Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki on the Podium at Season Opener
June 6, 2011
Kamloops, BC, June 6, 2011 - The opening round of the 2011 Monster Energy CMRC Nationals kicked off this past weekend at Kamloops, British Columbia's Whispering Pines Raceway and the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team was excited to show off their new lineup in front of their hometown crowd. Stepping up for 2011, the team was fielding it's first MX1 effort with top riders, Teddy Maier and Matt Goerke along with their MX2 team of Austin Politelli and Tyler Sjoberg.
Things started off well in qualifying as Maier logged the 3rd quickest time in MX1 while in MX2, Sjoberg and Politelli qualified in the number 2 and 3 positions, respectively. The stage was set for the opening motos and the team wasted no time getting to the front as Leading Edge support rider, Spencer Knowles, grabbed the holeshot with his two teammates close behind. Sjoberg quickly worked his way into the lead and the California native began stretching out his lead. Unfortunately, he made a mistake just before the finish line and tipped over. After re-firing his KX250F, he began another charge for the front of the pack, eventually working his way up to 4th by moto's end.
MX1 started out great as well for the team as Teddy Maier, making his MX1 debut after three years with the team in the MX2 class, grabbed a third place start and battled with the leading duo of Facciotti and Klatt. The 2009 MX2 champ rode strong all moto to finish on the podium in third in Leading Edge's debut race in the MX1 class. Behind him, Leading Edge support rider Brock Hoyer was having his best ever 450 race as he ran close behind in fourth. He would stay strong all moto and finish a career best sixth by the time the checkered flag flew. Matt Goerke would fall victim to a first turn crash but remount to wage an impressive comeback, battling all the way to ninth by moto's end despite still nursing an injured wrist from a crash during the Supercross season.
For the second MX2 moto it was Knowles grabbing another of his patented holeshots with his teammate Sjoberg in tow. Sjoberg worked his way by and running in the second spot waged a great battle with Jeremy Medaglia. The two riders swapped positions several times but Sjoberg put on a late race push to get back by and take second place in the moto and third overall on the strength of his 4-2 moto scores. Politelli was also in the mix as the Californian rookie rode strong to finish fourth in the moto. Knowles finished in the top ten as well with a seventh, giving the New Westminster, BC native sixth overall on the day.
For the final moto of the day, Goerke elected to sit out and allow his wrist to heal up a bit more so all eyes were on Maier and he rode hard, cutting through the pack to grab fourth and make a strong push for third but he would end up taking fourth at the checkers and fourth overall on the day. Hoyer continued his strong riding from moto one to take seventh in the moto and sixth overall – his best ever MX1 finish for the Williams Lake, BC native. Said Maier after the race, “ It was OK, I put a lot of pressure on myself and I didn't ride as well as I know I can but I came out of there with some solid points. My bike was awesome and I'm so glad for the opportunity with the team to step up to MX1. I'm looking forward to next weekend.”
With the hometown round in the books, the team now heads west to Vancouver Island and next weekend's round at Nanaimo's Wastelands MX track. For more info on the Monster Energy CMRC National series, visit www.cmrcracing.com
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The Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team would like to thank all their sponsors for making their 2011 season possible, we couldn't do it without you guys:
Monster Energy, Leading Edge Kawasaki, Parts Canada, Thor, C4MX, Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Smith Optics, Gold Business Machines, Renegade Fuels, Podium Graffix, Faction MX, Mechanix Wear, Zeta, Bridgestone, Moto Tassinari, Matrix Concepts, Sunstar, Ipone Lubricants, D.I.D, Acerbis, Ogio, Magnum MX, Hinson, Boyesen, Unit Riders, Stomp Designs, Pro Wheel, Leo Vince Carbon Fiber, CV Products, Goldfren Brakes, XTRIG Triple Clamps, DRC Hardware, TM Designworks, JE Pistons, All Balls Racing, DC Shoes