Kawasaki claims 2 of 3 CMRC Monster Energy Motocross National Championships!
August 21, 2009
In one of the most compelling race season’s in CMRC history, Kawasaki riders Teddy Maier and Heidi Cooke laid claim to hard earned and well deserved titles in the National MX2 and National Women’s classes respectively. In the hunt for the MX1 title, Paul Carpenter’s effort was hindered by a wrist injury, effectively taking him out of contention with two rounds left to go in the series. Despite the injury, he and teammate Bobby Kinery finished 3rd and 4th in the final points tally.
The 2009 MX2 Championship battle saw the Leading Edge Kawasaki Team go after the title with a vengeance. All three teammates, Teddy Maier, Nick Evennou and Brock Hoyer had their sights set on the championship and all managed to claim spots on the podium during the series.
Kawasaki rider Dean Wilson also decided to mix it up for the first few rounds and scored perfect weekends in the three rounds he entered.
Several other Kawasaki riders battled with the best in some but not all of the rounds, including the campaign of Equipents Les Chutes rider Kaven Benoit and Two Wheel Motorsports supported rider Dylan Kaelin.
In total, Kawasaki riders earned 24 visits to the MX2 podium. At the end, despite a few sleepless nights before the last round, Teddy Maier secured the coveted MX2 Championship with his preparedness, skill, sheer will and support of his team.
In the 2009 Royal Distributing Women’s National Championship, Freedom Cycle/Cernic’s Kawasaki rider Heidi Cooke reclaimed the title she held in 2007 with authority, becoming the first rider in the Women’s Series history to record a perfect season.
Her hard work and training paid off as she seemed to easily separate herself from the pack, riding a smooth race all her own at every round. Clamoring behind her chasing the second podium spot were a number of up and coming Kawasaki riders. New Way Motorsports Karly Pozdenkoff cemented a 5th place finish in the series while Camille Baker and Amy Aspell of Spunky’s Motorcycle Shop ended their season in 7th and 11th spots respectively. Cindy Trudel from JAC Motosport rounded out the 10th spot. At the end of the five round series, Kawasaki riders earned 7 of the top 13 spots.
The hunt for the 2009 MX1 Championship title began with a bang with the same 3 familiar faces trading spots on the podium for most of the season. One of them was returning 2007 MX1 Champion, Cernics Kawasaki’s rider Paul Carpenter. He remained within striking distance of the title throughout most of the season but a broken wrist sustained during practice at Round 8 effectively ended his season.
Teammates Bobby Kinery and Jack Carpenter took up the flag, having come to the series to make their mark during their first foray into Canadian competition. In a very talented class, the team earned a total of 12 podium trips with Bobby Kinery finishing 3rd in the championship and Paul Carpenter finishing 4th even after missing the last two rounds. Their youngest teammate Jack Carpenter drew his season to a close with a well deserved 13th spot. Also in the mix were some Kawasaki veterans like Freedom Cycle’s Mitch Cooke who finished the series with a very impressive and hard fought 7th spot finish. Team Faith/New Way Motorcycles/Two Wheel Motorsports riders Kevin Johnson landed in 11th place and Josh Snider in 18th, comfortably ending the season in the top 20.
Canadian Kawasaki is a proud sponsor of over 25 dealership teams with a total of 136 riders for the 2009 season. Congratulations to all the MX riders that competed in the CMRC Monster Energy Nationals as well as the many local and provincial series across the country. Established and decorated racers like Equipment Les Chutes rider Marco Dube, who has tasted glory at the National level and now focus on provincial and local races to keep the sport alive and well. Up and coming riders like Valley Moto Sports’s Chase Van Buuren and AS Moto’s Stanley Clair, making names for themselves at their local tracks. For those racers and all those like them, Kawasaki understands motocross is both a sport and a passion. Kawasaki salutes you.