(Vaughan, ON – August 19, 2013)
Team Rockstar Energy/OTSFF/Yamaha/Motovan.com’s Bobby Kiniry and Shawn Maffenbeier rocked at the final round of the CMRC Motocross Nationals in Walton, Ontario on Sunday.
Kiniry wrapped up another banner MX1 season with a second moto victory, which combined with a sixth in the first moto saw him nail down a noteworthy second overall on the day. Kiniry, who consistently recorded podium finishes this season, was rewarded for his efforts with a second consecutive MX1 Championship runner-up ranking.
Maffenbeier, who missed the first four rounds of the MX2 title hunt due to a shoulder injury, rose to the occasion to snare his first career national win on the strength of 2-1 motos. Despite missing four of the nine rounds, Maffenbeier was able to claim an 11th place ranking, just one point shy of 10th.
The first MX2 moto holeshot went to Spencer Knowles, who had Davey Fraser, Joshua Clark, Maffenbeier and Austin Politelli dive into turn one with him. Fraser took over the lead by the end of the lap, but both he and Knowles would disappear from the front-runners group as they made room for Politelli and Maffenbeier to battle for the lead.
Politelli, on a mission to wrap up the MX2 Championship title, took over the lead on the second lap. Maffenbeier installed himself into second place while Clark settled into third. As they pulled away from the rest of the field the top three finishers were decided, with all three pouring on the gas and putting the chase group behind them.
Although Maffenbeier mounted a number of challenges for the lead, Politelli took it all the way to the checkered flag. With the 25 points he picked up for the win, Politelli was able to claim his first MX2 title and call it a day.
Joshua Clark nailed the second MX2 moto holeshot ahead of Jared Allison, Maffenbeier, Jesse Wentland and James Roberts.
Maffenbeier, riding the explosive YZ250 2-stroke, displaced Clark from the lead on lap two and never looked back. Although the Saskatchewan native played cat and mouse for the lead with Clark for a number of laps, by the time the checkered flag was waved Maffenbeier had accumulated a five seconds lead.
The overall was in the bag for a triumphant Maffenbeier and the points he collected allowed him to move from 13th in the standings to 11th.
“It was a great day for me and what better way to end the season than with a win. I want to thank everybody on the team for their hard work, and specially Andre Laurin for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to race for Rockstar Energy/OTSFF/Yamaha/ Motovan.com,” Maffenbeier said.[margin_30b]
The first MX1 moto holeshot went to Cole Thompson who led wire-to-wire without ever being seriously threatened for position. Following Thompson into turn one were Teddy Maier, Tyler Medaglia, Brett Metcalfe and Bobby Kiniry.
While Thompson built a bit of a lead over Maier, Metcalfe moved into third place and Kiniry stuck a pass on fourth running Tyler Medaglia.
Around the halfway mark Kiniry made an error that allowed both Tyler and Jeremy Medaglia to stick a pass on him. Although he regrouped to chase down J. Medaglia, Kiniry ran out of time and had to settle for sixth at the finish line.
Kiniry, who won at Walton in 2010, nailed down the second MX1 moto holeshot, followed by Tyler Medaglia, Metcalfe, Johnson, Maier, and Thompson.
Kiniry kept his head down and counted on the power of his YZ450F to stay ahead of a persistent chase group that included Medaglia, Metcalfe, and Thompson.
Despite a number of challenges from first T. Medaglia, then Metcalfe and finally Thompson, Kiniry prevailed to cross the finish line just a few seconds ahead of Thompson, who claimed first overall thanks to 1-2 motos.
“It would have been nice to finish that first moto on the podium, but it wouldn’t have changed the overall result for me, unless I had won it, too,” Kiniry said. “All in all it was an excellent day and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone on the team for helping me to achieve another successful season and claim my second No.2 plate.”
The team’s developmental rider Richard Grey, who had been sitting in eight place going into the final round, finished the season there despite a tough day at Walton that saw him record 14-16 motos for 15th overall.
Team Rockstar Energy/OTSFF/Yamaha/Motovan.com would like to congratulate Shawn on his first national win and 11th place MX2 ranking based on just five rounds. A big shout goes to Bobby for his MX1 moto win and repeating as runner-up in the series. Last but not least a tip of the hat goes to Richard for finishing the season with a top-10 MX2 ranking.
1. Brett Metcalfe (Kaw) 403 pts
2. Bobby Kiniry (Yam) 329
3. Tyler Medaglia (KTM) 293
4. Jeremy Medaglia (Yam) 289
5. Teddy Maier (Kaw) 277
6. Gavin Gracyk (KTM) 213
7. Morgan Burger (Yam) 189
8. Brock Hoyer (Kaw) 185
9. Cole Thompson (KTM) 170
10. Ross Johnson (Hon) 149
1. Austin Politelli (Kaw) 337pts
2. Joshua Clark (Kaw) 330
3. Topher Ingalls (Hon) 270
4. Brad Nauditt (Hon) 239
5. Jared Allison (Yam) 228
6. Kyle Swanson (Hon) 214
7. Blake Savage (Hon) 208
8. Richard Grey (Yam) 171
9. Nathan Bles (Hon) 168
10. Parker Allison (Yam) 162
11. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam) 161
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