The defending champion Monster Energy Canadian MX Nationals team, led by Gibson and Klatt, will run the M-claw logo beginning this weekend
CORONA, Calif., (May 21, 2008) – Along with stepping up as the title sponsor of the 2008 Monster Energy Canadian MX Nationals series, Monster Energy announced today that it will again sponsor Jeff Cernic’s Kawasaki team, beginning this weekend with the Monster Energy Canadian MX Nationals opener in Quebec.
Owner of the defending Canadian MX Nationals No. 1 plate, the Monster Energy/Cernic’s/Kawasaki team will this year feature returning premier class racer Jeff Gibson, along with top Canadian racer and former Monster Canadian MX Nationals MX2 & MX1 class champion Dusty Klatt.
According to team owner Jeff Cernic, defending his No. 1 plate – which was won last summer by Paul Carpenter – is the top priority for this year’s Canadian Nationals race effort. “2007 was our first year with Billy (Whitley, team manager) and I could not have been more proud of this team,” said Cernic. “We had great leadership and attention to detail, won the Canadian Nationals championship and I have the No. 1 plate hanging in my office.”
Cernic continued: “The Cernic’s family is very excited to be back in Canada in 2008 and we hope for the same success. I feel Jeff and Dusty have a lot to prove coming off so-so supercross seasons and I think they are very pumped to get back outdoors. I really can’t wait for the first round to begin this weekend. The Monster Energy Canadian MX Nationals is a great series and Cernic’s is proud to be part of it.”
A preseason favorite to challenge for the crown, Klatt returns to the Monster Canadian MX Nationals as a two-time MX2 class western regional champ (2004 & ’05), along with winning the premier MX1 class in 2006.
Klatt will contest the MX1 class this summer on a Cernic’s Racing- prepared Kawasaki KX450F.
Gibson is last year’s 3rd place overall finisher in the MX1 class, missing 2nd place overall – which would have given Monster/Cernic’s/ Kawasaki the 1-2 sweep – by one point, 272-271, to Colton Facciotti.
In addition, Canadian Heidi Cooke will contest the Monster Energy Canadian MX Nationals’ women’s class for the Monster/Cernic’s/Kawasaki team. The five-time and defending Canadian women’s MX champion is dubbed “Hurricane Heidi.”
The nine-round Monster Energy Canadian Nationals kicks off this Sunday, May 25th in Ste. Julie, Quebec. The remainder of the schedule is as follows:
5/25 Ste. Julie,
Quebec Ste. Julie
Ontario Gopher Dunes
Manitoba Shadow Valley Raceway
Saskatchewan Regina Moto Valley
7/12 Nanaimo, British
Columbia The Wastelands
Alberta Castrol Raceway
8/2 Moncton, New
Brunswick Riverglade MX Park
Ontario San Del Lee
For more info on the Monster Energy/Cernic’s/Kawasaki race program, link to: www.cernicsracing.com And for more information on the Monster Energy Canadian MX Nationals and CMRC, link to their website at: www.cmrcracing.com