Huntington, TX - Despite rain throughout most of the week, the sun greeted the Monster Energy Cernic's Kawasaki team for Sunday's race at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton. Josh Demuth rode to a third place finish and Troy Adams rode strong for seventh at round two of the CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals.
After a rough start to the series in the previous week, Demuth and Adams felt more comfortable on the Edmonton track. Despite a bad start just outside the top twenty, Demuth aggressively moved through the pack to finish third in the first MX1 Class moto. Adams got a good jump out of the gate and entered the first turn with the leaders. However, a slight bobble in the first turn caused him to go down putting him at the back of the pack. He rode hard to an eighth place finish at the checkered flag.
"I got a bad start but everything seemed to be clicking," explained Arenacross champion Demuth. "The bike setup was really good and I felt better and better each lap. Guys started to fall off the pace so I started making passes around the midway point and was fortunate enough to get into third."
In the second MX1 Class moto, Demuth started inside the top ten and battled with a few riders early in the moto. Once he got by those riders and into fourth position the top three had already gained a substantial lead. Demuth rode a relatively uneventful race to cross the finish line in fourth position. Adams start to the race saw him way back in the pack but he charged hard finish in seventh position.
"My starts are really hurting me right now," said Adams. "I'm riding really well but those starts and a few mistakes in each moto are not helping my results. I think Josh and I will both end up on the podium sooner or later. I just need to do my part and I'm confident we'll get there soon."
Both riders moved up in the overall series points with Demuth in sixth and Adams in seventh. Demuth is only eight points out of a top three position and Adams is nine points behind his teammate.
"Both riders made some adjustments to their bikes this weekend and that seemed to make a big difference," said team owner Billy Whitley. "Despite his results, Troy rode a really solid race and showed his determination to get to the front. And I think Josh showed everyone here that he is going to be a force to contend with throughout the rest of the series. I'm proud of all the guys on the team. They've all been working really hard and I'm excited to be back on the box."
The Monster Energy Cernic's Kawasaki Racing Team will travel to Wild Rose MX Park in Calgary, AB on June 20, 2010 for round three of the CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals.
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