JANESVILLE, WI – February 20, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Another weekend of racing is in the books, and once again Thor riders were impressive across the country. Starting in Dallas, Texas, Thor rider Ryan Villopoto brought his win-streak to three as he dominated the main event at Cowboys Stadium. His fourth win of the season help him maintain the red number plate and a 13-point lead in the championship stands as the series heads to the halfway point in the season.
Photo: Frank Hoppen
Teammate and Thor rider Jake Weimer put in 20-great laps to earn his second podium finish of the season in third place, while Brett Metcalfe showed his consistency with an eighth-place finish on a tough track. Thor’s Broc Tickle continued to adjust to the supercross class, finishing 11th in the main event.
Photo: Frank Hoppen
The Eastern Region of the AMA Supercross Lites class debuted in Dallas with Thor’s Darryn Durham, Blake Baggett, and Cole Thompson racing for the first time this season. Newest member to the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, Durham led the opening eight laps of the main event, eventually finishing with an outstanding second-place. Thompson also showed his speed in the 15-lap main event, finishing inside the top-10 in ninth. Baggett had an unfortunate opening lap crash, but even though he was a lap down on the opening lap, he was able to push his way up to 15th.
Photo: Frank Hoppen
At the penultimate round of the AMA Arenacross Series, Jeff Gibson maintained his chance of a championship, finishing second during both Friday and Saturday’s main events. While he is 24 points back, Gibson held off the points leader from clinching in Reno, Nev.
Photo: AMA Arenacross Series
Greensboro, Ga. was host to the second round of the AMA National Enduro Series, and Cory Buttrick, Russell Bobbitt, Charlie Mullins, and Maria Forsberg all were faced with a challenging course on Sunday after rain drenched the area on Saturday night. The tough conditions seemed to be no match for Buttrick as his consistency led him to a second-place finish. Reigning champion Bobbitt also put together a great race, winning the third test on his way to fourth-place for the day. Mullins was en route to a great finishing position with three-test wins on the day, but a bike issue on the final test pushed him back to seventh. Maria Forsberg competed in her first AMA National Enduro on Sunday, winning every test in the Womens class on her way to victory.
Photo: Shan Moore
The next AMA Supercross Series race is this weekend at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, while the AMA Arenacross Series will compete for the final time this season at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The AMA National Enduro Series will take a weekend off before the third round in Salley, S.C.
About Thor Motocross
Thor is the originator of motocross apparel. When Torsten Hallman made his first U.S trip to race and promote motocross in 1966, he began developing T.H.O.R. (Torsten Halman Original Racewear) riding gear. Thor is a hardcore, grass roots company that is continued proof of what it takes to reach the top and more importantly, how to stay there. It is the only company with over 40 years of experience in the motocross marketplace.
Thor combines design and marketing, with superior distribution through Parts Unlimited to reach it’s thousands of dealers and consumers. Thor prides itself on key selling features like quality, strength and performance. Thor is more than a brand. It’s 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.