Aaron Plessinger's Day At Thunder Valley Motocross | MX 2016

Aaron Plessinger went 14-10 for 11th overall at round 3.

Aaron Plessinger, Thunder Valley, 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Nationals
Aaron comes though the tunnel with his mechanic on board for the first practice at Lakewood. Aaron came into Thunder Valley in 5th place, only 16 points behind his teammate Alex Martin.Photography by Rob Koy
Aaron Plessinger, Thunder Valley, 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Nationals
For practice the track was a little wet and muddy. Aaron takes an outside line to get the speed up to hit the uphill triple in the bottom section. Aaron turned a 2:16.003 in the first practice, putting him 8th overall.Photography by Rob Koy
Aaron Plessinger, Thunder Valley, 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Nationals
Aaron Plessinger hugging the inside over the tunnel jump at Lakewood. Aaron found more speed on the dryer track in the second practice by turning a 2:10.916 on lap 4. This put him with the 6th overall gate pick for Moto 1.Photography by Rob Koy
Aaron Plessinger, Thunder Valley, 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Nationals
Aaron riding up to the gate for the first Moto. Aaron has shown the speed and consistency in the first two rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro motocross series to hang with the front runners.Photography by Rob Koy
Aaron Plessinger, Thunder Valley, 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Nationals
Aaron coming down the first hill at Thunder Valley. Check out the change in elevation in the background. The Thunder Valley track is literally carved into the side of the mountain. In Moto 1 Aaron was the caboose on the Star Yamaha train into the first turn. The top 4 riders were Star Yamaha guys with Jordon Smith trying to break it up. On the second lap Aaron got cross rutted coming down the hill and piled into his teammate Alex Martin, they both went down pretty hard but Aaron was able to get up and get his bike running while Alex had trouble getting his bike going. Aaron remounted on his bent up bike in 9th place behind his teammate Mitchell Harrison and managed a top 10 position until the 15 minute mark. Then he started to lose positions trying to ride with bent bars and whatever else might have been bent up. Aaron finished the Moto in 14th place.Photography by Rob Koy
Aaron Plessinger, Thunder Valley, 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Nationals
Aaron checking out the gates before the 2nd Moto. He keeps himself cool with an umbrella.Photography by Rob Koy
Aaron Plessinger, Thunder Valley, 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Nationals
In Moto 2 Aaron got a poor start and had to work his way up from 19th. He got up to 10th by lap 13 and was able to hold on to finish 10th. Aaron went 14-10 for 11th overall in the 250 class. If Aaron had not gotten cross rutted and collided with Alex his day might have gone a lot better. Look for better results as the series goes east from Aaron as he prefers the ripped up tracks back east.Photography by Rob Koy