Monster Energy/Thor/Leading Edge Kawasaki Podiums at Whispering Pines

June 11, 2009

Kamloops, B.C(June 9, 2009) The first round of the Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Nationals kicked off this weekend at Whispering Pines Raceway in Kamloops, British Columbia. For the Kamloops based Leading Edge team expectations were high as they took to their home track.

In qualifying, the team came out swinging, nailing down the third, fourth and sixth spots respectively with Kamloops native, Brock Hoyer, leading the charge. Unfortunately for the team, both Hoyer and Nick Evennou, who qualified fourth, would find themselves on the ground in the first turn after getting taken out. Hoyer would attempt a couple laps before pulling off with an arm injury while Evennou remounted and was charging through the pack till being pulled off the track by CMRC officials due to a gash in head that was sustained during his crash. Meanwhile at the front of the pack, teammate Teddy Maier, was battling with the leaders and found himself in the second position at the checkered flag behind fellow Kawasaki rider, Dean Wilson.

For the second moto, Nick Evennou shook off the effects of his crash to grab the holeshot and the early lead. Despite his injuries, he managed to hang with the leader, Dean Wilson, for much of the race before getting passed by defending champion, Eric Nye, and his teammate, Maier. Evennou's fourth place finish gives him the confidence to be in the hunt for the rest of the season.

As for Teddy Maier, his 2-3 moto scores gave him 3rd overall on the day and a trip to the podium. With race winner, Wilson, not contesting the entire series, Maier knows he's in a great position going into round two next weekend in Calgary.

The team would also like to congratulate lead technician, Pat O'Connor, for taking the top mechanic prize this weekend.

Kamloops also marked round one of the Canadian Women's series and Leading Edge's Missy Hackett was in the mix. Unfortunately, a DNF in the first moto hurt her chances for the win but she came back to snag 3rd in the final moto.

Next weekend the team moves on to Calgary, Alberta for round two of the series.

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 2009 racing effort possible:
Leading Edge Motorsports, Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Monster Energy, Thor, Parts Canada, Pro Circuit, Kyocera/Gold Business Machines, RG3 Suspension, Pirelli, Podium Graphix, Sunline, Alpinestars, Fountain Tire, Zeta, DRC, Ogio, VP Fuels, Rock Construction and Mining, Gear Jammer Mikes, Mechanix Wear.