Monster Energy Cernic's Kawasaki Ends Supercross Season on a High Note

May 12, 2009

Riverside, CA (May 8, 2009) - The Monster Energy Cernic's Kawasaki Racing team entered the final two rounds of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series with high expectations. Both riders suffered injuries during the middle of the season but both were finally feeling healthy for the final two rounds.

After winning the Last Chance Qualifier to transfer to the Las Vegas Main Event, Bobby Kiniry got a good start inside the top ten and rounded the first lap in eighth position. He continued to battle inside the top ten until he went down. "I was having trouble in the second whoop section all night," explained Kiniry. "So, I was really concentrating on the turn prior to make sure I was setup correctly. I just made a simple mistake in the turn and ended up going down. It's unfortunate because I felt very good tonight and believe I could have finished in the top ten."

Carpenter made the Main Event at Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. In fact, he made every Main Event that he entered this season with an eighth place being his top finish. "At the beginning of the season I just couldn't get a start so I was constantly working my way through the pack", said Carpenter. "We know the bikes are good because Bobby was getting great starts. I made some adjustments before I got hurt so that helped me and I finally felt healthy in these last few rounds to put in some quality rides."

Despite missing five rounds due to injury, Carpenter entered the final round in Vegas with a chance of moving into third for the Privateer Award. "Paul gave up five rounds where he didn't get any points," Commented team manager, Derek Sorenson. "If he didn't get hurt, I'm confident that Paul would have been in the mix at Vegas and contending for the top Privateer honors. But, unfortunately that's a part of racing. The Monster Energy Cernic's Kawasaki team is proud of Paul and Bobby, though. They both rode hard this year despite their injuries."

The Monster Energy Cernic's Kawasaki team would like to thank all of our partners who helped us get through the seventeen-race season. We especially appreciate Monster Energy, Cernic's, Kawasaki, Pirelli, Moose Racing, and Silkolene. Without our sponsors' support, we would not have been able to participate in this historic and exciting season.

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