2019 Thunder Valley National Motocross 250 Class Race Report

Three overall victories in three rounds for Adam Cianciarulo.

Adam Cianciarulo jumps in front of clouds at the 2019 Thunder Valley National Motocross 250 Class race.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo captured his third consecutive 250MX class overall victory of the 2019 season at Thunder Valley Motocross Park.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo grabbed his third consecutive overall victory in three rounds thus far in the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Lakewood, Colorado. In moto 1, Cianciarulo came out of the first turn in second, keeping race leader Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing's Justin Cooper in his sights until, with only six minutes remaining in the moto, the race was forced to be cut short due to lightning nearby, resulting in both the red and checkered flags to be flown simultaneously. In moto 2, Cianciarulo picked up right where he left off in the first race, coming around the first turn in second place. Cooper was in the lead once again until the Yamaha rider made a costly mistake in a deep rut, putting him off the track and allowing Cianciarulo to take over the lead, a position he would hold until the checkered flag flew. Cianciarulo's 2-1 moto finishes gave him the overall win and enabled him to extend his point lead to six over his nearest competitor.

“I’m so pumped on this overall today, and it wasn’t an easy one by any means,” Cianciarulo said. “From the crazy weather in moto 1 to some mistakes and sketchy moments in moto 2, today was just wild. I’m so happy that we get to carry this red plate to High Point. This team has been working so hard week after week and I think it’s showing in these results.”

Justin Cooper jumps at the 2019 Thunder Valley National Motocross 250 Class race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing's Justin Cooper won moto 1 and finished second in moto 2 to claim second overall on the day.Brown Dog Wilson

Cooper started the first moto in fourth, quickly got by his teammate Ty Masterpool, and worked his way to the front by lap 4, and led the remainder of the race to take the moto 1 win. In moto 2, Cooper got into the lead early once again, but a mistake put him off the track and his bike, and pushed him to third. However, the following lap he moved into second place and held on until the checkered flag flew, giving him second overall on the day with 1-2 moto scores.

“I have been feeling really good,” Cooper said. “It was another good win in moto 1 even though it was cut short. In moto 2, I came out of the rut and it threw my feet off the bike, and I couldn’t get them back on and had to lay it over. I felt strong and was pushing until the end. I did my best today for all that was in my control. The bike and the team were awesome all day and it showed! I feel I definitely proved a lot today and look forward to bringing the heat at the next one.”

Michael Mosiman jumps at the 2019 Thunder Valley National Motocross 250 Class race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman clinched a career-best third place overall in Colorado.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Michael Mosiman put his FC 250 in fourth at the conclusion of the first moto. In moto 2, he started off in sixth and was just outside the top five for the first few laps. Shortly after the halfway point, he began his move toward the front, where he found himself in third with five laps to go. The California native rode strong through the final laps to claim his first career podium finish with third in the moto and third overall on the day.

“I like this track and I knew I liked it, so I had a good feeling about this weekend,” Mosiman said. “I qualified fourth and that’s where I started to believe I can run with those guys. It was super cool to bring it home for my first-ever podium.”

Dylan Ferrandis races at the 2019 Thunder Valley National Motocross 250 Class race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis went 3-5 for fourth overall.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis got off to a decent start in moto 1 and came around the first lap in sixth. Once the rain started falling, he picked off riders and finished the shortened race in third. In moto 2, the Frenchman rounded the first corner in 10th. He got into seventh on lap 10 and moved his way into fifth by the end of the race, ending the day in fourth overall.

“The conditions were good and the track was actually good too,” Ferrandis said. “We had a little storm during moto 1, so we had the red flag and had to stop before the end. I managed to finish third, but moto 2 wasn’t good for me. I had a bad start then crashed in the corner before the finish line and lost lots of positions today. We will work again to get ready for High Point in two weeks.”

Chase Sexton jumps at the 2019 Thunder Valley National Motocross 250 Class race.
Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton rounded out the top five on his CRF250R.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda's Chase Sexton's 7-6 finishes netted the Illinois native fifth place overall at Thunder Valley. The Honda rider is tied for fifth place in the point standings after three rounds.

“Definitely not what I wanted at all [today],” Sexton said. “I struggled with starts and couldn’t get to the front like I wanted. I just want a holeshot just to see what it’s like. I don’t think I’ve ever had a holeshot outdoors. My standards are high now. You win the Supercross title [and] you expect to at least be on the podium [and] battling for race wins. I keep ending up [in the] top five, which is good, but I’m frustrated. I want better than that.”

Colt Nichols jumps at the 2019 Thunder Valley National Motocross 250 Class race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Colt Nichols’ 13-4 moto scores were enough for sixth overall at Thunder Valley. “The first moto was tough because I didn’t get a great start,” Nichols said. “I had to make a goggle swap and in the second moto I didn’t really have the pace midway through, but I was able to manage a fourth.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 250MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 139
2 Justin Cooper Yamaha 133
3 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 106
4 Colt Nichols Yamaha 94
  Chase Sexton Honda 94
6 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 85
7 RJ Hampshire Honda 77
8 Alex Martin Suzuki 69
9 Hunter Lawrence Honda 66
10 Garrett Marchbanks Kawasaki 63
RJ Hampshire races at the 2019 Thunder Valley National Motocross 250 Class race.
Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire qualified fastest in practice and went 5-11 in the motos. “Fastest qualifier was a first for me,” Hampshire said. “Good start in the first moto and made some passes to get the lead fast. I had no flow and my body tightened up so bad. I led a few laps, but was struggling bad with the elevation [and] dropped back to fifth. [In the] second moto, I got a terrible start then crashed on lap three and went way back. Seventh on the day, which was a bummer because we had speed.”Brown Dog Wilson
Hunter Lawrence races at the 2019 Thunder Valley National Motocross 250 Class race.
Geico Honda’s Hunter Lawrence finished eighth overall and sits ninth place in the championship standings after three rounds.Brown Dog Wilson
Troy Lee races at the 2019 Thunder Valley National Motocross 250 Class race.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath achieved a season-best ninth overall result in Colorado.Brown Dog Wilson
Jordon Smith races at the 2019 Thunder Valley National Motocross 250 Class race.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith rounded out the top 10 on his 250 SX-F.Brown Dog Wilson