GREAT BATTLES, TOP 5 AND HOLESHOTS FOR THE KTM RED BULL THOR RACING TEAM Photo: James Lissimore

GREAT BATTLES, TOP 5 AND HOLESHOTS FOR THE KTM RED BULL THOR RACING TEAM

on Monday, 04 June 2018 16:59

Popkum, BC –The KTM Red Bull Thor racing team was excited to travel to a new track on the MX Tour National circuit, this weekend in British Columbia.

The beautiful, mountain scenery looking over the Popkum Motor Park was shining under a bright sun and set the pace for a warm spring day. In the 450 class, Benoit and Thompson found themselves battling each other, while Ward got some great starts in the 250 class.

Cole Thompson & Kaven Benoit looked really comfortable on the new hard packed circuit and put down top 5 laps in the two different timed qualifying sessions. When the first gate dropped, the teammates quickly found themselves racing each other’s. Benoit started with the advantage and ran in 5th place during the first couple laps. On lap 4, Thompson made the pass on the #26. While pushing one another, the 450 teammates powered their way by another rider. The two KTM Red Bull Thor riders followed and fought each other over 4th place for the full 30 minutes + 2 laps moto, giving the fans a great show. The close racing led to a top 5 finish for both racers but the extremely rocky track left some painful marks on the #16 and #26.

They lined up for moto 2, ready to redeemed themselves and fight for the podium. Both teammates got a great start for the 2nd moto and found themselves in the top 5, right off the gate. Due to a rider going down in an unsafe area, the race was put to an end prematurely and everyone had to go back to the starting line. The 2nd time around wasn’t as good for the KTM team and both riders had to work their way up during the first few laps. Thompson got the best of it and climbed from 7th place to a last lap pass putting him in 4th for 4th overall. Benoit didn’t get the same chance and crashed in a blind area where, due to safety reason, he had to wait a long time before picking up his motorcycle and joining the race back. Kaven still fought his way back to 12th giving him a 8th place overall on the day.

Jean-Sébastien Roy – KTM Red Bull Thor – Race Team Manager
“Both Thompson and Benoit worked hard today. After witnessing the bruises on their bodies and the equipment I am really proud of the way they handled their day, both on and off the track. It is a long season, but we will do all we can to get back on the podium no later than next weekend in Prince George. ”

Tanner Ward gained some more important racing experience this weekend while leading the pack for a few laps in both motos. Ward continued his Holeshot streak and powered his KTM 250 SX-F to the first corner in both races to grab the Triple Crown Royal Distributing Holeshot award. In moto 1, Tanner fell out of the top 5 quickly but found a 2nd breathe mid-moto and kept pushing until the checkered flag for a 7th place finish. The 2nd moto was a little bit different as Tanner led for a while and was able to keep the top 5 racing pace longer. The rookie learned a lot and finished the day with 6th overall, improving his results from last weekend.

Jean-Sébastien Roy – KTM Red Bull Thor – Race Team Manager
“It was really good to see Tanner out front today, it gave us a little glimpse of what the future holds for him. He is confident and looks comfortable on his bike. The rookie year is always tough, physically and mentally, but Ward has a great support system behind him and I’m looking forward to seeing him evolving with the KTM Red Bull Thor racing team.”


KTM Canada, Inc. would like to thank all of their sponsors for their continual support.


250 Results

1. Jess Pettis 1-2

2. Shawn Maffenbeier 3-1

3. Josh Osby – KTM – 2-3

4. Joey Crown – KTM – 5-4

5. Marco Cannella 6-5

6. Tanner Ward – KTM – 7-6



450 Results

1. Colton Facciotti 2-1

2. Matt Goerke 1-5

3. Jake Nicholls 6-2

4. Cole Thompson – KTM – 4-4

5. Mike Alessi 3-6



8. Kaven Benoit – KTM – 5-12



250 Championship

1. Jess Pettis – 117 points

2. Shawn Maffenbeier – 109 points

3. Josh Osby – KTM – 100 points

4. Joey Crown – KTM – 92 points

5. Marco Cannella – 80 points



7. Tanner Ward – KTM – 74 points



450 Championship

1. Colton Facciotti – 117 points

2. Matt Goerke – 96 points

3. Cole Thompson – KTM – 90 points

4. Tyler Medaglia – 88 points

5. Mike Alessi – 84 points

6. Kaven Benoit – KTM – 74 points





450 Triple Crown Results

1. Cole Thompson – KTM – 285 points

2. Colton Facciotti – 278 points

3. Matt Goerke – 245 points

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