(Vaughan, ON – July 29, 2013)
A fifth overall at Round 7 of the CMRC Nationals at Deschambault, QC on Sunday helped strengthen Team Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha Motovan.com’s Bobby Kiniry’s hold on second place in the MX1 points standings with two rounds left on the schedule.
For the team’s MX2 riders Shawn Maffenbeier and Richard Grey, Deschambault saw them claim only one top-10 moto result each.
The black cloud that descended on Grey at Round 5 continued to plague him, dumping a second DNF of the season on him and dropping him from eighth in the current points standings to 10th.
Maffenbeier, who missed the first four rounds of the nationals due to a shoulder injury, managed to move up two slots in the MX2 standings, however, thanks to a great second moto in which he placed third.
A top-10 start for Kiniry in the first MX1 moto saw him running fourth by the end of lap two. By the midway point of the race Kiniry had lost position to series points leader Brett Metcalfe and Cole Thompson. Although he had a nagging Dusty Klatt and Kyle Keast to deal with for the rest of the moto, Kiniry held firm to take sixth at the finish line.
The second moto start was more or less a rerun for Kiniry: a good start, this time around in fifth place. Except for briefly taking over fourth place, Kiniry would run most of the moto in fifth, a position he would cross the finish line with.“About the only good thing to come out of this today is that I fortified my second place in the points. That takes a bit of the pressure off me going into the final two rounds,” Kiniry said.
Maffenbeier, who recorded third fastest qualifying time, suffered through a bad start in the first MX2 moto, finding himself at the back of the pack after one lap. He quickly worked his through half the field into the top 20, only to get taken out by another rider.
A dead last remount saw an undaunted Maffenbeier get back into the fray and charge his way back into the top 20. Unfortunately he went over a berm and lost a number of positions. Time for another remount and then back into the top 20, only to get taken out again. Despite these challenges, Maffenbeier picked up the pieces and was able to claim 20th at the finish line and the single point that goes with it.
The second moto start proved to be much smoother for Maffenbeier, rounding turn one in fourth place along with the American contingent that is controlling the MX2 title hunt. Maffenbeier defended that position the entire moto, making a successful move for third on James Roberts in the closing laps.
“It’s unfortunate I couldn’t get a better handle on the first moto, which I guess I was supposed to finish in 20th place despite everything,” Maffenbeier said. “But I’m happy with my result in the second moto, which salvaged the day and enabled me to move up another two positions in the standings.”
Grey got another decent start in the second moto only to get bumped around a bit and slip to 14th place. As he was making his way back into the top 10 a technical problem halfway into the moto put him on the sidelines with zero points.
“It was just another one of those days that didn’t quite go my way, regardless of what I did. The first moto should have been better. I made some errors that didn’t help the cause. The second moto was one to forget about, because there was nothing I could do about it,” Grey said.
Round 8 of the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals will be held on Sunday, August 4th at Riverglade MX Park in Moncton, NB.
1. Brett Metcalfe (Kaw) 320 pts
2. Bobby Kiniry (Yam) 246
3. Jeremy Medaglia (Yam) 221
4. Tyler Medaglia (KTM) 215
5. Teddy Maier (Kaw) 209
6. Gavin Gracyk (KTM) 177
7. Morgan Burger (Yam) 154
8. Brock Hoyer (Kaw) 151
9. Ross Johnson (Hon) 119
10.Cole Thompson (KTM) 101
1. Austin Politelli (Kaw) 262 pts
2. Joshua Clark (Kaw) 257
3. Topher Ingalls (Hon) 247
4. Brad Nauditt (Hon) 200
5. Blake Savage (Hon) 169
6. Jared Allison (Yam) 166
7. Kaven Benoit (KTM) 154
8. Kyle Swanson (Hon) 152
9. Nathan Bles (Hon) 145
10.Richard Grey (Yam) 141
13. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam) 83
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