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KTM RED BULL THOR FACTORY RACE TEAM WITH IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCES AT RD1 OF THE TRIPLE CROWN MX SERIES IN CALGARY

Chambly, QC – The KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Racing Team had a successful start to the outdoor season on Saturday. Cole Thompson finished the day on top of the podium with an impressive first place finish in the 450 pro class. After finishing third in Moto 1, he really got on the gas and turned things around in moto 2. He made the pass into first in lap four and didn't look back. Thompson will have the red plate going into round 2 in Prince George this coming Saturday.

Cole Thompson - KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Race Team 450 Rider: "I'm so pumped to win the overall at round 1. Started my day by qualifying the fastest, then Moto 1 had to battle hard for 3rd. Regrouped for Moto 2 and put in my best performance by passing all the top riders and grabbing the win! So happy to give back to my team what they deserve for all their hard efforts and looking forward to a great MX tour."

KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Racing Team Members Tanner Ward and Jess Pettis had successful performances in the 250 class. The duo fired out of the gate and got up front right away. Tanner landed on the podium in Moto 1 with Pettis close behind. The two finished the day in 5th (Tanner Ward) and 7th (Jess Pettis).

Tanner Ward - KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Race Team 250 Rider: "It was a good day for me, a lot of positives to look at. A small mistake in the second moto cost me an overall podium, but happy to start the season on the right foot!"

Jess Pettis - KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Race Team 250 Rider: "Round 1 is in the books and I am happy with how it turned out, with the position I am in. I have been dealing with an arm injury for the last month and haven't had much time on the bike. Having been able to get two holeshots and salvage some good points with 5-7 moto scores was a win in my eyes. I am excited to heal a bit more and move onto the next round."

Jean-Sebastien Roy – KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Racing Team Manager: Luck was on our side for the first round of the outdoor season. The smoke cleared just in time and the clear air made for a great day of racing. All three KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Race Team riders did very well. I am proud of their performances and am looking forward to a successful season.

In the WMX class, KTM swept the podium. Avrie Berry from Washougal, WA went 2-1 for 1st overall. She was followed closely by Canadian Orange Bleeders Shelby Turner and Eve Brodeur who finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

On behalf of everyone here at KTM Canada, we want to extend a big congratulations to all KTM riders mentioned for their impressive performances. #READYTORACE

The MX series will continue next weekend in Prince George for round 2 of the 8 round series.

Next race: Prince George, British Columbia – June 8, 2019

Results 450 Pro – Calgary, Alberta
1. Cole Thompson, KTM
2. Colton Facciotti, Honda
3. Phil Nicoletti, Yamaha
4. Mike Alessi, Honda
5. Shawn Maffenbeier, Yamaha

Results 250 AX Class – Calgary, Alberta
1. Josh Osby, Yamaha
2. Luke Renzland, Yamaha
3. Dylan Wright, Honda
4. Marshal Weltin, Husqvarna Motorcycles
5. Tanner Ward, KTM

Tuesday, 04 June 2019 10:11 Published in Rider and Team Releases


KTM RED BULL THOR FACTORY TEAM RACER COLE THOMPSON STARTS 2019 WITH AN INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE IN ABBOTSFORD

Chambly, QC – The KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Racing Team had a successful start to the 2019 season last Saturday in Abbotsford, BC. Cole Thompson arrived at the first round of the Triple Crown Series READY TO RACE and to defend his #1 plate. He accomplished his goal and ended the night on top of the podium securing the first win of the Triple Crown AX Series.

Thompson started the night in a favorable position. His second place finish in the qualifier meant he would have a great gate pick for the main event. He had a strong start, and after missing the holeshot by a hair, was in second after lap one. He did not waste much time getting up front, and once he made the pass for first, he didn't look back.

The wet dirt used to build the track quickly became rough, rutted and technical. It was especially challenging in the whoop section. Luckily for Cole, technical tracks are his specialty. Thompson found his grove despite the conditions and rode the remainder of the race with a comfortable gap over second and third.

Jean-Sebastien Roy – KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Racing Team Manager: “We are very happy to start the season like this. Cole has been working hard during the off season. He came prepared and with the right attitude.“

Cole Thompson – KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Team MX1 Racer: "I am so pumped to leave round 1 with the red plate. It was my goal to come here and show these guys I've been doing my homework over the last few months.“

The Triple Crown AX Series will continue next weekend in Calgary, Alberta. We are heading into round 2 of the 4 round series.

We want to extend a big congratulations to Cole from everyone here at KTM Canada.

Tuesday, 09 April 2019 10:25 Published in Rider and Team Releases