Shawn Rife Wins, Teddy Maier finishes Second in the Championship
August 18, 2010
Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki Walton Race Report
Kamloops, B.C.(August 18, 2010) The 2010 Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals concluded this past weekend with the final round as the Leading Edge team made their way to Walton Raceway in Walton, Ontario. A celebration of Canadian Motocross, the Walton Trans-Can is the series largest event and as usual the Lee family did a great job of providing a terrific venue to cap off what was an exciting series.
Coming into the final round, defending champion, Teddy Maier, was trailing series points leader, Tyler Medaglia, by twenty points - a tall order to make up but Maier was determined to give it everything he had to try and close the gap. In the first moto, the two got out front early and put on a great race with Medaglia leading and Maier doing everything he could to get by him. The two pushed each other for the full 30 minutes but Medaglia was able to hold Maier off to take the win.
With a 23 point lead, Medaglia only had to finish 19th or better to secure the title so in moto two he let his Championship rival go and cruised home to a 5th place finish and the title. Maier raced hard to finish second in the moto and second overall on the day. Said Maier after the race, "My hat is off to Tyler Medaglia. I gave it everything I had all season and today was no different. I would have loved to have held onto the number oneplate but I laid it all on the line and I have to be happy with that. I can't say enough for my team though, the entire Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team have been awesome and I know I had the best bike on the track. I can't thank everyone enough for a great season."
Though the team might not have defended the MX2 championship, the day could not have gone much better as after pulling out the weekend before at Sand Del Lee with an injury, Shawn Rife bounced back to take the overall win at Walton by winning the second moto ahead of his teammate, Maier. Rife was happy to end things off with a bang, " I've had a bit of an up and down season with the foot injury I suffered early on but I'm glad I was able to go back out there this weekend and prove that I have the speed to run with Maier and Medaglia. I would have liked to have been in the hunt with them for the title but I'm glad I could end things off with this final win."
Spencer Knowles, the team's third rider, didn't quite have the weekend he was looking for. After pulling out last weekend due to a hand injury he was feeling better and ready to get back in the mix for Walton but unfortunately was taken out in a first turn crash in moto one and couldn't continue. Despite his injuries he came back to start moto two and gutted out a solid 10th in the moto
With the 2010 Canadian series wrapped up the team now looks to the annual Montreal Supercross, taking place at Montreal, Quebec's Olympic Stadium on October 2. For more information check out www.montrealmotocross.com
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, Canadian Kawasaki Motors, LeadingEdgeDeals.com, 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