Team Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki Scores Another Double Class Win at Gopher Dunes

July 17, 2012

Maier, Goerke victorious in the kick-off of eastern swing of Canadian series

Courtland, ON (July 14, 2012) Round 5 of the Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals kicked-off the eastern swing of the series on the rough and sandy track of Gopher Dunes this past Saturday. With both red points leaders’ number plates residing under the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki tent, it remained to be seen if their dominance would move east along with the tour.

Along with the track’s reputation as the toughest in North America, the weather usually plays a major factor, but, on this day, the heat and humidity relented and riders were treated to hot but manageable conditions.

The crew at Gopher Dunes is to be commended for keeping moisture in the sand, but, when the first MX2 moto hit the track, both Kyle Beaton and Teddy Maier were seemingly out of contention off the bat. #108, Beaton, was down in the first corner and #3, Maier, came around at the end of the first lap out of the top-15. Both riders put their heads down and made charges toward the front, but Beaton crashed heading into a corner while battling another rider and was relegated to 28th position by race end.

Maier was able to capitalize on his fitness and bike set-up and remarkably made his way up to the front to salvage a well-deserved 2nd place at the checkered flag.

The second MX2 moto went more to script for Maier as he got out to a top-4 start and would show his dominance in the class by fighting his way past closest rival, Jeremy Medaglia, for the win. His 2-1 scores solidified him the overall on the day. Beaton was in the battle behind the four leaders and would manage to cross the line in 9th position after a long, tough moto. His 28-9 moto scores put him in 14th overall.

As we pass the halfway point of the series, Maier retains the red number plate with a 20-point lead over second place while Beaton remains in a tight battle for 4th.

When the MX1 riders blasted from the gate, the only question was, “How far into the field will #5, Matt Goerke, lap?” The Florida native is known as a great sand rider and backed-up his 1-1 win in 2011 with and even more dominant round in 2012. He got off to top-3 starts in both motos and would leave the rest of the field in his dust as he put on one of the most dominant performances in recent Monster Energy Pro National history. He easily retains the red number plate with a 36-point lead over second place.

The team’s other MX1 rider, Tyler Villopoto, isn’t quite as experienced in the sandy, soft conditions as he works his way through his rookie season so his goal was to just make it through the Gopher round safely and gain some much needed experience.He rode well to finish 8th in moto one. In the second moto, he was well outside the top 10 at the start and pushed himself to  the 10th spot at the checkered flag.

The series now moves east and into Quebec for round 6 at the track just outside Montreal in Ste. Julie Sunday, July 22.

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