450 RACE RESULTS | 2020 THUNDER VALLEY NATIONAL
The most exciting points we’ve seen in recent memory made its way to Thunder Vally MX located in Lakewood, Colorado for the 8th round of the 2020 Pro Motocross Season. With every moto of the 450 class, we push our couch closer and closer to the TV because the racing has continued to get more exciting throughout the season. It’s hard to express why exactly the racing has been so good this year. Maybe it is because the current 450 class is almost balanced with the talent at hand or maybe it is because the season has featured so many surprises. Zach Osborne continued to hold onto the red plate with a 26 point lead over 450 rookie Adam Cianciarulo. However, this points lead is a smaller gap than you may think in 2020. We’ve seen plenty of examples of how fast a race can flip flop. For example, Zach suffering a front flat at Millville had a dramatic effect on the points standings. With this in mind, its anyone’s game when it comes to scoring a podium position for the 2020 Pro Motocross Season.
Adam’s ability to learn the 450 is as remarkable as it is unsurprising. We had figured that he would be a quick learner when it came time for him to saddle up on the 450 class but to be in serious contention for the championship? Now that was unexpected. And fresh off an injury hiatus, Marvin Musquin has proven to us that he’s back and tough as nails. At WW Ranch, Marvin suffered a gnarly crash in qualifying where he appeared to slam his head on the ground. However, this did not stop the Frenchman as he showed up to the motos and got second overall in the day. Another surprise we saw from the Ranch was someone we haven’t seen have more than desirable results. Eli Tomac flipped a switch as he charged through the pack and finished second in the second moto. Will we see this again from the past year’s champ?
Qualifying was very interesting to watch as the first round of qualifying ended up with Blake Baggett in first, yet slower than 250 rider Justin Cooper’s lap time. The second round was vastly different as Adam CIanciarulo set the fastest pace around the Colorado track, a whole second faster than anyone else. Blake Baggett came in second and was looking very good followed by the other 450 rookie Chase Sexton and then Christian Craig. Will see this same speed from Adam when it comes time for racing? Scroll down as we report the race live.
450 OVERALL RACE RESULTS
The second 450 moto started wild with plenty of carnage in the pack and Marvin Musquin narrowly grabbed the holeshot next to Adam Cianciarulo. The battling was extremely close as Zach Osborne came out of nowhere to make a pass on Marvin Musquin. Max Anstie made a pass for third place on Marvin Musquin while being chased by Eli Tomac and Tomac immediately made a pass on both Marvin Musquin and Max Anstie. With three laps in, Adam Cianciarulo led the race followed by Osborne, Tomac, and Anstie. Marvin Musquin sat in fifth with Christian Craig and Justin Barcia following close behind.
Fortunately for Eli Tomac, he got a good start which meant trouble for the two in front of him. Ten minutes in the pressure was on as Eli Tomac put the charge on Zach Osborne and successfully made the pass. A lap later, Tomac was already on the Adam Cianciarulo’s bumper. Eli Tomac was already eliminated from the possibility of winning the championship but made the pass on his teammate who has the chance to win the championship. Just like how we saw at WW Ranch, Eli Tomac regained his old form and we saw his old speed come back in front of the Colorado crowd. Yet Eli Tomac wasn’t going to get away from Cianciarulo that easy. Adam would keep up the pace with the former three time champion. Back in fifth and sixth place, Max Anstie and Justin Barcia battled for the fifth position and eventually, it would be under Justin Barcia’s possession. The top three set up a staggering 14 second gap in between them and the fourth place of Christian Craig.
With 7 minutes left it appeared that Eli Tomac was having problems with his clutch lever as he slowed down to mess with it. Every jump Tomac made, he would adjust the clutch in mid-air. This gave Adam Cianciarulo the opportunity to catch right back up. Zach Osborne also put a drive towards the leaders and was only four seconds behind the two. However when the race came to a finish, the former three time champ came on top victorious.
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450 MOTO 1 RACE RESULTS
The start of the first 450 moto involved supple amounts of bar banging and trading paint as Adam Cianciarulo grabbed his seventh holeshot of the season followed by his training partner Chase Sexton and points leader Zach Osborne. Justin Barcia followed in fourth place and Blake Baggett in fifth as they held off Eli Tomac. The 3 time champ started putting the heat on the El Chupacabra of Blake Baggett but it wasn’t for long till Blake Baggett let Eli Tomac make a pass. After Blake Baggett was Marvin Musquin, Justin Bogle, and Max Anstie. The top four started spreading apart as Adam continued to hold onto the lead. Max attempted to close the gap between the Rocky Mountain KTM rider but while they were battling, the 62 of Christian Craig snuck up on the two. 10 Minutes in, Eli Tomac was ready to put a charge on Bam Bam Barcia. Both went back and forth as they were making mistakes while passing each other and eventually Eli would come out on top.
Chase Sexton proceeded to run slightly faster lap times than Adam Cianciarulo and would shorten the four second gap to three seconds. Zach Osborne will have also put down a slightly faster lap time but still sat eight seconds behind the leader. 15 minutes into the race Tomac sat 15 seconds behind the leader but knowing Eli, that time could drastically change near the end of the moto. Justin Barcia then sat eight seconds behind Tomac. The 25 of Marvin Musquin sat in seventh place and desperately needed more points for the championship but the Honda rider Christian Craig was ready to chase him down. Looking at the top three, Adam Cianciarulo and Chase Sexton remained to stay together and the red plate holder, Zach Osborne started to fade away from the two younger riders.
This was not the end of Zach’s inconveniences as Eli Tomac would make the pass with 5 minutes and two laps remaining. Tomac had an eight second gap with two laps remaining on Adam Cianciarulo and proceeded to run the fastest lap time of the race. Adam would walk away with a first moto win.
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