Mike Brown and Maria Forsberg Take Home Medals At Barcelona X-Games

Saturday’s racing included the second stop of the X Games tour around the globe. Since the previous stop in Brazil, Brown had picked up a dominating opening round win of the EnduroCross series and brought that confidence to Barcelona, Spain. The long 10-lap main event had Brown leading early on, and despite pressure from top rivals, Brown picked up the gold medal with the Enduro X victory.

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Also earning a medal in Spain was Women’s Enduro X rider Maria Forsberg, who managed to collect her first medal of the season in second place. Thor’s Taylor Robert and Destry Abbott were also in attendance for the Men’s Enduro X. Abbott suffered a crash in practice and couldn’t continue, while Robert won the LCQ but an opening lap crash in the main event pushed him back to finish 10th.

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Thor’s Ryan Villopoto Makes Big Statement at Hangtown

Coming off his third consecutive Monster Energy Supercross championship, Ryan Villopoto made his return to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series in a big way, earning two impressive moto wins on Saturday at the season opener. The Hangtown National just outside Sacramento, Calif. brought out impressive crowds to watch Villopoto race to margins of victory over 20 seconds each 450MX moto. Villopoto will run the coveted red number plate at the second round as he holds a six-point lead in the 450MX class.

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hor’s Tyla Rattray made his 450MX class debut at Hangtown and came through the pack in both moto to race inside the top 10. His 9-9 moto result panned out to a ninth-place overall finish. His Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Dean Wilson was also making his 450MX debut, while also coming back from his supercross injury, and scored a 17-14 moto finish to end up 17th overall.

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Also coming back from injury, Josh Grant started strong in the opening moto, but had some bad luck with collisions with other riders, was forced to come through the pack. He ended up 24th overall.

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The 250MX class saw the return of 2012 champion Blake Baggett. Thor’s Baggett was also another rider returning to action from injury, and while he was completely 100 percent, managed to lead laps, and left Hangtown with a second-place overall finish.

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Also putting together a great ride at Hangtown was Marvin Musquin, who was in the thick of the podium hunt on Saturday. He was able to put together two solid motos, and even came back from a crash in Moto 2 to finish 4-4 for fourth overall.

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Rookie Justin Hill got through the first two motos in the 250MX class, showcasing his charging speed to finish 10th overall. In Moto 1, he overcame a 31st place start to work his way up to a 13th-place finish. He improved upon that result to claim ninth in the second moto.

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Thor’s Darryn Durham took to the track for the first time since the end of the 2012 supercross season and in the opening moto proved that his speed remained. He finished sixth in the opening moto, and was running sixth in the second moto before going down, leaving him unable to return. Despite his 6-36 moto result, he still finished 14th overall.

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Martin Davalos also had trouble in a moto, but came back in the second moto to finish with a 38-12 moto result for 17th overall.

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Photos: Simon Cudby

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Thor MX Makes It A Big Weekend with Wins Around the World

Thor riders were back at it again over the weekend, winning races around the globe in dominating fashion. Collecting the first win of the weekend was Thor’s Mike Brown at the season opener of the EnduroCross series. At the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Brown collected the fastest hot-lap time in both the afternoon and night sessions, grabbed a heat-race win, and took his first EnduroCross series win of his career. While he has won at X Games, this is the first series win for the 41-year old. Also putting in great efforts in the main event were Thor’s Taylor Robert and Destry Abbott, finishing sixth and 11th, respectively.

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Also running in Las Vegas was the final round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series at Sam Boyd Stadium. Villopoto clinched the championship last weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah, but he was hungry to claim that 10th win of the season. He got to the front quickly and by the second lap he had moved into the lead, adding another win to his impressive comeback season.

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The 250SX riders had a lot of racing to do over at Sam Boyd Stadium, with a 15-lap main event and a 10-lap East/West Shootout. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki interim rider Tyler Bowers started the night on a positive note as he broke through for his first career win in the Eastern Regional 250SX Main Event. Later in the East/West Shootout, he was in the top five, but a crash pushed him back and he recovered for 14th.

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It was a hard-fought battle for Eastern Regional title-contender Marvin Musquin who finished just a few points out of the title. He never gave up and nearly beat Bowers to the line, taking second in the main event and second in the standings. In the East/West Shootout, Musquin finished on the podium again with a third-place result.

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In the Western Regional 250SX Main Event, Martin Davalos shot out of the gate and grabbed the holeshot, leading the field for 11 laps before eventually rounding out the podium in third. Tyla Rattray was able to work his way up to ninth. Davalos almost had another podium finish in the East/West Shootout, but finished just off the podium in fourth, while Rattray finished 10th.

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Out in the Utah desert, Thor’s Kurt Caselli added another win to the weekend with an impressive ride at the AMA National Hare and Hound in Jericho, Utah. After six rounds, Caselli holds a decent points gap over second place in the championship standings.

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On the other side of the globe, the FIM Motocross World Championship headed to Agueda, Portugal for the sixth round of the season. Thor’s Gautier Paulin held off his toughest rivals to claim the overall win by finishing with a 1-2 moto finish, making it back-to-back wins for the Frenchman.

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Also in the MX1 class, Thor’s Jeremy Van Horebeek showcased his speed with a 5-6 finish for seventh overall, while David Philippaerts was just behind him in eighth overall with an 8-8 moto result. In the MX2 class, Christophe Charlier put in a great ride to finish with a top five.

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Also in the MX1 class, Thor’s Jeremy Van Horebeek showcased his speed with a 5-6 finish for seventh overall, while David Philippaerts was just behind him in eighth overall with an 8-8 moto result. In the MX2 class, Christophe Charlier put in a great ride to finish with a top five.

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One final win was added to the tally when Thor amateur rider Ryder DiFrancesco took the win during the KTM Supercross Juniors Challenge in Las Vegas during the Monster Energy Supercross.

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Thor Riders Continue Dominance at National Enduro and National Hare and Hound

Adding to Thor MX’s dominating weekend, Thor riders Kurt Caselli and Charlie Mullins won their respective races at the AMA National Hare and Hound and the AMA National Enduro.

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In Johnson Valley, Calif., Caselli has wasted no time in reminding his competition why he is back-to-back AMA National Hare and Hound champion. After a DNF at Round 1, Caselli added a third victory to his season with a win in Johnson Valley and now holds a 15-point lead after five rounds. Teammate Ivan Ramirez bounced back from a tough race at the previous round to finish on the podium with Caselli in second.

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Thor’s Charlie Mullins made it a perfect April, winning both GNCC races and AMA National Enduro races that took place during the month. His latest win at the National Enduro in Westpoint, Tenn. on Sunday was another dominating one, winning by 1 minute and 23 seconds.

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Mullins’ teammate Grant Baylor continues to adjust well to his first season of the series, scoring a sixth-place finish in Tennessee.

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Villopoto Second In Seattle

Thor’s Ryan Villopoto edged ever closer to a third consecutive Monster Energy Supercross title after placing second at his hometown race in Seattle. His second-place finish increased his overall points lead to 25. With just two races left, Villopoto can clinch the title with another strong finish next week in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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The Western Regional 250SX returned in Seattle, with Tyla Rattray and Martin Davalos lining up for Thor. Rattray rode to his best finish of the season in fifth, moving him to ninth in the season standings. Martin Davalos overcame a few mistakes to take ninth, placing him sixth in the standings.

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Thor’s Charlie Mullins and Gautier Paulin Both Pick Up Wins

It was another great weekend for the Thor riders all around the globe, with Charlie Mullins and Gautier Paulin both pick up wins in their respective series.

At the Big Buck GNCC in Union, S.C., Mullins won his third race of the season over teammate Kailub Russell, who placed second. While Mullins won by 30 seconds, Russell finished nearly four minutes ahead of the third place rider. The win helped Mullins extend his championship lead to 10 points.

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In XC2 class, Thor’s Grant Baylor tied his season-best finish of second, moving him into second place in total points for the year. Baylor battled for his second-place result, finishing just half a second in front of the third-place finisher.

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After dominating every timing and qualification session, Thor’s Gautier Paulin continued to look great when it counted, winning the FIM Motocross World Championship in Bulgaria. His victory moved him into second place in the World Championship classification. Thor’s Jeremy van Horebeek was good for fifth place overall, his best result of the year. David Philippaerts took eighth overall, a result that has him edging ever closer to a top-10 season finish.

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In MX2 class, Thor’s Alessandro Lupino took third overall, his best result of the season. Christophe Charlier was able to finish sixth overall with a 7-5 moto result.

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Thor’s Maria Forsberg had a long race weekend that started with the Women’s Enduro X race at the X Games. After finishing with a silver medal in Brazil, she flew back and captured the GNCC Women’s class win in Union, S.C.

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Thor’s Marvin Musquin, Kurt Caselli and Charlie Mullins Dominate

Thor’s Marvin Musquin, Charlie Mullins, and Kurt Caselli dominated their respective races over the weekend. Starting the weekend of victories was Musquin at the Monster Energy Supercross in Minneapolis, Minn., who continued his chase for the Eastern Regional 250SX championship with his fourth win of the season. He dominated the 15-lap main event and eventually won by eight and a half seconds.

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In the 450SX class, Thor’s Ryan Villopoto led 16 of 20 laps in Minnesota before taking second-place. Villopoto’s finish helped his extend his lead to 22 points over second place in the championship standings with three races remaining.

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Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki interim rider Tyler Bowers competed in his second 250SX race of the season since making the jump from Arenacross. He had a solid heat race, and overcame a crash in the main event to finish fifth. Cole Thompson was running in sixth most of the race, but went down in the final laps to finish 10th.

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At the AMA National Enduro in Forest Hill, La., Thor’s Charlie Mullins dominated the field by winning all six tests and taking his second win of the season. Mullins extended his series points lead to 11. Thor’s Grant Baylor was sixth and maintained his sixth place standing in the season points race.

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Thor’s Kurt Caselli took over the points lead with a first-place finish at the AMA National Hare and Hound race in Lucerne Valley, Calif. despite not finishing the first race of the season. Thor’s Ivan Ramirez was on pace for a good finish but took 15th after running into trouble on the final loop.

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At the foot of the Italian Alps, Thor riders took to the track this weekend for the FIM World MX Championship in Arco di Trento, Italy. Gautier Paulin hit the podium once again to finish third, his third podium in four races. Thor’s Jeremy van Horebeek posted his first top ten of the season, finishing ninth.

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In MX2, Thor’s Christophe Charlier finished just off the podium in fourth after battling through a number of riders after a tough start. He missed the podium by a single point. Alessandro Lupino grabbed a top ten finish in front of his home crowd.

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The Monster Energy Supercross riders will make its move west to CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. Both the National Hare and Hound and National Enduro will return in two weeks.

Thor Riders Claim Wins at Supercross and GNCC

Thor’s Ryan Villopoto came, saw, and conquered the latest Monster Energy Supercross at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Leading every lap and taking home the win, Villopoto stretched his win-streak to five and upped his points lead to 21 with four rounds remaining.

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Also putting in an impressive ride in Houston was 250SX rider Marvin Musquin, who made his sixth trip to the podium with a third-place finish. The Eastern Regional riders have two rounds remaining and Musquin is in the thick of the championship battle, just eight points out of first place.

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It was also an exciting night for the 250SX class as three-time Arenacross champion Tyler Bowers made his 2013 supercross debut with a career-best fourth place result. The reigning Arenacross champion made jump to supercross to help out the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team for the remaining Eastern Regional rounds.

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Round 3 of the Grand National Cross Country Series was help in Morganton, N.C. over the weekend. Charlie Mullins and Kailub Russell made it another Thor 1-2 sweep with Mullins grabbing his second win of the season. Mullins moved into sole possession of the points lead over his teammate Russell, who sits just five points back.

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In the XC2 class, Thor’s Grant Baylor returned to the podium for the second-straight race. His third-place finish has helped him remain in a tights points battle where he’s currently third and only four points back from second place. Thor’s Cody Gragg also made it out to North Carolina for his first GNCC of the year, placing a solid seventh-place in the XC2 class. Maria Forsberg also won the Women’s class earlier in the day, taking over the class points lead.

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The Monster Energy Supercross riders will head to Minneapolis, Minn. for the first time since 2008 as they take over the Metrodome in downtown. The GNCC riders get a bit of a break until returning to action on April 21 in Union, S.C.

Thor Riders Collect Four Wins From Canada to the States

It was another big race weekend for the Thor MX riders as Ryan Villopoto, Marvin Musquin, Kurt Caselli, and Taylor Robert all claimed victories at their respective races.

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Starting in Toronto, Canada, the Monster Energy Supercross made its lone international stop to the Rogers Centre. Villopoto once again took first in the 450SX class, making it his fourth win in a row and seventh win of the season. His lead atop the standings was increased to 12 points with five rounds remaining.

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In the 250SX class, Thor’s Marvin Musquin won his third in a row, making him the only rider since 2008 to collect his first three career wins consecutively. His win was in wire-to-wire fashion after overcoming a crash during practice session. The win moves Thor’s Musquin to just six points back of the leader in the 250SX Eastern Regional standings.

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Thor’s Cole Thompson, born in Canada, had his best finish of the season while racing in his native land, coming across the finish line in sixth. Justin Hill had a good night going, but a crash after the first turn in the main event kept him from returning to the race.

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At the AMA National Hare and Hound in Murphy, Idaho, Thor’s Kurt Caselli won for the first time this season, moving him up to an impressive fourth in points after going scoreless at the first round. Ivan Ramirez finished in eighth place.

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Adding another win to the weekend total was Thor’s Taylor Robert, who took the victory in the Pro class at the WORCS race in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Robert not only had the fastest lap during the two-hour race, but finished more than two minutes ahead of second place.

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At the AMA National Enduro race in Blackwell, Texas, Thor’s Grant Baylor finished a season-best fifth overall. Teammate Charlie Mullins ended up 11th overall after an issue during the third test pushed him out of contention for the win. Despite the tough finish, he never gave up and was able to maintain the championship lead where he sits six points ahead of second.

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Thor’s Villopoto, Musquin, and Russell Come Up With Big Wins at Supercross and GNCC

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In the XC2 class, Thor’s Grant Baylor grabbed his best finish of the season, making the podium with a second-place result.

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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.