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Motorcycles 2020 Thunder Valley National Motocross 250 Class Race Report

03:35  09 october  2020
03:35  09 october  2020 Source:   dirtrider.com

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a man jumping in the air doing a trick: Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper captured his first overall victory of the season at Thunder Valley Motocross Park. © Provided by Dirt Rider Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper captured his first overall victory of the season at Thunder Valley Motocross Park.

Justin Cooper clinched his first overall victory of the season at Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Lakewood, Colorado, site of the second-to-last round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. The Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider began the day by qualifying fastest in practice with a 2:07.6 lap time, and in moto 1, he got off to a fourth place start and worked his way into the runner-up position by the conclusion of the race. In moto 2, the New York native grabbed the holeshot and led all 16 laps to take the moto win and his second overall victory of his career.

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a man jumping in the air doing a trick: Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper captured his first overall victory of the season at Thunder Valley Motocross Park. © Brown Dog Wilson Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper captured his first overall victory of the season at Thunder Valley Motocross Park.

“It was a good weekend for myself and the team,” Cooper said. “We got a win under our belt, and it feels dang good! I felt comfortable all day. I came here looking for this win, so I’m glad to put it on the top step. We’re focusing on finishing this season out strong. Not much more to say except that I am just so stoked on the day!”

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a man flying through the air while riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis took one step closer to claiming the title by putting his YZ250F in the runner-up spot in Colorado. © Provided by Dirt Rider Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis took one step closer to claiming the title by putting his YZ250F in the runner-up spot in Colorado.

Dylan Ferrandis was the second Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider to put his YZ250F on the podium in the Centennial State. The Frenchman claimed the win in moto 1, but a 10th place start in moto 2 forced him to work his way through more riders than his first outing. He managed to pass enough riders to reach third by the conclusion of the race. With his 1-3 moto scores, Ferrandis finished in the runner-up spot for the day and holds an 18-point lead in the championship standings heading into the final round of the series at Fox Raceway in Pala, California, this weekend.

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“We had a perfect moto 1 with a good start and took the win,” Ferrandis said. “It was a completely different scenario in moto 2. I had a bad start and a crash, and then had to come back from behind. The track was tricky today. I’m happy to leave with second overall and gain some more points before the finale next week.”

a man flying through the air while riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: Geico Honda’s Jeremy Martin rounded out the podium and sits 18 points down from Ferrandis heading into the final round at Fox Raceway in Pala, California. © Provided by Dirt Rider Geico Honda’s Jeremy Martin rounded out the podium and sits 18 points down from Ferrandis heading into the final round at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

The Geico Honda team had five of its riders in the top 10 at Thunder Valley, the highest finishing being Jeremy Martin. The two-time 250 class outdoor champ achieved his seventh podium in eight races this year and sits in the runner-up spot in the point standings heading into the final round of the series this Saturday.

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“Today, 4-2 for third overall,” Martin said. “Not super stoked on that. I had a really good jump out of the gate in moto 1. Straight up, some of the guys went right around me. I don’t really know what happened there. I executed my shifts and everything pretty good. Then it was just a dogfight, really. The whole first moto I was just trying to catch the blue bikes. I inched up on Shane [McElrath] a little bit, but I’d get up on him a little bit and then he’d sprint and kind of get away. Moto 2 we made a change with gearing and it just helped a ton out of the gate. I got off to a really good start. I tried to get in on Justin [Cooper] there, but he was riding really well. I thought maybe I could get him early, but he started to kind of catch onto some of my lines. Then I just threw a couple good little efforts at him and he rode well. I just didn’t have anything there and that was it.”

a person riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Shane McElrath (12) put in a podium performance in moto 1 followed by a top five finish in moto 2, earning him fourth overall for the day. © Provided by Dirt Rider Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Shane McElrath (12) put in a podium performance in moto 1 followed by a top five finish in moto 2, earning him fourth overall for the day.

Shane McElrath led three laps of moto 1 before he was passed by his teammates Ferrandis and Cooper. The Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider took the checkers in third for moto 1, but wasn’t able to repeat his podium performance in the second race of the day, where he finished fifth for fourth overall. McElrath is ranked third in the series point standings, just three up on Cooper.

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“It was a pretty good day for me today overall,” McElrath said. “We were just shy of a podium, but huge improvements were made. I’m excited about the progress we are continuing to make on the bike for the rough tracks. We will be ready to give it everything at the last round!”

a man riding a motorcycle on a dirt track: Geico Honda’s Hunter Lawrence continues to heal from the shoulder injury he sustained earlier this summer, and put his CRF250R in fifth overall at Thunder Valley. © Provided by Dirt Rider Geico Honda’s Hunter Lawrence continues to heal from the shoulder injury he sustained earlier this summer, and put his CRF250R in fifth overall at Thunder Valley.

Geico Honda’s Hunter Lawrence seems to be recovering from the shoulder injury he sustained at round 2 of the series earlier this summer. The Australian put in a pair of top five finishes in Colorado to round out the top five in the overall rankings as well.

a man flying through the air while riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis took one step closer to claiming the title by putting his YZ250F in the runner-up spot in Colorado. © Brown Dog Wilson Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis took one step closer to claiming the title by putting his YZ250F in the runner-up spot in Colorado.

“For sure, it was definitely a better day today,” Hunter said. “Obviously the year kind of sucked for me. I haven’t had many races up at the front like today, just due to starts and stuff like that and my shoulder not being 100 percent there, but it was good. We had two pretty decent starts. Just feeling more and more like myself. Hopefully we can put in a good two motos at Pala and we’ll see how we go.”

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Position Rider Brand Points
1 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 352
2 Jeremy Martin Honda 334
3 Shane McElrath Yamaha 254
4 Justin Cooper Yamaha 251
5 Alex Martin Suzuki 242
6 Jett Lawrence Honda 230
7 RJ Hampshire Husqvarna 217
8 Cameron McAdoo Kawasaki 165
9 Mitchell Harrison Kawasaki 163
10 Brandon Hartranft KTM 148

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