Mullins & Ramirez win again!

Charlie Mullins kept his winning streak alive with 4 Enduro wins in a row, while Ivan Ramirez took his second win in a row at the Sawmill Hare & Hound.

“I’m really excited with how I am riding at the National Enduros this year,” stated Mullins. “The course was pretty rocky today but I enjoyed it and I am glad to gain another win.”

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“I had a lot of fun out here today and am excited with my finish,” stated Ramirez. “I am so happy to finish on the top step of the podium the last two races and hope to continue to finish here for the remaining rounds.”

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Thor / Team KTM sweep the Loretta Lynn’s GNCC Podium

Hurricane Mills, TN – Factory FMF/KTM rider Charlie Mullins took a hard fought win against his teammate Kailub Russell at the sixth round of the GNCC Racing Series held at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Joining Mullins at the top of the podium were his teammates Grant Baylor and Kacy Martinez taking the victories in the XC2 Pro Lites and WXC classes.

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In the XC2 Pro Lites class, Grant Baylor had an 8th place start off the line. He quickly moved up to 3rd place by the end of the first lap. On the second lap he was able to make a pass for the lead and never looked back. He went on to lead the remaining laps and took the win by 37 seconds over the 2nd place ride of Ricky Russell. Baylor now holds the points lead heading to the next round.

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In the WXC class, Martinez came out first around the opening corner and never lost her lead position. She led all four laps of the race to take her fifth win of the series over fellow KTM rider Sarah Baldwin. She now holds an 18 point lead in the championship standings.

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Mullins is Victorious at the Rad Dad Enduro

The third round of the 2014 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series was the Rad Dad Enduro in Westpoint, Tennessee.

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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.

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This marked his third straight win of the season, proving he’s the man to beat in this year’s Enduro circuit.

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MULLINS TAKES TEXAS ENDURO

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.

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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.

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THOR RIDERS WRAP UP GNCC NATIONAL, XC2 AND WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to Thor riders Kailub Russell and Charlie Mullins, who both put in an impressive season on the GNCC circuit. Kailub Russell came away with the close fought championship title.

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Congratulations are also in order for Grant Baylor (XC2) and Maria Forsberg who also wrapped up titles in their respective divisions.

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Thor Riders Fill Out GNCC Podium with Russell and Forsberg Emerging Victorious

Thor’s Kailub Russell backed up his win at the seventh round of the GNCC season with another impressive ride at Round 8 in Masontown, W. Va. Russell had his work cut out for him as he headed into the woods close to last off the start, but he was able to gain control of the race by end of the first lap. After seven grueling laps on the muddy, technical track Russell came across the finish over three minutes ahead of second place. Russell’s new win-streak and consistency throughout the season has helped place him second in the championship standings, just five points out of the lead.

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The rider Russell is chasing in the points is teammate and fellow Thor MX rider Charlie Mullins, who put up a fight on the final lap of the race to come away with a podium finish in third. Mullins’ four wins and three additional podium finishes so far this season have kept him out front in the championship chase.

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Thor’s XC2 rider Grant Baylor made it to the podium for the sixth time this season, but it didn’t come easy. Baylor came around the first lap in seventh place and continued to charge over the course of the three-hour race to finish in the runner-up spot. Baylor currently leads the XC2 class standings and has a 14-point lead over second.

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Women’s class rider Maria Forsberg collected her fifth win of the season during the morning races, helping her to move back atop the standings into a tie for first. In addition to capturing the huge win in her class, Forsberg also earned her best overall result of the season in third.

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The next GNCC will also take place in West Virginia at the resort community of Snowshoe from June 29-30, 2013.Photos: digitaloffroad.com

Thor’s Caselli, Mullins, and Baylor Bring Home Wins

Thor’s Kurt Caselli, Charlie Mullins, and Grant Baylor all found the top of the podium over the weekend, bringing home wins at the National Hare and Hound and GNCC races.

Starting the weekend off was Caselli, who collected his fifth-consecutive win at Round 7 of the National Hare and Hound in Jericho, Utah. Caselli holds over a 30-point lead heading into a two-month break for the series. Teammate Ivan Ramirez seemed to find his way through the Utah desert just fine, leading for over half the race before scoring his second podium finish of the year in second.

Closing out the weekend on Sunday, Thor’s GNCC stars lined up the sixth round of the series in Springville, Ind. For the fourth time this season, Mullins grabbed the XC1 class win, with teammate Kailub Russell finishing second. Mullins now leads Russell in the championship by 19 points with a lot of racing still left during the 13 round series.

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In the XC2 class, 16-year-old Grant Baylor broke through for his first victory of the season, making him one of two riders to score a pro division victory at such a young age. After proving his speed with several podium finishes, Baylor captured a much deserved win and closed the gap to the points leader where he sits only seven points behind first.

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Thor MX Makes It A Big Weekend with Wins Around the World

Thor riders were back at it again over the weekend, winning races around the globe in dominating fashion. Collecting the first win of the weekend was Thor’s Mike Brown at the season opener of the EnduroCross series. At the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Brown collected the fastest hot-lap time in both the afternoon and night sessions, grabbed a heat-race win, and took his first EnduroCross series win of his career. While he has won at X Games, this is the first series win for the 41-year old. Also putting in great efforts in the main event were Thor’s Taylor Robert and Destry Abbott, finishing sixth and 11th, respectively.

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Also running in Las Vegas was the final round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series at Sam Boyd Stadium. Villopoto clinched the championship last weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah, but he was hungry to claim that 10th win of the season. He got to the front quickly and by the second lap he had moved into the lead, adding another win to his impressive comeback season.

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The 250SX riders had a lot of racing to do over at Sam Boyd Stadium, with a 15-lap main event and a 10-lap East/West Shootout. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki interim rider Tyler Bowers started the night on a positive note as he broke through for his first career win in the Eastern Regional 250SX Main Event. Later in the East/West Shootout, he was in the top five, but a crash pushed him back and he recovered for 14th.

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It was a hard-fought battle for Eastern Regional title-contender Marvin Musquin who finished just a few points out of the title. He never gave up and nearly beat Bowers to the line, taking second in the main event and second in the standings. In the East/West Shootout, Musquin finished on the podium again with a third-place result.

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In the Western Regional 250SX Main Event, Martin Davalos shot out of the gate and grabbed the holeshot, leading the field for 11 laps before eventually rounding out the podium in third. Tyla Rattray was able to work his way up to ninth. Davalos almost had another podium finish in the East/West Shootout, but finished just off the podium in fourth, while Rattray finished 10th.

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Out in the Utah desert, Thor’s Kurt Caselli added another win to the weekend with an impressive ride at the AMA National Hare and Hound in Jericho, Utah. After six rounds, Caselli holds a decent points gap over second place in the championship standings.

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On the other side of the globe, the FIM Motocross World Championship headed to Agueda, Portugal for the sixth round of the season. Thor’s Gautier Paulin held off his toughest rivals to claim the overall win by finishing with a 1-2 moto finish, making it back-to-back wins for the Frenchman.

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Also in the MX1 class, Thor’s Jeremy Van Horebeek showcased his speed with a 5-6 finish for seventh overall, while David Philippaerts was just behind him in eighth overall with an 8-8 moto result. In the MX2 class, Christophe Charlier put in a great ride to finish with a top five.

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Also in the MX1 class, Thor’s Jeremy Van Horebeek showcased his speed with a 5-6 finish for seventh overall, while David Philippaerts was just behind him in eighth overall with an 8-8 moto result. In the MX2 class, Christophe Charlier put in a great ride to finish with a top five.

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One final win was added to the tally when Thor amateur rider Ryder DiFrancesco took the win during the KTM Supercross Juniors Challenge in Las Vegas during the Monster Energy Supercross.

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Thor Riders Continue Dominance at National Enduro and National Hare and Hound

Adding to Thor MX’s dominating weekend, Thor riders Kurt Caselli and Charlie Mullins won their respective races at the AMA National Hare and Hound and the AMA National Enduro.

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In Johnson Valley, Calif., Caselli has wasted no time in reminding his competition why he is back-to-back AMA National Hare and Hound champion. After a DNF at Round 1, Caselli added a third victory to his season with a win in Johnson Valley and now holds a 15-point lead after five rounds. Teammate Ivan Ramirez bounced back from a tough race at the previous round to finish on the podium with Caselli in second.

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Thor’s Charlie Mullins made it a perfect April, winning both GNCC races and AMA National Enduro races that took place during the month. His latest win at the National Enduro in Westpoint, Tenn. on Sunday was another dominating one, winning by 1 minute and 23 seconds.

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Mullins’ teammate Grant Baylor continues to adjust well to his first season of the series, scoring a sixth-place finish in Tennessee.

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Thor’s Charlie Mullins and Gautier Paulin Both Pick Up Wins

It was another great weekend for the Thor riders all around the globe, with Charlie Mullins and Gautier Paulin both pick up wins in their respective series.

At the Big Buck GNCC in Union, S.C., Mullins won his third race of the season over teammate Kailub Russell, who placed second. While Mullins won by 30 seconds, Russell finished nearly four minutes ahead of the third place rider. The win helped Mullins extend his championship lead to 10 points.

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In XC2 class, Thor’s Grant Baylor tied his season-best finish of second, moving him into second place in total points for the year. Baylor battled for his second-place result, finishing just half a second in front of the third-place finisher.

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After dominating every timing and qualification session, Thor’s Gautier Paulin continued to look great when it counted, winning the FIM Motocross World Championship in Bulgaria. His victory moved him into second place in the World Championship classification. Thor’s Jeremy van Horebeek was good for fifth place overall, his best result of the year. David Philippaerts took eighth overall, a result that has him edging ever closer to a top-10 season finish.

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In MX2 class, Thor’s Alessandro Lupino took third overall, his best result of the season. Christophe Charlier was able to finish sixth overall with a 7-5 moto result.

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Thor’s Maria Forsberg had a long race weekend that started with the Women’s Enduro X race at the X Games. After finishing with a silver medal in Brazil, she flew back and captured the GNCC Women’s class win in Union, S.C.

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