Carpenter Returns To Action With A Top Ten Finish At St. Louis

March 23, 2009

Riverside, CA (March 22, 2009) - Monster Energy Cernic's Kawasaki's Paul Carpenter returned to action in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series with an impressive tenth place finish. After missing the last five rounds due to injury he turned in one of his best rides of the season in front of almost 56,000 fans at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Bobby Kiniry also showed great speed throughout the day but missed the Main Event due to problems in his qualifying races.

Both Monster Energy Cernic's Kawasaki riders qualified well to secure good gate picks in their qualifying races. Kiniry got a great start in the first qualifying race and rounded the first lap in fourth place. However, he went down after colliding with another rider and could not get back into a qualifying position. In the Last Chance Qualifier race, he tangled with another rider destroying any hopes of qualifying for the Main Event. Carpenter easily qualified for the Main Event with a career-best third place heat race finish.

Carpenter missed the Holeshot Award by a half-wheel and continued through the first rhythm section in second place. After some minor mistakes, he found himself outside of the top five but continued to ride consistent through the main event. "I'm just happy to be riding again," said Carpenter. "I finally got the good starts that I've been missing so that was huge. There's still a lot of racing left and I hope to get better each week and improve on my finishes."

The Monster Energy Cernic's Kawasaki Racing Team will travel to Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario,CANADA, on Saturday, March 28, 2009.

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