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MXP Rankings: Cole Thompson #2

Cole Thompson, Kyle Thompson, and Canadian Flat Track legend Steve Beatty talking shop. Photo by Marc Landry

 

It was at the Parts Canada TransCan almost ten years ago when I first heard of Brigden, Ontario rider Cole Thompson. All people could talk about was how fast this kid was and how he was definitely going to be a future star. That wasn’t the first time that I heard that prediction. Usually in a few years something has happened and you never hear of the rider again. But after watching Cole ride at a young age and knowing the family that he came from, I figured that if anyone was going to make it, Cole would be that kid.

Even as far back as those early Walton days, Cole and his family had a plan for his racing. Early on they knew that if Cole was going to reach his full potential then he needed to race with the fastest kids in his class. So whenever they could they packed up their truck and headed down south to race in the USA during his amateur career Cole would hit every major American race.

Cole Thompson (2)

 

It was in Canada that Cole would win the majority of his National Championships. Every year from 2004 on, Cole and his family would show up at Walton and we would get to see just how much faster he became compared to the previous year. By the time his amateur career concluded, Cole had secured an amazing ten Parts Canada TransCan titles, the most by any rider at the event. Cole had this to say about his days at Walton Raceway, “I started going to Walton as a kid on 50s and I remember being in awe at how big it was. That event really helped give me the confidence to race in the USA. When I turned Pro and raced Walton in 2011, I felt like I finally made it. Anytime I get to race in Canada it’s very special to me because I love racing in front of my home fans.”

 

Cole Thompson

With his amateur career behind him, Cole has now turned professional and is currently one of the top up and coming riders in the USA. After some strong finishes last season at the outdoor nationals, Cole trained hard all winter for the 250SX East class in the highly competitive 2013 Monster Energy Supercross Series. Riding a privateer Honda CRF 250, Cole did not disappoint his fans and raced hard every weekend, eventually finishing seventh in the series. It was a remarkable achievement for the young Canadian and it has put him in a great position heading into 2014 and beyond.

This summer Cole will be racing selective USA Nationals aboard a Honda CRF450 in hopes of securing a ride for next year. When his schedule permits, he plans on doing as many Canadian rounds in the East as possible in the MX1 class. If this happens it will be interesting to see how he stacks up against the Canadian series regulars. However he finishes, you can be sure that he will bring his hard working, smooth Canadian style to the track. At number two on our MXP Canadian Rankings is twenty year old Cole Thompson.

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