Motocross Race 5 Report - Thunder Valley - Lakewood, CO
June 25, 2011
Lakewood, CO. (June 25, 2011) The AMA MX National Series rolled into the beautiful state of Colorado to attend round five at Thunder Valley MX Park. N-FAB Sponsored DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha continues to progress, fielding #25 Ryan Sipes, #35 Kyle Cunningham, #387 Gareth Swanepoel, #533 Gannon Audette, and #1 Jessica Patterson, as well as, #76 Kyle Partridge who is racing the 450. Heat combined with altitude once again brought new elements and possibilities. In timed qualifying Cunningham established himself as a factor by setting the 3rd best time leading into the event.
The big highlight came out of Swanepoel in moto one, coming out of the first turn in 6th; he then began to apply some pressure to the competitors ahead on lap two. Riding at his best and moving into 5th, Swanepoel continued to hold the pace of the leaders through the halfway mark which enabled him to capitalize on other competitor's mistakes. At this point he showed strength by finding his lines and breaking away with the top five. With a handful of laps remaining, Swanepoel had slipped to 6th place, with better positions in his sights; he couldn't capitalize as he still marched on to a 6th place finish. Also in moto one, the rest of the Star squad all came out pretty well with Sipes riding strong from a start of 38th to come in 15th, and Audette finished out 16th. Cunningham all but had a top five finish started early on running 4th, but an electrical issue shifted him right out of the race.
In moto two, it was Sipes and who acquired a stellar start and continued on riding outstandingly through the race. Early on Sipes paced himself in 4th, until lap three when he put on a sprint and took over 2nd. Meanwhile, CunninghamPAGE 2 | PAGE 3