Villopoto and Hill Shred in Sunny San Diego

San Diego Supercross 2014 marked the first ever Military Appreciation Race. Below, Ryan Villopoto greets our nation’s finest during the opening ceremonies while wearing his Red, White and Blue – Core “Anthem” racewear.

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Ryan put in a solid, respectable ride to finish second place overall, extending his points lead.

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The sun was shining on Justin Hill all day as he rode great in practice and qualifying.

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Justin Hill made smart early passes, putting himself in position to ride away with his first ever 250 Supercross Main Event win.

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Wilson Charges A3

Dean Wilson makes a statement at Anaheim 3, earning his first 250 class win of the 2014 season.

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Dean was fast and focused, turning in some of the fastest lap times of the evening.

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The win marks Wilson’s first win of the 2014 SX season. Congrats Dean!

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RV, Wilson & Hill Charge In Oakland

Thor riders Ryan Villopoto, Dean Wilson and Justin Hill all had strong performances at the 4th round of the 2014 Supercross season in Oakland this weekend.

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Ryan Villopoto charged the way with a 1st place finish in the 450 class, taking over the points lead.

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Dean Wilson showed his speed in Oakland with a second place finish in the 250 class.

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Meanwhile, Justin Hill raced hard to earn his first podium finish in his professional career with a solid third place finish in the 250 class.

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Congrats to all and we’ll see you at the races…

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Villo Takes Phoenix SX

Congrats to Ryan Villopoto on securing his 1st win of the season in Phoenix this weekend. We have a feeling this is only the beginning…

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THOR RIDERS WRAP UP GNCC NATIONAL, XC2 AND WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to Thor riders Kailub Russell and Charlie Mullins, who both put in an impressive season on the GNCC circuit. Kailub Russell came away with the close fought championship title.

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Congratulations are also in order for Grant Baylor (XC2) and Maria Forsberg who also wrapped up titles in their respective divisions.

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THOR CELEBRATES MXON VICTORY WITH JEREMY VANHOREBEEK AND TEAM BELGIUM

The 67th edition of the Motocross of Nations has welcomed 85.000 motocross mad spectators during an action packed weekend which has seen over 40 nations battle for the coveted Chamberlain Trophy.  The Talkessel circuit in Teutschenthal, Germany marked an impressive appearance for no less than 9 of the THOR supported riders representing  6 different nations:

Gautier Paulin – France
Christophe Charlier – France
Jeremy VanHorebeek – Belgium
Brett Metcalfe – Australia
Todd Waters – Australia
David Philippaerts – Italy
Alessandro Lupino – Italy
Valentin Guillod – Switzerland
Kenneth Gundersen – Norway

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THOR was able to celebrate a well deserved victory with Jeremy Van Horebeek and Team Belgium after they toppled Team GERMANY (last years winners) to hoist the Chamberlain trophy on the top step of the podium. A further two more podiumspots were filled with THOR riders David Philippaerts and Alessandro Lupino representing TEAM ITALY alongside Antonio Cairoli for 3rd on the rostrum.

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Brett Metcalfe and Todd Waters were favorites alongside countryman Dean Ferris after Metcalfe won his qualification race beating Ryan Dungey to the checkered flag. 10 – 8 scores for Mettcalfe in his moto’s secured 4th place for TEAM Australia.

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Gauiter Paulin and Christophe Charlier were disappointed with their scores which saw France finish in 5th place.

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Swiss talent Valentin Guillod found himself in leading the first MX1-MX2 moto.  The 21 year-old showed great tenacity in the opening laps to lead the world’s fastest riders. He eventually ended 9th.

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Next’s year’s edition will see all nations travel to Latvia to battle for the chamberlain trophy and the bragging rights of best MX Nation in the world.

VANHOREBEEK ON THE PODIUM IN MOTO UK MX GP

The penultimate round of the FIM MX World championship series has attracted over 25.000 spectators as well as 319 riders who took part in the 4 day special edition MX GP festival in Matterly Basin UK.

THOR’s Jeremy Van Horebeek claimed a strong second moto podium finish with second place however a nasty first turn crash in moto 1 kept the Belgian from an overall podium.  The incident also affected team-mate Gautier Paulin as he was hit in the start but pushed hard to recover to 9th.   A strong, consistent performance in moto 2 saw the Frenchman end 5th.   David Philippaerts was enjoying his recent string of solid results and 7th in moto 1 ensured that the Italian was a force to be reckoned with.  Unfortunately for DP19 he got caught under his bike in a pile-up before the wave section and he had to retire in moto 2.

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Christophe Charlier had a wonderful turn around of a tough weekend on the rough chalked based Matterly track.  A crash in moto 1 left Charlier with only a handful of points but the Corsican quickly changed that when he got to the front in moto 2 and never looked back.  Charlier controlled the race and took a commendable victory.  Matterly also marked the return of Arnaud Tonus who has missed most of the 2013 due to injury.  The CLS Monster Energy Pro Circuit rider was pleased with in 8th in moto two and will be looking to build hisspeed and strength to contend for the 2014 MX2 title.  Team-mate Alsessandro Lupino matched Tonus with 8th in moto 1 but had to retire in Moto 2 while holding 6th spot.

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The final round of the 17 round FIM MX World championship will take place on the treacherous and demanding sand circuit of Lierop 7-8 September in the Netherlands.

Ryan Villopoto 2013 450 National Champion

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Thor’sRyan Villopoto  clinched the 2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Championship title at Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park with one round to go. Congrats Ryan!

RV Dominates The Hills Of NY

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Ryan Villopoto extended his points lead at the Unadilla track in New York in dominating fashion, inching closer to reclaiming the outdoor nation championship.

 

Ryan Villopoto Captures Fourth Moto Sweep of the Year

Not only did Ryan Villopoto make a statement with his 1-1 moto sweep at RedBud in Buchanan, Mich., he benefitted from mistakes made by his closest rival in the chase for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Villopoto bounced back from a two-round hiatus from the top of the 450 Class podium and walked out of Round 7 with a massive 42-point lead in the championship standings.

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Thanks to past success at previous visits to the Red Bud National, Thor’s Josh Grant came into the seventh round more confident than ever. He started the day on fire, getting out to the holeshot in the opening moto and leading the first three laps. Once Grant settled in, he maintained a solid pace to come across the finish in third. Grant almost repeated his start from Moto 1 and set himself up for another good race. When the scores were tallied, Grant’s 3-5 moto scores were enough to stand on the overall podium for the first time this season in third.

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In the stacked 250 Class, starts have become important component of race strategy. Marvin Musquin proved once again that he was able to make it happen out of the gate and ran up near the front of the field all afternoon. His consistent 3-4 moto scores nearly landed him on the podium, but the Frenchman happily took fourth overall. Musquin’s performance at RedBud also moved him into third in the championship standings.

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It’s been an up and down year for defending 250 Class Champion Blake Baggett, but he continued to show his resilience at the RedBud National. In the first moto, Baggett made a good push to the front after starting outside the top 20, eventually finishing inside the top 10 in eighth. In the second moto, Baggett was running well and finished 10th to secure ninth overall.

In just his third professional race, Adam Cianciarulo continued to adapt to brand new circuits and the heightened pace of professional competition. Despite the learning curve, Cianciarulo continued to impress at RedBud. His opening moto had him finishing just outside the top 10 in 11th, while a great come-from-behind ride in Moto 2 saw him go from 38th to 15th. His 11-15 moto scores placed him 12th overall.

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Another rider showing determination was veteran Darryn Durham. His opening moto was a fight until the end where Durham came back from a crash to score 18th. He picked it up in the second moto, finishing 13th to place 14th overall.

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Like his teammate Cianciarulo, Justin Hill is another rookie learning the ropes of the 250 Class. After having to retire early in the opening moto with a bike issue, Hill was ready for redemption in the second moto. With the last gate pick in Moto 2 that forced him to start way outside, Hill came around the first lap in 23rd and went to work. He made his way all the way up to 14th, finishing the day 18th overall.

Two riders that were absent from the starting gate on Saturday were Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Tyla Rattray and Martin Davalos. Rattray suffered a crash during practice that ultimately forced him to forego competition. Davalos has been recovering from an illness that has kept him out of the past three rounds, but is expected to return at Round 8 in two weeks.

The riders get a weekend off before heading to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for the annual stop at Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Wash., just outside Portland, Ore.

Photos: Simon Cudby

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