The AMA Supercross Series made its annual stop at the Daytona International Speedway for the historical Daytona Supercross over the weekend. While the past few years have been rain-free, the torrential downpour that seemed to hover steadily over Daytona Beach, Fla. made for an interesting race on Saturday night.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Blake Baggett and Darryn Durham seemed to have little trouble with the soupy track, with Baggett earning a Supercross Lites heat race win. In the main event, both managed minimal mistakes during the 12-lap race to land the teammates on the podium, with Baggett in second-place and Durham in third. Thor's Cole Thompson also found his way inside the top-10 with a ninth-place finish.
The Supercross class faced the worst conditions of the night with the heat races and Supercross Lites main event tearing up the track prior to their 16-lap main event. Ryan Villopoto had his work cut out for him after going down in the second turn on the opening lap, using the entire race to push from 20th to fifth. His Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate Jake Weimer managed to finish seventh, despite going down with two laps to go. Thor's Broc Tickle also handled the conditions well, tying his best season result with an eighth-place finish, while Brett Metcalfe rounded out the top-10.
In addition to the AMA Supercross Series, the Thor amateur racers gathered at Oak Hill Raceway for the first big amateur national of the season. Jordon Smith was a standout amongst the Thor riders, taking home one title in the 250 Intermediate Stock class and two additional podiums in the 99-250F Schoolboy 12-14 Stock and Modified classes.
Also putting together a great week was Paul Coates, who finished on the podium in all three classes he competed in, including a moto win in the 450 4-Stoke Modified Non-Pro class. Justin Hill also grabbed a moto win in the 450 A Modified class, earning second overall in the class. Other Thor podium finisher included Carter Halpain, Lance Kobush, Colt Nichols, and Tanner Stack. The riders hope to pick up where they left off with the second amateur national of the year starting today at MillCreek MX Park in Pell City, Ala.
About Thor Motocross
Thor is the originator of motocross apparel. When Torsten Hallman made his first U.S trip to race and promote motocross in 1966, he began developing T.H.O.R. (Torsten Halman Original Racewear) riding gear. Thor is a hardcore, grass roots company that is continued proof of what it takes to reach the top and more importantly, how to stay there. It is the only company with over 40 years of experience in the motocross marketplace.
Thor combines design and marketing, with superior distribution through Parts Unlimited to reach it’s thousands of dealers and consumers. Thor prides itself on key selling features like quality, strength and performance. Thor is more than a brand. It's a lifestyle.
About Parts Unlimited
Parts Unlimited is the world’s largest distributor of aftermarket accessories in the powersports industry and is owned by LeMans Corporation headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin. Parts Unlimited sells to over 12,000 dealerships world wide and continues to expand its market penetration with its sister companies, Parts Canada, Parts Europe and Drag Specialties.
Parts Unlimited continues to promote racing through its campaign WE SUPPORT THE SPORT®, helping to drive consumers to dealerships, while entertaining its dealers through hospitalities at the events it sponsors.