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Thor Riders Dominate the Top Step at Anaheim 1

Thor team riders Cooper Webb and Jason Anderson started their 2016 Supercross season off with a bang, by claiming victory in their respective classes.

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250 CLASS

Cooper Webb defended his 250SX West title with veracity, winning his heat race and running the fastest laps of the night in the class. In the main event Webb slotted into fifth place from the start and went on a tear the next two laps working his way to second place with lightning speed. He then stalked race leader Jessy Nelson, and with five laps remaining he made his move and claimed the number one spot, which he held to the checkered flag.

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Alex Martin had a healthy start to his supercross season, where he made an easy transfer from his heat race, and finished a solid sixth place in the main event.

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Rookie Mitchell Harrison had a little bit of a rough start to his season, winding up in the LCQ, but winning it with ease. Harrison finished the night in 13th place.

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450 CLASS

Jason Anderson was looking confident all night, claiming an easy transfer from his first heat race.  At the start of the main event, Anderson charged to the front and was dicing it up in the top three when a red flag forced a restart to the race. The restart was a slight setback as Anderson found himself back around fifth, now with more work to do. About midway through the race the competition began to fatigue, and Anderson went on the assault, gaining multiple positions and overtaking race leader Cole Seely. Anderson won the season opener with a solid 4.2 second margin and delivered Husqvarna motorcycles their first ever premiere class victory in Supercross history.

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Marvin Musquin had a tough start to the season, battling from semi 2 to the main event. Musquin finished 14th in the main event.

Thor AM Riders Rack up the Championships at Mini O’s

The Thor Rider AM team racked up the titles at the 2015 Mini O’s in Florida.  The AM team won 11 supercross titles and 9 motocross titles for a total of 20 championships altogether.  Stand-outs Challen Tennant scored 6 of the titles while Matthew LeBlanc added 7 titles to the final score.  The Thor AM team looks forward to more of this same success in the 2016 season!

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Matthew LeBlanc won the following supercross titles – 85(9-11) limited, 65(10-11)limited, 65(10-11), 85(9-11) and the following motocross titles- 85(9-11), 65(10-11), 65 (10-11) limited

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Challen Tennant won the following supercross titles- 250B limited, Schoolboy 2 (13-16) and the following motocross titles- 250B, 250B limited, 450B, 450B limited

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Ryder DiFrancesco won the 65 (7-9) supercross title and the 65 (7-11) motocross title.

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Daxton Bennick won the 51 (7-8) limited supercross title.

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Brock Papi won the schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C supercross title and the schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C motocross title.

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Bradley Taft won the 450 pro sport supercross title.

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Webb Claims Third at the 2015 Lille SX in France

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Mere hours after tragedy struck Paris, promoters, fans and racers united in defiance of the atrocities committed against humanity and carried forth with racing as planned. The Lille SX racing saw close action and the crowd roared with approval as Weston Peick, Christophe Pourcel, and Cooper Webb battled for the top step. Despite an off-track excursion in the Saturday night race, Webb made a formidable dash to the front, and only conceded the win to Peick by .661 seconds. On day 2 Webb had a hard fall during the race, but picked himself up and battled all the way from the back to a fifth place finish. Webb finished the Lille SX in third place overall and is looking forward to the start of the Supercross season on January 9th, at Anaheim 1.

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Thor Welcomes Back Marvin Musquin

PRESS RELEASE: POWAY, CA (November 11, 2015) Thor is proud to announce the return of Marvin Musquin for the 2016 race season and beyond.

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Marvin is an amazingly smooth and fast rider that will be transitioning from his championship winning season in the 250 East Supercross class to racing full-time in the premier 450 class.

“I’m really excited to be back in the Thor family. I’ve had some great times with them in the past and I can’t wait to get more success with them. It’s going to be a great year. “

Coming off a 250SX championship and finishing the outdoor season as runner-up in the outdoor series, Marvin is looking very confident on the bike and will definitely be the 450 class rookie to watch this season when the gate drops in Anaheim.

“We could not be happier about having Marvin back in our racewear,” said Thor MX. “Besides being one of the fastest riders on the track, Marvin is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and a true fan favorite. Last season he proved that nice guys can finish first and win championships”.

Musquin will be lining up in Anaheim, CA aboard his new KTM 450SX on January 9th, 2016.

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Thor Welcomes Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha to the Team

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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.

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Ramirez Crowned National Hare & Hound Champion

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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.”

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JASON ANDERSON PUTS ON A SHOW AT VEGAS MONSTER ENERGY CUP

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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.

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Kailub Russell Makes History by claiming both GNCC and National Enduro Titles in Same Season

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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.

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Russell Clinches the GNCC Title at Unadilla

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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.”

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Covington Claims Victory in MXGP of Leon, Mexico

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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.

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