Trey Canard grabbed the holeshot in the second moto at Thunder Valley.

By Kyoshi Becker


Unlike Supercross, the motocross elite were gifted with a break early on in the National season. The break was not without its surprises. While nothing was suspect during the podium ceremony at Thunder Valley, fans were shocked to hear afterward that Ryan Dungey will miss a significant part of the 2016 season due to a broken back. Heal up, Ryan. You’ll be missed.

Also out for a couple races is Honda’s Trey Canard. Trey crashed while practicing in Oklahoma this week and is dealing with a bulged disc in his back. He’ll be out for Mt. Morris. and is on a week to week basis.

James Stewart is skipping Mt. Morris for the arrival his his first child back home in Florida.

Meanwhile, Ken Roczen dominated at Thunder Valley. While a attempt at a perfect season was marred by the first moto at Glen Helen, Roczen is riding at a level unmatched by anybody else. The only rider who appears to have a chance at challenging the German for title now is Eli Tomac. Tomac has been struggling with his starts, and it was no different at Thunder Valley. However, he was able to put in competitive lap times with Roczen more than a few times, proving that a title run is not a lost cause. While Tomac was having a difficult time getting good starts, Cole Seely and Trey Canard were nailing them. Canard also got his first podium of the year. It wasn’t an overall win, but it is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, Trey; season is on hold for now. The rider who lost the most at Thunder Valley was Jason Anderson. While he had a great start in the first moto, altitude sickness caught up with the New Mexico native, which forced him to forfeit the rest of the moto and day. Josh Grant pleasantly surprised the fans by earning a fourth position in the first moto.

Joey Savatgy came to Thunder Valley to prove the critics wrong. While Kawasaki is the most winning team in the 250 class, they have been without a Champion since 2012. Many people thought that Savatgy’s success would be short lived, and mediocre results at Glen Helen was just proof of that. Come Thunder Valley and Savatgy dominated. Had it not been for a crash in the first moto, he would have gone 1-1. Nonetheless, the red plate was his once again. With the exception of Savatgy, Yamaha owned the track. Star Racing Yamaha ran 1-2-3-4 at the start of the first moto. To the agony of Alex Martin, he lost his third position when teammate Aaron Plessinger crashed into him halfway through the first lap. Probably ten bikes passed him while he attempted to start his bike. He finished eighth. That, combined with a strong finish in the second moto, put him on the podium. His brother, Jeremy Martin, earned more points than him after having won the first moto.

The 2016 Mt. Morris National track layout map—give or take a few features.


  1. The 2016 series is 33% complete.
  2. Mt. Morris was the first motocross race to be broadcasted on live network television. It was aired on June 13, 2009.
  3. Mt. Morris is one of the older tracks on the circuit, having been added in 1977, five years after the AMA Nationals were started. 2016 is the 40th year the National will be held there.
  4. Mt. Morris is the home track of MX Sports Pro Racing–the company that manages the series.
  5. Other than Glen Helen, Mt. Morrisv is one of the most well known tracks on the circuit for its hilly terrain.
  6. Mt. Morris’ official name is Hi-Point Raceway. It got its name after Hi-Point Racing Products. Unfortunately, the sponsor backed out, leaving the promoters with a bunch of Hi-Point signs. Rather than waste them, Dave Coombs, Sr. added the word “Raceway” and it stuck.

Ken Roczen continued his dominant streak by winning both motos in Thunder Valley.


  1. In 1977, the 250/450 class was dominated by 250 two-strokes and there was also a 500 two-stroke class.
  2. Ken Roczen got his first and only overall win in the AMA Nationals during the 2015 season at High Point.
  3. Ricky Carmichael has the most wins at Mt. Morris with a total of seven. He won his first race there in 1999. While David Vuillemin won in 2000 and 2001, Carmichael came back to win in 2002 and would continue to win at Mt. Morris until 2007.
  4. While many racers have won two or more races at High Point, only four have had back-to-back wins–Kent Howerton, Damon Bradshaw, David Vuillemin and Ricky Carmichael.
  5. Rick Johnson, Damon Bradshaw, Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart all have had six or more years between their first and last win at Mt. Morris.
  6. Last weekend Eli Tomac’s fastest lap in the first moto (2:13.750) was set in the eighth lap and repeated in the 12th lap–right down to the 100th of a second!


  • Hangtown Moto 1 – Ryan Dungey – 2:00.475
  • Hangtown Moto 2 – Ken Roczen – 2:02.776
  • Glen Helen Moto 1 – Ken Roczen – 2:26.867
  • Glen Helen Moto 2 – Ken Roczen – 2:29.60
  • Thunder Valley Moto 1 – Ken Roczen – 2:10.649
  • Thunder Valley Moto 2 – Eli Tomac – 2:11.230


  • Ken Roczen – 143 Points
  • Ryan Dungey – 131 Points
  • Eli Tomac – 114 Points
  • Trey Canard – 97 Points
  • Cole Seely – 89 Points

Joey Savatgy demonstrated that his win at Hangtown was not opening season luck, as he dominated at Thunder Valley and took the red plate away from Alex Martin.


  1. Micky Dymond is the only rider to have won back-to-back years at Mt. Morris. He won in 1986 and repeated in 1987.
  2. Alex Martin is the only rider in the 250 class to finish on all three podiums this season.
  3. The top three riders in the 2016 250 class were only beaten by Zach Osborne and Marvin Musquin last year.
  4. Kawasaki has the most wins at Mt. Morris, with a total of 12.
  5. Yamaha and Suzuki have not won at Mt. Morris since 2002.


  • Hangtown Moto 1 – Cooper Webb – 2:01.669
  • Hangtown Moto 2 – Zach Osborne – 2:02.473
  • Glen Helen Moto 1 – Cooper Webb – 2:30.635
  • Glen Helen Moto 2 – Austin Forkner – 2:32.143
  • Thunder Valley Moto 1 – Joey Savatgy – 2:12.506
  • Thunder Valley Moto 2 – Joey Savatgy – 2:12.099


  • Joey Savatgy – 123 Points
  • Jeremy Martin – 120 Points
  • Alex Martin – 114 Points
  • Cooper Webb – 110 Points
  • Aaron Plessinger – 81 Points

Jessy Nelson went down in the second moto at Thunder Valley.


450 Class

Ryan Dungey – Dungey’s crash at Thunder Valley looked like no big deal, he got up and finished the moto. After the fact, doctors discovered cracked in the C6 vertebra. He probably will not  be back any time soon and might miss the MXDN.
Trey Canard – Is dealing with a bulged disc in his back. He will miss High Point.
James Stewart – Was suppose to come back at Mt. Morris, but this is the week of his new child’s arrival.
Blake Baggett – Blake broke his collarbone at Hangtown, rode one moto at Glen Helen, but his collarbone needs a more time. He should be at Muddy Creek.
Weston Peick – Crashed at Glen Helen and suffered a concussion. Peick has to pass the concussion test before he can race. He will likely return for Mt. Morris
Dean Wilson – No word on when he will return in the National season. Currently he’s practicing in Florida.
Tommy Hahn: Tommy injured his ankle and will miss two races. Cole Martinez has been brought in to fill his spot.
Ronnie Stewart – Injured shoulder and punctured lung.

250 Class

Jessy Nelson – Injured his knee at Thunder Valley. He will likely return for Mt. Morris
Alexander Frye – Troy Lee Designs’ Alex Frye sustained a torn ACL and additional torn ligaments in knee. He will be out of the 2016 National season.
Justin Hill –Hill, another Troy Lee rider hurt his back. He will be back, but not at Mt. Morris.
Tristan Charboneau – Tristan broke his collarbone at Glen Helen and will be back with a newly plated collarbone at Muddy Creek.
Gannon Audette –
Recovering from a crash at Hangtown.
Chris Alldredge –
 Still recovering from a pelvis injury he suffered in Las Vegas.
Christian Craig – Craig said that teammate Jordon Smith cross-jumped him at Glen Helen. In the crash, Craig broke his tib/fib.
Kyle Peters – Separated AC joint.


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