Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki Announces 2012 Motocross Team
April 20, 2012
With the 2012 Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals rapidly approaching, the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki motocross team is excited to announce the finalized lineup for their assault on both the MX1 and MX2 titles in the 9 round series that kicks off on June 3rd at Nanaimo, British Columbia’s Wastelands MX Park.
Returning to the Kamloops, BC based team for 2012 are three members of the 2011 edition and one new member. Contesting in the MX2 class will be Kyle Beaton and Teddy Maier while the team is placing their MX1 title hopes in the hands of Matt Goerke and Tyler Villopoto.
With the team since it’s inception in 2008, Fort Dodge, Iowa’s Teddy Maier returns to the MX2 class for 2012 after a season in the MX1 class that saw him finish 3rd overall in the final points standings. The 2009 MX2 Champion is excited to drop back down to the smaller bikes and go after his second title: “I really enjoyed racing the 450 this past season but I’m looking forward to returning to the MX2 class for 2012. Kawasaki makes a killer 250F and I expect nothing less than another championship.”
Joining Maier in the MX2 class is Surrey, British Columbia’s Kyle Beaton, who missed the entire 2011 season after suffering a knee injury while practicing. Healed up and coming off a career best 11th place finish in the AMA Supercross Lites class, which he’s been racing this winter, has got the Canadian fan favorite excited to finally put his injury troubles behind him and return to the winners circle. “I’m excited to finally be healthy and it’s awesome that the series kicks off at one of my favorite tracks, Nanaimo, so I just want to stay healthy and show everyone what I’m capable of. Racing Supercross this winter has really helped me get back up to speed and I’m thankful for Leading Edge’s support in doing that.”
Another returning rider for 2012 is Florida native, Matt Goerke, who despite coming into the 2011 season recovering from a serious wrist injury managed to win the Gopher Dunes round of the series, recorded three podiums and finished the series 5th overall in his first season of racing the Canadian series. The former AMA National winner is now healthy and expects nothing less than a championship in his sophomore season: “The team is great, I’m pretty pumped on that and I hope to go out there and win. The competition is tough up there but I’m hoping that now that I’m 100 percent healthy I can go out there and win. I ended up winning a race there last year and in the second half of the series, I was on the podium a bunch. I’ll be training hard and hopefully start off fresh up there.”
The newest edition to the team is Poulsbo, Washington’s Tyler Villopoto, who will also be contesting the MX1 class on a KX450F motorcycle. The younger brother of reigning AMA Supercross and National Champion, Ryan Villopoto, Tyler is hungry to prove that there’s more than one championship caliber Villopoto in the family and racing with the Leading Edge team will provide him with that opportunity. Says Villopoto of his signing with the team: “I’m excited for the chance to race in Canada with the guys at Leading Edge. They’ve been awesome so far and I can’t wait to spend the summer up north showing everyone what I’m capable of!”
Team owner, Jason Hughes, can’t wait to get the season started: “For 2012 we’ve assembled what, in my opinion, is our strongest team yet. With Kyle, Teddy and Matt we’ve got proven Canadian National winners and Tyler brings a strong pedigree. Combined with our awesome Kawasaki race bikes and I think there’s going to be a lot of green on the podium in 2012!”
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The team wants to give a huge thanks to all their sponsors who are making their 2012 Canadian National effort possible. We can’t do it without you!
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