Cole Thompson Takes the First Round in the AX Tour

Cole Thompson continued his winning ways on Saturday in the first round of the Motosport-sponsored AX Tour at the George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center in Lufkin, TX. It's the first time the tour has stopped in Texas.

Thompson #16 bested Heath Harrison in the "Clash for Cash" event after passing him in the last turn. Brad Nauditt took third. Thompson also took the win in the Pro Main event in front of Maxx Malatia and third-place Harrison. Nauditt took the win in the AX Lites Pro class beating Brandon Golenn and Malatia.

In the AX Pro Class Main event Thompson took the lead early but faced serious competition from Malatia. Thompson enters the 2013 AX Tour holding the #1 plate for the AX Tour series after winning most of the ?Clash for Cash? races last season.

The AX Tour 2013-14 season introduces a new pro purse payout breakdown, as well as a new racing format with the hopes of attracting new talent to the growing series. Over $70,000 in total cash payout and contingencies will be awarded throughout the season in the AX Pro and AX Lites Pro classes. The season consists of 11 rounds with venues in Texas, Mississippi and Tennessee that start in November and run through February.

The top pro riders compete in the AX and AX Lites classes and the best riders of both classes compete head-to-head in their respective categories in the 20-lap main event entitled "MotoSport.com Clash for Cash" at each stop in the tour. The Arenacross Tour also features more than 30 amateur class of competitions including pro quad races and new this year is professional women's motocross.

Riders get a week off before the AX Tour continues Nov. 16 in Batesville, MS. For more information visit the AX Tour website.

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