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5/23/2013 - Motorcycle-Superstore.com pro Justin Brayton ready for Thunder Valley Challenge


DENVER (May 23) - Motorcycle-Superstore.com rider Justin Brayton knowS Saturday's Rockwell Watches Thunder Valley National, the second stop in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, is one of the most intense tests a rider can face.


"The layout has just about all you could ask for," Brayton said. "It has elevation, fun jumps, nice ruts, really good dirt. I look forward to racing there every year.


"You've got to be a good all-around rider to have success there."


Brayton said that the ruts, while good, also present their own special kind of challenge when running long motos on his Toyota JGR Yamaha.


"The dirt is like a really good black dirt and the ruts form up really well," Brayton said. "From Lap 1 to Lap 5, the track changes so much. On Lap 1 you might be picking good lines and flowing really well, then by Lap 5 a particular rut might have totally changed and become the worst line.


"You have to be observing the track the whole time you are racing because 30 minutes plus two laps with 40 bikes on the track, the surface sure changes a lot. You have to be more patient and methodical through the ruts, otherwise they'll bite you for sure."


The riders aren't the only ones who will have their hands full in Denver: The thin atmosphere also presents a challenge to the mechanical crews.


"With the altitude, the crew guys are hard at work trying to dial the bike in," Brayton said. "Luckily on the JGR team, we've got a bunch of guys who are really smart with that. The quicker your bike gets dialed in, the bigger advantage you are going to have."


Brayton is expecting to bounce back from rough starts at the season opener 18th finish.


"We had some unfortunate luck in Hangtown," Brayton said. "We got a flat front tire, which doesn't happen very often. Hopefully that's out of the way and we can turn the season around.


"It's always tough to start the first race with a bad result, but I'm healthy and looking forward to Colorado."


Practice for the Rockwell Watches Thunder Valley National will get under way at 8:30 a.m. MDT on Saturday and opening ceremonies at 12:40 p.m. The first motos will be aired live on NBC Sports Network starting at 3 p.m. EDT. The second motos will air on FUEL TV at 5 p.m.


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