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The KTM Thor Racing Team continues to impress

July 19, 2016

The KTM Thor Racing Team continues to impress

Ulverton (Quebec) – On a track most people qualified as the roughest of the circuit, The KTM Thor Racing Team riders still found their way to the podium. While local hero Kaven Benoit collected his first career MX1 podium, MX2 points leader Cole Thompson crossed the finish line in 1st place both motos.

Round 6 of the 2016 CMRC Series will remain an important one in Kaven Benoit’s career highlights. His day started on a good note when he qualified top 5 and got a top 3 start in the first moto. He would eventually finish a strong 4th and head back to the gate with a desire for more. He raced the second moto under a thunder of loud Quebec fans cheering on him and fought hard to finish in the highly competitive top 3. His great performance gave him a 3rd position overall on the day and Benoit got to experience his first ever MX1 podium in front of his home crowd and family. “This weekend I accomplished one of my 2016 goals which was to get an overall podium in the MX1 class. To make it happen at home just makes it even better”.

It was a weekend filled with ups and downs for MX1 rider Davi Millsaps. Riding once again on a new track, Davi showed no hesitation in the qualifications and set the fastest lap time. When the first gate dropped, Millsaps really impressed on his KTM 450 SX-F and took the lead from lap 1 to 14. Unfortunately, 3 laps before the end, Davi got caught up with a slower rider and felt down making him lose one position. Moto 2 did not go as planned either as he went down in the first lap and struggled with terrible hand blisters for the rest of the moto. Millsaps finished his day with a 4th position overall and a 25 points lead in the championship. “It was a tough weekend for me. My hands fell apart in the second moto and I couldn’t hang on anymore but I made it through. I am now on to the next race to get back up to the front”.

Round 6 was pretty close to a perfect weekend for Cole Thompson. After qualifying first in the morning, Cole was ready to show his skills on a rough and bumpy track. He didn’t get the best start in the first moto but still worked his way through top 3 early in the moto. He made the pass for 1st at the half-way and rode smoothly for the remaining of the race. When Moto 2 started, Thompson was a little further behind. He was really patient and grabbed each position one by one until he grabbed first place one lap before the end and crossed the finish line victorious. A race decision from the CMRC Series pulled him back to 3rd overall which still leaves him with a 64 points advantage in the MX2 Championship. “I feel like my mental and fitness are on point right now and this is what allows me to push until the last corner and get the results I’m getting. I’m going to keep training hard and be back on top next weekend”.

While still holding on to both red plates, the KTM Thor Racing Team will head to the Maritimes for the next two rounds.

MX1 Results:
1.Matt Goerke 1-2
2.Brett Metcalfe 3-1
3.Kaven Benoit 4-3 – KTM
4.Davi Millsaps 2-8 – KTM
5.Colton Facciotti 6-4

MX1 Championship:
1.Davi Millsaps 319 – KTM
2.Matt Goerke 294
3.Brett Metcalfe 290
4.Mike Alessi 281
5.Colton Facciotti 278

MX2 Results:
1. Dylan Wright 3-1
2. Shawn Maffenbeier 2-2 – KTM
3.Cole Thompson 1-4 – KTM
4.Dakota Alix 4-3 – KTM
5.Brad Nauditt 7-5

MX2 Championship:
1.Cole Thompson 343 – KTM
2.Shawn Maffenbeier 279 – KTM
3.Dylan Wright 242
4.Brad Nauditt 230
5.Mark Worth 200

KTM Canada, Inc. would like to thank Thor & Parts Canada for their support, as well as all our other team sponsors.