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KTM RED BULL THOR FACTORY RACER JESS PETTIS FINISHES THE AMA WEST SUPERCROSS WITH A CAREER BEST 5TH PLACE FINISH

Chambly, QC – Canadian KTM Red Bull THOR Factory racer Jess Pettis battled through very tough conditions this past weekend in San Diego, CA to earn a 5th place finish in the Main Event!

Pettis had another stellar day in the 250SX West division, earning a career-best fifth place in the Main Event. Pettis got off to a great start aboard his KTM 250 SX-F, where he assumed the second-place position early on. He battled inside the top-five all race long despite encountering a couple of overturned riders along the way. Pettis maintained his composure and finished strong. He now sits tenth overall in the 250SX West Championship standings.

Jess Pettis – KTM RED BULL THOR Factory MX2 Racer: "San Diego supercross was really good on me. The conditions were really muddy, but I was able to keep a positive attitude and have fun all day. I qualified 9th, got 4th in my heat race, and had a good start in the main event, battled inside the top 5 the whole race. After a couple of tip overs I was able to cross the finished line in 5th place for a career best. I am also in 10th in points which I’m really excited about.

Jean-Sebastien Roy – KTM Red Bull THOR Factory Racing Team Manager: “This was an incredible night again for Jess. In some of the worst conditions ever seen in a Supercross he was not only able to finish the race, but he topped his night off with his best results so far. Again, I’m very happy with the progress him and his mechanic are making to be READY TO RACE for when the Canadian season begins.”

Results 450SX Class – San Diego 2019
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, 12 laps
2. Marvin Musquin (FRA), KTM, +4.199
3. Ken Roczen (GER), Honda, +7.266
4. Justin Bogle (USA), KTM, +28.336

Other KTM
8. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM
9. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM
19. Cade Autenrieth (USA), KTM

Standings 450SX Class 2019 after 5 of 17 rounds
1. Tomac, 106
2. Musquin, 102
3. Roczen, 102
4. Webb, 98
5. Baggett, 80

Other KTM
13. Bogle, 50

Results 250SX West Class – San Diego 2019
1. Adam Cianciarulo (USA), Kawasaki, 9 laps
2. Garrett Marchbanks (USA), Kawasaki, +08.574
3. James Decotis (USA), Suzuki, +35.562
4. Shane McElrath (USA), KTM, +38.720
5. Jess Pettis (CAN), KTM, +45.740 ***

Other KTM
8. Mathias Jorgensen (USA), KTM
18. Devin Harriman (USA), KTM

Standings 250SX West Class 2019 after 5 of 17 rounds
1. Cianciarulo, 114
2. McElrath, 106
3. Nichols, 104

Other KTM
10. Pettis, 66 ***
14. Cantrell, 46
15. Robin, 27

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 12:19 Published in Rider and Team Releases


KTM RED BULL THOR FACTORY RACER JESS PETTIS EARNS A SOLID SET OF POINTS AT A2

Chambly, QC – KTM Red Bull THOR Factory Racer Jess Pettis leaves Anaheim 2 with 11th overall in the Triple Crown main event standings and looks forward to improving his position in the upcoming race in Oakland, CA on January 26th.

With the technical Anaheim track causing problems for many riders out there, Pettis finished just outside the top-ten overall with 11-13-10 Main Event scores. In the first Triple Crown formatted event of the season, Pettis remained consistent throughout the night to earn valuable points in the overall championship.

Jess Pettis – KTM RED BULL THOR Factory MX2 Racer: “A2 was another good and consistent night of racing for me. It was difficult with the triple crown layout and being low on energy due to having the flu late in the week. But I was happy to get 11-13-10 moto scores for 11th overall and had a lot of fun out there battling with everyone.

Jean-Sebastien Roy – KTM Red Bull THOR Factory Racing Team Manager: “What a difficult track here tonight. Probably the most technical I’ve seen in a long time. It was a 3 main events format which made it even more challenging. Jess was riding very well, and we’re improving the set-up of the bike each time. His goal is to finish inside the top 8 and I believe he will achieve that in the next race or two.”

Next Race: Oakland, California – January 26, 2019

Results 450SX Class – Anaheim II 2019
1. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, (1-1-3)
2. Marvin Musquin (FRA), KTM, (3-2-2)
3. Eli Tomac (USA), Kawasaki, (4-4-1)

Other KTM
15. Blake Baggett (USA), KTM, (21-10-12)
17. Justin Bogle (USA), KTM, (16-18-14)

Standings 450SX Class 2019 after 3 of 17 rounds
1. Roczen, 63
2. Tomac, 61
3. Webb, 57
4. Barcia, 56
5. Musquin, 56

Other KTM
8. Baggett, 45
16. Bogle, 18

Results 250SX West Class – Anaheim II 2019
1. Shane McElrath (USA), KTM, (3-2-1)
2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Yamaha, (2-1-3)
3. Colt Nichols (USA), Yamaha, (1-3-4)

Other KTM
11. Jess Pettis (CAN), KTM, (11-13-10) ***
12. Sean Cantrell (USA), KTM, (13-10-13)
19. Jerry Robin (USA), KTM, (18-17-21)

Standings 250SX West Class 2019 after 3 of 17 rounds
1. Nichols, 70 points
2. McElrath, 68
3. Ferrandis, 63

Other KTM
11. Pettis, 36 ***
13. Cantrell, 33
18. Robin, 16

*** = KTM Canada Red Bull THOR Factory Race Team

Monday, 21 January 2019 12:55 Published in Rider and Team Releases


KTM RED BULL THOR FACTORY RACER JESS PETTIS SHOWS SOLID PERFORMANCE AT GLENDALE SX

Chambly, QC –KTM Red Bull THOR Factory racer Jess Pettis held up a solid performance at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona against the top 250 racers in the world on his WP suspension equipped KTM 250 SX-F.

Pettis battled his way through the Last Chance Qualifier to secure a position in the evening’s 250SX West Main Event. Pettis began just outside the top-ten in the Main Event and maintained a consistent pace throughout the 16-lap race to bring home a solid 12th overall for the night.

Jess Pettis – KTM RED BULL THOR Factory MX2 Racer: “Round 2 in Glendale, AZ was another solid weekend for me. The track was challenging and slippery which made it difficult. I qualified 12th into the night show, but the slippery conditions caught me off guard and I made some costly mistakes in my heat race which resulted in some crashes. I was able to regroup in the LCQ and make it into the Main Event, where I got a good start and was able to battle for 10th position the whole moto with the top racers again. I made a mistake with two laps to go, and had a tip over, but I am still happy to come away with 12th place in the Main Event.”

Jean-Sebastien Roy – KTM Red Bull THOR Factory Racing Team Manager: “Again, super happy with Jess performance. He rode with heart and never gave up. He was in the top 10 until he did a small mistake 2 laps to go and fell down. All in all, good weekend for Jess. He is adapting very quickly to his bike and making improvement each week. Jess wants to continue to improve and he is not scare to work hard.”


Next Race: Anaheim, California – January 19, 2019

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 09:25 Published in Rider and Team Releases


JESS PETTIS REPRESENTING THE KTM RED BULL THOR FACTORY RACE TEAM IN THE 2019 AMA SUPERCROSS

Chambly, Qc. – Brand new member of the KTM Red Bull THOR Factory Race Team, Jess Pettis is competing in the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross beginning this weekend in Anaheim. Jess will be racing against the world’s top racers aboard his all-new WP Suspension equipped ­­­­2019 KTM 250 SX-F.

Pettis, the 2018 MX2 Canadian Champion, is following in the footsteps of other successful Canadian racers by traveling down south to test his Supercross skills against the best Supercross racers in the world. In the 2018 AMA SX season down south, Pettis turned heads and left a lasting impression on the KTM Red Bull THOR Factory Racing team. He followed that up with a solid performance up north during the entire Canadian Triple Crown season where he secured the 2018 MX2 Canadian Championship. Now, equipped with a new chassis, experience and confidence, Pettis is ready to dominate.

Jess Pettis – KTM RED BULL THOR Factory MX2 Racer: “I have been working extremely hard and have been super excited for the AMA SX to begin. After finishing strong in last year’s SX rounds, I feel confident in not only my ability as a racer but in my brand new 2019 KTM 250 SX-F. I am pumped for the first round in Anaheim and can’t wait for the gate drop.”

Jean-Sebastien Roy – KTM Red Bull THOR Factory Racing Team Manager: “We are super pumped about having Jess racing in the prestigious AMA SX series. It’s going to be a great experience for him and it’s going be exiting for the Canadian fans to follow him as he battles against the world best supercross athletes in the world. Jess is ready for the challenge and we are behind him 100%. He has the right equipment’s to go out there and battle his way through.”

Thursday, 03 January 2019 17:15 Published in Rider and Team Releases