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Thor is proud to announce the addition of the Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha Team for the 2016 race season.
The team has an incredibly talented roster including 2015 AMA 250 West Supercross Champion Cooper Webb, 2015 AMA 250 Motocross Champion Jeremy Martin, race winner Aaron Plessinger, the always consistent Alex Martin, and introducing the promising rookie Mitchell Harrison.
“Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha is aiming high for the 2016 season. We are pleased to be working with Thor and confident that our collaboration with them will lead to great success.” said team manager Brad Hoffman.
The Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha Team looks to be a very serious nationwide threat with racers competing in both the East and West coasts in the AMA Supercross series and then heading outdoors to defend their AMA 250 Motorcross Title.
“Signing the Yamalube Star Racing Team is an exciting new change for us,” said Thor MX. “They are a young talented team that has become a powerhouse in the 250 class, winning two titles last season. We can’t wait to see what this team has in store for the upcoming seasons, and we’re excited to be involved.”
The Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha Team will make their Thor MX debut in Italy, at the Genoa Supercross on November 7th.
Ivan Ramirez clinched the 2015 AMA National Hare & Hound Championship at the final round of the series, marking his first-ever U.S. National Championship. Ramirez went into the race with a large points lead and only needed to finish 17th or better to claim the title. He started the race in the top ten and by the end had moved up to finish 7th. “I really just took it easy and enjoyed the race,” stated Ramirez. “It was more like a long trail ride today just trying to play it safe and make sure I earned the title. I am so excited to finally get this title and want to dedicate it to my friend Kurt Caselli who is the man responsible for training me in this series.”
Jason Anderson put on quite the show at this year’s Monster Energy cup in Las Vegas. Anderson was hot out of the gate all night long, claiming all 3 hole shots of the evening and winning himself a Toyota Tundra for his efforts. In Race 1 Anderson crossed the finish line first, but ended up being penalized for not passing through the infamous joker lane. In Race 2 Anderson lead the race from start to finish and timed his joker lane pass just right to hold off Canard and Barcia. In Race 3 Anderson took the holeshot but was quickly tracked down by Roczen and Dungey, finishing third and with combined points also finishing third overall for the evening.
Kailub Russell finished on the podium at the ninth round of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series to clinch the 2015 championship title and become the first rider in the history of off-road racing to claim the GNCC and National Enduro Championships in the same season.
Russell, who injured his knee at the 90th running of the ISDE event two weeks ago, managed to secure the GNCC Championship last weekend. Then just one week later, he earned a podium result at the National Enduro that allowed him to wrap up the series championship one round early.
Not only did Russell make history as the first off-road rider to clinch the GNCC and National Enduro Championships in the same season, but he and his fatherJeff Russell also became the first father and son duo to have won championships in the same series.
Kailub Russell was crowned the 2015 GNCC Champion after an impressive fourth place result at round ten of the series just one week after injuring his knee.
Russell debated whether or not to compete in the GNCC race after injuring his knee at the ISDE race one week ago. However, with the title on the line he suited up and gave it all he had to come home with a top five result while wrapping up the championship title three rounds early. Russell got off to a good start and put in a couple decent sprint laps early on to secure a place inside the top ten. “I knew I needed to be inside the top ten to clinch the title so I went to work early to put myself in position,” stated Russell. Near the halfway mark, he stepped up his game and began creeping up on the top five riders. On the final lap he was able to move into fourth place and secure the championship.
“It was a good day,” stated the champion. “If I was going to write down on paper what I wanted to do, this would have been it. I was able to manage the race pretty well today and I had a lot of fun on the track. I’m very honored to win another championship and am grateful to my team, my family and my friends that have helped support me this season.”
In spite of the grueling muddy conditions, Thomas Covington took the overall MX2 win at the MXGP of Leon, Mexico. It was the first moto win and overall victory for the American rider. In moto 1 Covington had a solid start to the race and battled in the slippery mud to a fourth place finish. In moto 2 Covington wicked it up a notch, and lead from the second lap to the checkered flag, securing his top spot of the podium. Covington is looking to carry this momentum forward to his home race and the MXGP season finale at Glen Helen Raceway, CA next weekend.
Joey Savatgy celebrated a second place finish at this past weekend’s Ironman MX Pro Motocross season finale, and also earned himself a third place finish in the championship standings. Savatgy started the day with a solid and consistent run in moto 1, swiftly edging his way up to a fifth place finish with teammate Chris Alldredge close behind him. In moto 2 Savatgy really opened things up with a banger start right into second place, on the rear tire of Nelson. Nelson went down a few laps in and Savatgy capitalized on the opportunity, although eventually conceded the lead to Plessigner after many dueling laps passed between the two riders. Joey Savatgy’s stamina and consistent efforts throughout the entire season were rewarded as he earned 3rd place overall in the 2015, 250cc MX National Championship standings.
Jason Anderson wrapped up his rookie 450 outdoor season with a solid third place overall at the Ironman MX, in Indiana. Anderson had an exciting first moto as he slotted into third place in the first few opening laps. He then hunted Pourcel for the remainder of the race and then made the pass for second place with only a few laps remaining. In moto 2 Anderson played it safe and steady for a sixth place finish which added up to a third place overall for the weekend. Jason Anderson finishes his rookie season in 6th place for the 2015, 450cc MX National Championship standings.
Joey Savatgy battled courageously and was victorious at this past weekend’s MX National at Unadilla. Savatgy opened each moto with strong starts out in the front of the pack, where he dueled closely with his competitors for most of the race. He finished with a 2-2 record which allowed him to claim the overall win for the weekend. This was Savatgy’s first win in his professional motocross career and the first victory of the year for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit team. The MX National outdoor series heads to Utah next on August 15th.
Joey Savatgy raced a solid weekend in Millville, MN with an overall third place finish. Savatgy ran hard in the first moto, overtaking Hampshire for second place, and defending his position from Jeremy Martin in an exciting second half of the race. In the second moto Savatgy maintained the third spot for most of the race before a slip back to fourth. The 2-4 finishes were good for third place overall. Joey Savatgy continues to build momentum as he is currently fourth in the Championship points race. The racing picks up again next weekend in Unadilla, NY.