Monster Energy/Thor/Leading Edge Kawasaki at Edmonton
July 28, 2008
Round Six of the CMRC Canadian National Motocross series found the Monster Energy/Thor/Leading Edge Kawasaki team at an all new venue for the first ever round held at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway. The top notch facility provided a great track for the Leading Edge riders and they showed it with another podium finish!
For Teddy Maier, another week meant that the ankle injury he suffered at the Morden round had gotten a lot better for him and he showed it with two impressive podium finishes. In the first moto, Maier started outside of the top 5 and rode hard, working his way up to third by moto's end and almost catching Jeremy Medaglia for second. The second moto again saw him start outside the top five and this time Maier put on another impressive charge, working his way all the way up to second by the end of the moto and logging the quickest lap of the race in the process. Teddy's 3-2 moto scores gave the Iowa native second overall for the day and he now sits 5th in the championship battle despite missing the Regina round and is currently only 3 points behind Kyle Beaton and 7 points behind Mason Phillips who are currently running 4th and 3rd respectively in the points chase.
Nick Evennou came into Edmonton looking to wipe the slate clean after a few bad races and the all new venue would provide a great place to do so. The first moto went well for the Maryland native as he got a great start and finished 4th, behind his teammate Maier. The moto proved that Evennou still has the speed to run with the frontrunners that he showed when he opened the season with three straight podiums. Unfortunately, Nick's string of bad luck would continue in the second moto when after a great start he suffered a simple tip over that resulted in a damaged kill switch. After stopping in the mechanics area for repairs, Evennou would work his way up to 22nd, just outside of the points. Never one to be discouraged, Evennou is looking forward to returning to Moncton, New Brunswick for the next round, a track that he won at last season and also to the following round at Sand Del Lee, another track he's found success at in the past. Good news for Evennou is that his opening moto 4th was good enough to climb himself back into the top 10 in the MX2 points standings with 111.
For Brock Hoyer, a northern British Columbia resident, the Edmonton round may have been as much of a hometown race as the previous round the weekend before at Nanaimo and the Leading Edge rider had plenty of friends and fans in the stands. Hoyer again built on the momentum he's been building since the Regina round and turned a pair of great starts into 12-11 moto scores for 10th overall. That's now three straight top 10 finishes for the Williams Lake, BC native and with prior race experience on two of the next three tracks, Hoyer will be looking to keep the momentum up as the team moves into the latter part of the 2008 season.
Check out the Leading Edge blog for more info and photos from behind the scenes.
The Leading Edge Kawasaki team would like to thank their sponsors for making their 2008 racing effort possible:
Leading Edge Motorsports, Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Monster Energy, Thor, Rock Construction and Mining, Parts Canada, Pro Circuit, Kyocera/Gold Business Machines, RG3 Suspension, Pirelli, Excel Wheels, Fountain Tire, Zeta, DRC, Merge Racing Technologies, Ogio, VP Fuels, Alpinestars, Gear Jammer Mikes, Mechanix Wear, Print Werx.