Kamloops, B.C. (June 16, 2010): Round two of the Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals took place this weekend at Edmonton, Alberta's Castrol Raceway and the Leading Edge Kawasaki team looked to build on their successful season debut one week ago in Kamloops.
Sporting the number one plate, defending MX2 champion, Teddy Maier looked to put the flat tire behind him that he suffered last week and get back in the title chase. He wasted no time, as the Iowa native put on a dominant show of force. Maier topped both the practice and qualifying sessions, grabbed both holeshots and lead every lap of both motos to take the clean sweep in one of the most impressive showings we've seen in the MX2 class in recent memory. He quickly proved that anyone who's serious about winning the title this year is going to have to battle the reigning champion. With his double moto sweep he jumped all the way from tenth in the series up to second and will look to chip away at the remaining seventeen point deficit when the series moves on to Calgary in one week's time.
Maier had this to say about the Edmonton facility: "I like it here, the dirt is just like back home in Iowa. I knew it was going to be rutty and I love riding the ruts so I expected to have a good day." As far as getting back into the title hunt, Maier is optimistic: "I just have to focus, stay smooth and consistent, and stay healthy – that's the biggest thing."
Coming off a podium at the opening round, Ohio's Shawn Rife again proved to be a front runner. After qualifying strongly with the third quickest time, he grabbed a great start alongside his teammate, Maier, and ran in second during the early going. Tyler Medaglia eventually got by him but Rife held strong to the line for third and another podium finish. Rife again found himself running a strong third in the second moto till he injured his foot and was forced to retire for the day. He's currently getting it checked out and hopes to be able to race next weekend. Despite scoring no points in the second moto, he still finds himself in fifth in the Championship and remains very much alive in the title hunt.
Slotting in behind Rife at sixth in the Championship is his teammate, Spencer Knowles. The New Westminster, BC native rode to solid 6-8 moto scores for 7th overall, a solid result for the sophomore rider who is really coming into his own this season.
The team's lone MX1 rider, Brock Hoyer, rode to 12-11 moto finishes for 12th overall. Though the MX1 rookie expects to do better he knows it's a learning experience and he's only two rounds into his first season in the big bike class and the series is heading to a Calgary track next weekend that he's traditionally done well at in the past.
The team now heads south down Highway Two as the series makes its second of two Alberta stops at Wild Rose Raceway, right in the heart of Calgary.
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, Kawasaki Canada, 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.
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