Thor’s Ryan Villopoto picked up where he left off in Anaheim, earning back-to-back wins and becoming the first two-time 450SX class winner of the season at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. Villopoto grabbed his first holeshot award of the season and never looked back, eventually coming across the finish line over 10 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Villopoto’s consistency through the past three rounds have helped him climb the points standings where he currently sits third, just eight points out of the lead.
While Villopoto was earning the holeshot and breaking away from the pack, there was a huge pile-up behind him in the second turn that collected Thor’s Josh Grant. After a great start, Grant was in the top 10 before going down. He regrouped as quickly as possible, but had to start nearly a lap down in 18th. He made steady progress throughout the 20-lap race, finishing 16th.
In the Western Regional 250SX class, Martin Davalos bounced back from a tough weekend in Anaheim to finish just off the podium in Oakland. Davalos didn’t waste anytime getting to the front pack and remained consistent through the 15-lap main event where he finished fourth. His result helped propel him to seventh in the standings after entering the event 10th.
Tyla Rattray showed improvement throughout the day, but a mid-pack start forced him to work his way through the pack, eventually finishing eighth.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.