OTTAWA, ON – KTM Canada Red Bull THOR Race Team’s Jess Pettis returned to the top of the podium on Sunday with his second overall victory of the season at Sand Del Lee. Teammate Cole Thompson battled up front in both motos to secure a steady fourth overall with a 4-4 finish on the day.
In Moto 1, Pettis immediately put on the charge to secure the holeshot and early lead aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. He maintained a good pace out front for the first 13 laps before he was joined by another rider for the lead battle late in the race. Pettis was eventually overtaken for the lead with four laps to go and he finished strong in second. Thompson, who battled inside the top-three for the first half of the race, finished just off the podium in fourth.
In Moto 2, Pettis once again commanded the lead with a powerful holeshot and the 450 Class rookie sustained a pace that couldn’t be matched throughout the 18-lap race. Leading from start to finish, Pettis capped off the day with his fourth moto-win of the season on the way to claiming the overall victory at Round 5.
Jess Pettis, KTM Canada Red Bull THOR Race Team 450 Rider: “I’m really happy with this weekend at Sand Del Lee. I was able to grab both holeshots and get 2-1 moto results for first overall. I’ll continue to work hard and fight for this championship until the very end.”
Thompson started just outside the top-five in Moto 2 and he put his head down to charge up to third halfway through the race. He fought hard in the final laps to ultimately come away with a fourth-place finish in the second moto and fourth overall on the day.
Cole Thompson, KTM Canada Red Bull THOR Race Team 450 Rider: “Tough race again this weekend missing out on the podium. I’m working hard to get things turned around during the week, it just hasn’t all clicked yet at the races. Massive thank you to the entire team for all their efforts and good job to my teammate on getting the win.”
Jean-Sebastien Roy, KTM Canada Red Bull THOR Race Team Manager: “Another great weekend for our team, Jess won the overall of the day with a tie finish and KTM supported rider Jacob Piccolo finished a strong second place and is now sitting on top of the list for the championship where he is tied for first place. Another KTM supported rider, Sebastien Racine, began his Pro debut in the 250 Pro class and finished both motos in 5th place.”
WMX Class – It was a KTM podium-sweep in the THOR WMX division at Sand Del Lee, with KTM Supported racer Eve Brodeur at the helm with another 1-1 victory. KTM rider Sarah-Kim Villeneuve finished strong in second with 2-2 moto scores, and Malia Garant rounded out the podium with 3-3 finishes aboard her KTM.
Orange Brigade – KTM Orange Brigade rider Jacob Piccolo put forth a consistent ride in the 250 Pro class, claiming a pair of 3-2 podium finishes to secure second overall on the day. After five rounds, Piccolo continues to fight for the championship as he sits tied for the top spot.
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450 Pro Results – Sand Del Lee
1. Jess Pettis, KTM (2-1)
2. Dylan Wright, Honda (1-2)
3. Marshal Weltin, Kawasaki (3-3)
4. Cole Thompson, KTM (4-4)
6. Tim Tremblay, KTM
7. Liam O’Farrell, KTM
250 Pro Results – Sand Del Lee
1. Ryder McNabb, Honda (2-1)
2. Jacob Piccolo, KTM (3-2)
3. Darian Sanayei, Kawasaki (4-3)
5. Sebastien Racine, KTM (5-5)
450 Pro Championship Standings – After 5 Rounds
1. Jess Pettis, 206 points
2. Dylan Wright, 205
3. Marshal Weltin, 178
4. Cole Thompson, 171
6. Tim Tremblay, 129
9. Liam O’Farrell, 111
250 Pro Championship Standings – After 5 Rounds
1. Ryder McNabb, 186 points
2. Jacob Piccolo, 186
3. Tanner Ward, 179
Photos provided by James Lissimore
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