2024 Thunder Valley Motocross Recap

Years ago, I coined the phrase "you're only as good as your last race."

Somehow it got out and took off to be a part of the lexicon to help define the world of Motocross racing. It proves true week in and week out of the Outdoor world. Supercross too.

Proving the point, Round 3 of the 2024 Pro Motocross Championship series on Saturday at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, CO pretty much erased all that happened a week prior. Most notably "Sexton's Ride" and Jett Lawrence's win streak collapsing in a heap. What some hoped as a new world order started in Hangtown, quickly went back to the way things used to be.

Lawrence returned from that smashing crash at Hangtown, which ended his Moto win streak at 24 and dropped him from the points lead, by taking the overall on a (2-1) day showing even a stronger ride in Moto 2 to pass his brother Hunter and Justin Cooper for the lead towards the end of the contest fending off a last laps effort from Hunter to grab the overall. The Lawrence brothers tied in points with Jett taking the overall on the Moto 2 win. Hunter celebrated his first career 450 class Moto but an overall waits.

Jett Lawrence said his legs were shot in the final race, likely a result from the injury incurred in the wild crash a week earlier, but he capitalized on a racing mistake from Hunter that helped him take the checkers securing his second overall for the season. Though Hunter settled for second overall, he takes the points lead from Sexton who followed up his sweep at Hangtown - including that epic last to first ride in Moto 2 - with a fifth overall after a (6-5) day. Sexton hit the dirt hard in Moto 2 sliding airborne into a berm while trying to pass Cooper for the lead. That dropped him to seventh.

Cooper, meanwhile, put in the best round of his rookie season grabbing the MotoSport.com Holeshot in both Motos and leading for much of the race until one Lawrence passed then another late in the race. Cooper took third overall going (3-3) and while getting the award for most laps led on the day hardly helps in terms of points it most certainly contributes to some building blocks.

Elsewhere, Justin Barcia took fourth overall on a (4-6) day and Jason Anderson put up some fight against the Brothers Lawrence in Moto 2 for fourth-place but a crash in Moto 1 landed him 10th contributing to seventh overall.

In the 250 class, Haiden Deegan continued his overall win streak grabbing the MotoSport.com Holeshot in Moto 1 and nearly checked out until Tom Vialle checked in. Both pulled away from the field with Deegan holding a mostly two second lead for much of their cat and mouse until Vialle began his charge with about three minutes left. Deegan crashed giving Vialle the lead, then with time expired and two laps remaining, Deegan made a push and took the lead back in a wicked pass that resulted in Vialle going off track as the two entered the final loop which ended the chase and gave Deegan the win.

No one had any answers for Chance Hymas (4-1) in Moto 2. He grabbed the MotoSport.com Holeshot and checked out, easily talking the checkers and his first career Moto win. Not even Deegan could catch Hymas acknowledging as much post-race.

"I'm speechless right now. When I went over the finish line I just broke down," said an emotional Hymas, who has battled two ACL injuries resulting in lost or shortened racing seasons. "There was a point in time I didn't think that this was even possible. I'm just thankful to be here."

With that short speech, Hymas likely endeared himself to many. America may be full of pride but Americans still appreciate humility. Hymas sits in second place, jumping from fourth but 23 points back of Deegan.

Vialle (2-4) finished third overall, Joe Shimoda worked his way up from sixth to get third in Moto 2 for fourth overall and Levi Kitchen took third in Moto 1 but a crash in Moto 2 dropped him from third to seventh in Moto 2 for fifth overall.

By the way, I didn't coin that oft-said phrase. Hopefully you read this far.

Motocross begins the trek east for Round 4 Saturday at High Point in Mount Morris, PA.

2024 Motocross 450 Class Thunder Valley Results

  1. Jett Lawrence (2-1)
  2. Hunter Lawrence (1-2)
  3. Justin Cooper (3-3)
  4. Justin Barcia (4-6)
  5. Chase Sexton (6-5)

2024 Motocross 250 Class Thunder Valley Results

  1. Haiden Deegan (1-2)
  2. Chance Hymas (4-1)
  3. Tom Vialle (2-4)
  4. Jo Shimoda (5-3)
  5. Levi Kitchen (3-7)

2024 Motocross 450 class Season Standings after Round 3

  1. Hunter Lawrence - 129
  2. Chase Sexton - 123
  3. Jett Lawrence - 113
  4. Justin Cooper - 109
  5. Aaron Plessinger - 100

2024 Motocross 250 Class Season Standings after Round 3

  1. Haiden Deegan - 144
  2. Chance Hymas - 121
  3. Tom Vialle - 121
  4. Levi Kitchen - 119
  5. Jo Shimoda - 99

2024 Thunder Valley Motocross