SNAPS FROM THE MOUNTAIN: KYOSHI BECKER’S THUNDER VALLEY PHOTO GALLERY
Marvin Musquin has the speed and skill to win races, but something about the first three Nationals (Hangtown, Glen Helen and Thunder Valley) stymied him. He needs to find that flow and keep it longer than for three or four laps—then he will be in the mix.
Phil Nicoletti has been a consistent top ten finisher out west, where he hates it, but now that’s he’s headed back east he needs to find a couple more places to show that he’s not another wannabe Californian. Number one on his hit list has to be teammate Weston Peick.
Nick Schmidt isn’t celebrating, he’s just glad it’s over. We give him credit during the Nationals because his Supercross skills are so much better than his outdoor skills, but he came to Thunder Valley to give it a shot—albeit going 23-38.
John Perry organized the Glen Helen 250 Two-Stroke Challenge race, and Alpinestars race rep Justin Muscutt finished 7th in it. At Thunder Valley, John was hanging out and Justin was taking a quick break from his duties.
Wil Hahn won the Thunder Valley 125 Dream race, but he had an ulterior motive…
Hawaiian Brian Medeiors (934) was flying at Thunder Valley. Unfortunately, he was flying in the pits also. His EZ-Up started to blow away and the 130-pound Pro grabbed hold of it as it lifted off. Brian ended up being tossed full force with his knee against the footpeg of his bike. He needed stitches, lots of them, but elected to race instead.
Zach Osborne, nursing a thumb injury, went 5-20 after being taken out in the first turn crash in the second moto. He charged for 35 minutes and was rewarded with one AMA point. That one point might be important by round 12.