Last year the KTM Canada Red Bull Thor Racing Team had mixed results. On one hand, Jess Pettis fought through a severely injured knee to win the 250MX Triple Crown Series Championship. Proving once again that this tough kid from Prince George, BC can fight through the pain of an injury and still get the job done. On the other hand, just before the 2020 Triple Crown Series got underway Cole Thompson suffered an injury while competing at a local race. What started as a small cut in his armpit area soon got infected and that infection began to shut down his body. Cole would develop a bad case of the Epstein Barr Virus and although he would come back and win the SXTour Title in the fall, last year ended up being a year he’d like to forget.
“ I’m really excited to move up to the 450 class and challenge those guys this season. I’ve raced previously in the 250 class and taking that next step up is going to be a challenge with tough competitors and I’m ready for it. I’m coming back from an ACL recovery, but I’ve done everything I can do with my rehab and getting my bike setup and working on my own program, so I don’t really know where I’m going to fit in but once we go racing, we’ll see where we stand and adjust from there. It’s exciting to have some new goals and new expectations and we’ll continue to work as hard as we can leading up to the first round.”
“I’m beyond excited to start this upcoming season and I’m ready to fight for the championship. I have a great group of people around me and we’re ready to show how hard we’ve been working this year. I can’t wait to get the racing started on July 2nd for Round 1 of the Canadian MX Nationals.”
Jean-Sébastien Roy: KTM Canada Red Bull THOR Race Team Manager:
“It’s been a long wait for all of us here. Our last National was almost 10 months back in September of 2020. All our Racers and staff are excited to hit the road. Having both our top guys in the same class will bring a positive vibe and at the same time a sort of competition between the two teammates. We are lucky to have a great series put together by Jetwerx”
Now with the 2021 season just over a week away both riders are healthy and looking forward to battling for the Triple Crown Series 450 Championship. And while Thompson is a veteran of the 450 class, Pettis will be a rookie in the big bike class. It should be an exciting season and the KTM Canada Red Bull Thor Racing Team is ready for whatever comes their way. Last week the team all got together at the Ste Julie Circuit in Quebec for their annual photo shoot and James Lissimore was on hand to capture it all.