Thor’s Villopoto Stands Out at Supercross Season Opener

ANAHEIM, CA – January 9, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – For the second year in a row, Ryan Villopoto captured the win at the opening round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship. After a third-place finish in his heat race, Villopoto was the fastest out of the gate in the main event, grabbing the holeshot, and quickly building a comfortable 12-second victory over second place.

Ryan Villopoto was dominant in Anaheim
(Courtesy of Frank Hoppen)

While the win in Anaheim marked Villopoto’s 16th Supercross Class victory, it also signified the second time he’d won while debuting the new Thor-Volcom gear. The second edition of the Thor-Volcom gear will be available throughout Parts Unlimited dealerships only.

Ryan in his Thor-Volcom Gear
(Courtesy of Frank Hoppen)

“It has been great that Thor and Volcom have been able to work together to make an awesome set of gear,” said Villopoto. “This year is better than ever and I really hope everyone will go check it out.”

Sneak Peek at Second Edition Thor/Volcom Gear

Making his first appearance at Anaheim in the Supercross Class, Thor’s Jake Weimer impressed many with his come-from-behind main event finish of fifth place. Brett Metcalfe returned to supercross racing after missing much of the season last year to finish 11th, while Broc Tickle finished 12th in his Supercross class debut.

Brett Metcalfe returned to SX after missing several rounds in 2011
(Courtesy of Frank Hoppen)

The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders were also out in force, debuting their new Spring 2012 Pro Circuit Core Gear in Anaheim. Tyla Rattray showed speed early in the Supercross Lites Class, finishing on the podium in second place. Teammate Dean Wilson was also near the front pack and finished sixth after recovering from a last lap crash.

Tyla Rattray turned good starts into good results
(Courtesy of Frank Hoppen)

The next stop on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross schedule is Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. on January 14.

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About Thor Motocross
Thor is one of the originators of motocross apparel. When Torsten Hallman made his first U.S trip to race and promote motocross in 1966, he inadvertently started to develop Thor riding gear. Thor is a hardcore, grass roots company that understands what it takes to reach the top and more importantly, how to stay there. It is one of a few companies with over 40 years experience in the motocross marketplace.

Thor, a house brand company for Parts Unlimited, combines design and marketing with superior distribution to reach it’s thousands of dealers and consumers priding ourselves on key selling features like quality, strength and performance. Thor is more than a brand. It is a lifestyle.

About Parts Unlimited
Parts Unlimited is the world’s largest distributor of aftermarket accessories in the powersports industry and is owned by LeMans Corporation headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin. Parts Unlimited sells to over 12,000 dealerships world wide and continues to expand its market penetration with its sister companies, Parts Canada, Parts Europe and Drag Specialties.

Parts Unlimited continues to promote racing through its campaign WE SUPPORT THE SPORT®, helping to drive consumers to dealerships, while entertaining its dealers through hospitalities at the events it sponsors.