Pit Talk & Images From Thrilling 2017 Thunder Valley MX
What a day. We saw and heard plenty at the 2017 Thunder Valley MX, the third round of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, as it was one of the most interesting days at the track that we can remember. So rather than drone on and on about how great it was again, let’s just get into the details.
– Here are a couple of updates on riders that were MIA in Colorado.
Cameron McAdoo’s wild crash at Glen Helen didn’t result in much of an injury, but a second crash while testing suspension at Pala Raceway on Monday didn’t help matters and the GEICO Honda rider sat out Thunder Valley with a banged up shoulder. He should be back for High Point.
Mitchell Oldenburg should return later in the summer from his busted collarbone, maybe Washougal. This is the fourteenth time that the Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM rider has fractured his collarbone. Yikes.
Jordon Smith is expected to line up at Muddy Creek, as the Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM rider still has soreness from his crash at the 2017 Las Vegas SX.
Chase Sexton should be back to his GEICO Honda soon, as a broken femur halted his pro debut at the 2017 Atlanta SX.
GEICO Honda’s RJ Hampshire recently resumed riding, so expect him to be back in the next few rounds.
Phil Nicoletti might be back around the middle of the summer for AutoTrader.com/Monster Energy/Toyota/JGRMX/Suzuki on a 450.
Benny Bloss is hopeful to be back to his Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM around RedBud.
Matt Bisceglia is back on an AutoTrader.com/Monster Energy/Toyota/JGRMX/Suzuki for practice, but there’s no set timetable for a race return.
Trey Canard should be back for High Point with Red Bull KTM.
– Blake Baggett has not raced with the WP AER Fork in the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Nathan Alexander, his mechanic, made that clear to us and Racer X‘s Jason Weigandt and Steve Matthes when we all walked in at Thunder Valley.
– Nick Wey is a bad ass. When Aaron Plessinger crashed and had his bike stuck in the middle of the landing for a blind jump, NYK took a caution flag out of a flagger’s hand and directed traffic away from the problem area.
– Even with EFI and full-on race engines, bikes were still down on power in Colorado. The elevation robbed a few horsepower and riders told us that they were giving it everything they had to get over some of the jumps.
– Cooper Webb’s new North Carolina compound is about to get busy, as Colt Nichols, Aaron Plessinger, Jimmy Decotis, and Dylan Ferrandis are about to take up residence for the summer months. This is part of Gareth Swanepoel’s training program.
– Same goes for the Baker’s Factory, because all of Tyla Rattray’s riders (Alex Martin, Shane McElrath, Dean Wilson) will take over a new shop and second track at the Central Florida facility. No, this isn’t directly part of Baker’s program with Anderson, Musquin, and Osborne, but is sort of related.
– Bike brand breakdown by class
250 Class Yamaha – 19 Kawasaki – 9 KTM – 5 Honda – 4 Husqvarna – 2
Suzuki – 1
450 Class Honda – 10 Suzuki – 7 Kawasaki – 7 Yamaha – 6 KTM – 5
Husqvarna – 5