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2013 AMA Motocross Thunder Valley Results

Chaparral Motorsports
May 28, 2013

Ryan Villopoto Sweeps Motocross Events At Thunder Valley

[caption id="attachment_26479" align="alignright" width="300"]Ryan Villopoto 2013 AMA Motocross Thunder Valley - 1st Overall Ryan Villopoto continued his dominance with a sweep of the main events.[/caption]

The best dirt bike riders only recently switched over to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, but Ryan Villopoto picked up right where he left off. After dominating the AMA Supercross series earlier this year, the Kawasaki rider continued his dominance with a sweep of the main events at Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Colorado.

Villopoto, who also earned a victory in the opening round of the motorsports series last weekend, led the pack in both motos. He managed to come from behind in each race, outmaneuvering his competitors easily and taking control around the halfway point of the two events.

"We got a pair of wins today and we're really going to try to keep it rolling," Villopoto said. "With the way the racing is this year and the guys that are in that class, just to be up front means you're riding well."

Ryan Dungey finished just behind Villopoto in both races. Justin Barcia and James Stewart each earned a third-place finish, but it wasn't enough to disrupt the firm grasp Villopoto and Dungey have on the top two spots in the overall ranking.

The next round of the motocross series kicks off June 1 at the Built Ford tough Tennessee National in Bristol, Tenn.

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto Races To A Perfect Score In Colorado

[caption id="attachment_26478" align="alignright" width="300"]Ryan Villopoto 2013 AMA Motocross Thunder Valley - Podium Ryan Villopoto has a perfect 100 points after the first two rounds.[/caption]

At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto battled to keep his moto win streak alive by finishing 1-1 at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood, Colo. Villopoto has a perfect 100 points after the first two rounds. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyla Rattray finished in the top 10 for the second week in a row in eighth place, while Dean Wilson followed close behind in 10th overall. Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jake Weimer overcame a crash to finish 14th. In the 250 class Blake Baggett fought hard to finish fifth and was joined by teammate Martin Davalos in seventh and Justin Hill in 12th.

All 1s
Following a dominant weekend in Hangtown at Round 1, Villopoto carried that momentum into Colorado. The keys for Villopoto this weekend were patience and confidence. After qualifying first, he did not have the greatest start in the first moto but picked off guys early and began to the study the front-runners. Villopoto watched their lines while sitting in third and was able to move into the lead in the latter part of the 30 minute moto. His 1-1 moto score for the second consecutive week solidifies him as the one to beat this season.

"The team and I are continually working to improve," said Villopoto. "I had a few spots where I was really making up time on the leaders and ended up taking the lead in the same section both motos. Next week is a brand new track so we will need to be on top of our game to learn the track as quick as possible."

[caption id="attachment_26488" align="alignleft" width="300"]Blake Baggett 2013 AMA Motocross 250MX Thunder Valley - 5th Overall Blake Baggett fought hard to finish fifth overall.[/caption]

Defending Champ
Baggett did not have the weekend he wanted at Thunder Valley, but when your off-weekends are fifth overall, you're in a good spot. He rounded the first lap in 28th place and was able to pass nearly half the field to recovered to an impressive ninth place finish. With each passing week, Baggett's wrist continues to improve and should move him to the front of the pack.

"It just wasn't my weekend," said Baggett. "I put myself at a disadvantage by not getting good starts and from there it was an uphill battle. It's a long season, so we'll put this one behind us and look forward to next week."

Green Assault
In the early running of both 450 motos, the KX450F held the majority of the spots within the top 10 amongst the other manufacturers. Teammates Rattray and Wilson battled each other in both motos with Rattray taking the advantage and finishing 7-10 for eighth overall. Wilson rebounded from last weekend and rounded out the top 10 with his strong 11-9 moto score. Weimer battled just outside the top five in both motos, but misfortune left him with 14th overall.

"The track was really gnarly this weekend," said Rattray. "I usually don't like this track, but it got really rough compared to past years and suited my style."

[caption id="attachment_26489" align="alignright" width="300"]Martin Davalos 2013 AMA Motocross 250MX Thunder Valley - 7th Overall Martin Davalos battled with the top contenders in both motos and finished a respectable seventh overall.[/caption]

Ups and Downs
After a violent crash last weekend at Hangtown, Davalos was looking to prove himself at Thunder Valley. He battled with the top contenders in both motos and finished a respectable seventh overall. Hill made his professional debut with a 10th overall last weekend and fought hard to replicate finishing in 12th.

"This was a building weekend for me," said Davalos. "I had two decent motos and know where I can improve. I need to latch onto the leaders and run their pace."

Birthday Boy
Darryn Durham celebrated his birthday on Saturday at Thunder Valley, but not exactly how he would have liked. Unfortunately Durham was still feeling the effects of his crash last weekend and after practice decided to sit the weekend out and recover.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki flew up to Colorado early leading up to race day to ride for the local media, which also gave them the opportunity to test at the higher elevation and get a feel for the track. Thunder Valley sits at nearly 5,500 feet above sea level and the lack of oxygen can have an effect on both the bikes and the body. The riders enjoyed the extra track time and were able to get everything dialed for Saturday.

[caption id="attachment_26483" align="alignleft" width="300"]Dean Wilson 2013 AMA Motocross Thunder Valley - 10th Overall Dean Wilson rounded out the top 10 with his strong 11-9 moto score.[/caption]

Unknown Territory
Round 3 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will take place at one of two new venues added to the 2013 season. Muddy Creek Raceway will be the host of the Tennessee National June 1st, 2013. Muddy Creek has hosted amateur racing for years, but has been transformed into a national caliber track that should encourage great racing.

Source: Kawasaki Racing

Ryan Dungey Earns 2nd At Thunder Valley Motocross Park

[caption id="attachment_26480" align="alignright" width="300"]Ryan Dungey 2013 AMA Motocross Thunder Valley - 2nd Overall Ryan Dungey's 2-2 finishes earned him 2nd overall for the day - Photo: Simon Cudby[/caption]

Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey remained consistent in his run for the championship title as he earned his second pair of 2nd place finishes in the 450 Motocross class at Thunder Valley Motocross Park at the second round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series.

The Red Bull KTM rider got off to a great start in the first moto finishing the first lap in 3rd position. He moved up to 2nd place on the following lap after Ryan Villopoto tipped over in a turn and allowed him to get by. He then spent the next eight laps in a three-way battle with leader Justin Barcia and Villopoto for the lead position. On the tenth lap of the race Ryan Dungey was able to make an inside pass around Barcia to take over the lead. He continued to lead for the next lap holding off a strong charge by Villopoto. On the thirteenth lap of the race Villopoto was able to get around Dungey to take over the lead. Dungey dropped to 2nd continuing his pace to pull over a 10 second gap on the 3rd place ride of Barcia. When the moto came to an end Dungey was able to secure 2nd place.

After the first moto, Dungey commented: "I really like this track but it is definitely getting pretty rutted and challenging. I am glad I got a good start because that is key to my finish in these motos. It's important to be there from the beginning and not let Villopoto get away."

[caption id="attachment_26491" align="alignleft" width="200"]Ryan Dungey 2013 AMA Motocross Thunder Valley - Podium Ryan Dungey with second consecutive podium in the 450MX class - Photo: Simon Cudby[/caption]

In the second moto, Dungey jumped out to another decent start finishing the first lap in 5th position. On the second lap he was able to pass Mike Alessi to move into 4th place. Two laps later Dungey reeled in Trey Canard and took over 3rd position. Dungey then set his focus on the 2nd place ride of Justin Barcia. At the end of lap six he was able to make the pass on Barcia to move into 2nd and went on to set the fastest lap at that point of the race with his KTM 450 SX-F. Dungey continued to push and gained time on Villopoto in certain sections throughout the remainder of the race but was unable to close the gap and settled for 2nd place. His 2-2 finishes earned him 2nd overall for the day.

"The team and I are really happy with the progress we made this week. We know where we need to improve and we are looking forward to the next race. It's great to be consistent but we need to start getting some race wins," stated Dungey.

Next Round: Bristol, TN - June 1, 2013

Source: KTM North America

Clement Desalle And Kevin Strijbos Make Strong AMA Debut

[caption id="attachment_26477" align="alignright" width="300"]Clement Desalle 2013 AMA Motocross Thunder Valley - 6th Overall Clement Desalle raced to sixth positions overall in his first US-style motocross race - Photo: Simon Cudby[/caption]

Rockstar Energy Suzuki's Clement Desalle and Kevin Strijbos raced to sixth and ninth positions overall at the weekend's second round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross series at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colorado.

In the days before, the Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 GP riders - invited to the USA to take in two rounds of the AMA series as guests of Rockstar Energy Drink - gathered with the Rockstar Racing mechanics to set-up their machines: Suspension, exhaust and wheels/ tires were fitted to team's RM-Z 450s to match the Belgians' normal Grand Prix set-ups and then fine-tuned for the circuit's high altitude and high speeds.

And with good result as both riders came out blazing in the first qualifying heat. Desalle pulled out a scorching second behind eventual race winner Ryan Villopoto and Strijbos rode to a sixth qualifying time, which became seventh after the second qualifying session.

[caption id="attachment_26474" align="alignleft" width="300"]Kevin Strijbos 2013 AMA Motocross Thunder Valley - 9th Overall Kevin Strijbos took ninth overall in his first ever AMA Nationals outing - Photo: Simon Cudby[/caption]

The first moto saw Desalle in fifth position out of the first corner behind Trey Canard and despite putting in some quicker laps, the Belgian made several charges on the rider in front of him but was never able to pass. Strijbos got caught in a first-turn tumble with Chad Reed and worked his way back from 25th position to the top 10.

The second moto saw both riders close with American Mike Alessi with Desalle in sixth position in the first half of the race, followed by Alessi and then Strijbos. The 2012 Vice Grand Prix Champion had to settle for seventh when Alessi put the pressure on in the last laps - and secured sixth position in the overall ranking.

With Strijbos following in eighth, the 28-year-old Belgian took ninth overall in his first ever AMA Nationals outing.

Clement Desalle:
"I'm quite satisfied with this race; I got a good qualifying time and a reasonable start in the first moto. I was trying to get hold of the first guys to follow this rhythm but made a small mistake which allowed Canard to pass. I worked to pass him back since I felt I was faster than him, but it wasn't so easy to get by him. In the second moto my start was not as good as the first moto, but I didn't have the strength to push forward. I think all the travelling to and from Brazil might have taken its toll there.
The format takes some getting used to - with just two timed practice runs and everything put into one day - but I don't think it's bad; in the end it's the same for everyone!"


Kevin Strijbos:
"It's a great experience! I didn't know what to expect but after the qualifying sessions I felt comfortable on the track and felt my speed was good in opposition to the others.
I'm a little bummed about falling in the start of Moto 1, managed to come back to 10th which in the end was good, but also took a lot of energy. So for the second race I felt after a few laps that I had to settle for a slightly lower pace to get through the race, which in the end wasn't bad either with an 8th position. It's good working with the guys from Rockstar Racing - we're learning in both ways here!

Desalle and Strijbos will now head back to Corona, California for some more testing and training before they take the plane towards the third round of the AMA Outdoor Championship at the Muddy Creek Motocross track in Blountville, Tennessee next weekend.

Source: Team Suzuki

James Stewart Recovers To Podium At Lakewood MX

[caption id="attachment_26482" align="alignright" width="300"]James Stewart 2013 AMA Motocross Thunder Valley - Pack James Stewart was dead last in moto 1, but he made his way up to 15th.[/caption]

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart rallied spectacularly at round two of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood to race his RM-Z450 to a podium finish in the second moto, for a seventh-place overall result.

Although Stewart got a poor start in the first moto, he was making the most of it when another rider fell in front of him. Stewart suffered a get-off but quickly resumed racing, albeit from last place. He put his head down and focused on moving forward, eventually making it to 15th. Faring better in the second moto, Stewart got off the gate in the top 10, raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 through the field and into third to give him seventh overall.

Said Stewart: "I went 15/3. The 15 sounds pretty bad, but I didn't get a good start in the first moto and a rider went down right in front of me and I ran straight into him. I went over the handlebars - I was way dead last - but I made my way up to 15th. It was good because I felt strong the whole race. In the second moto, I didn't get the best start but I tried to pick off people one by one. I got into third and kind of settled in. Overall, the third was nice, the 15th wasn't, but I feel better. We've really been working on bike stability and now I feel like we've got the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 dialed in. I'm happy with that and I actually feel really good. I think it's time to start winning some races."

[caption id="attachment_26481" align="alignleft" width="300"]James Stewart 2013 AMA Motocross Thunder Valley - 7th Overall James Stewart rallied spectacularly with a podium finish in the second moto, for a seventh-place overall result.[/caption]

Next weekend, the Yoshimura Suzuki crew will head to Muddy Creek Raceway for the Tennessee National. This event represents the first time that the AMA Pro Motocross series has held an event in the South east in 15 years. Stewart is excited about the race.

"I'm definitely looking forward to Muddy Creek," said Stewart. "I don't think I've been there since I was 13 years old, so it's been more than 12 years since I've raced there. It's an awesome facility. I think the track should be good and I'm looking forward to the race."

Check out the Thunder Valley MX Behind The Scenes Race Report:

Source: Team Suzuki

Rockstar Energy Racing Thunder Valley 450MX Race Report

[caption id="attachment_26476" align="alignright" width="300"]Clement Desalle 2013 AMA Motocross Thunder Valley - Bike World MX1 riders Clement Desalle and Kevin Strijbos competed in their first of two rounds - Photo: Simon Cudby[/caption]

Thunder Valley marked the first of two rounds that Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 riders Clement Desalle and Kevin Strijbos will be competing in, before heading back to the GP series where they currently sit 3rd and 4th respectively in championship points. The format in US motocross is much different than the duo is accustomed to. So not only were they dealing with elevation, but also a completely unfamiliar composition. GP's are set over a course of two days as opposed to one in the US. They have practice on Saturdays and then a full qualifying race. Then on Sunday they race their main events which are actually 35 minutes plus two laps. In the US all of the practice, qualifying and racing is in one day. It is a big difference to have to set a fast lap in practice for a qualifying gate pick. Sprint speed is vastly different in lap time from that in the actual moto and typically takes a while to adapt to. The motos are also shorter, being 30 minutes plus two laps.

Ryan Sipes did not have a weekend as successful as the opening round in California. His starts were not as good and he suffered from a pretty scary crash over the tracks huge step-up quad jump. Two things however remained the same. He has a bit of a loss of concentration in the middle of the motos, but is very strong at the end. His ability to charge through the last lap is certainly a testament to his training program with Randy Lawrence, and his work ethic. Ryan's fitness is incredible. Take away the small mistakes and fix the middle of the motos and Sipes will be fighting for the top 5.

Ryan Sipes: "Colorado wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be. In the first moto I kind of got a bad start and then jumped off the track. Tried to grind the side of the jump, went down and just never could get back going. The second moto I felt ok, I actually had a good start but I kind of spun out in the first turn. It was just tough back there and the first couple of laps I got separated from some dudes and it just never panned out for me, I couldn't find the flow. I finished strong and I'm looking forward to next weekend. It's probably as much of a home race as you can get. I grew up racing the mega series down at Muddy creek since I was on 50's. I know the track is gonna be completely different but it should be fun."

[caption id="attachment_26473" align="alignleft" width="300"]Ryan Sipes 2013 AMA Motocross Thunder Valley - 16th Overall Ryan Sipes did not have a weekend as successful as the opening round in California - Photo: Simon Cudby[/caption]

Clement Desalle has actually raced at Thunder Valley one other time for the Motocross of Nations where he did really well. The format for that annual race however is the same as a normal weekend at a GP race. Desalle was still able to open a lot of eyes in 450 practice one qualifying 2nd and joining only Ryan Villopoto in the 1:53 lap time range. Clement had a successful first moto finishing 5th. He was clearly faster than 5th but not quite enough to be able to move forward in the pack. In the second moto he was not able to better that position but finished the day with a 6th overall. With the travel schedule and very little time to adapt it was a very good day for Desalle.

Clement Desalle: "The morning was good, it was positive. The first practice I was second. I'm not used to the motocross style here where everything is in one day and really quick. Two laps free then you have to make the best lap possible. So that was quite good. The first moto I started in 4th then I made a small mistake and [Trey] Canard passed me. I was faster than him but I could never pass him back and I finished 5th. In the second moto my start was not so good. I was 6th and then I finished 7th. I'm not used to high altitude. Its not an excuse but it was a long trip and really busy last week, so it's not too bad."

Kevin Strijbos had a bit more to overcome on Saturday than his teammate including a first turn crash putting him all the way in the back at the beginning of moto 1. Strijbos put his head down and assembled an amazing ride coming all the way back to 10th. Kevin has never competed in an AMA National, or even lined up for any race in the United States so that is incredible. In his second moto he was able to improve on that finish with an 8th for 9th overall, giving him a top ten in his first try. After racing all the way in Brazil one week ago, traveling to the California, having very little time to test, traveling to Colorado, then just jumping into a very foreign experience, both riders had a marvelous day.

[caption id="attachment_26472" align="alignright" width="300"]Ryan Sipes 2013 AMA Motocross Thunder Valley - Bike Ryan Sipes finished strong and is looking forward to next weekend - Photo: Simon Cudby[/caption]

Kevin Strijbos: "I think overall it was a fairly good day for my first national especially with the elevation here which was pretty tough. It's so different in practice how you go two laps slow and then you have to be on it. It was kind of strange. In the first race I think I had a good start then I crashed in the first corner. Then I was charging and I came back to 10th from 38th so I was really happy with that. I was really kind of tired. Then in the second race, again I got a good start. I went kind of wide in the first corner to be sure that nothing happened and I could make it safe into the first lap. Then I was trying to push but I felt really quick that I already didn't have the power from the first race and I was already a little bit tired. So I just slowed down a little bit so I could keep a good pace the whole race. In the end I was 8th so overall I'm happy. I think this is the most tired I've been in the last 6, 7 or 8 years so I'm dead but I'm really happy with this. We can build on this and try to make it better and be ready for the next round."

The series moves to a track that has never had a Pro National next week. It is a track that has held Loretta Lynn's Amateur National Championship Qualifiers for years however, so some top riders have raced there before. With Muddy Creek never having a National though, it sort of equalizes the field, taking a bit of the disadvantage away from Desalle and Strijbos who will aim to improve on their Colorado performances. Sipes, who raced on this track much of his life as an amateur will look to ride more like he did in round 1. Anderson will try to put both motos together and get closer to an overall podium finish. Wharton and Izzi will continue to build on their improvements and mover closer to where they belong.

Source: Rockstar Energy Racing

Ken Roczen Takes 2nd At Thunder Valley Motocross Park

[caption id="attachment_26485" align="alignright" width="300"]Ken Roczen 2013 AMA Motocross 250MX Thunder Valley - Podium Ken Roczen on the podium with 1-3 moto finishes at Thunder Valley - Photo: Simon Cudby[/caption]

Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen earned 2nd overall in the 250 Motocross class at the second round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series where his teammate Marvin Musquin also had a great showing with a 4th overall result.

Ken Roczen leaped off to a great start in the first moto where he nearly took the holeshot. Three corners later he made the pass into the lead. Roczen led every lap of the first moto holding off heavy pressure from Eli Tomac all the way through the last lap. Roczen's win in the first moto was his third so far this season. His teammate, Marvin Musquin, started in 6th position for the first moto and improved his pace throughout the 30 minute plus two lap race to pick up two positions for 4th place in moto one.

In the second moto, Roczen once again got off to a decent start with the KTM 250 SX-F and was 2nd behind Eli Tomac as they rounded the first corner. Roczen held the position until the final lap when he made a mistake and rode off course while battling with Zach Osborne. Roczen dropped to 3rd and immediately found himself in a battle with Musquin when he regained his rhythm. Roczen was able to hold off his teammate to the finish and the Red Bull KTM riders finished 3rd and 4th respectively.

"Eli (Tomac) rode a great second moto," stated Roczen on the podium. "I have to give him credit for the second moto as I wasn't able to get up there and battle. I am happy to still get 2nd overall and remain in the points lead heading to the next round."

Next Round: Bristol, TN - June 1, 2013

Source: KTM North America

Rockstar Energy Racing Thunder Valley 250MX Race Report

[caption id="attachment_26470" align="alignright" width="300"]Blake Wharton 2013 AMA Motocross 250MX Thunder Valley - 11th Overall Blake Wharton finished a solid 8th in the 2nd moto which is certainly a step in the right direction - Photo: Simon Cudby[/caption]

Round 2 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship headed into the mountains of Lakewood, CO. The track sits over a mile above sea level causing severe power loss to bikes and an added variable to the stamina of the riders. High elevation cause cause dizziness, headaches, nausea and shortness of breath which are all unwelcome symptoms to athletes already competing in one of the toughest sports physically in the world. This however is something that every rider on the track has to deal with although some more than others.

Blake Wharton is improving every moto. His breathing is improving as his septum heals, which in turn is improving his stamina, which will lead to more speed. He is getting back to form one step at a time and has something to build on after every time he crosses the finish line. He finished a solid 8th in the 2nd moto which is certainly a step in the right direction.

Blake Wharton: "Colorado, the track was a little different this year. It was a little more sandy. It still got rutted but it didn't rut up as much. Definitely just need to continue to try and workout my issues, my nose is healing a little more each week. Just been practicing. Got some decent starts today. The second moto I was able to ride a lot better. I'm looking forward to racing next weekend. We've never raced a national there but I grew up racing on that track. Muddy Creek is kind of well known so that will be cool."

[caption id="attachment_26469" align="alignleft" width="300"]Jason Anderson 2013 AMA Motocross 250MX Thunder Valley - 8th Overall Jason Anderson had one good finish and one bad finish for 8th overall - Photo: Simon Cudby[/caption]

Overall Jason Anderson had one good finish and one bad finish. However he rode well in both motos. Anderson is also one of those riders that is affected immensely by altitude. In the first moto he improved his placement rounding the first turn for his best start of the season thus far en route to a 5th place finish. In the second moto, he crossed the finish line on the first lap several seconds in last place. That puts a lot of guys in front of him to pick up any points at all and salvage the moto. Jason was simply on the gas. He managed to work his way around enough riders to complete the moto in 12th place. A stellar charge through the pack. Jason just needs to put two motos together and he will find himself on or near the podium immediately.

Jason Anderson: "This weekend was pretty good, well kinda good. Half good. The first race I ended up 5th which was a decent 5th, I feel like I should have ended up 4th. The second moto I took a digger in the first corner and came back to 4th. So I think I secured the RC Hard Charger Award. That's about the end of my day."

Nico Izzi made a vast improvement from week 1 to week 2. He is unquestionably not finishing where his talent and drive will take him in the near future though. It doesn't take a motocross genius to know that it would take Nico three or four rounds to get it back. On the other hand, with the progress Izzi made in just one round it may come sooner than expected.

[caption id="attachment_26467" align="alignright" width="300"]Nico Izzi 2013 AMA Motocross 250MX Thunder Valley - 13th Overall Nico Izzi made a vast improvement from week 1 to week 2 - Photo: Simon Cudby[/caption]

Nico Izzi: "The first moto was good man, I had a good start. I was top ten for at least the first few laps but I lost my rear brake on the 4th lap. Then it was just survival mode. The track was really rough and I couldn't charge down the hills like I had to. So I just tried to stay where I could and salvage some points, so I was pumped I got 11th. Stoked for the second moto, I was pumped to go out there and rip it up, then the same thing happened again. They lasted a little longer, til about the 6th lap. So I was just basically trying to get by this weekend and salvage whatever I could."

Source: Rockstar Energy Racing

FMF/Orange Brigade/KTM Race Report - Round 2

[caption id="attachment_26490" align="alignright" width="300"]Joey Savatgy 2013 AMA Motocross 250MX Thunder Valley - 19th Overall Joey Savatgy managed to salvage valuable points in the 250 MX class - Photo: Simon Cudby[/caption]

FMF/Orange Brigade/KTM rider Joey Savatgy managed to salvage valuable points in the 250 MX class after bouncing back from a first moto crash and suffering a mechanical issue in the second moto at Thunder Valley Motocross Park.

Savatgy earned a 12th place start as the riders came around at the top of the hill off the start of moto one. He quickly moved up one position on the second lap and began to set his sights on the top ten riders. Savatgy remained one of six riders that made up a freight train on the tail end of the 5th place rider. Savatgy was sitting as high up as 9th before he suffered a crash that sent him back to 17th. With the time remaining, Savatgy was able to gain back one position and finished the moto in 16th place.

In the second moto, Savatgy garnered a better start and was sitting inside the top ten as the riders rounded the first corner. He quickly made his way into 8th by the end of lap one. Savatgy held his position inside the top ten until he suffered a mechanical issue partway into the race and was unable to finish the moto. He was credited with 35th position. His 16-35 results earned him 19th overall for the day.

FMF/Orange Brigade/KTM Team Coordinator, James Coy, stated, "It is unfortunate that Joey suffered a mechanical issue today. He was riding great all day and we are very proud of the progress he has made in just the week since Hangtown."

Next Event: Bristol, TN - June 1, 2013

Source: KTM North America

Thunder Valley Overview And Point Standings

2013 AMA Pro Motocross Thunder Valley Image Gallery (Click for full size images)

Overall Results - 450MX Class

Pos. # Rider Bike M1 M2
1 2 Ryan Villopoto Kawasaki KX 450F 1 1
2 1 Ryan Dungey KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition 2 2
3 51 Justin Barcia Honda CRF450R 3 4
4 41 Trey Canard Honda CRF450R 4 5
5 800 Mike Alessi Suzuki RMZ 450 6 6
6 925 Clement Desalle Suzuki RMZ 450 5 7
7 7 James Stewart Jr. Suzuki RMZ 450 15 3
8 28 Tyla Rattray Kawasaki KX 450F 7 10
9 922 Kevin Strijbos Suzuki RMZ 450 10 8
10 15 Dean Wilson Kawasaki KX 450F 11 9
11 32 Malcolm Stewart Honda CRF450R 9 11
12 33 Josh Grant Yamaha YZ 450F 8 18
13 46 Weston Peick Suzuki RMZ 450 13 14
14 12 Jake Weimer Kawasaki KX 450F 16 12
15 20 Broc Tickle Suzuki RMZ 450 14 15
16 35 Ryan Sipes Suzuki RMZ 450 19 13
17 49 Phil Nicoletti Yamaha YZ 450F 12 27
18 29 Andrew Short KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition 18 16
19 63 Derek Anderson Kawasaki KX 450F 17 22
20 867 Fredrik Noren Suzuki RMZ 450 26 17
21 39 Robert Kiniry Yamaha YZ 450F 20 19
22 10 Justin Brayton Yamaha YZ 450F 31 20
23 22 Chad Reed Honda CRF450R 23 21
24 224 Heath Harrison Kawasaki KX 450F 22 24
25 27 Nicholas Wey Kawasaki KX 450F 27 23
26 26 Michael Byrne KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition 24 33
27 42 Vince Friese KTM 450 SX-F 21 36
28 135 Robert Fitch, Jr. KTM 450 SX-F 32 26
29 653 Tyler Bereman Kawasaki KX 450F 29 29
30 84 Chris Blose Yamaha YZ 450F 28 30
31 82 Robby Marshall KTM 450 SX-F 25 34
32 526 Colton Aeck Yamaha YZ 450F 40 25
33 765 Michael Giese Yamaha YZ 450F 36 28
34 416 Austin Burns Honda CRF450R 33 31
35 693 Tucker Saye Suzuki RMZ 450 35 32
36 95 Tevin Tapia Suzuki RMZ 450 30 37
37 888 Hunter Meyer Kawasaki KX 450F 34 35
38 181 Dustin Pipes Suzuki RMZ 450 37 38
39 206 Travis Sewell KTM 450 SX-F 38 39
40 54 Les Smith KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition 39 40

Rider Point Standings - 450MX Class ( Race 4 of 24 )

  1. Ryan Villopoto - 100
  2. Ryan Dungey - 88
  3. Justin Barcia - 70
  4. Trey Canard - 70
  5. James Stewart Jr. - 66
  6. Mike Alessi - 54
  7. Tyla Rattray - 49
  8. Ryan Sipes - 37
  9. Weston Peick - 36
  10. Andrew Short - 34

Manufacturer Cup Point Standings - 450MX Class ( Race 4 of 24 )

  1. Kawasaki - 100
  2. KTM - 88
  3. Suzuki - 76
  4. Honda - 74
  5. Yamaha - 36

Overall Results - 250MX Class

Pos. # Rider Bike M1 M2
1 17 Eli Tomac Honda CRF250R 2 1
2 94 Ken Roczen KTM 250 SX-F 1 3
3 338 Zach Osborne Honda CRF250R 6 2
4 25 Marvin Musquin KTM 250 SX-F 4 4
5 1 Blake Baggett Kawasaki KX 250F 9 5
6 77 Jeremy Martin Yamaha YZ 250F 8 6
7 40 Martin Davalos Kawasaki KX 250F 7 10
8 21 Jason Anderson Suzuki RMZ 250 5 12
9 175 Cooper Webb Yamaha YZ 250F 3 17
10 34 Justin Bogle Honda CRF250R 13 7
11 13 Blake Wharton Suzuki RMZ 250 14 8
12 317 Justin Hill Kawasaki KX 250F 12 11
13 30 Nico Izzi Suzuki RMZ 250 11 13
14 43 Cole Seely Honda CRF250R 10 14
15 396 Dillan Epstein Kawasaki KX 250F 15 15
16 38 Kyle Cunningham Yamaha YZ 250F 38 9
17 194 Jackson Richardson Honda CRF250R 18 16
18 87 Lance Vincent KTM 250 SX-F 17 18
19 176 Joey Savatgy KTM 250 SX-F 16 35
20 157 Jacob Baumert Kawasaki KX 250F 19 19
21 244 Ryan Zimmer Honda CRF250R 21 20
22 556 Brady Kiesel Yamaha YZ 250F 20 38
23 400 Trevor Ivey Honda CRF250R 24 23
24 965 Travis Bright Honda CRF250R 26 22
25 70 Tommy Weeck Honda CRF250R 23 25
26 93 Landen Powell Honda CRF250R 29 21
27 256 Matas Inda Kawasaki KX 250F 22 29
28 689 Cody Woodworth Suzuki RMZ 250 25 28
29 631 Ignacio Pazos Honda CRF250R 28 27
30 655 John Pauk Honda CRF250R 30 26
31 638 Brandan Leith Kawasaki KX 250F 27 30
32 712 Justin Starling Honda CRF250R 37 24
33 296 Trevor Whitmarsh Kawasaki KX 250F 31 32
34 976 Josh Greco Honda CRF250R 34 31
35 361 David King Kawasaki KX 250F 33 33
36 452 Sean Hackley, Jr. KTM 250 SX-F 32 34
37 66 Kellian Rusk Honda CRF250R 35 37
38 373 Drew Gosselaar Honda CRF250R 39 36
39 37 Alex Martin Yamaha YZ 250F 36 39
40 874 Zack Williams Honda CRF250R 40 40

Rider Point Standings - 250MX Class ( Race 4 of 24 )

  1. Ken Roczen - 95
  2. Eli Tomac - 89
  3. Marvin Musquin - 72
  4. Blake Baggett - 70
  5. Zach Osborne - 65
  6. Jeremy Martin - 50
  7. Jason Anderson - 49
  8. Cooper Webb - 43
  9. Kyle Cunningham - 39
  10. Justin Hill - 39

Manufacturer Cup Point Standings - 250MX Class ( Race 4 of 24 )

  1. KTM - 95
  2. Honda - 89
  3. Kawasaki - 72
  4. Yamaha - 65
  5. Suzuki - 53

WMX Women's Class - No Event

Rider Point Standings - WMX Women's Class ( Race 2 of 12 )

  1. Courtney Duncan - 50
  2. Sayaka Kaneshiro - 42
  3. T-bug Higgins - 36
  4. Mackenzie Tricker - 35
  5. Jacqueline Strong - 31
  6. Alexah Pearson - 29
  7. Mariana Balbi - 28
  8. Sara Pettersson - 25
  9. Hailey Larson - 23
  10. Jessica Patterson - 22

Manufacturer Cup Point Standings - WMX Women's Class ( Race 2 of 12 )

  1. Yamaha - 50
  2. Honda - 42
  3. KTM - 32
  4. Kawasaki - 28
  5. Suzuki - 0
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