Thor Riders Collect Four Wins From Canada to the States

It was another big race weekend for the Thor MX riders as Ryan Villopoto, Marvin Musquin, Kurt Caselli, and Taylor Robert all claimed victories at their respective races.


Starting in Toronto, Canada, the Monster Energy Supercross made its lone international stop to the Rogers Centre. Villopoto once again took first in the 450SX class, making it his fourth win in a row and seventh win of the season. His lead atop the standings was increased to 12 points with five rounds remaining.


In the 250SX class, Thor’s Marvin Musquin won his third in a row, making him the only rider since 2008 to collect his first three career wins consecutively. His win was in wire-to-wire fashion after overcoming a crash during practice session. The win moves Thor’s Musquin to just six points back of the leader in the 250SX Eastern Regional standings.


Thor’s Cole Thompson, born in Canada, had his best finish of the season while racing in his native land, coming across the finish line in sixth. Justin Hill had a good night going, but a crash after the first turn in the main event kept him from returning to the race.



At the AMA National Hare and Hound in Murphy, Idaho, Thor’s Kurt Caselli won for the first time this season, moving him up to an impressive fourth in points after going scoreless at the first round. Ivan Ramirez finished in eighth place.


Adding another win to the weekend total was Thor’s Taylor Robert, who took the victory in the Pro class at the WORCS race in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Robert not only had the fastest lap during the two-hour race, but finished more than two minutes ahead of second place.


At the AMA National Enduro race in Blackwell, Texas, Thor’s Grant Baylor finished a season-best fifth overall. Teammate Charlie Mullins ended up 11th overall after an issue during the third test pushed him out of contention for the win. Despite the tough finish, he never gave up and was able to maintain the championship lead where he sits six points ahead of second.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


Photos: Simon Cudby, Shan Moore, and CDS