Kick back for a few minutes and see what Thor MX rider Marvin Musquin has been up to lately and what he has set up for the 2013 season…
Thor’s amateur riders took on the first race of the new season at the annual Winter Olympics at Gatorback Park in Gainesville, Fla. In both the supercross and motocross competition, Thor riders racked up an impressive 14 championships and 16 additional podiums. The week started with supercross racing and Jordon Smith showed his skills. He won all but one moto on his way to earn five championships for the Schoolboy (13-16), 250 B Stock, 250 B Modified, Open B Stock, and Open B Modified classes.
Also grabbing championships in the supercross portion of the week were Jordan Bailey and Joey Crown. Bailey also earned a runner-up result in the 85 (9-11) Stock class, while Ryder DiFrancesco, Jack Rogers, Tanner Stack, and Tyler McSwain also grabbed second-place finishes.
Halfway through the week, riders made the switch to motocross racing. Smith once again led the way with four championships, while Matt Burkeen grabbed his first championship of the week in the Four Stroke class. Bailey added two more championships to his week’s total as he went undefeated in motocross competition in the 85 (9-11) Stock and Modified classes.
When the week of competition ended, the customary specialty awards were passed out. Thor’s Bailey was presented with the Ironman Award, given to the rider that showed great sportsmanship to a fellow rider. Just after crossing the finish line for the checkered flag, Bailey displayed this incredible character by going back to help a fellow rider push their bike over the finish line after the riders bike broke just before the checkered.
Thor’s Burkeen was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award. Burkeen was awarded this for his breakout performance and overall consistency throughout the Winter Olympics.
Thor MX has strengthened its 2013 line-up with newly signed Marvin Musquin adding his talents to the Thor MX roster. The accomplished Frenchman has two consecutive MX2 World Championships to his credit, and earned his first victory on American soil at historical Unadilla during the in 2012 AMA Motocross season.
“I am very happy that Thor gave me the opportunity to represent them in 2013,” said Musquin. “I feel lucky to be a part of a championship-winning company and I’m really looking forward to great results next year.”
Musquin will start the 2013 season with increased confidence that came from a great 2012 campaign. In his first full year racing in the states, Musquin finished third overall in the Eastern Region AMA Supercross 250SX class and racked up a total of four podium finishes. He was also a threat in the highly competitive AMA Motocross Series 250 class, learning the US tracks quickly which enabled him to earn three top-qualifier awards throughout the season.
“Adding Marvin to our roster is very exciting for us here at Thor,” said Jim Gallager, Design Director at Thor MX. “He’s a young talent with many big accomplishments already to his name. We are excited to have him a part of our team as he continues to excel in his career.”
Musquin will make his Thor MX debut during the AMA Supercross Series.
Thor’s Mike Brown pulled double duty last week as he competed in both the Baja 1000 on Thursday and Friday, and then drove to Las Vegas to race the final EnduroCross event of the season. As a part of a four man team that included Thor’s Kurt Caselli and Ivan Ramirez, the KTM squad was able to overcome several issues to come back and finish second overall.
Along with Brown’s successful venture in Mexico, he also captured one final podium at the EnduroCross at the Orleans Arena. With two main events on the night schedule, Brown didn’t waste any time showing his speed. He finished third in the first main event, while placing fifth in the second main event. Thor’s Taylor Robert bounced back from his 12th-place finish in the first main event to finish eighth in the second main event.
In addition to the great efforts of the Expert Pro class, the Women’s class put on a great show for the EnduroCross fans in Las Vegas. Thor’s Maria Forsberg entered the final round with a 10-point lead in the women’s class standings and was able to make a last-lap pass for her fourth win of the season, securing her first EnduroCross championship. Forsberg adds the EnduroCross championship to her GNCC championship and perfect season in the series.
Thor’s Jake Weimer made a successful trip to the annual Bercy Supercross, capturing the title ‘King of Bercy’ with two wins and a second-place ride. Not knowing what to expect out of the three-night competition, Weimer immediately showed his speed as he collected wins on the first two nights. His second-place finish on Sunday helped secure the coveted title and a great way to start out the new season.
Thor’s Tyler Villopoto was also in Paris competing in the 250 class, also known as the Prince of Bercy. Villopoto started the weekend off right with a podium result on Friday, and was looking poised at another great finish on Saturday, but an injury kept him from returning to action.
Russell Bobbitt lined up for the final OMA Nationals race in Camden, Tenn. After grabbing the holeshot, he led for most of the race, but on the last lap was pushed back to second, just one second behind the leader at the finish. His consistent season helped him earn second in the points standings.
Thor MX would like to congratulate Factory KTM off-road rider Kurt Caselli, who earned his second-consecutive AMA National Hare and Hound Championship. While an injury suffered at the fifth round of the championship put Caselli’s title hopes in doubt, he took on the challenge and came back stronger than ever following the summer break. He captured wins at the final three rounds to bring his season total to a season-high seven victories. Following a season full of ups and downs, Thor is excited to see Caselli overcome adversity and come out on top once again, showing the true mark of a champion.