Top-5 for Maffenbeier in MX2
(Vaughan, ON –August 5, 2013)
Kiniry burned up the Riverglade MX Park track in moto one, ramming his potent YZ450F into the holeshot to then lead the race wire-to-wire and claim his first moto win of the season.
The holeshot of the second moto also went to Kiniry, but in some of the most intense racing of the season he had to settle for fourth at the finish line, still taking home a noteworthy second overall on the day.
Although the overall win escaped him, Kiniryfurther fortified his second place in the current points standings, enjoying a 33 points margin over third place Tyler Medaglia as the tour heads to the final round in Walton,Ontario.
The team’s MX2 riders, Shawn Maffenbeier and Richard Grey also had a good day. Maffenbeier stepped up to the plate to deliver fifth overall on the strength of 4-8 motos. Despite missing the first four rounds due to a shoulder injury, Maffenbeier sits comfortably in 13th place in the points standings. He is still within reach of a final 12th place ranking, trailing Parker Allison, who holds down that position, by 23 points.
While Grey’s results at Riverglade were less impressive than his teammates, 12th overall, thanks to 9-15 motos, he did manage to move back into eighth place in the current points standings from 10th, a position he dropped to at Round 7.[margin_10b]
The first MX1 moto was picture perfect for Kiniry, who had recorded the second fastest qualifying time. After grabbing the holeshot ahead of close followers Gavin Gracyk, Ross Johnson, Cole Thompson, Tyler Medaglia, and Teddy Maier, Kiniry dominated the entire moto.
Although Thompson, who took over second place not long into the moto, hounded Kiniry for the next 30 minutes, Kiniry prevailed to take the win in what proved to be an epic ride for him.
The second moto start, another thing of beauty for Kiniry, saw him lead the pack into turn one with series points leader Brett Metcalfe breathing down his neck. Metcalfe, who was in the enviable position of wrapping up the championship at Round 8, whipped past Kiniry, not long after the turn to go on and take the win as well as the series title.
Kiniry, who blew through the banners after nailing the holeshot, also had to watch Thompson and Tyler Medaglia sneak by him before getting back on the track. Although he made his way back into third, setting his sights on second place, lappers, who caused chaos in both classes at Riverglade, became an issue and he ended the moto in fourth.
“I tried just about everything in the second moto to get at least into second place, which would have given me the overall for the day, but it just wasn’t in the cards,” Kiniry said. “But I’ll take second overall and the points that came with it. All in all it was a good weekend. I felt great and my bike ran like a rocket.”
In MX2 action, Maffenbeier’s first moto start produced a third going into the first turn, a position he would keep until the last lap, when lappers and a couple of bobbles caused him to give up that position to Kyle Swanson.
The start of the second moto saw Maffenbeier run in second place going into turn one behind local favourite Davey Fraser. He challenged Fraser for the lead, taking over that position in the second corner.
Shortly after that Maffenbeier went down in an S-bend and remounted outside the top-10. It took a while for him to regroup, but in the second half of the moto he was on the move. In the closing laps, he made his way into eighth, where he would finish.
“Although I should have finished that first moto in third, I’d have to say it went well. The second was a bit of a challenge, but my YZ250 helped me to contain the damage to get back into a top-10 finish,” Maffenbeier said.
Meanwhile, Grey struggled through both motos, trying to find his groove. In the first moto he started just outside the top-
10. A few laps into the race he occupied 10th place, which he turned into ninth by the time the checkered flag signalled the end of the moto.
A lacklustre start in the second moto saw Grey eventually get bogged down in 15th place, a position he could not improve on, finishing there at the end of the race.
The team’s assistant manager, Iain Hayden, again raced the +25 and Vet class on the weekend, and he did it with style. The former top-10 pro annihilated the competition on his YZ250 2-stroke, recording clean sweeps in both classes.
Round 9 of the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals will be held on Sunday, August 18th at Walton, ON, after a break in the schedule.
Points Standings After 8 of 9 Rounds
1. Brett Metcalfe (Kaw) 365 pts
2. Bobby Kiniry (Yam) 289
3. Jeremy Medaglia (Yam) 256
4. Tyler Medaglia (KTM) 255
5. Teddy Maier (Kaw) 241
6. Gavin Gracyk (KTM) 189
7. Morgan Burger (Yam) 176
8. Brock Hoyer (Kaw) 172
9. Ross Johnson (Hon) 129
10. Cole Thompson (KTM) 123
1. Austin Politelli (Kaw) 312pts
2. Joshua Clark (Kaw) 290
3. Topher Ingalls (Hon) 247
4. Brad Nauditt (Hon) 236
5. Blake Savage (Hon) 198
6. Jared Allison (Yam) 195
7. Kyle Swanson (Hon) 182
8. Richard Grey (Yam) 159
9. Tyler Villopoto (Kaw) 156
10. Kaven Benoit (KTM) 154
13. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam) 114
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