TANNER WARD GETS 3rd OVERALL IN GOPHER DUNES

Tanner Ward had one of the best weekends of his 2018 season, going 6-3 for 3rd overall, in front of a loud hometown crowd. After a great start in the 1st moto, Tanner applied pressure on the riders in front of him, not letting them pull away. He gained and lost a few positions, but never gave up on getting to the front of the pack, finishing in 6th place. Ready to redeem himself and confident in his speed, Tanner lined up for the 2nd moto of the day. Ward, once again, got a top 5 start and started moving up the pack early on. The young Ontarian rider went from 6th on the first lap to an impressive 3rd place finish, giving him his first overall podium of the year.

 

Tanner Ward – KTM Red Bull Thor – 250 Class

“It was a long time coming, but I’m so glad we finally made it happen. It hasn’t been the easiest times for my family and I, and I really want to thank them for their support. I feel like myself again and I’m really comfortable on my bike. There might still be 3 rounds left to the MX series, but so far I can say that it’s been a successful learning year and I’m looking forward to more racing in the next couple weeks.”

Cole Thompson gained, once again, some valuable points in both the MX Tour series and the Triple Crown standing. In the 1st race, Cole stayed really consistent, starting exactly where he would finished, just inside the top 5. Thompson started the 2nd moto in the top 3 and worked his way to 2nd place, chasing for the lead. Cole finally crossed the finish line in 2nd and finished just outside the top 3 in 4th place overall.

 

Cole Thompson – KTM Red Bull Thor – 450 Class

“I finally felt like myself again in the 2nd moto. That was one of the hardest pushes I’ve had to do in a while. I felt really sick after the moto, but it was totally worth it. I proved to myself that I had the speed and now I’m ready to do it again. I’m really excited about the remaining rounds and I will do everything I can to stay on the podium.”

Everything pointed in the right direction for Kaven Benoit to have another great weekend. Unfortunately, Benoit didn’t get a great start in the 1st moto and had to play catch up for the first couple laps. After pushing hard to join the leading pack, Kaven had to settle for a 6th place. In the 2nd moto, Benoit had a top 5 start and starting making passes right away. Benoit was putting on a great show and displaying amazing sand skills, as he pushed his way up to 2nd place. Unfortunately, while trying to overtake a slower rider, Kaven was taken to the ground by the lapper. It took a little while for Benoit to be able to get back on his bike and he had to settle for 5th, giving him 5th overall on the day.

 

Kaven Benoit – KTM Red Bull Thor – 450 Class

“I won’t lie, it was a tough day for me. I’m not proud of how I rode and I will use this off weekend to do my homework and come back where I belong in Moncton.” 

 

KTM Canada, Inc. would like to thank all of their sponsors for their continual support.

 

 

250 Results

  1. Jess Pettis 1-1
  2. Josh Osby– KTM – 4-2
  3. Tanner Ward – KTM – 6-3
  4. Dylan Wright 3-6
  5. Hayden Halstead 7-4

 

450 Results

  1. Tyler Medaglia – 4-1
  2. Dillan Epstein – 1-4
  3. Colton Facciotti 3-3
  4. Cole Thompson – KTM – 5-2
  5. Kaven Benoit – KTM – 6-5

 

250 Championship

  1. Jesse Pettis – 291 points
  2. Shawn Maffenbeier – 283 points
  3. Joey Crown – KTM – 281 points
  4. Josh Osby – KTM – 262 points
  5. Marco Cannella – 244 points

  1. Tanner Ward – KTM – 227 points

 

450 Championship

  1. Colton Facciotti – 306 points
  2. Tyler Medaglia – 281 points
  3. Kaven Benoit – KTM – 280 points
  4. Cole Thompson – KTM – 280 points
  5. Matt Goerke – 276 points

 

 

450 Triple Crown Results

  1. Cole Thompson – KTM – 475 points
  2. Colton Facciotti – 467 points
  3. Matt Goerke – 425 points

 

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