Thor’s Jake Weimer Captures His First ‘King of Bercy’ Title

Thor’s Jake Weimer made a successful trip to the annual Bercy Supercross, capturing the title ‘King of Bercy’ with two wins and a second-place ride. Not knowing what to expect out of the three-night competition, Weimer immediately showed his speed as he collected wins on the first two nights. His second-place finish on Sunday helped secure the coveted title and a great way to start out the new season.

Thor’s Tyler Villopoto was also in Paris competing in the 250 class, also known as the Prince of Bercy. Villopoto started the weekend off right with a podium result on Friday, and was looking poised at another great finish on Saturday, but an injury kept him from returning to action.

Race Report: 2012 Monster Energy Cup

At the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas, Nev., Josh Grant made his Thor debut with an impressive fifth-place overall result. Grant came out swinging in the first of three main events, grabbing the holeshot, eventually finishing the opening race in sixth. He went on to finish fifth in the remaining two races, giving him the top-five result.

Defending Monster Energy Cup winner Ryan Villopoto looked on track to earn another Monster Million after dominating the opening main event, but a crash in the second main event took him out of the final race of the night, placing him 10th overall. Thor’s Jake Weimer had a 12-18-10 main event result to place 13th overall.

Thor’s Winning Weekend Starts with Blake Baggett Securing First Professional Championship

After collecting the coveted red plate at Round 1 of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett held onto that lead throughout the summer and delivered his first professional championship.

At Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Baggett started the day with his 10th moto win of the season, and followed it up with a second-place finish in Moto 2.  The 1-2 finish was plenty to claim his fifth overall victory of the year and secure the championship.

In the 450 class, Broc Tickle raced through the heat and tough track to finish with a 3-3 to claim his fourth overall podium finish of the season. Tyla Rattray also had a solid day, racing to a 4-4 finish for fourth overall. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer posted a 5-9 finish for fifth overall. Weimer’s consistent year placed him third overall in the points standings, while Broc Tickle finished fifth in the overall standings. Despite missing the first five races, Tyla Rattray still placed 10th in the points standings.

Also taking place on Saturday was the AMA National Hare and Hound Series in Panaca, Nev. After posting the series’ first four race wins, injury took Thor’s Kurt Caselli out of competition for several months, but he picked up where he left off in Nevada. He grabbed the holeshot at the end of the bomb start and earned his fifth win of the season. Caselli sits in second in the points standings with just two races remaining in the series.

Even though Thor’s Taylor Robert had already clinched the WORCS championship at the previous round, he still had something to prove. He went out at Honolulu Hill Raceway in Taft, Calif. earning his seventh win at the finale race of the season.

Making it a four-win weekend for Thor was Charlie Mullins, who captured his first AMA National Enduro win of the season in Park Hills, Mo. When the final results were in, Mullins had won four out of the six tests and his finishing time was over a minute and a half ahead of second place finisher Russell Bobbitt. Thor’s Bobbitt won the final two tests of the day, giving Thor all the test victories at the eighth round of the season.

Race Report: Steel City

At the penultimate round of the Lucas Oil Motocross Championship Series, Thor’s Blake Baggett maintained the 250 class points lead with a solid 4-4 moto result for fourth overall. He currently holds a 14 point lead over second in the championship with just two motos remaining in the season.

In the 450 class, Jake Weimer narrowly missed the podium with his 7-3 moto result, which placed him fourth overall. Weimer is now only six points back from third in the championship standings.

Rattray Steel City

Tyla Rattray bounced back from a second moto crash to finish 6-9 for fifth overall, while Broc Tickle overcame a DNF in the first moto to finish fifth in the second moto. He finished 12th overall despite the DNF.

Tickle Steel City

Race Report: Unadilla

For the second consecutive round, Thor’s Broc Tickle claimed a hard-fought podium finish in the 450 class of the Lucas Oil Motocross Championship Series, this time at the famed Unadilla track in New Berlin, N.Y. Tickle rode a strong first moto where he led four laps before finishing second. In the second moto, Tickle started outside the top-five, but worked the entire moto to finish just .6 seconds behind third. His 2-4 moto result  helped him earn second overall and his third 450 class podium this year.

Thor’s Tyla Rattray was able to put together an 8-9 moto result for seventh overall on the difficult and treacherous track. Weimer started the day on top, taking an early lead in Moto 1, but a crash kept him from returning to the opening moto. Weimer did return for Moto 2, and finished 22nd overall with a 40-18 moto result.

In the 250 class, Blake Baggett maintained his 24-point lead in the championship with a fifth-place overall result. In the opening moto, Baggett finished on the podium in third, while he finished fifth in the second moto to leave the tough Unadilla track with as many points as he entered the weekend with.

Race Report: Southwick

Along with Robert’s success this weekend, Thor’s Blake Baggett also put together a favorable weekend at Round 9 of the Lucas Oil Motocross Championship Series. Baggett claimed his fourth overall win of the season with a late race charge in the second 250 moto at MotoX 338 in Southwick, Mass. With his 3-1 moto result, Baggett extended his points lead to 24 over second place.

The 450 class saw the return of Thor’s Broc Tickle to the podium after two hard fought motos. Tickle started the day[1]  by picking up the top qualifier award and then transferred his early morning speed to both motos, where he posted a 6-4 result for third overall. After a tough opening moto, Thor’s Tyla Rattray came out swinging in Moto 2 as he claimed his first moto win in the 450 class. The multi-time 250 class winner at Southwick held off stiff competition on the last lap to propel him to fifth overall with a 20-1 moto result.

Thor’s Mike Brown also had a solid day in the 450 class, finishing sixth overall with a 9-7 moto result. Jake Weimer could be up for this week’s hard charger award after his Moto 1 effort coming back 37th on the opening lap to finish 13th. Along with a 19th in Moto 2, Weimer finished 18th overall. Newcomer to the Lucas Oil Motocross Championship Series, Kurt Caselli competed in his first race since April when he was injured at an AMA National Hare and Hound race. Caselli adjusted well to the unique track and finished 28th overall with a 25-24 moto result.

 

Thor’s Taylor Robert Scores First EnduroCross Podium of the Season

A beautiful day greeted riders at the fourth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pa. Thor’s Jake Weimer backed-up his 450 class podium result from last week to race to a 3-3 moto result for third overall. Both Brett Metcalfe and Broc Tickle seemed to find each other in both motos, battling for position. Metcalfe ended the day sixth overall with a 7-5 moto score, while Tickle was seventh after a crash in the second moto pushed him back to score 6-9 on the day.

In the 250 class, Baggett started the day with a third place in Moto 1, but two crashes in the second moto pushed him back to finish fourth overall with a 3-5 result. Baggett still leads the championship standings by seven points. Teammate Ivan Tedesco rode solid in the opening moto, finishing seventh, but had to come through the pack in the second moto to score 10th for seventh overall.

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Thor’s Blake Baggett Repeats Impressive Hangtown Performance from 2011

Thor’s Jake Weimer didn’t let the elevation of the mile-high city bother him as he rode to a 2-4 moto finish, capturing his first podium finish in the 450 class. With his great ride at the Thunder Valley MX Park in Lakewood, Colo, he jumped from fourth to second in the championship standings.

Also running well was Thor’s Brett Metcalfe, who scored a third-place finish in the first moto behind Weimer, but a bad start in the second moto forced him to put together a come-from-behind finish. He raced from 26th on the opening lap to an impressive 10th-place finish in Moto 2, finishing the day fifth overall. Thor’s Broc Tickle came back from a mechanical in the first moto to score a season-best third-place finish in Moto 2, moving him up to 11th overall despite the DNF in the opening moto.

In the 250 class, riders faced extreme weather conditions prior to the opening moto. After an hour delay, officials started the 250 class moto on a freshly soaked track. Although the conditions were tough, Thor’s Blake Baggett came through the pack to finish just a half-second back of second place at the checkered. With a third-place finish going into the second moto, Baggett took over the lead on Lap 7 and was looking like he had the overall, but changes in position behind him forced him to settle for second overall. With his solid finishing positions, Baggett now leads the 250 class by 16 points. Teammate Ivan Tedesco came back from a tough first moto to finish 14-8 and 11th overall.

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Thor’s Blake Baggett Maintains Points Lead in 250 Class

Thor’s Blake Baggett hasn’t always had good luck at the Freestone County Raceway, but on Saturday, he was able to walk out of Texas with the 250 class points lead. In both motos, Baggett had to come through the pack, leaving him little time to catch the leader. His 2-2 finish has stretched his lead to 14 points over second place. Teammate Ivan Tedesco had a tough run in Texas, but still finished 19th despite a hard first-turn crash in the second moto.

In the 450 class, Jake Weimer rode two come-from-behind motos, but Moto 2 was the most impressive as he climbed from 40th – after a first turn crash – to finish sixth. His 3-6 moto result was good enough for fourth overall and he currently sits fourth in the standings. Broc Tickle had a great run in the opening moto to finish seventh, but a mechanical in the second moto left him to finish 14th with a 7-40 result. Brett Metcalfe finished inside the top 10 in eighth with a 13-10 moto result.

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Thor’s Blake Baggett Repeats Impressive Hangtown Performance from 2011

Thor’s Blake Baggett once again took advantage of the rough terrain that Hangtown MX provides, winning the opening round Lucas Oil Pro Motocross for the second year in a row. This year’s performance was even better than last year, earning a perfect 1-1 result in the 250 class. In the opening moto, Baggett started sixth and took his time making his way to the front. As the riders got the white flag, Baggett was in third and was able to pass both riders in front of him for the most impressive final lap seen in years. The second moto was a different story as Baggett took over the lead on the fifth lap and proceeded to gap the field, winning by nearly nine seconds.

Also in the 250 class, Ivan Tedesco made his return to the division for the first time since winning the 125 class title in 2005. He didn’t disappoint, ending the day just off the podium with a 6-5 moto result. Reigning champion Dean Wilson started out the first moto inside the top 10, but after his shoulder injury flared up again, he pulled in and made the difficult decision to get the necessary surgery needed to correct his injury.

In the 450 class, Thor riders all finished inside the top 10 with impressive rides during both motos. Brett Metcalfe proved he is a motocross specialist, earning a 4-5 moto result, which put him in a three-way tie for third, but after the details were sorted he ended the day fifth overall. Finishing just behind him in sixth overall during his 450 class debut, Broc Tickle proved he belongs with the big bikes with a 6-7 moto result. Possibly putting in the most impressive ride of the day, Jake Weimer came back in the first moto from 40th on the opening lap, to make it all the way to 10th. The second moto he got out to a better start, finishing sixth for eighth overall.

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