The USA Trophy Team has a very talented squad this year, but after the first day in the books they have surely realized that the Six Days in Germany is going to be anything but easy. Charlie Mullins was the fastest American rider for the day followed by a great showing by Taylor Robert. Kurt Caselli, Mike Brown, and Russell Bobbitt all had decent rides today. The French Trophy Team picked up where they left off and are dominating the leader boards.
Team USA World Trophy Team talks about the upcoming event and walk the special tests. Their hopes are high for a strong finish this week. The 2012 Team USA World Trophy Team consists of Thor’s Kurt Caselli, Mike Brown, Russell Bobbitt, Charlie Mullins, Taylor Robert, and Destry Abbott.
Just one week before representing Great Britain at the Motocross of Nations, Thor’s Tommy Searle made the last race of the FIM Motocross World Championship count with an impressive 1-1 MX2 victory in Teutschenthal, Germany. His six overall wins and seven additional podium finishes helped Searle to finish second overall in the MX2 championship standings.
In the MX1 class, Gautier Paulin got a boost before representing France at the MXoN with a hard-fought fifth-place overall with a 4-5 moto result. Paulin wrapped up the season third overall in the championship standings. Paulin’s teammate and fellow Frenchman Xavier Boog, who will be competing at the MXoN, ended the day eighth overall with a 9-7 moto result.
While the Motocross of Nations is less than a week away in Lommel, Belgium, Thor riders started competition at the International Six Day Enduro in Saxony, Germany. Thor comprises the entire six-man USA Trophy Team with Destry Abbott, Russell Bobbitt, Mike Brown, Kurt Caselli, Charlie Mullins, and Taylor Robert. While the team results have not been posted, Mullins earned third in the fourth special test and Taylor Robert finished fourth in the final special test. Check in to our Facebook where we will be posting updates throughout the week.
(Left to Right) Bobbitt, Mullins, Robert, Caselli, Abbott, Brown.
Both the EnduroCross and GNCC series’ returned to action after taking a short break over the summer, making the riders eager to get back out on the track. At the fourth round of the EnduroCross series at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., Thor’s Taylor Robert scored a top five finish, while Mike Brown raced to seventh in the main event. Destry Abbott also made the main event to finish eighth. With four rounds complete, Brown currently sits in third in the points standings, and Robert is not far behind in fourth. Even though Thor’s Maria Forsberg did not compete in Ontario, she still holds a five point lead in the Women’s class.
At the GNCC at Unadilla in New Berlin, N.Y., the riders had to battle through muddy conditions after rain came through the area on Saturday. Thor’s Kailub Russell and Charlie Mullins both started the race at the front, but both were struck with bad luck. After Mullins took over the lead, he had to make an unexpected pit stop after losing his rear brakes, eventually making it back to seventh. Russell was also a contender for the lead, but went down in the motocross section, pushing him back to fourth overall for the day. After securing the Women’s class championship at the previous round, Forsberg didn’t back down as she claimed her 10th consecutive win of the season.
Kick back and watch as we check in with Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett just days after he is crowned the 2012 250cc National MX Champion.
Thor MX would like to congratulate Blake Baggett on earning the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 250 class title. Baggett started the season with the points-leading red plate and kept ownership of it through all 12 rounds, ending with the championship at the Lake Elsinore National on Saturday. After a rigorous season that resulted in five overall wins, and the most moto win count of 10, Thor is thrilled to see Baggett earn his first professional championship.
After collecting the coveted red plate at Round 1 of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett held onto that lead throughout the summer and delivered his first professional championship.
At Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Baggett started the day with his 10th moto win of the season, and followed it up with a second-place finish in Moto 2. The 1-2 finish was plenty to claim his fifth overall victory of the year and secure the championship.
In the 450 class, Broc Tickle raced through the heat and tough track to finish with a 3-3 to claim his fourth overall podium finish of the season. Tyla Rattray also had a solid day, racing to a 4-4 finish for fourth overall. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer posted a 5-9 finish for fifth overall. Weimer’s consistent year placed him third overall in the points standings, while Broc Tickle finished fifth in the overall standings. Despite missing the first five races, Tyla Rattray still placed 10th in the points standings.
Also taking place on Saturday was the AMA National Hare and Hound Series in Panaca, Nev. After posting the series’ first four race wins, injury took Thor’s Kurt Caselli out of competition for several months, but he picked up where he left off in Nevada. He grabbed the holeshot at the end of the bomb start and earned his fifth win of the season. Caselli sits in second in the points standings with just two races remaining in the series.
Even though Thor’s Taylor Robert had already clinched the WORCS championship at the previous round, he still had something to prove. He went out at Honolulu Hill Raceway in Taft, Calif. earning his seventh win at the finale race of the season.
Making it a four-win weekend for Thor was Charlie Mullins, who captured his first AMA National Enduro win of the season in Park Hills, Mo. When the final results were in, Mullins had won four out of the six tests and his finishing time was over a minute and a half ahead of second place finisher Russell Bobbitt. Thor’s Bobbitt won the final two tests of the day, giving Thor all the test victories at the eighth round of the season.