ANDERSON CLAIMS SECOND AT HIGH POINT, MUSQUIN 3RD

Jason Anderson came back with a vengeance after his Thunder Valley DNF, qualifying with the fastest time at High Point and claiming second overall for the day. Marvin Musquin also put a good foot forward and rounded out the podium in third.

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Jason Anderson kicked off his weekend at High Point with authority, starting off with the quickest lap times in practice and then qualifying first out of the pack. He launched off the gate in Moto 1 and worked his way to third place by the end of lap 1, and quickly passed for second position by lap 2. A small tip over in the race cost him a few positions, but Anderson rallied and fought his way back to a third by the end of the race. In Moto 2 Anderson started off in the top ten and diligently worked his way back to another third place finish, going 3-3 for the day resulting in a second place overall.

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Marvin Musquin also had a great start, jumping off the gate to fourth place and eventually picking off Anderson and Tomac to run in second. Musquin stalked race leader Roczen, but never quite reeled him in, settling for second place in Moto 1. In Moto 2, Musquin got off to another top-five start as he rounded the opening lap in 4th place once again. Tomac made a pass on Musquin to drop him back to 5th place momentarily but the Frenchman upped the pace on lap six to make a pass on Justin Barcia to reclaim the 4th place position.

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The Star Yamaha team experienced mixed luck this weekend, with Cooper Webb landing on the podium, but both Martin brothers loosing valuable points with DNFs.

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Cooper Webb ran quiet and steady in both motos, claiming third in Moto 1 and fifth in Moto 2 for a third overall for the weekend.

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Catastrophe struck both Martin brothers, as Alex Martin experienced a mechanical DNF in Moto 1 and a nearly identical ailment struck Jeremy Martin’s ride in Moto 2.

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Aaron Plessinger fought his way to a third place finish in moto 2 and a fourth place overall.

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Mitchell Harrison hovered around the top ten mark and just missed it with a 13th overall on the weekend.

The Martin Brothers Podium in Thunder Valley

The Martin brothers showed up in Thunder Valley, CO carrying the speed and momentum from their previous races to the podium once again.

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Moto 1 kicked off with a blazing fast holeshot by Cooper Webb with Jeremy Martin right on his heels. Further back in the pack Alex Martin, Aaron Plessigner, and Jordon Smith were embroiled in a 3 way fight for podium contention. Alex Martin and Plessinger ended up getting tangled and going down, pushing them way back into the field. Plessinger managed to fight his way back to a 14th place finish, and Alex Martin clawed his way from 20th place to a sixth place finish at the checkered flag.

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Meanwhile at the front of the pack, Jeremy Martin stalked Savatgy and capitalized when Savatgy had a crash and fell back. Jeremy shot forward to the front and claimed the Moto 1 victory with Cooper Webb claiming third.

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In Moto 2 the Star Racing Yamaha riders suffered a slower start, but came back in speedy fashion. Alex Martin showed blazingly fast speed as he came back from 10th place to third place only 12 minutes into the race. Alex and Jeremy Martin kept charging for race leader Savatgy but never could reel him in close enough to challenge for the lead. Alex Martin finished second in Moto 2 and overall third, swapping with Jeremy Martin finishing third in Moto 2, and second overall for the weekend. Fellow team mates Cooper Webb scored 5th over all, Mitchell Harrison 10th, and Aaron Plessinger 11th.

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Bad luck struck Thor riders Jason Anderson and Marvin Musquin in the Thunder Valley 450MX. After a very promising start in second place during Moto 1, Jason Anderson was forced to retire early from the race as he suffered severe effects from altitude sickness.

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Marvin Musquin went down hard during Moto 1, forcing him into a DNF as his bike required repairs. Musquin rallied back in Moto 2 however and claimed a 5th place finish, and 14th overall.

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Jarryd McNeil Wins 2 Gold Medals At X Games

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Thor freestyle rider Jarryd McNeil had an outstanding showing at the 2016 Summer X Games in Austin TX, taking home gold medals in Moto X Step Up and Moto X Best Whip.  It was his debut in the Step Up category and the crowd went wild as he cleared 33 feet onboard his 2-stroke YZ250.  In the Best Whip comp McNeil continued to wow the X Games crowd as he threw some of the biggest whips of the comp, and secured 39% of the peoples vote to claim the Gold medal.

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Thor Riders Podium Sweep at Glen Helen

It was an absolute stand out weekend of racing for Thor this past weekend at the Glen Helen track in San Bernardino, CA. The day began with tributes during the opening ceremonies to Grand Marshall & Thor founder, Torsten Hallman, and culminated with a 250 MX class podium sweep.

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In Moto 1 Alex Martin quickly charged to the front on lap 1 and maintained the lead for the majority of the race. Cooper Webb continued to hunt Martin down though, and managed to close the gap and overtake Martin for the lead with two laps to go in the race. Webb would go unchallenged and take the checkered flag for the win.

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Meanwhile Jeremy Martin ran solidly in third for the race, slowly creeping up to Webb in second, but a few bobbles kept him at bay.

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Aaron Plessinger hovered around the front runner battles with a fifth place finish

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Mitchell Harrison finished 18th.

In Moto 2 Jeremy Martin shot out to the front and lead the entire race from start to finish. Alex Martin and Webb had more work on their hands, dicing through the field to try and close the gap on Jeremy.

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The pair rampaged their way in near unison until coming up on second place rider Jessy Nelson. Alex Martin pounced and made his move fast, but Webb got caught up behind Nelson and it was enough breathing room for Alex Martin to clinch second place and the overall victory for the weekend. This was Alex Martin’s first career overall win and he also claimed the red plate points lead moving forward to the next weekend of racing at Thunder Valley. Brother Jeremy Martin claimed second overall and Cooper Webb third overall to round out the Thor Star Yamaha podium sweep. Aaron Plessinger finished fifth overall and Mitchell Harrison 13th overall.

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Jason Anderson showed good form in Moto 1, starting near the front of the field and doggedly chasing the front runners the entire race. A mechanical issue struck Ken Roczen and Anderson capitalized on the opportunity claiming second place.

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Marvin Musquin ran top ten for the majority of the race and finished 9th in Moto 1. In Moto 2 Anderson was running in the top five again and was making moves for third place, when he narrowly avoided catastrophe and rode out a cross-rut. Anderson finished fifth in Moto 2 and fourth overall, Musquin finished 11th in Moto 2 and ninth overall for the weekend.

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Max Nagl claims second at MXGP of Spain

Despite super soggy conditions in Saturday’s qualifying, Sunday shaped up to be perfect weather and conditions for the MXGP round at Talavera de la Reina, Spain.

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Max Nagl has made a good name for himself for being consistent in the MXGP series. He rode his way to a solid second place finish overall and maintains a fourth place standing in the MXGP Championship series.

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Clement Desalle continues to make forward progress as his pre-season injuries heal and claimed fourth overall.

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Christophe Charlier and Jordi Tixier both had frustrating weekends, finishing 18th and 12th respectively.

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ALEX MARTIN, COOPER WEBB PODIUM AT SEASON OPENER

The 2016 Pro Motocross Championship kicked off this weekend at Hangtown in Sacramento, CA . Thor riders Alex Martin and Cooper Webb wasted no time charging their way to the podium to start the season right.

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The Star Racing Yamaha team was ensnared in tight racing with foe and teammate alike the entire day. In moto one a quick rain storm hit midway through the race, adding another layer of complexity to the first outdoor race of the season. Cooper Webb and Jeremy Martin battled the entire race, swapping positions and dicing it up until the final laps when Jeremy managed to claim the position from his teammate. In Moto Two a competitor went down hard bringing about a red flag, and resetting the stage for Alex Martin and Aaron Plessinger to mount their attacks. The final moments of the race were a frenzied brawl between Savatgy, Nelson, Alex Martin and Plessinger as they all battled for first place. Lapped traffic played to Savatgy’s advantage and he squeaked by with the win with Alex Martin right on his rear tire. Alex Martin and Cooper Webb claimed second and third overall for the weekend.

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Jason Anderson rode solid and consistent the entire weekend, qualifying third and staying steady in the top ten all day. His combined sixth and third places earned him fourth overall for the weekend.

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Marvin Musquin also kept it in the top ten, finishing ninth in moto one and then battling to a 7th place in moto two, for combined finish of 8th overall.

Webb Clinches the 2016 250SX West Championship in Vegas

The 2016 Las Vegas Supercross finale was high drama as torrential rain lead to some of the most exciting and high stakes mud racing ever witnessed in Sam Boyd Stadium.

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Cooper Webb came into the weekend with a comfortable points lead, but the muddy conditions in Las Vegas proved to be a near deal-breaker. In heat race one Webb nabbed the holeshot, but was hounded by Alex Martin and some contact with Joey Savatgy pushed him back to fifth. The rain began to pour halfway through the race and Webb clawed his way to a third place finish.  Webb proved he had the grit and quality of a champion as the main event unfolded and only pure tenacity delivered him the title. Webb went down in the second lap, momentarily losing the championship lead to front-runner Savatgy. Battling through the mud and an injured wrist, Webb closed the gap and finished just in time to clinch the title by a single point. Cooper Webb is a back-to-back 250SX West Champion and now sets his focus on an outdoor title in 2016.

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Jeremy Martin struggled in the Vegas mud bog along with much of the field. In his heat race Martin worked his way to third place, but went down in the mud relegating him to a sixth place finish.  In the main event, the mud thwarted Jeremy’s efforts as he went down on lap one. Literally stuck in the mud, Martin had a hard time getting his bike unstuck and started again, dashing any hopes of championship chase. Despite being nearly a lap down, Jeremy Martin charged to a 15th place finish for the evening.

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Aaron Plessinger started the night calm and collected, riding his heat race to an easy transfer from fifth in the downpour. Bad luck struck Plessinger in the main event however, when a bent shifter early in the race forced him into the mechanics pit for a fix. Plessinger charged with all his might for the remainder of the race to an impressive fourth place finish, it was just not enough to unseat championship leader Malcolm Stewart.

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Alex Martin’s start of the night was very promising, as he overtook Webb for the lead in heat race one. As the rain began to deteriorate the track, Martin lost grip right before the final lap and went down, remounting in time for a transfer spot to the main event. In the 250 main, Alex Martin struggled in the muddy conditions and rode to a 18th place finish.

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Jason Anderson made do with the mud in his heat race, chasing race leader Dungey for a majority of the race. A few mistakes and bobbles set him back a few corners however and Anderson settled for a second place. In the main, Anderson was again second at the start, briefly occupied third after getting passed in the second lap only to reclaim the position about halfway through the race and take it to the finish. He finishes out the season third overall in 450 rider point standings.

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Marvin Musquin had his work cut out for him in the mud, as unfavorable conditions pushed him out of transfer and into semi 2 where he went head-to-head with the mud again to claim a third place finish to transfer to the main. Musquin regained his composure and started off the main event with a top five start. He was pushing hard when he landed off a double and collided with another rider, causing him to crash hard. As a result, Musquin was forced to pull into the mechanic’s area and make adjustments to his bike, he ended up 21st for the evening.

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The 250SX East Coast Championship fight will go all the way to the bitter end in Vegas, as Jeremy Martin creeps closer in points after a podium finish in New Jersey.

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Jeremy Martin made the transfer from heat race 1 and kept his eyes on the prize for the main event. Martin had a solid start to his race in the top five and began his charge to the front.  Despite his advances and several attempts, Tyler Bowers held back Martin for the majority of the race. With a few laps left Martin finally made the pass stick, but by then it was too late in the race to challenge for second or first. Martin will be heading into the Las Vegas finale needing to gain at least 19 points.

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Aaron Plessinger had a night of highs and lows. In a very exciting heat race Plessigner wowed the crowds with great speed and daring passes to snatch the win from Tyler Bowers in the final corners of the race. The momentum of this win would not carry through to the main event however, when Plessinger suffered from a terrible start, relocating him all the way back to 15th place after lap 1. Charging with all his might, Plessinger hurdled his way to the top five by lap 11, and would ultimately finish in the fifth spot. Plessinger heads into the championship showdown in Las Vegas trailing points leader Malcolm Stewart by 14 points.

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A lackluster heat race sent Jason Anderson to semi 2 where Anderson wasted no time claiming the lead and winning the race. In the main event, Anderson had a slow start and found himself deep in the top ten. With each lap, Anderson slowly inched his way forward, and would finish 6th place for the evening.

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Marvin Musquin has been regaining his pre-injury speed but isn’t at full capacity quite yet.  Musquin missed the cut off in his heat race but made the transfer with little problem in semi two.  A slow start for Musquin in the main event pushed him mid pack, and Musquin managed to climb his way to a 7th place for the evening.

THOR GOES 1-2 IN ST LOUIS

The East Coast 250SX Championship went into overdrive this weekend in St Louis, with Jeremy Martin claiming the win and Aaron Plessinger following up in second place.  Jason Anderson continues to charge hard in the 450 class, claiming another podium in St Louis.

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The Star Racing Yamaha team continues to dominate the 250SX field and they were really cooking with fire this weekend. Jeremy Martin had a little bobble in heat race 1, but still managed an easy transfer into the main event. In the 250SX main event, Martin sprinted out of the gate for the holeshot and lead the entire race from start to finish. He was unchallenged the entire race and clocking the fastest times of the evening.

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Aaron Plessinger rolled into St Louis carrying the momentum of his first career win from last weekend and rode with confidence all day. In heat race 1 Plessinger battled Shane McElrath for the lead, but a small tip over ended the battle early. Plessinger remounted quick enough to secure second place and a transfer to the main. In the main event Plessinger and McElrath battled once again, and this time after several heated laps Plessinger made the pass stick. Plessinger maintained second place for the rest of the race and considerably tightened of the championship point chase, now trailing Malcolm Stewart by a single point.

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Jason Anderson continues to race with confidence and consistency in the 450 class. Anderson had an uneventful race in the heats making an easy transfer to the main. In the 450SX main event Anderson had a decent start claiming a top five spot off the gate. He continued charging through the pack, claiming third and eventually capitalizing on a mistake by Roczen to snag second place. As the laps wound down and the race was coming to a close, Roczen managed a fast pass on the last lap of the race to relegate Anderson to a third place podium finish.

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Marvin Musquin was back on the gate after taking a round of racing off to allow an injury to heal. Still not quite in peak form, Musquin made good on his night back racing by transferring quickly from heat race 1 and running in the top ten during the main event. Unfortunately a slide out late in the race slowed down the Frenchman, and he had to settle for a 15th place finish for the evening.

NAGL EARNS 3RD CONSECUTIVE PODIUM IN MEXICO

Max Nagl continues his MXGP Championship hunt with fever as he claims yet another podium in Mexico.

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Max Nagl was a rocket on the starting gate, claiming hole shots in both motos of the weekend. Holding on to fourth for the most part of the opening race, the German made a late charge that allowed him to pass Evgeny Bobryshev for an eventual third position at the checkered flag. Finding himself in third early on in moto two, Nagl went on to round out the GP of Mexico with another third place finish.

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Teammate Christophe Charlier had a fall during Saturday’s qualifying race that almost meant the end of his Mexican GP. Managing to put the crash behind him the Frenchman came back strong on Sunday to collect 13th, enough for a 12th place overall.

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Still on the road to recovery from pre-season injuries, Clement Desalle made big gains this weekend with a fifth place finish overall in Mexico.