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2019 Thunder Valley Motocross | Kickstart



And just like that, we’re three rounds into the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and ready for the first break in the schedule. After two weeks in California, the trucks packed up and started the trip east with a quick stop in Colorado for the 2019 Thunder Valley Motocross, which is easily one of our favorite rounds of the schedule. Denver is a cool town and it’s always a quick trip over the Rocky Mountains (Saturday night flights home are wonderful), but we love the way that the season shapes up at this race. Riders are eager to prove their point, teams have the challenge with the elevation’s effect on the performance of the motorcycles, and the track tends to create excellent racing. And once again, all that happened. Here’s some of what we saw or heard in Colorado…


Although they’re the only two riders to win 250 class motos so far this summer, Adam Cianciarulo and Justin Cooper had their first real day of head to head battles in Colorado. They once again traded moto wins, as Cooper got the checkered flag in the storm-shortened first race and Cianciarulo came out ahead in a controversial race two. AC’s short trip off the track and where he re-entered caused some frustration for Cooper and the team, and who knows if that played a part in the mistake Cooper made later in the moto. There was some tension around the podium and a lengthy post-race protest and discussion about the matter, but in the end, the results stood and Cianciarulo took the overall win. Look, we’re not the ones writing the rule book so we’re not going to get into the technical part of what Cianciarulo did or what he should have done (he explained his side in How Was Your Weekend), but we get the frustration from both sides, see each person’s point, and wonder how this will impact what’s been a cordial rivalry for the rest of the year. 


The summer has started off very well for Ken Roczen. The Team Honda HRC rider has claimed two moto wins, two overall victories, and is back in control of the championship chase. Maybe it’s just something we’ve noticed, but Roczen seems more laid back than he ever has and is enjoying all that comes with racing this summer, which is nice to see amid his still unanswered health issues. During our post-race talk, we asked Roczen if winning the first motos is part of a strategy to put himself in a good place early each day and then see what happens in the second moto, but before we could get the question all the way out, he explained it’s not a part of any plan and it’s just what’s happening when the gate drops. 

Michael Antonovich

Michael Antonovich has a wealth of experience with over 10 years of moto-journalism under his belt. A lifelong racing enthusiast and rider, Anton is the Editor of Swapmoto Live and lives to be at the race track.

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  1. Cody Shuckhart June 5, 2019

    These are really awesome guys, I’ve always really enjoyed them. You defiantly provide the best insight of each race…Keep up the awesome work!

  2. nick June 7, 2019

    best content look forward to it every week after the racing!

  3. Sam Melton June 7, 2019

    Love seeing these behind the scenes pics every race, and Tomac’s Colorado helmet was soo sweet!

  4. Jordan June 8, 2019

    One of these days I’m going to the the tour at the PC Headquarters. I hear it’s amazing.