Russell Bobbitt lined up for the final OMA Nationals race in Camden, Tenn. After grabbing the holeshot, he led for most of the race, but on the last lap was pushed back to second, just one second behind the leader at the finish. His consistent season helped him earn second in the points standings.
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.
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.
The USA Trophy Team has a very talented squad this year, but after the first day in the books they have surely realized that the Six Days in Germany is going to be anything but easy. Charlie Mullins was the fastest American rider for the day followed by a great showing by Taylor Robert. Kurt Caselli, Mike Brown, and Russell Bobbitt all had decent rides today. The French Trophy Team picked up where they left off and are dominating the leader boards.
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.