Canadian National Race Report
June 26, 2007
Well, we finally had some good weather and great track conditions this week, and both Brady and his Holeshot/Denny's/Kawasaki teammate Jeff Northrop had good finishes. Brady qualified 8th fastest in MX2, and Jeff was about the same in MX1.
In the first MX2 moto, Brady was about 10th coming around the first turn. I think this was the first time he has had a start in the top ten ever in a Canadian National! He quickly moved up a couple spots and was 7th at the end of the first lap. For the next couple of laps he was engaged in an intense battle with Suzuki's Gray Davenport, and they passed each back and forth at least twice. Brady was able to stay ahead of him in 6th place just before the 1/2 way mark, and had caught Kyle Beaton in the process. Just after that though, Davenport passed him back and he faded slightly due to arm pump, and finished 7th, just behind Tucker Hibbert, his best national moto so far.
Brady's moto 2 start was awful in about 32nd in the first turn, but by the time they completed the first lap he was already 16th and moving up fast. He made it up to 12th and hung there for a while, due to the large gap he had to close up. With four laps to go he made up almost 20 seconds, and caught and passed Hoyer, Belin, and McGlynn, a tribute to his conditioning, thanks to trainer Chad Benson and the ARC training system. His last lap was his fastest one, and he finished 9th in the moto, good enough for 8th overall. Brady now sits 10th in the standings, and he made up a ton of points since last weeks mudbath. Brady has the speed to be top 5 with good starts, and is looking forward to Calgary in two weeks for round 3.
Jeff "Norcal" Northrop rode awesome this week, as he nailed both starts in the top 3. In moto 1 he hung tough battling for 3rd and 4th place with Michael Willard for most of the race. In the late stages of the moto he was in 3rd by himself but was caught from behind by series leader Paul Carpenter. Norcal kept his head down and is not easy to pass, and was able to hold Carpenter off to finish 3rd, and put the Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX450F on the podium. Unfortunately, we found out later that both him and Carpenter were docked 5 postions for passing on a yellow flag that neither of them saw on the last lap. They are appealing with the hope of some video footage to prove them right.
After another great start in the second moto, Jeff rode hard and finished all alone in 7th place, which with his penalty gave him 7th overall. If he is successful in his appeal, that would give him 3rd overall for the day