ADAM CIANCIARULO TRIUMPHANT AT THUNDER VALLEY NATIONAL

For the third time this season, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo claimed the second moto victory and subsequently the overall for the day. The day started out pretty similarly for him as it has been the last two weeks, as in he runs out front in moto one, falling a bit short of the first moto victory, only to rebound in the second motos and claim the better scores for the day. The complete opposite is true for Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper, who again showed phenomenal speed in his first moto and then couldn’t quite get it done in the second. Today was a bit different, however, as Cooper did grab the second moto holeshot and led for awhile, until a mistake sent him off the track and on the ground, allowing Cianciarulo by for first. Making his first podium appearance was Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna’s Michael Mosiman, who made a wild move for third past Colt Nichols, which stuck for the remainder of the moto. (For extended coverage of the 2019 Thunder Valley National MX, click here)

MOTO 1

Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper takes yet another first moto win this year, his third so far, only this time it was at Thunder Valley MX in Lakewood, CO. Cooper didn’t get out to the early lead, however. Instead, it was his teammate, the rookie Ty Masterpool who got the holeshot and led the rest of the 250 pack around until RJ Hampshire and Adam Cianciarulo quickly got around Masterpool. It didn’t take long after that for Justin Cooper to make his way past both Cianciarulo and then Hampshire to take the lead, where he would stay until the checkered and red flags flew, due to some lightning near the track. Here are the rest of the results from first 250 moto: 

1 Justin Cooper
2 Adam Cianciarulo
3 Dylan Ferrandis
4 Michael Mosiman
5 R.J. Hampshire
6 Ty Masterpool
7 Chase Sexton
8 Shane McElrath
9 Alex Martin
10 Hunter Lawrence
11 Jordon Smith
12 Garrett Marchbanks
13 Colt Nichols
14 Wilson Todd
15 Christian Craig
16 Brandon Hartranft
17 Jacob Hayes
18 Kyle Peters
19 Martin Davalos
20 Jerry Robin
21 Martin Castelo
22 Derek Drake
23 Zane Merrett
24 Nick Gaines
25 Killian Auberson
26 Yusuke Watanabe
27 Benjamin Nelko
28 Tyler Lowe
29 Zack Williams
30 Thomas Covington
31 Grant Wall
32 Dylan Bolinger
33 Dalton Dyer
34 Wade Brommel
35 Cody Williams
36 Maxwell Sanford
37 Chase Felong
38 Nathen Laporte
39 Challen Tennant
40 Jordan Bailey

Moto 2

Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper grabbed the holeshot and the early lead, putting himself in a position to finally get that monkey off his back that’s been bringing him just short of an overall win. Unfortunately for him, a mistake later in the moto cost him the lead and the chance at the overall. Adam Cianciarulo, again, was there to capitalize on Cooper’s mistake and the points system at the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, taking the second moto win and the day’s overall. Things were not said and done when the checkered flag flew, however. A debatable off-track excursion by Cianciarulo, when he got sideways off a jump causing him to get behind some banners, left him with only one option, and that was to head farther up the section and wheelie over the banners head on since there was no break in them that he could see. At the time of his mistake, he was a bit over half a second behind Justin, but when he got back on the track, he was much closer, which is where the argument comes in. Once Adam got back onto the track, however, he didn’t start racing right away, intending to give Justin back his gap that he had when Cianciarulo fell of the course. So, after a long awaited result, Adam Cianciarulo was the official second moto winner, Justin Cooper in second and Michael Mosiman in third. Full results are below.

1 Adam Cianciarulo
2 Justin Cooper
3 Michael Mosiman
4 Colt Nichols
5 Dylan Ferrandis
6 Chase Sexton
7 Hunter Lawrence
8 Jordon Smith
9 Garrett Marchbanks
10 Shane McElrath
11 R.J. Hampshire
12 Alex Martin
13 Derek Drake
14 Brandon Hartranft
15 Jacob Hayes
16 Ty Masterpool
17 Wilson Todd
18 Martin Davalos
19 Christian Craig
20 Kyle Peters
21 Jerry Robin
22 Zane Merrett
23 Yusuke Watanabe
24 Benjamin Nelko
25 Zack Williams
26 Wade Brommel
27 Thomas Covington
28 Dalton Dyer
29 Chase Felong
30 Grant Wall
31 Nathen Laporte
32 Joshua Prior
33 Cody Williams
34 Kai Aiello
35 Maxwell Sanford
36 Martin Castelo
37 Killian Auberson
38 Nick Gaines
39 Tyler Lowe
40 Dylan Bolinger

Overall

1 Adam Cianciarulo 2 – 1
2 Justin Cooper 1 – 2
3 Michael Mosiman 4 – 3
4 Dylan Ferrandis 3 – 5
5 Chase Sexton 7 – 6
6 Colt Nichols 13 – 4
7 R.J. Hampshire 5 – 11
8 Hunter Lawrence 10 – 7
9 Shane McElrath 8 – 10
10 Jordon Smith 11 – 8
11 Garrett Marchbanks 12 – 9
12 Alex Martin 9 – 12
13 Ty Masterpool 6 – 16
14 Brandon Hartranft 16 – 14
15 Wilson Todd 14 – 17
16 Jacob Hayes 17 – 15
17 Derek Drake 22 – 13
18 Christian Craig 15 – 19
19 Martin Davalos 19 – 18
20 Kyle Peters 18 – 20
21 Jerry Robin 20 – 21
22 Zane Merrett 23 – 22
23 Yusuke Watanabe 26 – 23
24 Benjamin Nelko 27 – 24
25 Zack Williams 29 – 25
26 Thomas Covington 30 – 27
27 Martin Castelo 21 – 36
28 Wade Brommel 34 – 26
29 Dalton Dyer 33 – 28
30 Grant Wall 31 – 30
31 Killian Auberson 25 – 37
32 Nick Gaines 24 – 38
33 Chase Felong 37 – 29
34 Tyler Lowe 28 – 39
35 Cody Williams 35 – 33
36 Nathen Laporte 38 – 31
37 Maxwell Sanford 36 – 35
38 Dylan Bolinger 32 – 40
39 Joshua Prior DNS – 32
40 Kai Aiello DNS – 34
41 Challen Tennant 39 – DNS
42 Jordan Bailey 40 – DNS

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