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PHOTOS | Davis & Antonovich

It’s good to get away from the West Coast for a while. Nothing against the sunshine and palm trees that we have every day in SoCal, but a change of pace every once in a while is nice. That’s exactly what Colorado and the 2016 Thunder Valley MX offered, with lush big green mountains that surround one of the best facilities in the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Our time in the Denver area was limited, but we made the most of it with two days at the track and trips to some solid local spots in the off hours. Enough about our weekend, here’s what you want to know from the races…

– Injuries are already taking their toll on the field and a few 250 teams in particular felt the effects on Saturday. GEICO Honda went from four riders to just two in Thunder Valley (Craig will miss most of/if not all of the summer with a broken leg, Charboneau was out after his Glen Helen crash), Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM lost two of their own (Justin Hill is still dealing with a tweaked back, Alex Frye will be out for the rest of the summer due to a destroyed knee in a Pala practice crash), and Traders Racing Kawasaki had one man under their awning (Gannon Audette is still on the sidelines recovering from a concussion). Here’s to a speedy recovery for all the injured dudes and we hope to see them back at the track soon.

– Ride365.com/Crossland Racing hit their final scheduled event of the year. Slated to hit only the first three Nationals, it sounds like Kyle Peters and Chase Marquier may hit a few races as complete privateers in a few weeks.

– The rivalry between Pro Circuit and Star Racing continues to grow. Riders for the two teams controlled the 250 class in Colorado, split moto wins, and are very close in the championship standings. This is going to be a good battle to watch through the rest of the summer.

– USADA officials were on hand Friday and Saturday as a way to educate racers on the dos and don’ts of the WADA code. Pro racers, if you are reading this: USE OF AN IV IS STRICTLY BANNED BOTH IN AND OUT OF COMPETITION, unless it’s in a hospital setting and deemed completely necessary. WADA has upped the punishment for failure to abide by the rules and if a rider is found to be in violation, they could be hit with a FOUR YEAR SUSPENSION from competition. If you have questions, reach out to MX Sports or USADA’s online materials.

– This marked the end of the first quarter to the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and riders will now have experience first break in the schedule before hitting the middle months of the summer.