Rife takes third straight moto win at Gopher Dunes

August 6, 2010

Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki Gopher Dunes Race Report

Kamloops, B.C.(July 20, 2010) After a three week break, the 2010 Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Series resumed this past weekend with the Gopher Dunes round in Courtland, Ontario and the Leading Edge team looked to keep the momentum rolling after their double podium performance at the previous round in Morden, Manitoba.

Considered one of the roughest tracks on the circuit, the deep sand of the Gopher Dunes facility tests both man and machine to the limits. Showcasing the performance of their C4MX modified Kawasaki KX250F's, Spencer Knowles grabbed the first moto holeshot to keep the team's undefeated string of starts alive, with his teammates Shawn Rife and Teddy Maier coming around close behind. As he proceeded to pull away, the sand monster got the best of him and Knowles made a mistake and went down, setting up a battle for the lead between his teammates, Rife and Maier. Maier made the pass on his teammate for the lead and with only several laps left looked to have his fourth moto win of the season in the bag when the unfortunate happened - he stalled his bike. This allowed Rife through to take his third straight moto win and luckily Maier was able to re-fire his machine and salvage valuable points in the championship.

The stage was set for redemption in the second moto and Spencer Knowles was determined to prove that, just like at Morden, even a bad gate pick wasn't going to keep him from getting to the first turn first as he grabbed his second straight holeshot and ensured that Leading Edge would remain undefeated in the start department in this 2010 season. As Knowles lead the pack again, his teammates were in their usual close proximity to the front. Maybe a bit too close, as the Sand Monster reached up and bit Knowles once again, causing him to go down. Unfortunately, his teammate, Maier, was caught up in the wreck and was forced to remount at the back of the pack. The Iowa native wasn't about to give up though, and in a ride that showed that the champ wasn't about to give up on his dreams of defending his title, put on a valiant charge to ride his way all the way back up to fourth by the time the checkered flag flew. Meanwhile, first moto winner, Rife, was battling for the lead and hoping to make it a second straight clean sweep when he reinjured the foot he broke at the Edmonton round and was forced to retire from the race. He will have it evaluated this week and hopes to be able to return to action soon.

Now the team heads to Ste. Julie, Quebec for the next round of the series. Off the calendar for the 2009 season, in the 2008 season it marked the teams successful debut with a 1-2 finish with riders Maier and Nick Evennou so confidence is high as the series makes a return stop. For more information on the Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross National series, check out

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The Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team would like to thank the following sponsors for making their 2010 racing effort possible:

Monster Energy, Leading Edge Motorsports, Parts Canada, Thor, Kawasaki Canada,, Gold Business Machines, Pro Circuit, C4MX, Faction MX, Podium Grafix, Pirelli, Ipone lubricants, Ogio, Mechanix Wear, Zeta, T.M. Designworks,  Furious clothing, Boyesen, Hinson, Alpinestars, Matrix Concepts, Sunstar, D.I.D, Kyocera, DRC, Acerbis, Magnum MX, JE Pistons, Renegade Fuels, All Balls Racing, DVS shoes.