Sheren and Northrop take CMA National titles
July 24, 2007
The Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA) held their annual National Championships this past weekend in scenic Agassiz, BC. The CMA format is a 4 moto format per class, held over 2 days to determine a National Champion, and each moto is 20 minutes long. The rider turnout was lower than expected with the amount of rain in the area during the week, and the prediction of heavy rain for the weekend. Fortunately, all of the rain fell during the overnight hours and the track was in great shape for racing each day.
It was a grand slam for the Holeshot/Denny's/FLY/661/Kawasaki team of Brady Sheren and Jeff Northrop as they dominated both days of racing to take home the lions share of the pro payout and each of them now have a National title in the books. Brady raced both of his Pat O'Connor tuned Pro Circuit KX250F and KX450F machines, and won all 4 motos and the championship in the MX2 class over a good effort from Honda's Lee Coutts. The track was a little greasy in the mornings, but the Pirelli 454 Scorpion tires worked perfectly.
The MX 1 class was really exciting on Saturday for most of each moto. "Norcal" holeshot moto 1 and 2 with Brady close behind, and for the first 15 minutes of each race these two battled it out and Brady tried everything he could to pass Jeff, as he tried to put his home track advantage to good use. Jeff is a seasoned veteran though, and Brady could not quite make anything work and had to settle for 2nd, ahead of Coutts, and Howie Spencer, on an 08 KX450F. With the pouring rain all night on Saturday, the track was a little mucky on Sunday morning, and a holeshot would be a necessity to avoid the roost. Norcal again holeshot both motos and Brady had to deal with Spencer on the first lap of each moto, but after he got by he set his sights on his teammate, and he was able to get within 3 seconds, but was never quite close enough to attempt a pass. In the end it was a good race weekend, with Jeff winning the MX1, and Brady winning the MX2, and 2nd in MX1.