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Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki Calgary Race Report
Teddy Maier Splits Moto Wins at Wild Rose Raceway
Kamloops, B.C.(June 21, 2010) The Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team finished off the Alberta swing of the 2010 CMRC Canadian National Motocross season as the series made a stop at Calgary's Wild Rose Raceway. The unique facility, which rests in the heart of the city, had endured a lot of rain coming into the weekend but the sun came out for the weekend and the track was in prime shape by race day.
After winning last weekend in Edmonton, the team was looking to keep the momentum rolling as reigning MX2 Champion, Teddy Maier, battled to regain the points he lost at the opening round at Kamloops. Qualifying went well as all three MX2 riders qualified in the top five in times, with Maier qualifying second, Shawn Rife third and Spencer Knowles fifth, respectively. Meanwhile, in the MX1 class, Brock Hoyer qualified with the ninth quickest lap time.
The start of the first MX2 moto would see a sea of green as Rife grabbed the holeshot and led his teammates, Maier and Knowles through the opening lap. Knowles tipped over and went down, dropping back to eighth while Rife and Maier waged an epic battle at the front of the pack. For 20 minutes the teammates went at it, racing fender to fender till Maier was able to make a pass stick. Rife, who injured his foot at Edmonton eventually dropped back to third as the pain became too much to manage.
|Teddy Maier(r) finished second in MX2 at Calgary's Wild Rose Racway|
|James Lissimore Photo|
With the start of the second MX2 moto it would be more of the same, as Rife again took the holeshot. The Leading Edge team have holeshot every MX2 moto so far this season, a testament to the unbelievable power of their Kawasaki KX250F's and C4MX's Luc “Frenchie” Caouette's ability to make them fly. With Rife out front, it was again his teammate Maier who followed behind and the pair made another battle for the lead. Maier was able to get by after Rife made a mistake but points leader, Tyler Medaglia, also got by and began a battle for the lead with Maier. Medaglia made the pass for the lead but went down just after the finish line, allowing Maier back by and what looked like a sure win. Then disaster struck for the Iowa native as he got pitched over the bars and stalled his bike. Luckily, he was able to get it started in time to preserve second place and ended the day tied in points with Medaglia, losing the overall due to Medaglia's higher second moto finish. Rife, meanwhile, finished fifth after suffering a crash himself and Knowles came in with another eighth to match his first moto result.
Maier explained his second moto mishap, “I felt good. I tried a different line down in the bottom and it wasn't a good idea. I tried wheeling over the rut and it caught and I went over the bars. The bike stalled but I still managed to get second, I don't know how that worked, I just managed to get it started before Jeremy(Medaglia) got by so that was good. I didn't lose any points today and I can't complain.”
|Shawn Rife signs autographs for his growing ranks of young fans|
|James Lissimore Photo|
In MX1 action, Brock Hoyer rode to a solid ninth in the shortened first moto that was red flagged due to a catastrophic crash by reigning champion, Colton Facciotti. Everyone at Leading Edge wishes for the best for Facciotti and hope to see the 2-time champ back on track soon. In the second moto, Hoyer just barely missed grabbing the holeshot by inches to Dusty Klatt before going on to finish eleventh. His moto finishes gave him 10th overall on the day.
The team now heads east to Morden, Manitoba's Shadow Valley Raceway for the final round of the western swing of the 2010 series. For more info on the CMRC series, check out www.cmrcracing.com
For more info and photos of the team, check out our team website at www.leadingedgeraceteam.com
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.