Thor’s Marvin Musquin, Kurt Caselli and Charlie Mullins Dominate

Thor’s Marvin Musquin, Charlie Mullins, and Kurt Caselli dominated their respective races over the weekend. Starting the weekend of victories was Musquin at the Monster Energy Supercross in Minneapolis, Minn., who continued his chase for the Eastern Regional 250SX championship with his fourth win of the season. He dominated the 15-lap main event and eventually won by eight and a half seconds.

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In the 450SX class, Thor’s Ryan Villopoto led 16 of 20 laps in Minnesota before taking second-place. Villopoto’s finish helped his extend his lead to 22 points over second place in the championship standings with three races remaining.

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Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki interim rider Tyler Bowers competed in his second 250SX race of the season since making the jump from Arenacross. He had a solid heat race, and overcame a crash in the main event to finish fifth. Cole Thompson was running in sixth most of the race, but went down in the final laps to finish 10th.

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At the AMA National Enduro in Forest Hill, La., Thor’s Charlie Mullins dominated the field by winning all six tests and taking his second win of the season. Mullins extended his series points lead to 11. Thor’s Grant Baylor was sixth and maintained his sixth place standing in the season points race.

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Thor’s Kurt Caselli took over the points lead with a first-place finish at the AMA National Hare and Hound race in Lucerne Valley, Calif. despite not finishing the first race of the season. Thor’s Ivan Ramirez was on pace for a good finish but took 15th after running into trouble on the final loop.

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At the foot of the Italian Alps, Thor riders took to the track this weekend for the FIM World MX Championship in Arco di Trento, Italy. Gautier Paulin hit the podium once again to finish third, his third podium in four races. Thor’s Jeremy van Horebeek posted his first top ten of the season, finishing ninth.

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In MX2, Thor’s Christophe Charlier finished just off the podium in fourth after battling through a number of riders after a tough start. He missed the podium by a single point. Alessandro Lupino grabbed a top ten finish in front of his home crowd.

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The Monster Energy Supercross riders will make its move west to CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. Both the National Hare and Hound and National Enduro will return in two weeks.

Thor Riders Claim Wins at Supercross and GNCC

Thor’s Ryan Villopoto came, saw, and conquered the latest Monster Energy Supercross at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Leading every lap and taking home the win, Villopoto stretched his win-streak to five and upped his points lead to 21 with four rounds remaining.

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Also putting in an impressive ride in Houston was 250SX rider Marvin Musquin, who made his sixth trip to the podium with a third-place finish. The Eastern Regional riders have two rounds remaining and Musquin is in the thick of the championship battle, just eight points out of first place.

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It was also an exciting night for the 250SX class as three-time Arenacross champion Tyler Bowers made his 2013 supercross debut with a career-best fourth place result. The reigning Arenacross champion made jump to supercross to help out the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team for the remaining Eastern Regional rounds.

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Round 3 of the Grand National Cross Country Series was help in Morganton, N.C. over the weekend. Charlie Mullins and Kailub Russell made it another Thor 1-2 sweep with Mullins grabbing his second win of the season. Mullins moved into sole possession of the points lead over his teammate Russell, who sits just five points back.

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In the XC2 class, Thor’s Grant Baylor returned to the podium for the second-straight race. His third-place finish has helped him remain in a tights points battle where he’s currently third and only four points back from second place. Thor’s Cody Gragg also made it out to North Carolina for his first GNCC of the year, placing a solid seventh-place in the XC2 class. Maria Forsberg also won the Women’s class earlier in the day, taking over the class points lead.

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The Monster Energy Supercross riders will head to Minneapolis, Minn. for the first time since 2008 as they take over the Metrodome in downtown. The GNCC riders get a bit of a break until returning to action on April 21 in Union, S.C.

Thor Riders Battle to the Finish at GNCC Season Opener

Thor’s Charlie Mullins and Kailub Russell put on a show for the fans as the duo raced back and forth in the final miles of the opening round of the GNCC in River Ranch, Fla. In the end, Mullins came out with the win, while Russell was just seconds behind to earn the runner-up spot.

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In the XC2 class, Grant Baylor put in a solid effort during the grueling three-hour race to finish fifth. Earlier in the day, reigning Women’s class champion Maria Forsberg came from behind in the early laps of the race to finish on the podium in third.

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The GNCC riders don’t get much time to rest with Round 2 just days away on March 17 at Aonia Pass MX in Washington, Ga.

Thor’s Villopoto and Mullins Capture Big Wins Over the Weekend

Thor’s Ryan Villopoto again stood atop the podium after a hard fought battle at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. on Saturday night. The ninth stop of the Monster Energy Supercross was a wild one featuring multiple passes and a red flag, but after the dust cleared Villopoto took the win for the fourth time this season. His win helped him close the gap in the overall points standings to just 12 points.

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Thor’s Dean Wilson charged hard throughout the Eastern Regional 250SX main event, passing multiple riders while coming from deep in the field to place second. Wilson showed his consistent speed, posting one of his fastest times during the final lap, but couldn’t quite make it by the leader. Wilson’s finish puts him just one point back of the leader in the standings going into the fourth race for the Eastern Regional riders.

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Also in the Eastern Regional 250SX class, Marvin Musquin placed just off the podium in fourth, maintaining his fourth-place spot in the overall standings. Thor’s Cole Thompson was 14th after the first lap of the main event, but maneuvered his way through the field to earn eighth. Justin Hill went down in the first turn, but managed to come back to finish 16th.

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At the second round of the AMA National Enduro, Charlie Mullins dominated the field, winning five of the six tests, on his way to victory in Salley, S.C. Mullins won by an impressive 50 seconds over the second-place finisher. Thor’s Grant Baylor improved upon his Round 1 result to finish sixth.

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The opening round of the FIM Motocross World Championship took place over the weekend under the lights in Qatar. Thor’s Gautier Paulin started off the season on the right foot, taking third place in MX1 class with an impressive 4-3 moto result. David Philippaerts overcame a tough opening moto to finish 12th overall, while Jeremy van Horebeek placed 18th. Amongst the MX2 riders, Thor’s Christophe Charlier rode a solid two motos to finish fifth, while Alessandro Lupino wasn’t far behind with eighth overall.

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Thor’s Ryan Villopoto, Dean Wilson, and Charlie Mullins All Victorious Over the Weekend

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Dominate GNCC Series in Crawfordsville, IN

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.

Weekend Wrap Up: 2012 GNCC Round 11

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.


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2012 International Six Day Enduro Wrap Up

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.


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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.


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ISDE 2012 Video: Day 6 Highlights

Day 6 is traditionally features one special test. The 2012 course is a super moto style using portions of the paved Saxonring road race circuit combined with off-road supercross style sections. The riders are broken up into motos by bike class and event ranking. The action was fast and exciting.

Team USA s Mike Brown wins the Final E1 moto overall, and the rest of the USA World Trophy Team does well enough to move up from 7th to 4th place on the final day, passing both Finland [2011 champs] and Spain.

The Junior Trophy Team places third which is excellent for an inexperienced team. Jeff Fredette adds finish 32 to his string of ISDE runs. Fred Hoess collects another gold medal as the American with the most gold medals.

All that is left is the awards ceremony and packing everything up for the trip home.