For round two of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the Honda Red Riders head just a few miles outside of Denver, CO, to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in hopes of claiming the top podium position at Thunder Valley MX Park. With steep, rough hills, high elevation and soil that can range from loamy to very hard and slick, the Thunder Valley course presents unique challenges to both racers and their teams. The track held its first AMA Pro Motocross National in July of 2005, and then was selected in 2010 to host the prestigious Motocross of Nations. Both Team Honda Muscle Milk riders Trey Canard and Justin Barcia have seen success in Colorado before. In 2010, Canard helped Team USA capture its sixth consecutive victory at the Motocross of Nations and in 2012 AMA Pro Motocross action Barcia rallied to a first-place-overall finish aboard his Honda CRF250R.
Last weekend at round one in Sacramento, Canard and Barcia finished a solid 4-5 respectively overall on their CRF450Rs. GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac landed on the podium with hard-fought 2-3 scores for third overall in the 250 class. Tomac, a Colorado native, is looking to grab his first victory of the motocross season this weekend at his home track.
“Anytime you’re racing in a home state that extra drive really comes out,” explained Tomac. “I’m having a few local friends and family come out to watch the race so I really want to get a win. Lakewood can be a really technical track. It is against the mountainside and has a lot of big uphills and downhills, and it is an uphill start, which makes it unique and challenging as well. The weather can definitely play a factor too; last year was crazy with thunderstorms and the race actually got put on hold for a while. It should be a good weekend.”