. After his second moto DNF in Texas, however, he still sits third in points behind Chad Reed and Ryan Villopoto.
Suspension setup is serious business for the factory teams. Before practice got underway, Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s suspension tech used a level to make sure that the area of the pits they were using to check sag on the bikes was exactly level. If the bike isn’t sitting level, the sag measurement can be off and cause the bike to not handle correctly.
After Dungey ran out of gas at the second round in Freestone, Texas, the team picked up these trick carbon fiber gas tanks for both Dungey and Brett Metcalfe. When asked about them Dungey said, “Yeah the tanks are like a liter or so bigger. We could do a 45-minute moto on them, so gas isn’t an issue anymore.”
These steep drop signs aren’t new, and in fact have been around ever since the incident where Doc Bodnar didn’t realize there was a drop off and went off it in the Asterisk Medic Mule. Unfortunately, though, the same happened to Josh Grant and John Ayers this weekend. On Friday evening before the race, the two were checking out the track in a side-by-side. At the top of the big downhill a new drop off was cut into the track that they didn’t know about. They went off it, flipping over the side-by-side and ejecting Grant from the vehicle. In the end, both were okay but walked away a little sore and beat up.
In his first race back last week at Budds Creek, Team Honda’s Josh Grant finished an impressive 10th overall. This week, after running up front early in the first moto, he popped his freshly healed knee out, reinjuring it again. No word yet on when or if he will be back at any point this season. Grant does, though, have a two-year deal with Honda, so at the very least he has a ride for next year still.
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