Thor’s Blake Baggett once again took advantage of the rough terrain that Hangtown MX provides, winning the opening round Lucas Oil Pro Motocross for the second year in a row. This year’s performance was even better than last year, earning a perfect 1-1 result in the 250 class. In the opening moto, Baggett started sixth and took his time making his way to the front. As the riders got the white flag, Baggett was in third and was able to pass both riders in front of him for the most impressive final lap seen in years. The second moto was a different story as Baggett took over the lead on the fifth lap and proceeded to gap the field, winning by nearly nine seconds.
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Also in the 250 class, Ivan Tedesco made his return to the division for the first time since winning the 125 class title in 2005. He didn’t disappoint, ending the day just off the podium with a 6-5 moto result. Reigning champion Dean Wilson started out the first moto inside the top 10, but after his shoulder injury flared up again, he pulled in and made the difficult decision to get the necessary surgery needed to correct his injury.
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In the 450 class, Thor riders all finished inside the top 10 with impressive rides during both motos. Brett Metcalfe proved he is a motocross specialist, earning a 4-5 moto result, which put him in a three-way tie for third, but after the details were sorted he ended the day fifth overall. Finishing just behind him in sixth overall during his 450 class debut, Broc Tickle proved he belongs with the big bikes with a 6-7 moto result. Possibly putting in the most impressive ride of the day, Jake Weimer came back in the first moto from 40th on the opening lap, to make it all the way to 10th. The second moto he got out to a better start, finishing sixth for eighth overall.
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At the sixth round of the World Off Road Championship Series in Adelanto, Calif., Thor’s Taylor Robert earned another moto win on Saturday. An eighth-place ride on Sunday pushed him back to fourth overall, but Robert still maintained his lead in the championship standings with a 24-point gap over second place. In Mesick, Mich., Thor’s Russell Bobbitt finished on the podium once again at the OMA Nationals and is tied for second in the points.
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