For the second consecutive round, Thor’s Broc Tickle claimed a hard-fought podium finish in the 450 class of the Lucas Oil Motocross Championship Series, this time at the famed Unadilla track in New Berlin, N.Y. Tickle rode a strong first moto where he led four laps before finishing second. In the second moto, Tickle started outside the top-five, but worked the entire moto to finish just .6 seconds behind third. His 2-4 moto result helped him earn second overall and his third 450 class podium this year.
Thor’s Tyla Rattray was able to put together an 8-9 moto result for seventh overall on the difficult and treacherous track. Weimer started the day on top, taking an early lead in Moto 1, but a crash kept him from returning to the opening moto. Weimer did return for Moto 2, and finished 22nd overall with a 40-18 moto result.
In the 250 class, Blake Baggett maintained his 24-point lead in the championship with a fifth-place overall result. In the opening moto, Baggett finished on the podium in third, while he finished fifth in the second moto to leave the tough Unadilla track with as many points as he entered the weekend with.
In Matterly Basin of the United Kingdom, Thor racers were out in force at the FIM World Motocross Championship with excellent finishes in both the MX1 and MX2 classes. With his British fans cheering him on, Tommy Searle claimed another overall victory with a thrilling 1-1 moto sweep of the MX2 class. In the MX1 class, Gautier Paulin earned his fourth podium finish of the season with an outstanding 4-3 moto result, while teammate Xavier Boog also put in a great race with fifth overall with a 5-7 moto finish.
Along with Robert’s success this weekend, Thor’s Blake Baggett also put together a favorable weekend at Round 9 of the Lucas Oil Motocross Championship Series. Baggett claimed his fourth overall win of the season with a late race charge in the second 250 moto at MotoX 338 in Southwick, Mass. With his 3-1 moto result, Baggett extended his points lead to 24 over second place.
The 450 class saw the return of Thor’s Broc Tickle to the podium after two hard fought motos. Tickle started the day by picking up the top qualifier award and then transferred his early morning speed to both motos, where he posted a 6-4 result for third overall. After a tough opening moto, Thor’s Tyla Rattray came out swinging in Moto 2 as he claimed his first moto win in the 450 class. The multi-time 250 class winner at Southwick held off stiff competition on the last lap to propel him to fifth overall with a 20-1 moto result.
Thor’s Mike Brown also had a solid day in the 450 class, finishing sixth overall with a 9-7 moto result. Jake Weimer could be up for this week’s hard charger award after his Moto 1 effort coming back 37th on the opening lap to finish 13th. Along with a 19th in Moto 2, Weimer finished 18th overall. Newcomer to the Lucas Oil Motocross Championship Series, Kurt Caselli competed in his first race since April when he was injured at an AMA National Hare and Hound race. Caselli adjusted well to the unique track and finished 28th overall with a 25-24 moto result.
After narrowly missing out on the World Off Road Championship Series title in 2011, Thor’s Taylor Robert has proven himself this year by clinching the WORCS championship one race early. In 100 degree temperatures at Cahuilla Creek MX in Anza, Calif., Robert claimed his sixth overall victory of the season on his way to clinching the title.
It was as hot and humid as usual at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., but that didn‚t slow down Thor’s best amateur racers as they collected five national championships. In addition to the titles, Thor MX riders also captured seven overall podium results highlighted by 11 wins and 18 podium finishes throughout the five days of motos.
The standout racer was Thor’s Jordan Bailey, who earned both championships he lined up for in the 85 (9-11) Stock and Modified classes. Ryder DiFrancesco backed up his No. 1 plate in the 51 (4-6) AMA 1 Stock class with another championship, while Jaiden Taylor wrapped up the 51 (7-8) AMA 2 Stock championship. Jordon Smith earned the Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C championship, but had a heartbreaking DNF in the final Schoolboy 2 (13-16) B/C class to push him out of championship contention in that class.
Other standouts were second-place overall finishers Tanner Stack in the Mini Sr. (12-14) Modified class, Carter Halpain in the 85 (9-11) Modified class who also took a moto win, Matt Tedder Sr. in the Masters 50+, and Stilez Robertson in the 65 (7-9) Stock class. Third-place finishers included Sean Cantrell in the Mini Sr. (12-14) Modified, Paul Coates in the450 B Modified class, and off-road legend Destry Abbott in the Senior 40+ class.
Another strong performance turned in over the weekend came from Thor’s AMA Flat Track racer Sammy Halbert. Halbert earned his first victory of the season at the Castle Rock TT in Castle Rock, Wash. With the win, he moved into second in the GNC Expert Singles points standings, just two points out of first.
A final note from the seventh round of the OMA Nationals, Russell Bobbitt captured second overall at a hot and grueling event in Medora, Ind.
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