We are five rounds deep into the Lucas Oil Motocross Championship as we head into Red Bud this 4th of July weekend. But first, let’s review some more of the action form this weekend’s race at the pristine Thunder Valley track in Lakewood, CO.
Since incredible opening performance at Hangtown, Eli Tomac has struggled a bit to find that same rhythm. He went 7-9 this weekend in his home state, and seems to be steadily regaining momentum.
No one can question Josh Grant's speed; just about every moto he reminds us how good he really is. For whatever reason, though, the gods will not allow him to put together two solid motos. After winning the first moto, Grant was visited by bad luck yet again. A first turn pile-up left Grant back in 40th, but he still managed to fight his way back to 10th and salvage fourth place overall.
WMX racer Elizabeth Bash has a break in her shoulder and could not race this weekend. It didn't stop her, however, from taking a spot up in the announcing booth and assisting with the trackside commentating.
Ben Townley was sporting a new under-protector from Shock Doctor this weekend. Early in the year, Ben wore a traditional chest protector, but has since switched to this one. He seems to really like it. It's big enough to run on the outside of the jersey as well, and is more rigid than some of the other under-protectors out there.
We missed Wil Hahn this weekend. He is out with an AC separation in his shoulder, and there is no word yet when we will see him back on the track.
Blake Wharton is finding his groove aboard his Geico Powersports Honda CRF250R. He went 6-5 this weekend for fifth overall, and is now eighth in points.
Michael Young gives his WMX rider Vicki Golden some tips after the womens' first practice. With many of the top WMX riders getting team support this year, the class is becoming more and more competitive.
Ben Townley put in a great performance this weekend, finishing second overall. He may have even challenged Dungey for the win if he'd not washed out in the first moto.
Both Andrew Short and Ryan Dungey found themselves in front of the rest of the pack this weekend. Shorty grabbed two holeshots this weekend and led his share of laps. A fall in the first moto kept him from capitalizing on his good start (he finished eighth), but he score a third place in the second moto helped him to fifth overall. Dungey, on the other hand, went 2-1 on the day and took the overall.
Nick Wey is sporting new goggles these days. For about four years he's been running Spy, but he has made the switch back to his old eyewear sponsor, Scott, for the rest of the series.
We spotted our Editor-at-Large, Steve Matthes, in between motos getting some inspiration for his Observations column that will be posted later in the week.
Mariana Balbi, Tarah Geiger, and Sara Price took some time on Saturday to sign some autographs at the WMX booth inside the pits.
Mitch Payton has to be pumped on his team's results this season thus far. His riders now control the top three spots in the overall points standings. Although Jake Weimer has struggled with his own results, Pourcel, Wilson, and Rattray are making sure the green machines are up front.
We've shown you these Shock Doctor helmet dryers before, but we are pretty pumped on them, especially after using them at Mammoth. They have multiple settings to help keep the moisture out and the stench away. If you have more than one moto, it's a great tool to have in the hauler.
We spotted Justin Barcia getting an adjustment in between practices, and he was clearly pumped about it.
After an incredible Supercross season, Jake Weimer just hasn't found that same success outdoors. Poor starts, crashes, and all-around bad luck have kept Weimer from enjoying the podium. Again this weekend, Weimer suffered from the same bad luck. He finished 10-24 for 17th overall. We are confident that he will get his groove back soon, though.
Gratuitous Rockstar girl photo.
Josh Grant took the checkers in the first moto wearing some 2011 Shift Gear. Keep an eye out for it in the next issue on TransWorld Motocross.
Tommy Hahn was back on the podium in the first moto at Lakewood. He must like the Colorado track; he grabbed a podium in the second moto last season too. The second moto didn't yield the same success for the older Hahn however. He logged a a 35th place finish and a wrecked ankle, and had to settle for 12th overall.
Check out Darryn Durham's latest lid.
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As mentioned above, Jake Weimer has continued to face the wrath of bad luck. In the second turn, he found himself amidst a pile-up in the first moto and battled back to tenth.
Clearing this big double out of a sharp right-hander was no small feat for the 250 class riders; some even chose not to boost it. Most, however, seat bounced it and stretched just to case it. By day's end, the landing was pounded down to nearly nothing from all the short landings.
Is he gonna get there??
Justin Barcia had another tough day. He fell twice in the first moto and had to settle for 16th. He did, however, battle back in the second for a 7th place finish.
How pumped is this little guy. His mom even took the picture for him. Memories...
Trey Canard got a great start in the second moto, and led the majority of the race. Christophe Pourcel quietly stalked him all moto, waiting for his chance. Trey held him off as long as he could, but the crafty Frenchman finally go the best of him and took the moto win.
The WMX class got more than they bargained for in their second moto. The weather reared its ugly head after the second 250 moto, bringing the thunder and lightning with it. A relatively short downpour was just enough to make the rough, rutted track extremely slick. Many ladies, including Vicki Golden, had to shed their goggles in the short mud race.
Ashley Fiolek suffered from some uncharacteristic bad luck herself. An early crash in the first moto put her back in the pack, but she managed to salvage fifth. She didn't get a great start in the second either, but managed to battle back to second place.
Team Townley. Mechanic & family.
We spotted track owner David Clabaugh taking in the action. He will be hosting the 2010 Motocross of Nations this year, and we are sure it will be an amazing event. Have you booked your travel plans yet?
Tommy Hahn rocking some 2011 ONE Industries gear.
Check out Sara Price's buttpatch on her Thor pants.
It seems Ben Townley has taken a page from the Swap Custom Parts book. In order to extend his shroud and hinder catching his boot/pants on the edge, he has riveted pieces of a CR250's shrouds at the edge. Pretty trick.
Back in the 80s, ONE Industries' Danny Dobey rocked a helmet with a Cobra winding around it, and everyone called him the Snakeman. We wonder where the inspiration of this new ONE tee came from...
We spotted Inside the Outdoors mastermind, Troy Adamitis checking in with Eli's dad, John Tomac.
It was good to see Ben Townley at the press conference after his second place overall finish. Brett Metcalfe fielded questions first, and Ben was the first to raise his hand. He didn't have a question; he just wanted to apologize to Brett if he'd came in on him too hard during the race. Whatta nice dude.
Kyle Chisholm is putting in some great performances this season. Late in the SX series, he wasn't sure he'd have a ride, but the MotoConcepts guys kept him around, and he is showing them they made the right decision. He went 7-8 this weekend for seventh overall.
Team Chisholm and Team Tickle.