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 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thor’s Caselli and Ramirez Second Overall at San Felipe 250

Thor’s Kurt Caselli and Ivan Ramirez finished second overall at the Tecate SCORE International San Felipe 250, less than two minutes behind the first-place finishers. Mike Brown and Toby Price took fifth.

Racing isn’t finished for the week, with Thor’s GNCC riders gearing up for Tuesday’s opening round in River Ranch, Fla. So stay tuned…

Kurt Caselli Captures the 2012 AMA Hound & Hare National Championship

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Thor MX would like to congratulate Factory KTM off-road rider Kurt Caselli, who earned his second-consecutive AMA National Hare and Hound Championship. While an injury suffered at the fifth round of the championship put Caselli’s title hopes in doubt, he took on the challenge and came back stronger than ever following the summer break. He captured wins at the final three rounds to bring his season total to a season-high seven victories. Following a season full of ups and downs, Thor is excited to see Caselli overcome adversity and come out on top once again, showing the true mark of a champion.

Thor’s Russell Bobbitt and Kurt Caselli Grab Exciting Wins Over the Weekend

Thor’s Russell Bobbitt showed his determination during the penultimate round of the OMA National series to capture his first win of the season in Morrison, Ill. The race went down to the wire and when the checkered flag waved, it was Bobbitt who claimed his first victory. The win helped put a bigger points gap over third place in the standing, now giving him a comfortable 17-point margin.

Out west in Lucerne Valley, Calif., the AMA National Hare and Hound championship held its final round with the 2012 title on the line. Thor’s Kurt Caselli entered the round just eight points back of the points leader David Pearson and would need him to finish third or higher to clinch the championship with a win. While Caselli dominated the race from start to finish, there hasn’t been official word yet about the championship after a protest led to a penalty on Pearson. Depending on the severity of the penalty, Caselli could be awarded his second-consecutive Hare and Hound title.

Thor’s Kurt Caselli Inches Closer to H&H Championship

Thor’s Kurt Caselli continued to close the points gap on the current leader of the AMA Hare and Hound National Championship Series, earning a very crucial win at the penultimate round in Johnson Valley, Calif. Caselli took advantage of a difficult final loop to seal his sixth win of the season and keeping his title hopes alive. Despite not earning points at two rounds due to injury, he has closed the gap to just eight points with one round remaining. The final race is just two weeks away and will again take place in the Johnson Valley area.

Out in Matthews, Ind., the AMA National Enduro Series also held its penultimate round of the season. With difficult conditions due to rain, Thor’s Russell Bobbitt was able to come away with a top 10 finish. With one round remaining, Bobbitt sits in third in the points standings and has a 16-point gap over fourth.

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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