Monster Energy/Thor/Leading Edge Kawasaki at Moncton

August 5, 2008

Last weekend the Monster Energy/Thor/Leading Edge Kawasaki team found themselves in the Maritimes for round seven of the CMRC Canadian National Motocross Series at the Riverglade Motocross track in Moncton, New Brunswick. The always enthusiastic Atlantic crowd gave the team a warm reception for their first trip to the east coast.

Despite never having ridden the track before, Teddy Maier put in another solid outing, going 4-4 for fourth overall. Lapped traffic played a role all day though, making passes difficult. In the first moto, Maier successfully made the pass on Mason Phillips for third but a lapper cut him off, allowing Phillips to get back by and take the final podium position. Said Maier, "The Riverglade track was really fun but the lappers definitely made things tricky. I had passed Mason in the first moto before that lapper cut me off and stopped me dead. Still he(Mason) was riding great so I can't take anything away from him, with the troubles my ankle has been giving me I'm still happy with a pair of fourths."

Brock Hoyer had another solid outing, sporting 12-8 moto scores for 10th overall. Hoyer's 10th overall finish was his fourth straight top 10 overall of the series. Said Hoyer, "I'm glad to have put the struggles I had at the first two rounds behind me and I've been working hard to get up in the top 10 where I know I should be. Hopefully in these last two rounds I can make the next step and get up in the top 5, I know I've definitely got the bike to do it with."

The teams third rider, Nick Evennou, was optimistic coming into the weekend after having won the Moncton round last year. With solid times in practice, Evennou was looking to be one of the top contenders for Sunday's motos but unfortunately a freak electrical issue took him out of the running while battling for the lead. With two rounds left, Nick is still confident he can get a win before the season is over and is excited for Sand Del Lee next weekend, another track he has shown great speed at.

Leading Edge would also like to congratulate the team's Intermediate rider, Greg Small, who qualified for his first national this weekend and even scored points in the second moto with a 19th. Small, the son of the teams truck driver, Jim Small, has been traveling with his dad all summer and racing the amateur program so to qualify for the pro national has been hugely rewarding.

Now the team heads to Ontario for the Sand Del Lee round taking place next weekend in Munster, Ontario near the country's capital of Ottawa.

Check out the Leading Edge blog for more info and photos from behind the scenes.

The Leading Edge Kawasaki team would like to thank their sponsors for making their 2008 racing effort possible:

Leading Edge Motorsports, Kawasaki Canada, Monster Energy, Thor, Rock Construction and Mining, Parts Canada, Pro Circuit, Kyocera/Gold Business Machines, RG3 Suspension, Pirelli, Excel Wheels, Fountain Tire, Zeta, DRC, Merge Racing Technologies, Ogio, VP Fuels, Alpinestars, Gear Jammer Mikes, Mechanix Wear, Print Werx.