Thor’s Russell Bobbitt showed his determination during the penultimate round of the OMA National series to capture his first win of the season in Morrison, Ill. The race went down to the wire and when the checkered flag waved, it was Bobbitt who claimed his first victory. The win helped put a bigger points gap over third place in the standing, now giving him a comfortable 17-point margin.
Out west in Lucerne Valley, Calif., the AMA National Hare and Hound championship held its final round with the 2012 title on the line. Thor’s Kurt Caselli entered the round just eight points back of the points leader David Pearson and would need him to finish third or higher to clinch the championship with a win. While Caselli dominated the race from start to finish, there hasn’t been official word yet about the championship after a protest led to a penalty on Pearson. Depending on the severity of the penalty, Caselli could be awarded his second-consecutive Hare and Hound title.
At the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas, Nev., Josh Grant made his Thor debut with an impressive fifth-place overall result. Grant came out swinging in the first of three main events, grabbing the holeshot, eventually finishing the opening race in sixth. He went on to finish fifth in the remaining two races, giving him the top-five result.
Defending Monster Energy Cup winner Ryan Villopoto looked on track to earn another Monster Million after dominating the opening main event, but a crash in the second main event took him out of the final race of the night, placing him 10th overall. Thor’s Jake Weimer had a 12-18-10 main event result to place 13th overall.
Thor’s Charlie Mullins made his mark of the penultimate round of the GNCC series with a dominating win in Crawfordsville, Ind. After taking over the lead on Lap 2, Mullins rode a steady and consistent race to finish with his first win of the season. Fellow Thor rider Kailub Russell was also on the podium in third, helping him move into the lead in the championship standings. Russell now has a one-point advantage with one round remaining.
While she has already clinched the championship, Maria Forsberg continued her winning ways with her 12th win of the season in the Women’s class. She also finished third overall amongst the entire GNCC a.m. bike competitors.
Thor MX welcomes JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha rider Josh Grant to its impressive 2013 line-up. Grant brings nearly a decade of experience to the Thor MX roster, highlighted by one victory apiece in AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross, in addition to a gold and bronze medal from the Summer X Games.
“It’s great that I was able to team up with Thor this year,” said Grant. “I’ve respected their brand for a long time and I’m really looking forward to building our relationship in 2013.”
Along with his previous accomplishments, Grant overcame injury early this past supercross season to finish on the podium in New Orleans. He also collected an overall podium result at Steel City Raceway during the summer’s outdoor nationals on his way to a sixth-place finish in the 450 class standings.
“We are very happy to bring Josh on board,” said Jim Gallager, Design Director at Thor MX. “With his move back to Yamaha, he seems more confident than ever to make his mark on the 450 class and we are excited to be a part of it.”
Thor’s Kurt Caselli continued to close the points gap on the current leader of the AMA Hare and Hound National Championship Series, earning a very crucial win at the penultimate round in Johnson Valley, Calif. Caselli took advantage of a difficult final loop to seal his sixth win of the season and keeping his title hopes alive. Despite not earning points at two rounds due to injury, he has closed the gap to just eight points with one round remaining. The final race is just two weeks away and will again take place in the Johnson Valley area.
Out in Matthews, Ind., the AMA National Enduro Series also held its penultimate round of the season. With difficult conditions due to rain, Thor’s Russell Bobbitt was able to come away with a top 10 finish. With one round remaining, Bobbitt sits in third in the points standings and has a 16-point gap over fourth.
In one of the closest races GNCC spectators had seen in some time, Thor’s Kailub Russell earned his fifth race win of the season as he bested fellow Thor rider Charlie Mullins by just one second during Round 11 in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Russell started the race in second and quickly took over the lead on the second lap. Mullins closed the gap on Russell, eventually taking over the lead, but a few mistakes on the final lap gave Russell the advantage at the end. With the win, Russell made up ground in the chase for the championship, and now sits only four points behind the leader.
Also at the GNCC, Thor’s Maria Forsberg not only won her women’s class for the 11th time this season, she took the overall against the entire field of 25 different classes during the morning bike races.
The 66th running of the Motocross of Nations was held on a well-known sand track. Thor’s Blake Baggett helped Team USA finish on the podium in third, while claiming the runner-up position in the MX2 class with a 14-6 moto result.
Thor riders Gautier Paulin and Xavier Boog represented Team France in the MX1 and Open classes, respectively. While France finished sixth, Paulin rode to an impressive third in the MX1 class with a 2-8 moto result, while Boog was ninth in the Open class with a 10-16. Representing Team Great Britain, Thor’s Tommy Searle raced in 450cc competition for the first time, taking on the prestigious MX1 class. Searle finished the day sixth with an 8-12 moto results as Great Britain ended up eighth in the nation classifications.
With two international races going on over the weekend, Thor racers were representing at both the Motocross of Nations (MXoN) and the International Six Day Enduro (ISDE). The International Six Day Enduro started their competition one week ago in Saxony, Germany, and the entire USA Trophy Team was backed by Thor MX. After six days of intense and demanding terrain, Team USA earned fourth overall.
With Taylor Robert leading the way in 15th overall, he finished the week with the best overall result and received an individual gold medal. Kurt Caselli scored several great test results, earning a gold medal and finished 14th in his class. In the same E2 class, Destry Abbott also claimed a gold medal, while Charlie Mullins bounced back from a tough Day 4 to finish with an individual silver medal. In the E1 class, Mike Brown earned the test win on the final day, claiming a gold medal and 10th in the class. In the E3 class, Russell Bobbitt finished 14th and grabbed himself a gold medal as well.