With all three riders having success there in the past, the confidence was high heading to the last round of the 2018 outdoor season. Cole Thompson grabbed one more podium and finished 2nd in the 450 MX Tour series, while keeping the lead in the Jetwerx Triple Crown series. Kaven Benoit had to work hard to finish just inside the top-10, while Tanner Ward overcame bad stomach issues to finish in 8th place.
Cole Thompson had a lot of pressure coming into the last round, with only a couple points behind the championship lead. Cole didn’t get the best start in moto 1 but did what he had to do by quickly working his way up to the top 5. After finishing 4th in the first race, Thompson got the holeshot in moto 2 and raced his way to a 2nd place finish, giving him 3rd overall on the day. After racing 9 rounds of the Jetwerx MX Tour series, Cole finish with a 2nd place overall in the 450 class. The #16 is still leading the Triple Crown series, chasing $100,000 which will be awarded at the end of the SX Tour in November.
Cole Thompson – KTM Red Bull Thor – 450 Class
“It has been a great year for me. I did not start as strong as I wanted to, but I was able to show my speed, grab podiums and win overalls. I will now be focusing on SX to keep my lead in the Jetwerx Triple Crown Series. I’m looking forward to some more racing. ”
Kaven Benoit did not have the weekend he was hoping for. After a crash right off the start in moto 1, Kaven crossed the finish line in 37th place on lap 1. He had to put his head down and work hard to climb up to 12th at the finish line. Moto 2 was better for Benoit who got a better start and was in the top 5 mix for the lead right away. After some struggles mid-moto, Kaven had to settle for 6th, giving him 9th overall on the day. His 2018 performances led him to a 5th place overall in the 450 MX Championship.
Kaven Benoit – KTM Red Bull Thor – 450 Class
“It has been a really competitive year and I’m already looking forward to 2019. I learned a lot this season and I’m now ready to go represent our country in Red Budd at the MX of Nation in October.”
Tanner Ward started his day by having to overcome sickness, following food poisoning the night before. In moto 1, Tanner was on his way to another holeshot when he got tangled with a fellow rider and fell in the first corner. Like his teammate, Ward had to play catch up for most of the first race, grabbing one more position on the last lap to finish in 10th place. Tanner started moto 2 differently, by coming out in the lead right away. After a few mistakes and a long moto, Ward crossed the finish line in 7th for 8th overall on the day.
Tanner Ward – KTM Red Bull Thor – 250 Class
“I was really disappointed to be sick on Saturday because Walton has always been one of my favorite track. I felt pretty weak and wish I could have shown more. It has been a great learning year for me and I can’t wait to be back racing the great outdoors.”
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1. Dylan Wright – 2-1
2. Jess Pettis – 1-3
3. Marco Cannella 3-4
4. Joey Crown – KTM – 8-2
5. Shawn Maffenbeier 5-5
8. Tanner Ward– KTM – 10-7
1. Colton Facciotti 2-1
2. Tyler Medaglia – 1-4
3. Cole Thompson – KTM – 4-2
4. Matt Goerke – 3-3
5. Dillan Epstein – 8-5
9. Kaven Benoit – KTM – 12-6
250 Motocross Championship final
1. Jesse Pettis – 449 points
2. Joey Crown – KTM – 436 points
3. Shawn Maffenbeier – 412 points
4. Dylan Wright – 382 points
5. Marco Cannella – 373 points
6. Josh Osby – KTM – 371 points
7. Tanner Ward – KTM – 341 points
450 Motocross Championship final
1. Colton Facciotti – 463 points
2. Cole Thompson – KTM – 434 points
3. Matt Goerke – 422 points
4. Tyler Medaglia – 420 points
5. Kaven Benoit – KTM – 413 points
450 Triple Crown Results ( 4 SX races to go )
1. Cole Thompson – KTM – 629 points
2. Colton Facciotti – 624 points
3. Matt Goerke – 571 points