Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki Victorious at Montreal Supercross
October 3, 2011
Matt Goerke takes team's first ever Supercross win at Olympic Stadium, (October 3, 2011) - This past weekend marked the 34th edition of the annual Montreal Supercross, the longest running supercross race in North America and largest indoor race in Canada. The last race on the Canadian professional calendar, Montreal is always a highlight circled on the team’s calendar and this year they came into the race armed with a great chance to win in both classes, with former MX2 winner, Kyle Beaton, making his return to racing in the MX2 class after suffering a severe knee injury before the start of the National season and top contenders, Teddy Maier and Matt Goerke in the MX1 class.
Right from the start of Saturday’s practice sessions, Goerke showed that he was the man to beat as he topped both qualifying sessions. The Florida native kept the momentum going as he won his heat race and carried it into a top five start in the main event. He quickly worked his way through the pack until he was in second place and then went to work chipping away on the lead of early leader, Dusty Klatt. Soon, he caught Klatt as well, made the pass and pulled away to take his, and the teams, first ever Montreal win.
Said Goerke after his win, “I’ve had a bit of a trying year this season as I came back from my supercross injuries so this win means a lot to me. I’m thankful that the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team stuck behind me and I could pay back their faith with this win.”
For last year’s second place finisher, Maier, his night started out great as well as he made it a Leading Edge sweep by taking the second heat race win. In the main event he got a mid-pack start and charged hard, working his way up to 4th by the end of the race, finishing just behind the 2nd and 3rd place finishers.
In the all-Canadian MX2 race, Kyle Beaton made his return to racing after having full knee reconstructive surgery before the start of the outdoor season. With only a couple weeks of time on the bike, the former Montreal winner was quick during the opening going as he ran in third but eventually the lack of seat time caught up with him as he dropped back to finish 8th. Still, it was great to have him back on the bike and he will no doubt be back and looking to take another win in 2012.
With Montreal in the books, the team wraps up a successful 2011 season. As team owner, Jason Hughes, reflected on the season he remarked, “Making the commitment to field an MX1 and MX2 team this season certainly paid off. To win a MX1 National and the prestigious Montreal Supercross, plus multiple wins in the MX2 class outdoors is exactly what we set out to do and we can’t thank all our sponsors enough who believed in us and our vision. Thanks to all of you!”
With the 2011 season concluding we have to give an extra huge thanks to all our sponsors. You guys made our season so successful:
Monster Energy, Leading Edge Kawasaki, Parts Canada, Thor, C4MX, Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Smith Optics, Gold Business Machines, Renegade Fuels, Podium Grafix, Faction MX, Mechanix Wear, Zeta, Bridgestone, Moto Tassinari, Matrix Concepts, Sunstar, Ipone Lubricants, D.I.D, Acerbis, Ogio, Magnum MX, Hinson Clutch Components, Boyesen, Unit Riders, Stomp Designs, Pro Wheel, LeoVince Carbon Fiber, CV Products, Goldfren Brakes, XTRIG Triple Clamps, DRC Hardware, TM Designworks, JE Pistons, All Balls Racing, DC Shoes, K and N Filters, Kawasaki S4-R Competition Lubricants