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Thor's Villopoto and Russell Big Winners and SX and GNCCMonday, March 19, 2012 | 1:25 PM
Putting in his best ride of the season, Brett Metcalfe earned his first heat-race win of the year and then backed it up with a strong fourth-place finish in the main event. Broc Tickle started to find his rhythm, posting his second-straight eighth-place finish.
In the Supercross Lites class, riders were forced to perform a staggered re-start after a red flag on the fifth lap didn’t qualify the race to give a full restart. Thor’s Darryn Durham lined up fourth on the restart and was able to push his way up to second, earning his third podium finish of the season. Blake Baggett also rode hard and finished just off the podium in fourth.
Another big winner over the weekend was Thor’s Kailub Russell, who earned his first GNCC win of the season. Russell had to hold off fellow Thor rider Charlie Mullins who finished less than a minute behind. Cory Buttrick also wasn’t far behind, finished sixth. In the Women’s class, Maria Forsberg earned her second win of the season in dominating fashion, coming across the finish line almost five minutes ahead of second.
At the AMA Thor Spring Classic in Alabama, Thor amateur riders were showing speed, even when faced with tough conditions from hard rains that passed through the area. In total, Thor riders Jordan Bailey, Justin Hill, Jordon Smith, and Max Tannenbaum captured six championships, along with an additional 10 overall podium finishes throughout the week.
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