It was an extremely hot day of racing at Sand Del Lee for RD5 of the Triple Crown Series. All three KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Race Team members dug deep and finished strong in the tough conditions.
In the MX2 class, Jess Pettis and Tanner Ward both had consistent starts; getting out front early was key in the hot conditions. Pettis got out front early and led most of Moto 2 before getting passed by Dylan Wright. Ward clenched a holeshot in Moto 2 and also
stayed on pace with the top riders for most of the race. Unfortunately the heat got to him at around the half-way mark and he dropped a few positions. Pettis finished 3-2 for 2nd overall while Ward finished 4-7 for 5th overall. It takes incredible strength
to race at this level in 40+ degree heat, hats off to all of the riders who competed on Saturday.
Pettis - KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Race Team 250 Rider: "RD5
at Sand Del Lee was a hot and humid one. I was happy with how the day went. I was able to have two consistent motos with 3-2 moto scores for 2nd overall. The team and I have continued to make progress and I am ready to battle for wins and fight for this championship."
Ward - KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Race Team 250 Rider:
"It was a pretty good weekend for me at Sand Del Lee. I was happy with my consistent starts and holeshot in Moto 2. It felt great to keep on pace for most of the Moto after my holeshot. The heat got to me near the end and unfortunately I lost a few positions.
I am taking away the positives from this weekend as we go into RD6 in Moncton this weekend."
In the MX1 class, Cole Thompson remained positive despite some set backs. In Moto 1 he had a first turn crash and charged from last to 7th place. In Moto 2 he got the holeshot and lead for five laps until he lost energy and had to step back in order to finish
the race. Thompson has been suffering from a back injury and has had to take a break from training and riding between rounds. He is excited to get back to 100% in order to finish the season strong.
In the WMX class, Orange Bleeder Eve Brodeur had some bad luck. In Moto 1 Brodeur was caught in a crash 20 feet from the start gate. She worked her way from last to 4th place. She went down again in Moto 2 and worked her way from last to 8th place for 6th overall.
Despite going down in both motos, Eve remained positive and showed great sportsmanship on and off the track. We look forward to watching her get back on the podium in Moncton.
On behalf of everyone here at KTM Canada, we want to extend a big congratulations to all KTM riders mentioned for their impressive performances in these challenging conditions.
The MX series will continue on July 27th in Moncton, New Brunswick at Riverglade MX.
The results below are subject to change based on the pending appeal in the MX1 class.
Next race: Moncton, New Brunswick - July 27th, 2019
450 Pro Series Results – 5/8 Rounds
1. Colton Facciotti, Honda - 238 Points
2. Mike Alessi, Honda - 220 Points
3. Phil Nicoletti, Yamaha - 212 Points
4. Cole Thompson, KTM - 200 Points
5. Shawn Maffenbeier, Yamaha - 191 Points
250 Pro Series Results – 5/8 Rounds
1. Dylan Wright, Honda - 243 Points
2. Jess Pettis, KTM - 210 Points
3. Luke Renzland, Yamaha - 205 Points
4. Tyler Medaglia, Kawasaki - 197 Points
5. Marshal Weltin, Husqvarna Motorcycles - 190 Points
WMXE Series Results (West) - 2/4 Rounds
1. Isabelle Thibault, Husqvarna Motorcycles - 117 Points
2. Eve Brodeur, KTM - 98 Points
3. Brittany Gagne, Yamaha - 92 Points
4. Sarah-Kim Villeneuve, KTM - 90 Points
5. Liz Burke, Kawasaki - 87 Points
Monday, 22 July 2019 19:51 Published in Rider and Team Releases
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
Chambly, QC – The KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Racing Team had a successful night in Sarnia, ON Saturday. Cole Thompson finished the night on top of the podium with an impressive first place finish in the MX1 class. Thompson was a crowd favorite as he raced in his hometown in front of friends and family.
This Saturday’s win in Sarnia places Thompson in a favorable position going into the final round of AX in Barrie, ON next weekend.
Jean-Sebastien Roy – KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Racing Team Manager: It was clear that Cole was very happy to be back racing close to home. He totally dominated the field in front of his hometown crowd. Many racers had difficulties with the track conditions, but Cole was smooth and aggressive at the same time. Another great performance.
KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Racing Team Member Tanner Ward also finished the night on the podium. Ward did not waste any time, he qualified second early in the night which gave him extra confidence going into the main. Ward has been training in Florida with KTM Red Bull Thor Factory race team member Jess Pettis. It was clear from his performance on Saturday that Ward’s extensive training has been paying off. We look forward to seeing him bring the heat to the Triple Crown Motocross Series beginning in June.
Jean-Sebastien Roy – KTM Red Bull Thor Factory Racing Team Manager: Tanner truly made an entrance for his first race of the season. He was on fire all weekend long. He maintained composure throughout the main event, despite being under pressure from the riders behind him. He rode smart and didn’t make any mistakes. Both team members rode exceptionally well, and I am happy to see them perform at 100%.
The AX series will continue next weekend in Barrie, Ontario. It will be the final round of the four-round series.
We want to extend a big congratulations to both #TEAMORANGE riders from everyone here at KTM Canada.
Next race: Barrie, Ontario – May 4, 2019
Results 450 AX Class – Sarnia, Ontario 2019
Cole Thompson, KTM
Dakota Alix, KTM
Phil Nicoletti, Yamaha
Matt Goerke, Kawasaki
Cade Clason, Husqvarna
Standings 450 AX Class 2019 after 3 of 4 rounds
Cole Thompson, 87
Phil Nicoletti, 78
Matt Goerke, 75
Results 250 AX Class – Sarnia, Ontario 2019
Dylan Wright, Honda
Tanner Ward, KTM
Luke Renzland, Yamaha
Brad Nauditt, Husqvarna
Marco Cannella, Yamaha
Standings 250 AX Class after 3 of 4 rounds
Dylan Wright, 79
Luke Renzland, 71
Marco Cannella, 71
Monday, 29 April 2019 15:48 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