Kailub Russell made waves this weekend when he elected to ride a 2-stroke KTM 150SX to victory in the GNCC Ironman race event, a feat thought to be impossible.
With an unrivaled display of team spirit, the trio of French Kawasaki Thor riders recorded their country’s second victory in the annual event for national teams with a score of just seventeen points, to the twenty-seven of second-placed Belgium and thirty-three of USA and Great Britain.
Paulin took his Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team bike to victory in the opening moto for MXGP and MX2 riders and, with Ferrandis ninth, France opened up an early lead in the team classification with ten points to the thirteen of second-placed USA.
In the second moto for Open class and MX2 machinery it was Frossard’s turn to do battle and he charged to second, while Ferrandis, unselfishly accepting the team’s outside gate, again finished ninth to further extend the French lead to seven points over Great Britain.
With Paulin victorious and Frossard fourth in the final moto, the French sealed the victory on a glorious day. The first time in nearly 30 years that the winning team in the annual event, have all come from the same manufacturer. The winning team.., all THOR riders.
Kailub Russell started slow, but battled from 15th position to take the win with a commanding 27 second lead over second place.
Grant Baylor rode well and won his GNCC XC2 race by 3 minutes.
Kacy Martinez may already be crowned 2014 GNCC WXC champion, but that didn’t stop her from battling back to take the top step at Unadilla.
It was a great weekend for Thor 250 riders at Washougal, with Musquin and Baggett taking the top two spots of the podium.
Marvin Musquin was on fire this weekend at Washougal Motocross Park, leading qualifying with the fastest times and sweeping both moto wins of the weekend.
Blake Baggett had a solid weekend wrapping up an overall second place finish and gaining valuable Championship points. Blake is third overall in points and continues to chip away race by race.
Marvin rode well at the Spring Creek National in Minnesota, and his 2-4 moto finishes were good enough for second overall.
After a good start in the first moto, Musquin battled with Dean Wilson and Christophe Pourcel to grab second place. In the second 250 moto, Marvin had to move through the pack a bit, and ended up fouth.