PRE-RACE REPORT | THUNDER VALLEY NATIONAL
THE 2019 THUNDER VALLEY NATIONAL FROM COLORADO PRE-RACE REPORT
Eli Tomac might have won Thunder Valley in 2018, but it was his first time on a 450. The two men beside him (Ken Roczen and Blake Baggett) have a much better record at the Colorado National than Tomac and will be the odds favorites to win this weekend.
450 MOTOCROSS CLASS
Ken Roczen has had great results in Colorado throughout his career in the states.
Eli Tomac leads the 450 pack by four points coming into his hometown race in Colorado. Although Tomac won the Thunder Valley round in 2018 in an intense battle with Ken Roczen, it was the first time he won the Colorado round in the 450 class. He also won the round in the 250 class once in 2013 but two overall wins in eight years isn’t a very good record for his hometown race. In fact, Blake Baggett and Ken Roczen have the best odds of winning this weekend. Ken Roczen won in 2016, was second behind Ryan Dungey in 2015, won again in 2014 on a 250 and placed third in front of Tomac and behind Baggett in the 250 class in 2012. Baggett on the other hand won his first 450 overall race in Thunder Valley in 2017, was third behind Roczen and Dungey in 2015, second to Roczen on a 250 in 2014 and second in 2012 behind Justin Barcia.
Blake Baggett was the 2017 450 winner.
For us we are going to have to put our money on the German Ken Roczen this weekend. He has the better credentials to win in Colorado.
2018 THUNDER VALLEY NATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS 250 & 450
250 MOTOCROSS CLASS
Jeremy Martin has a great reputation in Thunder Valley. Unfortunately Jeremy still has a long recovery from his bad crash at the Muddy Creek National in 2018.
Adam Cianciarulo is the guy to beat in the 250 class. He won the first two rounds of the 2019 series. Heading into round three, Adam has the red plate and a six point lead over Justin Cooper. However, Cianciarulo’s last few years racing in Thunder Valley are subpar. In 2017 and 2016 he placed 14th overall. He did, however, get on the podium in 2015. We would like to say that Adam isn’t the odds favorite, but after his last two performances at Hangtown and Fox Raceway it is hard to count him out. The rider second in points, Justin Cooper placed third here last year. But the rider that might surprise everyone in Colorado is Alex Martin. He placed second behind his brother Jeremy last year, was runner up in 2017 behind Joey Savatgy and placed third in 2016. We know Alex strives in tough conditions. With the high elevation this just might be Alex’s breakout ride.
In 2016 Alex Martin came in with the points lead in Thunder Valley.
After last weeks glimpses of brilliance and speed we will have to say the underdog for this weekend is Hunter Lawrence. He caught and passed the Cianciarulo in the second moto at Fox Raceway until he tipped over. He could very well be the spoiler in Colorado.
Joey Savatgy won in the 250 class back-to-back in 2016 and 2017, unfortunately Joey is still on the mend, although he has been riding and training.