Lakewood's Thunder Valley Motocross Park has been not-so-quietly making itself into one of the premiere destinations on the motocross racing circuit: The park has been hosting the American Motorcyclist Association's AMA National events since 2005, and after hosting the Motocross of Nations in 2010 it's now considered one of the most challenging tracks in the sport. Over the weekend, the park played host to the Toyota Trucks Pro Motocross National, the 5th round of the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship. Check out the highlight reel after the jump, courtesy of Alli Sports and The Racer X Motocross Show:
2010 AMA champ Ryan Dungey came out on top in the overall standings in the 450 Class, beating out Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed. Blake Baggett won overall in the 250 Class, ahead of Dean Wilson and Eli Tomac. Jessica Patterson beat out Ashley Fiolek and Tarah Gieger to take the podium in the Motorcycle-Superstore.com Women's Motocross Championship.
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Dungey may be from Washington, but he's developed quite a following here in Colorado: Last year he became the first rookie ever to win both the Supercross Champion and AMA Motocross Championship titles, then went on to lead Team USA to victory at Thunder Valley at the Motocross of Nations (Thunder Valley hosting it was kind of a big deal: It was only the third time in the 65-year history of the event that it's been held in the U.S.).
For the full report from the Thunder Valley National, visit www.AlliSports.com. And, now that the thunder's died down a bit, locals can make some noise of their own: Thunder Valley is open Wednesday through Sunday until 5 p.m., weather permitting (call 303-697-1003 for updated track information).