Thunder Valley National
Welcome to the Thunder Valley National, Round 3 of the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. This year's race marks the eleventh annual race at Thunder Valley Motocross Park.
We are proud to bring to you the very best professional motocross athletes in the world.
Track Address/Contact Us
Pro Race Schedule
Post Event Info
FEATURE VENUE EVENTS
- Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing
- Loretta Lynn's AMA Amateur National Regional and Qualifiers
- SRAC State Championship races
- Grandstand Seating
- Open Air Festival Seating
- Covered VIP Viewing Areas with live timing and scoring, private restrooms, and catering
- Covered Super Ticket Viewing Area
- Open Air Corporate Suites
- Handicap Viewing Area
- Infield Track Viewing via Three Track Tunnels
- Nearly 100% track Viewing from a variety of vantage points
- Large interactive Sponsor Village
- Food and Soft Drink Concessions
- Beer Concessions
- State-of-the-art sound system
- Event Simulcast on FM Radio
- State-of-the-art Announcer Tower
- Baby Changing Station
- Free & VIP paid Parking
- Onsite Parking
- Motorcycle Parking
- Handicap Parking
- Easy entry/Exit
- Onsite Camping
- Reserved RV spots
- Free Motorcycle Parking and Gear/Helmet Check
SPECIAL EVENT FEATURES
- Vintage Bike Show
- Jumbotron Viewing
- Friday: Fan Fest at Sun Enterprises, 8877 N. Washington, 303-287-7566
- Friday Night: Pit Bike Race
- Amateur Motocross Racing Sunday
- Division 7 Insulation Products
|Coverage||Adults GA||Kids GA (6-11)||Camping (per vehicle)|
|May 29||Fri - Sat||TBA||TBA||$125|
Super Ticket! VIP Fan Zone Adult $200 | Children $125
Vip Area includes: NEW ! BLEACHER SEATING WITH VIEW OF THE TRACK! Covered seating in the Pro Pits, All day Pro Pit Access Saturday buffet Lunch from11AM-1PM, Live timing and scoring feed, Event Program, VIP Parking Across the street from the Track
Other than the race track, the Pro Pits is where the action is. There are two types of pit passes, Early Entry and Racer X All Day. Early Entry Pit Passes grant access to the Pro Pits from 9 am until 12 pm noon. Racer X All Day Pit Passes grant access to the Pro Pits all day and will be available for purchase in the Spring 2013 online in advance and on-site at the Racer X Booth on Vendor Row the day of the event.
Where to Buy
Online and on-site at the Announcer's Tower (Sat)
9 am - 12 pm (Saturday)
PRO PIT RULES
- Alcohol is PROHIBITED in the Pro Pits.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult pass-holder.
- You may not access the track at any time.
- There will be scheduled autograph sessions at various team rigs. Autographs are only available as scheduled. Autographs are not guaranteed. Purchase of a Pit Pass does not guarantee that you will obtain a pro autograph.
- Anyone removing or taking an item from a team rig or pit area without permission will be prosecuted.
- Entry to the Pro Pits is at your own risk. You are responsible for your own safety.
Thunder Valley Motocross Park
701 S. Rooney Road
Lakewood, CO 80401
David Clabaugh, Director
We want you to have a fun and safe national weekend. Please abide by these simple rules:
- Responsibility. Motocross racing, like all motorsports, can be dangerous. When you enter the grounds you assume the risk of injury and/or damage. It is your responsibility to keep yourself and your children a safe distance from the racetrack. Parents, you are responsible for the safety of your children. Be aware of their location at all times.
- Never turn your back to oncoming racers.
- Prohibited. We do not permit pets, fireworks, glass beverage containers, kegs, scaffolding or weapons.
- No Pit Vehicles. We do not allow pit bikes, quads, scooters, golf carts, etc. Race bikes may be ridden at a walking pace to and from your moto only.
- No Open Campfires. Gas and charcoal cooking grills ONLY permitted.
- Search Policy. All vehicles are subject to search at any time. We are not responsible for the safe return of any contraband removed.
- Quiet time is 11:00 pm nightly. No loud generators after this time.
- Midnight Curfew. All campers must be at their campsites by midnight.
- Tickets. Your armband is your weekend ticket and must be worn at all times. If you leave the facility, you must have it on in order to re-enter. This is your gate ticket. Do not take it off.
- Fire Extinguishers. All campers/haulers over 20‘ in length should be equipped with a fully functioning fire extinguisher.
- Campsites. There are no electric or water hookups. Primitive camping only.
- NO CAMP FIRES!
- Gates close daily from midnight to 6:00 am. You may leave after this time, but many not re-enter until 6:00 am. Please plan accordingly.
- Gate prices do not change until Midnight. If you arrive prior to midnight, you will be charged that day’s admission.
- We will park you as you arrive, in the next available space, in the area of your choice. You may not save spots for people who will arrive later. Camping spaces are no wider than 20’.
- All vehicles on the premises overnight must have a camping permit.
- STAY OFF THE TRACK. The racetrack is off limits to spectators. Only registered racers and authorized personnel are permitted on the race track. No one is permitted on the racetrack at night.
- DO NOT take the banners. Banners and event signage are the Private Property of the Promoter. Removal of these items is illegal and punishable by law. You will be prosecuted for theft. Don’t be a thief!
- Medical Insurance. We do not have medical insurance for racers, and urge you not to race without it.
- Restricted. No riding in the woods or on the stock car track at any time. Violators are subject to disqualification. Other event information: • TRASH. Please use our trash receptacles. If you need trash bags, you can get them from the front gate.
- GENERAL INFORMATION is located at the Main Gate.
- RIDER INFORMATION is located at Rider Registration.
- WILL CALL is located at the Main Gate (Friday 9AM - 5PM & Saturday 7AM - 2PM).
- FIRST AID is located at the Ambulance Station.
- SECURITY is headquartered at the Main Gate.
- LOST & FOUND is located at Rider Registration.
- No Pets National Weekend
From the South: I-25 North to C-470 - Exit the new Alameda exit off C-470 - Make a left on Alameda to Rooney Road - Turn right on Rooney Road - Track is one mile on the left
From the North: I-25 South to I-70 West - Exit Colfax West to Rooney Road - Turn left on Rooney Road - Track is ½ mile
- Hampton Inn: 303-969-9900 - 137 Union Blvd. Host Hotel
- Best Western: 303-989-5500 - 3440 South Vance St.
- Courtyard by Marriott: 303-985-9696 - 7180 W. Hampden Ave
- Hampton Inn: 303-989-6900 - 3605 South Wadsworth Blvd.
- Hampton Inn: 303-969-9900 - 137 Union Blvd.
- Fair Field Inn: 303-231-9939 -
- Holiday Inn Lakewood: 303-980-9200 - 7390 West Hampden Ave.
- Homewood Suites: 303-716-5737 - 139 Union Blvd.
- LaQuinta Inn & Suites: 303-969-9700 - 7190 West Hampden Ave
- Residence Inn: 303-985-1257 - 7050 West Hampden Ave
- Candlewood Suites: 303-232-7171 - 895 Tabor Street
- Comfort Suites: 303-231-9929 - 11909 W. 6th Ave.
- Denver Marriott West: 303-279-9100 - 1717 Denver Marriott West Blvd
- Hampton Inn: 303-278-6600 - 17150 West Colfax Ave.
- Holiday Inn: 303-279-7611 - 14707 West Colfax Ave.
- Table Mountain Inn: 303-277-9898 - 1310 Washington Ave.
- The Golden Hotel: 303-279-0100 - 800 11th Street
- Towne Place Suites: 303-232-7790 800 Tabor Street
- Holiday Inn Express: 303-424-8300 - 10101 West 48th Ave, Littleton
- Marriott Towne Place Suites: 303-972-0555 - 10902 W. Toller Drive, Littleton
- Sheraton Denver West Hotel: 303-987-2000 - 360 Union Blvd.
Denver International Airport (DEN)
Directions to track: Start out going North on Pena Blvd.; Turn slight right toward terminal East; Stay straight and go onto Pena Blvd.; Merge onto the 1-70 West via exit on left; Take the US 40/W Colfax Ave Exit 262 toward US 6; Keep right at the fork to go onto the I-70 BL/W Colfax Ave/US-40; Turn left onto Rooney road; Track is just down the way on Rooney Rd.
Denver, CO - St. Anthony Central
4321 W 16th Ave
Denver, CO 80204
Directions: Start out going North on S. Rooney Rd towards W Colfax Ave/I-70/BL-40; Turn right onto W Colfax Ave/I-70/BL-40; Take US-6 E/W 6th Ave.; Take CO-95/Sheridan Blvd. exit; Turn left onto Sheridan Blvd.; Turn right onto W Colfax Ave.; Turn left onto Raleigh St.
On Site First Aid Location
- One located in the infield of the track and one in the vendor area
- Hours: open all day when spectators are present
- Red Rocks Park
- Downtown Denver is 10 min from Thunder Valley
- Bandimere Speedway
- Abundant mountain biking trails around the track
- Hiking trails
- Mountain resorts within one hour drive of the track
- Colorado Mills Mall 5 min from the track
- Heritage Square 2 min from the track
- Pro Results: Posted after the event at www.promotocross.com
- Event Souvenirs (t-shirts, hats, etc.): Available at the event or www.mototees.com
- 450 Class: Ken Roczen (Red Bull KTM)
- 250 Class: Blake Baggett (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki)
When Thunder Valley Motocross Park was founded in June of 1999, promoter David Clabaugh couldn't have known how appropriate his track's name would become. He knew that nearby was an NHRA drag-racing track with the same name (Thunder Valley), but within a few short years of the founding of the motocross track, four-strokes took over motocross completely, leaving a sound of thunder every time the gate dropped at the facility.
Clabaugh has been around racing since he was a child. "I've been racing since I was 10 years old," he explains. "When I got to the pro class, I realized that it wasn't going to last forever, and I wanted to stay in the sport somehow, so I decided I wanted to buy a track. As luck would have it, I found Thunder Valley, which was on the brink of being shut down, as the city of Lakewood no longer wanted to run it. They wanted to find someone to run the facility that really had a passion for the sport. They found that in me and granted me a long-term lease for Thunder Valley."
Clabaugh has put his blood, sweat, and tears into the facility, and the national here is seen as an example of what a world-class motocross event should look and feel like.
"Once I had leased it, I ran local races on the weekends; however, I wanted the facility to grow," Clabaugh says. "I wanted an AMA Pro Motocross Championship event. In 2000, I met MX Sports' Tim Cotter, and I figured the only way I was ever going to get a national was to start going to as many of them as I could and figure out how it worked. I worked on the banner crew for about two years, just getting the inside line on how it all works. I began talking with John Ayers [also of MX Sports] about wanting a national in order to learn all sides of the sport and figure out how to promote. During this time, I had shown interest in being a promoter, and several people had come out to my facility to see if I was equipped to have an AMA Pro Motocross Championship event. I had made lots of upgrades to the facility with buildings, filling in ravines, etc.
"When the Kenworthy National in Troy, Ohio, had some issues with flooding, I heard there was going to be a spot open and was told that Thunder Valley was first on the list."
Truth be told, Thunder Valley wasn't just first on the list, it was the best choice, as Clabaugh and his loyal staff have proven every year since his first national, in 2005.
Thunder Valley, just a few miles below downtown Denver, hosted its first AMA Pro Motocross National in July of 2005. In the first few years of racing at the facility, riders and mechanics were met with a combination of altitude and summertime heat that not only made it physically difficult on them but caused the fuel in the motorcycles to literally boil. The solution was a revolutionary one: in 2008, Thunder Valley hosted the first AMA Pro Motocross National ever held at night, under a battery of lights that illuminated the valley. With a live internet and TV audience watching, the race was a smash hit.