Deschambault, (Quebec) – The KTM Thor Racing Team could not ask for a better round 9 of the CMRC Canadian Motocross Series as they left with 2 overall victories and the MX2 Championship. In front of a very loud crowd, Cole Thompson won his first ever Canadian National title in the MX2 class, while Kaven Benoit won his first ever MX1 race just in front of his teammate, Davi Millsaps who grabbed the 2nd place.
It was an emotional weekend for Cole Thompson as he wrapped up an amazing 2016 season by winning his first ever Canadian Pro Championship in the MX2 class. He started his race day with a 79 points lead on second place, knowing that he only needed to stay up and ride as he usually does to clinch the title. Cole got a great start in the first moto and rode out front until the checkered flag. The second moto was similar with a start in the top 3 and a smooth race to a first place overall finish. Thompson’s exceptional performances throughout the summer led him to multiple podiums but also to finally switching his #4 to a bright and shining #1 red plate. “It feels so good to finally win a Canadian title. I don’t think it has fully sunk in yet, but I am definitely happy and excited for the celebrations. I worked really hard for it and I’m proud of saying I made it happen. Thank you to everybody who helped me in this journey to my first championship.”
MX1 Rookie, Kaven Benoit, once again raised the bar in front of the super cheerful Quebec crowd. Kaven rode an impressive first moto, chasing his teammate Davi Millsaps for the whole race. Benoit never gave up on his quest for the 1st place and ended the race only 1 second shy of his goal. When the second gate dropped, Kaven once again found himself in 2nd place right behind Millsaps. It was early in the race, on lap 1, that Benoit grabbed an opportunity and found himself leading the stacked MX1 class. He looked strong on his 450 SX-F and pulled away to build up an 11 second lead over the following rider. The crowd went crazy when their local hero crossed the finish line with not only the first place in the moto but also his first ever MX1 overall win. “I can’t even describe the emotions I felt when I finally saw the checkered flag. This day will forever stay one of my best memories and being able to share it with my friends and family was just adding to my happiness.”
Davi Millsaps kicked off this weekend with a 51 points lead in the MX1 championship. Davi rode really smooth all morning, adapting once again to a new circuit with sandy conditions and elevation changes. The starts were not a problem for #118 in Deschambault, as he easily earned both holeshots, making him the winner of the Triple Crown award and doubling his rewards. In moto 1, Millsaps rode a perfect race leading lap after lap not letting any pressure get to him and earning the top step of the podium. Moto 2 started as good as the first one but a small crash on lap 1 put Davi in 3rd where he stayed for the remaining of the race. He would eventually finish a great 2nd overall and go home with a 56 points lead in the MX1 championship. “It was a good weekend overall for me but I need to give it up to my teammate Kaven Benoit for showing great improvement through the season and earning his first MX1 win.”
Deschambault was an amazing weekend for the whole KTM Thor Racing Team who will now be heading to Barrie, ON for the last round of the 2016 season.
1. Kaven Benoit 2-1 –KTM
2. Davi Millsaps 1-3 – KTM
3. Matt Goerke 4-2
4. Cade Clason 5-4 – KTM
5. Tim Tremblay 7-5
1. Cole Thompson 1-2 – KTM
2. Dylan Wright 4-1
3. Dakota Alix 2-3 – KTM
4. Shawn Maffenbeier 3-5 – KTM
5. Jesse Pettis 5-4
KTM Canada, Inc. would like to thank Thor & Parts Canada for their support, as well as all our other team sponsors.