in Lakewood has become one the world's premiere motocross venues in recent years, and this past Saturday it hosted the Toyota Thunder Valley National, the third event in the 2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship series.
Ryan Dungey (who also won the 2011 Thunder Valley National), Jake Weimer and local favorite Andrew Short (from Colorado Springs) took the podium in the 450 Class, after James Stewart -- the overall leader who went into Saturday's event undefeated -- crashed in the first moto when a photographer crossed the track in front of him, injuring his wrist and missing the second moto altogether. (See footage of the crash from Stewart's helmet camera after the jump.) Justin Barcia won the 250 Class, sharing the podium with Blake Baggett and Ken Roczen. Jessica Patterson, Tarah Geiger and Ashley Fiolek took the podium in the WMX Class.
Stewart's results on Saturday drop him from first to third, behind Dungey and Weimer, in the overall points standings.
Here's a full recap from the Racer X Motocross Show:
For more from the Toyota Thunder Valley National, check out the American Motocross channel on YouTube, which features dozens of videos -- including this track spotlight on the Thunder Valley MX Park:
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Now that the big pro race weekend is over, the track at Thunder Valley -- a Westword Best of Denver 2010 winner -- is back to its usual operating hours: Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For track conditions and more information, visit www.TVMX.net.
For more local motocross action, catch the Sports Riders Association of Colorado at www.SRAC.org: The 25th annual Pikes Peak Supercross is this Saturday, June 9, at the Norris-Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs, and there are ten other upcoming SRAC races between now and September.