Lucas Oil Pro Championship, Round 2: Rockwell Watches Thunder Valley National – Lakewood (Colorado), 25.05.2013

250 Class

Round 2 of the Lucas Oil Pro took place in the high altitude of Lakewood, Colorado: a challenging environment in the mountains for both riders and engines. Notwithstanding this, the races were thrilling and eventful and saw Tomac winning on Roczen who kept the red plate. In Moto 1, Osborne got the holeshot but he’s soon passed by Roczen. Osborne fought with Tomac to keep the second place but fell and lost some spots, but found good pace again and finished 3rd passing Anderson. Up front it’s a battle between Roczen and the Colorado-born Tomac, who knew this was his only chance at winning in front of his crowd. Tomac was right on Roczen’s rear wheel and seemed he could go for it at any turn, but the KTM Red Bull champion pushed hard and was first for his 3rd straight Moto win this season, but Tomac got it back in Moto 2, that started with the first ever holeshot for Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin. Tomas wanted to win and got the lead right away with Roczen controlling him closely in 2nd. During the last lap however the other GEICO rider, Osborne took Roczen by surprise and passed him on a right turn for second. For Tomac the first Moto win in his home state and 1st overall for the Round.

Zach Osborne secured his first career 250 Class podium at Thunder Valley
Zach Osborne (GEICO HONDA) guadagna il suo primo podio a Thunder Valley

450 Class

Villopoto once again confirmed that this year it’s his perfect season. In the timed laps he had the fastest lap giving an idea of how hard it will be for everyone to beat him. In Moto 1, Barcia superfast for the holeshot, trying to keep the lead but giving way to an aggressive attack by Dungey with half race to go, with both Barcia and Villopoto chasing him. In a matter a minutes with one of his famous accelerations the Red Devil gets the lead and wins ahead of Dungey and Barcia with Canard and MX visitor Desalle in 4th and 5th. Moto 2 was even more engaging, once more with a holeshot from Bam Bam Barcia at his best in Lakewood. Canard was right behind him trying to take the lead several times but to no avail. The race for the lead saw also Mike Alessi followed by Villipoto, Dungey, Stewart and Desalle. While still in the first half of the race Villopoto easily cruises ahead of the whole pack and gets the lead, behind him Dungey and Barcia fight for second. 3-times Thunder Valley National winner Dungey in 2nd probably disappointed for the missed win, but it won’t be easy with Villopoto this year..