Thor’s Ryan Villopoto continued to chip away at the points gap to first place with a consistent second-place finish at the eighth round of the Monster Energy Supercross at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Villopoto now sits 22 points back with nine rounds remaining in the series.
At the second round of the Eastern Regional 250SX class, Thor’s Dean Wilson quickly settled into the second-place spot and maintained that position until the checkered flag. His second podium finish in as many races helped him maintain the points lead for the class.
Not finishing where he wanted last weekend, Marvin Musquin stepped it up in Atlanta. He was quick all day, scoring the top qualifying spot before making his first trip to the podium this season with a third-place main event finish. Musquin’s finish helped push him up the championship standings to fourth.
Rookie Justin Hill continued to show that he is capable of running with the experienced riders of the class with a consistent finish in Atlanta. After scoring an impressive fourth in his heat race, he rode strong in the main event to finish sixth. He is currently tied for fifth in the points standings.
Following a tough heat race, Thor’s Cole Thompson easily qualified to the main event with the LCQ win. He got caught up in the opening lap, starting 16th, but made some good passes to finish the night in 13th.
Thor’s Kailub Russell made his return to the OMA Nationals after several years away from series. He didn’t waste any time to prove he is going to be a title contender after battling for the lead most of the race before finishing second overall.
The next Monster Energy Supercross will take place this weekend at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo., while the next OMA National will be held on March 31 in Dawson Springs, Ky.
Thor’s Ryan Villopoto and Dean Wilson both came away with Monster Energy Supercross main event wins in the Lone Star State, with each rider winning wire-to-wire in front of a huge crowd at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Thor’s Charlie Mullins dominated the opening round of the AMA National Enduro series in Greensboro, Ga., winning by nearly 40 seconds after dominating the opening tests.
Villopoto continued to show his determination and never-quit attitude with a huge victory in Texas. His return to the top of the podium helped him chip away at the point deficit to the current standings leader. Villopoto currently sits in third, and is 24 points out of first.
Wilson started his title campaign in the Eastern Regional 250SX class in style, earning the top qualifying time, winning his heat race, then leading every lap in the main event. His Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Justin Hill also rode to a great finish in his professional debut, finishing fifth after coming through the pack.
Also in the 250SX class, Thor’s Marvin Musquin was showing great speed throughout the day, posting the second-fastest time in qualifying and finishing second in his heat. In the main event, he shot out of the gate, but got tangled in a first turn pile-up, leaving him near the back of the pack in 16th. Throughout the 15-lap race, he picked off riders to finish an impressive sixth.
Returning Thor rider Cole Thompson proved his speed all day in Texas. In the main event, he got a great start and was running in a podium position before a crash took him out of the race.
Thor’s Charlie Mullins made a statement at the AMA National Enduro season opener with a big victoy in Georgia. After winning the first test by 40 seconds, he went on to the second test and took that win by nearly one minute. He maintained good speed throughout the remaining four tests to earn the victory by an impressive 39 seconds.
Thor riders faced a tough track and cold conditions at the sixth round of the Monster Energy Supercross at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. In the hometown of the Thor MX headquarters, Villopoto was able to move into third in the points standings after finishing sixth in the main event. He is just eight points out of second.
Thor’s Josh Grant headed out to practice to see how his injured ankle and shoulder would fair on the San Diego track, but after being unable to finish second practice, he made the difficult decision to sit out for the night show.
In the last race before their nine-week break, Western Regional 250SX riders Martin Davalos and Tyla Rattray showed speed of their own in San Diego. Davalos took a heat race win, but in the main event had to overcome a first lap crash. He rode with determination and came from 18th to finish ninth. Rattray was also outside the top 10 at the start of the race, but fought back and finished eighth.
The next race of the Monster Energy Supercross series is Feb 16 at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The race also marks the start of the Eastern Regional 250SX class and Thor’s Dean Wilson, Justin Hill, and Darryn Durham are set to line up in Texas.
Fans attending the “Party in the Pits” at the San Diego Supercross this Saturday have a rare opportunity to win an authentic race Thor MX jerseys with the “Off My Back” contest.
At designated times throughout the day, trivia questions will be asked on the Thor MX twitter (@thormxofficial) that correspond to a certain jersey that a Thor MX staff member will be wearing somewhere in the Thor MX Pit Experience. If the fan goes up to the staff member with the corresponding jersey with the correct answer, the fan will receive the jersey off their back.
Make sure to be also follow our Instagram (@thormxofficial) for clues as to when the questions will be asked on Twitter.
See you at the race!
**Only one winner per jersey (no repeat winners)
The second annual King of the Motos race was also held over the weekend in Lucerne Valley, Calif. The lengthy 180-mile competition is a race known for its technically demanding course, and Thor’s Taylor Robert and Destry Abbott decided to take on the challenge. In the end, Robert was able to finish on the podium in third, while Abbott finished a respectable fourth.
Thor’s Martin Davalos put together a solid ride at the final gathering at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., earning his second 250SX podium finish of the season. Davalos started the night with an impressive heat-race win, helping him earn a great gate pick for the main. He shot out to third in the opening lap and quickly took over second, where he would eventually finished the night. The finish helped propel him from seventh in the standings to fourth overall.
In the 450SX class, Ryan Villopoto overcame two incidents that pushed him to the back of the pack. After getting caught up in an opening lap pile-up, and then going down on the third lap, Villopoto showed his speed as he came from 18th to finish the race inside the top 10 in eighth. Villopoto sits fourth in the standings, 14 points out of first.
Josh Grant had a solid showing in his heat race, where he led nearly the entire time even after twisting his ankle in the middle of the race. Despite the set back, he shot out to a mid-pack start in the main event and was running well until an injury kept him from continuing. Tyla Rattray also competed in Anaheim, but was unable to qualify for the main.
The KTM Junior Supercross Challenge made its return after a short hiatus. The riders took on the supercross track in style as the young racers sported Thor Phase Splatter racewear.