It was as hot and humid as usual at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., but that didn’t slow down Thor’s best amateur racers as they collected five national championships. In addition to the titles, Thor MX riders also captured seven overall podium results highlighted by 11 wins and 18 podium finishes throughout the five days of motos.
DiFrancesco with his second consecutive title
The standout racer was Thor’s Jordan Bailey, who earned both championships he lined up for in the 85 (9-11) Stock and Modified classes. Ryder DiFrancesco backed up his No. 1 plate in the 51 (4-6) AMA 1 Stock class with another championship, while Jaiden Taylor wrapped up the 51 (7-8) AMA 2 Stock championship. Jordon Smith earned the Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C championship, but had a heartbreaking DNF in the final Schoolboy 2 (13-16) B/C class to push him out of championship contention in that class.
Bailey added two championships to his previous three titles at LL
Other standouts were second-place overall finishers Tanner Stack in the Mini Sr. (12-14) Modified class, Carter Halpain in the 85 (9-11) Modified class who also took a moto win, Matt Tedder Sr. in the Masters 50+, and Stilez Robertson in the 65 (7-9) Stock class. Third-place finishers included Sean Cantrell in the Mini Sr. (12-14) Modified, Paul Coates in the 450 B Modified class, and off-road legend Destry Abbott in the Senior 40+ class.
Robertson sporting the 2013 Phase Volcom Youth Racewear
At the 12th round of the FIM MX World Championship in Loket, Czech Republic, Thor MX riders showed off their 2013 gear for the first time. With decent weather for the riders after several rain-soaked races, Tommy Searle found the podium in the MX2 class with a great 2-3 moto result for second overall. Searle’s teammate, Joel Roelants, finished eighth overall. In the MX2 class, Xavier Boog scored a solid fifth-place finish with a 6-7 moto result, while Gautier Paulin finished eighth with a 5-11 moto result.
Boog had one of his best races this season
Another strong performance turned in over the weekend came from Thor’s AMA Flat Track racer Sammy Halbert. Halbert earned his first victory of the season at the Castle Rock TT in Castle Rock, Wash. With the win, he moved into second in the GNC Expert Singles points standings, just two points out of first.
A final note from the seventh round of the OMA Nationals, Russell Bobbitt captured second overall at a hot and grueling event in Medora, Ind.
Bobbitt has been busy with both the OMA and National Enduro Series
(Photo: Shan Moore)