The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series heads to the mile high venue of Thunder Valley MX Park in Lakewood, CO on Saturday for Round 3.
Rookie Ken Roczen and his Red Bull KTM teammate Ryan Dungey have the headlines in the 450 class so far this year but MotoSport riders manage to hold their own.
Weston Peick, a MotoSport sponsored rider, is in seventh-place but tied in points with the sixth-place Justin Barcia and eighth-place Jake Weimer. Peick's best is a fifth-place finish in the season opening Moto at Glen Helen and he placed sixth-overall last week Hangtown.
Weston Peick - Photo: Promotocross
Peick, on a factory ride this season for the first time in his career, is widely expected to reach the podium after placing a career best fourth overall last year in Round 11 at Miller Motorsports Park when he raced in only select rounds because of the financial constraints that go with being a privateer.
Jimmy Albertson finished 19th overall in Round 2 and so far this year has taken 17th in three of four Motos. Albertson, who rides for the MotoSport Crossland Racing team, is going it alone with his brother this season using a sprinter van to get from round to round. Davi Millsaps, who rides for the MotoSport sponsored Rockstar Energy KTM team, is out and should be ready for Round 5 in Tennessee. MotoSport rider Tucker Saye qualified for both Motos finishing 33-35 but look to see a gritty ride this weekend from the Colorado native since he'll be on his home track.
Overall, the top five racers in the 450 class keep it interesting for the fans. Roczen and Dungey each traded overall wins the first two rounds and Trey Canard who started Supercross mid-season, after an injury in November, and posted solid finishes, has 72 points, good enough for third after two third-place overalls to start the season.
James Stewart, who grabbed third in Moto 2 last week, his best finish of the season, took fourth overall at Hangtown and moved up to fourth-place with 66 points after a sixth overall at Glen Helen. Brett Metcalfe, the 2013 Canadian Motocross National champion, sits in a well fought fifth place with 61 points and is not making it easy for those above him as he's been in the mix nearly every Moto.
In the 250 class, current 250 Supercross champion Jason Anderson, opened the season in third place but a crash set him back and he finished in 10th overall. Last week, he took sixth overall and is in sixth place in points just two from fourth place. Joey Savatgy, Anderson's teammate on the MotoSport sponsored Rockstar KTM team started his season at Hangtown after missing Round 1 because of injury. He took 20th overall after a 14-25 showing.
The big story in the 250 class is the undefeated Jeremy Martin. With a perfect 100 points after four Motos, Martin is already growing a lead that's going to be hard to catch but on his tail is the almost perfect Cooper Webb who has four straight second-place Motos for second-place in points, just 12 behind Martin.
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Motocross Round 3 starts with Moto 1 at 3 p.m. (EST) and Moto 2 at 5 p.m. (EST) Saturday at Thunder Valley Motocross Park, 701 S. Rooney Road in Lakewood, CO. Buy tickets online or at the park.
2014 Motocross Season Standings
450 Class Standings
- Ken Roczen (94)
- Ryan Dungey (89)
- Trey Canard (72)
- James Stewart (66)
- Brett Metcalfe (61)
- Justin Barcia (52)
- Weston Peick (52) - MotoSport rider
- Jake Weimer (52)
- Malcolm Stewart (51)
- Josh Grant (43)
250 Class Standings
- Jeremy martin (100)
- Cooper Webb (88)
- Christophe Pourcel (63)
- Jessy Nelson (51)
- Marvin Musquin (50)
- Jason Anderson (49) - MotoSport rider
- Justin Bogle (48)
- Blake Baggett (48)
- Matt Bisceglia (45)
- Justin Hill (43)
Written By: AndrewT