Riverside, CA - The first round of the CRMC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals got underway this weekend and all three Monster Energy Cernic's Kawasaki riders finished in the top ten. Paul Carpenter lead the team with a third place overall finish while Heidi Cooke grabbed the win in the Women's Pro class.
In the MX1 Pro class first moto, Paul Carpenter got a top five start while Bobby Kiniry followed just inside the top ten. Jack Carpenter did not get a good start and found himself towards the back of the field. Despite his lackluster start, Jack charged through the field to earn a well deserved tenth position at the end of the moto. Kiniry was pushing hard but contact with another rider left him without a rear brake. He would eventually finish in seventh position while Paul Carpenter rode a consistent race to finish third.
All three riders got poor starts in the second moto but quickly moved into the top ten. Paul was moving up the fastest and worked up to sixth by the fourth lap. However, he was forced to the middle of the pack after colliding with another rider. He put on another charge and passed numerous riders to finish the moto in fifth place. Jack Carpenter and Kiniry had their own battles and worked through the pack as well. Jack worked his way up to eighth and Kiniry finished the moto in sixth to earn eighth and ninth overall, respectively.
"Today didn't quite go as planned," commented Paul Carpenter after the race. "I didn't ride the race that I thought I could but we still came out with a third overall for the day. I know our team will be ready to go next week and I'm looking forward to battling with these guys again."
Cooke dominated the Women's Pro class by leading every lap of both motos to secure the overall win. Cooke grabbed the holeshot of the first moto and rode consistent to cross the finish line in first place. In the second moto, she got another great start and charged to the front by the end of the first lap. Once again, Cooke showed that she is the rider to beat as she crossed the finish line first.
"I'm very happy with the results this weekend," said Cooke. "We have worked very hard during this off season and it is nice to see it pay off with a win. We just need to keep the momentum going and continue to ride strong for the rest of the series."
The Monster Energy Cernic's Kawasaki Racing Team will travel to Wild Rose Motocross Park in Calgary on June 13-14, 2009 for round two of the CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals.
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