The third round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship was held at Thunder Valley, Colorado. It marked the first strike of 2012 Series champion, Blake Baggett in the 250cc class.
Baggett put a stop to the 5 race win streak by the Yamaha team with a dominating second moto. He came through the talented field and cruised to his first victory of the season, with a 6.5 second lead.
Houston was the host of the 14th round of 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross. It proved to be a tricky track with a long whoop section and a few option lanes.
Ryan Villopoto regained the top step of the podium in dominating fashion. From first turn to finish line, RV attacked the track to finish 13 seconds over the next rider.
In the 250cc Main Event, Dean Wilson put in an amazing late race effort to catch and almost pass the leader on the last lap, showing his grit and determination.
The third round of the 2014 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series was the Rad Dad Enduro in Westpoint, Tennessee.
Thor elite rider Charlie Mullins struggled with some braking issues in the early tests, but charged hard in the coming rounds to take the overall finish by over 25 seconds.
This marked his third straight win of the season, proving he’s the man to beat in this year’s Enduro circuit.
The 2014 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series traveled to Blackwell, Texas for the second round. The Concho Enduro is held on the Texana Ranch which is known for wide open straights and gnarly rock gardens.
Charlie Mullins, your round one winner, wins the first two tests to take the early lead. He kept up the fast pace throughout the rest of the enduro and finished on the top step of the podium, winning by about a minute and a half over his KTM teammate Grant Baylor.
Martin Davalos rode a smooth and calculated race to land himself on the box. Second place for the night, but now first place in the 250cc East Coast series points.
The rest of the Thor Elite team showed heart. Ryan Villopoto arrived in Toronto ready to go, but woke up Saturday with a terrible illness. He finished just outside the top 5 in the main event after spending the whole day in the hospital.
Adam Cianciarulo dislocated his shoulder in practice, but he decided to continue on after having it reset. Fast forward to the main event.., he’s running second place early in the moto, and his shoulder pops out after the gnarly whoop section. He tries to roll it back in on his own, then pulls over to have the medical unit reset it. After all that, he still tries to continue. As anyone could guess, the pain must have been too much, forcing him to pull off and end his night.
The 2014 Supercross season returns to Detroit and the track proved to be a technical challenge. Loose pebbles, tight rhythm sections, and a turn that rode into the venue seating made for some interesting lines.
Ryan Villopoto once again proves that he has the speed this year to consistently run up front and finish the season strong with another podium finish, increasing his points lead to thirty over Dungey.
Adam Cianciarulo is proving to be the rookie to beat this season on the East Coast. In five races so far, he has never finished lower than second place, and has won three. In Detroit he rode smooth and stylish out front to finish on the top step.
Blake Baggett put in another strong performance in Detroit coming through the pack to finish in third.
Daytona Supercross is noted as being one of the most difficult rounds on the circuit. It truly separates the men from the boys. And our Thor Elite Pros came out to show the rest of the field who’s boss.
250 Heat 1: Blake Baggett gets warmed up by leading from holeshot to finish.
250 Heat 2: Martin Davalos beats teammate Adam Cianciarulo after he suffers some bike issues.
450 Heat 1: Ryan Villopoto looks smooth and fast on the rough track.
450 Heat 2: Dean Wilson beats some of the top 450 riders in Heat 2 to prove he is ready for the premiere class.
250 Main: Davalos takes the Holeshot and the early lead. Baggett consistently clicks off the fastest laps to walk away with the win. Adam Cianciarulo finds some mid-moto strength to pass his teammate and steal 2nd place from Davalos.
Final podium: Baggett, Cianciarulo, and Davalos. Making it the second Pro Circuit podium sweep of the East Coast 250 class.
450 Main: Villopoto takes his third win of the season in dominating fashion, extending his points lead to 28 over Dungey.
The 2014 FIM Motocross World championship got underway this weekend with THOR’s Gautier Paulin drawing first blood at the Losail International Raceway in Qatar for round 1.
The Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing rider, rode to an impressive victory under floodlights for the unique night event. His 3-1 score was enough to claim the red leaders plate and the points lead in the MXGP World championship.
Paulin’s fellow countryman and team-mate, Steven Frossard #183, also rode a strong first GP with a Second place in Moto 2; putting Frossard 4th in championship standings.
The most technical track of the year so far, proved to be difficult and rewarding at the same time.
Adam rode a smart, smooth race to claim the top step. Congrats on your second win bud!
Martin Davalos had the early lead and looked like the guy to win, but a slick spot on the track stole his glory. He was able to remount and cruise to second place. A great regrouping to stay in the points chase.