Check out this GoPro video of Taylor Robert chasing Destry Abbott in the Arizona desert after a monsoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 5 of the Red Bull Six Days from Germany is a completely new course which which is be 2 laps of a 125 km (78 miles) route that goes the towns of Zwickau, Kirchberg, and Lugau. The riders do 2 laps of this route for a total of 154 miles. Four special tests on each lap include some wet, muddy challenges and a long grass track. The IGNITION3’s veteran shooter Jon Lague captures the unique beauty of this corner of Germany.
Team USA World Trophy Team talks about the upcoming event and walk the special tests. Their hopes are high for a strong finish this week. The 2012 Team USA World Trophy Team consists of Thor’s Kurt Caselli, Mike Brown, Russell Bobbitt, Charlie Mullins, Taylor Robert, and Destry Abbott.
Just one week before representing Great Britain at the Motocross of Nations, Thor’s Tommy Searle made the last race of the FIM Motocross World Championship count with an impressive 1-1 MX2 victory in Teutschenthal, Germany. His six overall wins and seven additional podium finishes helped Searle to finish second overall in the MX2 championship standings.
In the MX1 class, Gautier Paulin got a boost before representing France at the MXoN with a hard-fought fifth-place overall with a 4-5 moto result. Paulin wrapped up the season third overall in the championship standings. Paulin’s teammate and fellow Frenchman Xavier Boog, who will be competing at the MXoN, ended the day eighth overall with a 9-7 moto result.
While the Motocross of Nations is less than a week away in Lommel, Belgium, Thor riders started competition at the International Six Day Enduro in Saxony, Germany. Thor comprises the entire six-man USA Trophy Team with Destry Abbott, Russell Bobbitt, Mike Brown, Kurt Caselli, Charlie Mullins, and Taylor Robert. While the team results have not been posted, Mullins earned third in the fourth special test and Taylor Robert finished fourth in the final special test. Check in to our Facebook where we will be posting updates throughout the week.
(Left to Right) Bobbitt, Mullins, Robert, Caselli, Abbott, Brown.
It was as hot and humid as usual at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., but that didn‚t slow down Thor’s best amateur racers as they collected five national championships. In addition to the titles, Thor MX riders also captured seven overall podium results highlighted by 11 wins and 18 podium finishes throughout the five days of motos.
The standout racer was Thor’s Jordan Bailey, who earned both championships he lined up for in the 85 (9-11) Stock and Modified classes. Ryder DiFrancesco backed up his No. 1 plate in the 51 (4-6) AMA 1 Stock class with another championship, while Jaiden Taylor wrapped up the 51 (7-8) AMA 2 Stock championship. Jordon Smith earned the Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C championship, but had a heartbreaking DNF in the final Schoolboy 2 (13-16) B/C class to push him out of championship contention in that class.
Other standouts were second-place overall finishers Tanner Stack in the Mini Sr. (12-14) Modified class, Carter Halpain in the 85 (9-11) Modified class who also took a moto win, Matt Tedder Sr. in the Masters 50+, and Stilez Robertson in the 65 (7-9) Stock class. Third-place finishers included Sean Cantrell in the Mini Sr. (12-14) Modified, Paul Coates in the450 B Modified class, and off-road legend Destry Abbott in the Senior 40+ class.