Chambly, Qc. – KTM REDBULL THOR CANADA Factory racer Cole Thompson landed on the top step of the podium in Quebec City moving him one step closer to the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Championship. Working his way thru the pack, Thompson found himself battling for the win in the closing laps of the race and take the win aboard his factory prepped KTM 450 SX-F.
Thompson’s night started with the Ontario native making quick work in his heat race, taking the lead in the first lap and winning by just over 7.000sec. In the main, Thompson got a good jump off the line, but found himself on the ground before the first turn. In spectacular fashion, Cole put his head down and started his charge to the front. In the last corner, Thompson executed a last ditch maneuver to pass Facciotti which resulted in both racers crashing as they crossed the finish line. When the dust settled, Thompson edged out Facciotti by a margin of only 0.048.
Tanner Ward also had a good night. With a great jump in the main, he positioned himself nicely for a podium finish. A few early mistakes shuffled him back and the damage was done. Ward ultimately closed the night with a 4th place.
Cole Thompson: “After crashing in the first turn, I knew I needed to get to the front. With the race coming to an end, I tried to pass Colton in the last corner. When I saw he wasn’t letting off, I tried to shut off the throttle before the face of the jump but we both crashed. Obviously I wasn’t trying to take Colton out and it wasn’t my intention to take anyone down.”
Jean Sebastian Roy – KTM RED BULL THOR CANADA Team Manger: “Cole rode a great race tonight. Coming thru the pack from last place to take the win shows his commitment to this Triple Crown Championship. We’ll take a look at our performance from the past weekend and move forward with the other teams to the final round in Hamilton.”
Tanner Ward: “We had a good weekend and I was happy with my speed and starts. I’m still gaining experience and every time I go out I’m learning something new. We’re definitely getting close to a podium finish each time.”