Thunder Valley – Lakewood, CO – June 3, 2017
After a great start at Hangtown and a not so great finish at Glen Helen, this was supposed to be Eli Tomac’s race to lose – his home race as he is a native of Colorado. But, unfortunately, the race didn’t quite turn out the way everyone had planned. Tomac rode a decent qualifier with the third fastest time and then he had a shaky first moto, finishing 7th. His second moto started out much better with a great start and the lap one lead. Halfway through, Tomac was passed by El Chupacabra (Blake Baggett) and ended up settling for 2nd, which netted him a 5th on the day. He picked up two points on the leader in the series points chase.
The 250 motos were exciting to watch. In Moto One, Bell Helmets’ Austin Forkner and Joey Savatgy were doing all they could to win the moto, but they ended up 2nd and 4th. Adam Cianciarulo, Colt Nichols and Aaron Plessinger also put in great rides, finishing in the top ten. Moto Two had Savatgy taking control of the lead on lap one and he never looked back until he crossed the finish line for the win. Forkner had another great race and finished 3rd. His combined 2/3 moto scores gave him a 4th place overall. It was a tight day of racing to say the least – the top four finishers on the day were only separated by one point each!
Eli Tomac’s 7th place in the first moto, combined with his 2nd in the last moto, gave him a 5th overall for the day.
Savatgy got his first outdoor moto win and his first overall for the season.
Austin Forker had a great day with 2/3 moto finishes – yet his overall on the day was 4th.
Colt Nichols continues to improve and post solid results. His 6/12 moto finishes were enough for a 7th overall.
The Thunder Valley round of the Pro Motocross series also hosted Round 6 of the Onsia Women’s Motocross Championship. The top motocross women in the country took on the mile-high track and put on some great racing. Bell Helmets’ Mackenzie Tricker took the overall win with 3/1 moto finishes. A former motocross champion, Tricker now spends most of her race time in the woods taking on the challenging GNCC and Sprint Enduro courses – but this weekend, she was pure motocross!
“In Moto Two I made some quick passes and worked my way into 2nd place, then rode a fast pace to keep the pressure on Kylie [Fasnacht],” said Tricker. “Then she made a mistake and I was able to capitalize on it. My family was here from Australia, so it was pretty neat to to take the overall win with them here.”