Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki Battles Through Moncton
Hill Back on Podium in Moto Two
Kamloops, BC (August 5, 2014) - Round 8 of the CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals finally reached the East coast, at Riverglade MX Park in Moncton, New Brunswick. Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki’s Josh Hill continued to lead the team as he finished fifth overall with a podium finish in the second moto. Teddy Maier followed his teammate in sixth overall with a 4-6 moto score. A black cloud has been following the MX2 riders and unfortunately all three riders were unable to score points in Moncton. Austin Politelli ran up front until he encountered a problem at the half way mark, Jeremy Medaglia’s day ended due to a crash in the early going of the first moto resulting in a broken clavicle, and Jesse Pettis finished the first moto but injured his wrist and was unable to line up for the second moto.
After getting a moto win last weekend, Hill carried that momentum into Moncton and set the fastest qualifying lap time. He got off to a great start in the first moto and rounded the first lap in third but a rock to the goggle lens forced him to pull into the mechanics area on Lap 3 for a new set and dropped to 16th position. Hill charged back into the top 10 and finished eighth. In the second moto he got another great start on his KX™450F and rode strong in second place until the last few laps dropping to finish third in the moto for fifth overall. “The day was up and down,” said Hill. “I had to pull in for new goggles in the first moto which is a bummer because without that I know we would have been on the podium today. I feel really good and I’m looking forward to finishing the season off strong.”
Maier got off to a top-10 start in the first moto and quickly picked off a few riders to get into the top five. He found himself in fourth position but by that time the leaders had pulled a gap and although his lap times were comparable they were not enough to close in. The second moto saw Maier start outside the top-10 and progressively move forward to finish in sixth place for sixth overall. “I had fun today and felt like I rode good,” said Maier. “I got a decent start and was inching up to the leaders in the first moto, but it just wasn’t enough since we we’re going nearly the same pace. The bike was awesome this weekend and with a start I know I can run with these guys from the beginning.”
Two rounds remain in the CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals as Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki will return to the province of Quebec for Round 9 at Ulverton MX. Hill and Maier remain in fourth and fifth overall, respectively, in the points standings and will look to jump into a podium position for the season’s end, Politelli and Medaglia are seventh and eighth in MX2.
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The team has to give their sponsors a huge thanks for all their support. Without them their 2014 season wouldn’t be possible:
Monster Energy, Thor, Kawasaki, Parts Canada, Leading Edge Motorsports, Alpinestars, FMF, Renthal, Galfer Performance Braking Systems, Boyesen, Acerbis, Dunlop, D.I.D, Lime Nine, VP Fuels, Samco Hoses, C4MX, XTrig Racing Technology, Hinson Clutch Components, Mechanix Wear, Motorex, Matrix Concepts, Sunstar, All Balls Racing, Cometic Gasket, Kamloops Ford Lincoln, 100% Goggles, Stompgrip, Works Connection, Dubya Wheels, Sony Canada, Graeme Brough Suspension, DT1 Filters, Atlas Brace Technologies