Factory FMF/KTM Thor rider Taylor Robert took his first-ever AMA EnduroCross Series main event win at the XFINITY Arena.
Check out this GoPro video of Taylor Robert chasing Destry Abbott in the Arizona desert after a monsoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thor’s Taylor Robert was able to pick up where he left off during the 2012 World Off Road Championship Series, winning the opening round of the season in dominating fashion. The reigning champion finished the two-hour race over a minute ahead of the runner-up finisher and carries the points lead into the second round next month. Destry Abbott, who helped design the weekend’s course that’s located in his hometown, was running in the top five before retiring early with a mechanical issue.
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.