THOR RIDERS WRAP UP GNCC NATIONAL, XC2 AND WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to Thor riders Kailub Russell and Charlie Mullins, who both put in an impressive season on the GNCC circuit. Kailub Russell came away with the close fought championship title.

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Congratulations are also in order for Grant Baylor (XC2) and Maria Forsberg who also wrapped up titles in their respective divisions.

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Taylor Robert and Maria Forsberg Earn Gold at X Games Munich

The rain in Munich, Germany postponed the Enduro X races at the third stop of the Global X Games, but that didn’t seem to faze Thor’s Taylor Robert and Maria Forsberg. Although he has qualified for all five Enduro X finals in X Games history, Robert had never collected a piece of hardware until Sunday when he led the majority of the 10-lap race and found himself on top of the podium with a gold medal. Robert looked smooth and in control after he passed fellow Thor rider Mike Brown for the lead on the third lap, and never looked back.

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Women’s Enduro X favorite Forsberg had not been able to collect a gold medal so far this X Games season, but that changed with her solid ride in Germany. She remained close to the leader in the opening laps and made the winning pass stick at the halfway point of the race. Her latest medal at X Games Munich brings Forsberg’s tally up to three gold medals and two silver medals.

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X Games Barcelona winner Brown grabbed the holeshot in the Men’s Enduro X final and after battling the highly technical course and talented field of riders, he brought home a fifth-place finish.gold_rule_630

Thor Riders Fill Out GNCC Podium with Russell and Forsberg Emerging Victorious

Thor’s Kailub Russell backed up his win at the seventh round of the GNCC season with another impressive ride at Round 8 in Masontown, W. Va. Russell had his work cut out for him as he headed into the woods close to last off the start, but he was able to gain control of the race by end of the first lap. After seven grueling laps on the muddy, technical track Russell came across the finish over three minutes ahead of second place. Russell’s new win-streak and consistency throughout the season has helped place him second in the championship standings, just five points out of the lead.

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The rider Russell is chasing in the points is teammate and fellow Thor MX rider Charlie Mullins, who put up a fight on the final lap of the race to come away with a podium finish in third. Mullins’ four wins and three additional podium finishes so far this season have kept him out front in the championship chase.

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Thor’s XC2 rider Grant Baylor made it to the podium for the sixth time this season, but it didn’t come easy. Baylor came around the first lap in seventh place and continued to charge over the course of the three-hour race to finish in the runner-up spot. Baylor currently leads the XC2 class standings and has a 14-point lead over second.

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Women’s class rider Maria Forsberg collected her fifth win of the season during the morning races, helping her to move back atop the standings into a tie for first. In addition to capturing the huge win in her class, Forsberg also earned her best overall result of the season in third.

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The next GNCC will also take place in West Virginia at the resort community of Snowshoe from June 29-30, 2013.Photos: digitaloffroad.com

Mike Brown and Maria Forsberg Take Home Medals At Barcelona X-Games

Saturday’s racing included the second stop of the X Games tour around the globe. Since the previous stop in Brazil, Brown had picked up a dominating opening round win of the EnduroCross series and brought that confidence to Barcelona, Spain. The long 10-lap main event had Brown leading early on, and despite pressure from top rivals, Brown picked up the gold medal with the Enduro X victory.

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Also earning a medal in Spain was Women’s Enduro X rider Maria Forsberg, who managed to collect her first medal of the season in second place. Thor’s Taylor Robert and Destry Abbott were also in attendance for the Men’s Enduro X. Abbott suffered a crash in practice and couldn’t continue, while Robert won the LCQ but an opening lap crash in the main event pushed him back to finish 10th.

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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 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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Thor’s Riders Battle at EnduroCross and GNCC Races

Both the EnduroCross and GNCC series’ returned to action after taking a short break over the summer, making the riders eager to get back out on the track. At the fourth round of the EnduroCross series at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., Thor’s Taylor Robert scored a top five finish, while Mike Brown raced to seventh in the main event. Destry Abbott also made the main event to finish eighth. With four rounds complete, Brown currently sits in third in the points standings, and Robert is not far behind in fourth. Even though Thor’s Maria Forsberg did not compete in Ontario, she still holds a five point lead in the Women’s class.

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At the GNCC at Unadilla in New Berlin, N.Y., the riders had to battle through muddy conditions after rain came through the area on Saturday. Thor’s Kailub Russell and Charlie Mullins both started the race at the front, but both were struck with bad luck. After Mullins took over the lead, he had to make an unexpected pit stop after losing his rear brakes, eventually making it back to seventh. Russell was also a contender for the lead, but went down in the motocross section, pushing him back to fourth overall for the day. After securing the Women’s class championship at the previous round, Forsberg didn’t back down as she claimed her 10th consecutive win of the season.

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Thor Riders Capture X-Games Gold

Thor’s Mike Brown found his way to the top of the podium at the X-Games on Sunday with his EnduroCross first win and his first gold medal in X-Games competition. With all eyes on Enduro X as the final event of X-Games Los Angeles, Brown worked out the kinks in his heat race – where he finished second – to keep his KTM out front until the end of the 10-lap main to take the win. With the victory Brown jumped up in the points standings and now sits in second, just eight points back of first.

Thor’s Taylor Robert also put together a good showing at the X-Games, starting the night with a heat race win. With good gate pick in the main event, Robert was able to run a solid race, finishing fifth and is now tied for third in the standings. Also making it out for the event was Thor’s Destry Abbott, who made his way to the main event through the first LCQ. He kept a solid pace in the main event and finished seventh.

In the Women’s Enduro X final, Thor’s Maria Forsberg backed up her gold medal from last year as she took the win in come-from-behind fashion. After a decent start, Forsberg had to make up some time on the leader, but she never gave up and managed to pull off the victory.

The FIM World Motocross Championship riders were once again forced to race in wet and muddy conditions at the ninth round of the series in Uddevalla, Sweden. In the MX2 class, it was all Thor’s Tommy Searle, who finished the day with an impressive 2-1 moto result. Thor teammate Joel Roelants finished seventh overall with the help of a solid third-place finish in the opening moto. In the MX1 class, Thor’s Gautier Paulin and Xavier Boog finished the day seventh and eighth, respectively.

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Taylor Robert Scores First EnduroCross Podium of the Season

Following a good showing at the opening round of the EnduroCross Series, Thor’s Taylor Robert raced to a runner-up finish at the second stop on the circuit. At Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif., Robert started the night out with his first-career heat race win, and followed it up with a second-place finish. He now sits tied for second in the points standings.

Also putting together strong rides at the EnduroCross were Thor’s Mike Brown and Destry Abbott. Brown was able to score fifth, while Abbott, who was sore from a mid-week crash, raced to a ninth-place finish. In the Women’s class, Maria Forsberg finished on the podium in third.

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