Ryan Villopoto, Marvin Musquin, and Kailub Russell all grabbed wins at their respective Supercross and GNCC races over the weekend, making it another big weekend for the Thor MX team.
Starting on Saturday, Villopoto entered Round 10 of the Monster Energy Supercross series in Indianapolis, Ind. with a two-point advantage and looked poised to extend his lead. After winning his heat race in dominating fashion, Villopoto used his good start to stay with the lead riders. Just after moving into second, the leader stalled, allowing Villopoto to take advantage of the mistake, eventually holding on to claim a season-high sixth victory, and fourth-consecutive win at the Lucas Oil Stadium.
Musquin proved he would be competitive in Indianapolis with fast lap times being posted throughout the day and collecting his first heat win of the season. He had his work cut out for him in the main event after starting 16th on the opening lap, but his impressive speed had him in second right before the white flag. On the final lap, he inherited the lead with only a a half lap remaining, giving Musquin his second-consecutive victory.
Thor’s Justin Hill also put in a notable finish at Lucas Oil Stadium. He rode to a second-place finish in his heat, and ended up with a top-five finish in the main event, tying his season-best. Cole Thompson was running up front at the start of the main event, but a tip over cost him several spot and he eventually finished 16th. Dean Wilson did not compete in the main event after a crash in his heat ended his night early.
Along with the supercross riders’ notable finishes, off-road riders Charlie Mullins and Kailub Russell again put on a show for the spectators at the GNCC in Washington, Ga. The two separated themselves from the pack and battled right down to the final lap, with Russell prevailing as the winner. Mullins grabbed the runner-up spot and the KTM teammates are now tied for the points lead, leading third by 16 points.
In the XC2 class, Thor’s Grant Baylor grabbed his best finish of the season, making the podium with a second-place result.
The Monster Energy Supercross riders will now head out of the country to their single international stop in Toronto, Canada on Saturday. The GNCC riders will get a few weeks off before convening in Morganton, N.C. on April 6.