Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki Extends Points Leads in Both Classes
July 25, 2012
Maier, Goerke keep podium streaks alive at Quebec round of series
The Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Championship made its one and only stop in Quebec this past weekend in beautiful Ste. Julie. Riders were treated to perfect weather, large crowds, and a track prepped so that multiple lines formed, ensuring bar-to-bar racing action.
When the gate dropped for the first MX2 moto, red plate holder, #3 Teddy Maier found himself in third position. The top three riders then put on an entertaining show with Maier breathing down the necks of his rivals. By picking smart lines and never giving up, Maier was able to make the pass on both riders in front of him and, late in the moto, put his KX250F out front.
In the 2nd moto, Maier was mired just outside the top 10 off the start, but started making quick work of the riders in front of him. By the end of the 2nd lap, he had already made it up to 4th and was closing in fast on the riders in front of him. By the end, Maier had passed everyone but Kaven Benoit who had gotten out to the early lead and amassed a large lead while Maier had to fight through traffic. His 1-2 moto scored put him in 2nd overall and allowed him to further extend his points lead.
Maier’s teammate, #108 Kyle Beaton, was a little further back on the start in both motos, but worked hard in each to salvage some points on the day. His 6-10 moto scores were good enough for 8th overall on the day. Beaton sits in 4th place in the MX2 standings as we head into the final three races of the season.
In the MX1 class, the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team had an up-and-down day, to say the least. The drama started when, in first MX1 practice, points leader #5 Matt Goerke took a hard fall over the high-speed, uphill ski jump and damaged his KX450F badly. Matt spent some time recovering in the rig and was able to line up for the motos after a tense few minutes. Although he didn’t get the holeshot in the first moto, Goerke was able to take the lead at the ¾ mark of the first lap to cross the line in #1 position at the end of lap one. Goerke was able to open up a commanding lead and would later say on the podium that “you had to be careful and ride smoothly out there,” referring to the tricky track conditions.
In the second moto, Goerke got off to a 3rd place start and would ride safely to protect his points lead, finishing in that position. Matt was happy to collect 3rd place points to further extend his position at the top of the point standings.
Goerke’s teammate, #161 Tyler Villopoto, was out to a top 10 position in the first moto, but was forced out of the race with a mechanical. In the second, he was involved in the most exciting battle of the moto, holding off the hard charges of Tim Tremblay and Josh Clark. He crossed the line in a well-deserved 4th place which gave him 10th on the day (DNF-4).
The series now takes a weekend off before heading to its eastern-most stop at the famed Riverglade track just outside beautiful Moncton, New Brunswick.
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