Thor’s Ryan Villopoto Becomes First Two-Time 450SX Winner of 2013

OAKLAND, CA – January 28, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Thor’s Ryan Villopoto picked up where he left off in Anaheim, earning back-to-back wins and becoming the first two-time 450SX class winner of the season at Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. Villopoto grabbed his first holeshot award of the season and never looked back, eventually coming across the finish line over 10 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Villopoto’s consistency through the past three rounds have helped him climb the points standings where he currently sits third, just eight points out of the lead.

Ryan Vilopoto  Photo: Simon Cudby
Ryan Vilopoto Photo: Simon Cudby

While Villopoto was earning the holeshot and breaking away from the pack, there was a huge pile-up behind him in the second turn that collected Thor’s Josh Grant. After a great start, Grant was in the top 10 before going down. He regrouped as quickly as possible, but had to start nearly a lap down in 18th. He made steady progress throughout the 20-lap race, finishing 16th.

Josh Grant  Photo: Simon Cudby
Josh Grant Photo: Simon Cudby

In the Western Regional 250SX class, Martin Davalos bounced back from a tough weekend in Anaheim to finish just off the podium in Oakland. Davalos didn’t waste anytime getting to the front pack and remained consistent through the 15-lap main event where he finished fourth. His result helped propel him to seventh in the standings after entering the event 10th. Tyla Rattray showed improvement throughout the day, but a mid-pack start forced him to work his way through the pack, eventually finishing eighth.

Martin Davalos  Photo: Simon Cudby
Martin Davalos  Photo: Simon Cudby
Tyla Rattray  Photo: Simon Cudby
Tyla Rattray  Photo: Simon Cudby

Along with Villopoto’s win on the West Coast, Thor’s Charlie Mullins collected his first win of the season at the opening round of the AMA East National Hare Scrambles event in Sumter, South Carolina.

Charlie Mullins  Photo: Shan Moore
Charlie Mullins  Photo: Shan Moore

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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 Hallman 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.

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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.

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