Photos: Courtesy of MXPMag.com
On Sunday, June 17, the Canadian Monster Energy Nationals came full speed ahead into the season’s first stop in Alberta, at Calgary’s Wild Rose MX Park. A completely redesigned track greeted the riders, featuring a new backwards layout.
The MX2 class would be the first to test the new track, and in the first moto, it was Honda privateer Brad Nauditt grabbing the holeshot ahead of Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki teammates Kyle Beaton and Teddy Maier. Maier was bringing a three-moto win streak into Calgary and looked to continue his winning ways by taking over the lead before the end of lap 1. Red Bull KTM rider Jeremy Medaglia made a couple of quick passes on Beaton and Nauditt and was hot on the heels of Maier.
As the top two began to separate themselves from the pack a little, Beaton and Nauditt had engaged in a close race of their own for 3rd place with Beaton eventually making the pace. Nauditt wasn’t about to give up, though, and became glued to the Kawasaki rider’s rear wheel.
Back at the head of the field, Maier was unable to shake Medaglia, and five laps in, the gap was less than two seconds. Despite a strong effort by Medaglia to keep Maier in sight, on lap 10, Maier seemed to break the spirits of Medaglia, jumping out to a six-second advantage.
The battle for 3rd was just beginning to heat up, though, with Beaton, Nauditt and, now, Blackfootdirect.com/Yamalube rider Jared Allison all within a couple seconds for the final step on the podium. Ultimately, a strong, late charge by Beaton had him able to break ahead and secure third, while Nauditt would just manage to hold off Allison.
In moto 2, it was again the Honda of Brad Nauditt grabbing the holeshot with Maier in 2nd and Spencer Knowles on his Yamaha in 3rd. Maier quickly took over the lead while Medaglia moved into 2nd ahead of Topher Ingalls and Nauditt.
Beaton did not have the start he wanted, but he was able to get around Nauditt early on before going to work on Ingalls for 3rd. Before he could make the pass, however, Ingalls pulled out of the race with a derailed chain.
Maier and Medaglia once again began to seperate themselves from the pack as Spencer Knowles was moving ahead of Nauditt and charging hard on Beaton. On lap 5, Knowles made the pass on Beaton and began to run laptimes that had him among the day’s fastest MX2 riders.
On lap 9, just past halfway, disaster struck for Kyle Beaton as he went down hard and was forced to pull out of the moto. This allowed Nauditt to regain 4th place, ahead of Dylan Kaelin.
At the front, Medaglia was busy trying to keep Teddy Maier in sight, but the consistent Maier was able to add another second or so each lap to his lead, and by halfway, it became apparent that, forbidding disaster, Teddy would win his 5th consective moto and 3rd consecutive MX2 overall.
As the checkered flag flew, that’s exactly what happened as Maier grabbed the win ahead of Medaglia and Knowles. Nauditt would claim 3rd overall with his consistent 4-4 moto scores for his first career podium in Canada.
In MX1 moto 1, it was Tyler Medaglia taking the holeshot and early lead on his Gopher Dunes Race Troy Lee Honda. His lead was short-lived, however, as the Red Bull KTM of Dusty Klatt took it away from him before the end of the first lap. Bobby Kiniry, on his OTSFF Rockstar Yamaha, was 3rd ahead of Colton Facciotti and Matt Goerke on the Leading Edge Kawasaki.
A few laps in, Klatt had begun to pull out a little bit of a lead as Kiniry went down and lost a few spots. As Goerke was working on getting around the injured Facciotti for 3rd, Facciotti also went down, landing on his already injured shoulder. At almost the same time Facciotti’s teammate, Klatt, who was leading the moto, had a crash of his own, handing the lead back to Medaglia.
This left Goerke to go after Medaglia in his effort to keep his thus-far perfect season alive. A multi-lap battle began, as Goerke tried inside and outside lines in nearly every turn looking for any way possible around Medaglia. Finally, on lap 9, Goerke forced his way past and took over the number 1 position.
As he was attempting to work his way back through the pack, early leader Dusty Klatt suffered another fall while running 3rd, dropping back to 7th. This allowed Kiniry to move back into 3rd, rebounding nicely from his early get-off.
Goerke had begun to stretch out a lead, and Medaglia, possibly suffering from some arm pump, began to fall into the clutches of the hard-charging Bobby Kiniry. Kiniry, using lapped riders to his advantage, was able to make the pass just as Colton Facciotti began closing back in on the battle. Shortly before the 2 lap board came out, Facciotti was able to make a pass on Medaglia, securing the final podium spot for moto 1. Goerke would take the win, followed by Kiniry, Facciotti, Medaglia, Tyler Villopoto and early leader Klatt.
In moto 2, Colton Facciotti took the holeshot, narrowly edging out his teammate Dusty Klatt. However, Klatt would once again take the early lead as Bobby Kiniry made the pass on Facciotti for 2nd.
Meanwhile, first moto winner Matt Goerke suffered a crash of his own, leaving him to play catch-up from 6th place. Kiniry, who had run the fastest overall lap of the day in the first moto, wasted no time taking the lead from Klatt. At almost the same time, Goerke was rolling up on Facciotti, looking to get into the top 3. It took him a couple of laps, but he was able to find a way by and almost immediately closed the gap to Klatt. Before Goerke could make a pass, Klatt went down once again, handing 2nd to Goerke and 3rd to Facciotti.
From there, Goerke was able to get Kiniry’s lead down to about 3 seconds pretty quickly. As Kiniry realized this, the two Americans began to push each other faster and faster, leaving the rest of the field behind. As they hit lappers, Goerke would close in a little, but could not get close enough to make his move. Then, as the 2 lap board was coming out, he began to search for any way by he could find. Ultimately, it would cost him, as he made a mistake and went down. He would re-mount in 2nd, but the damage was done, and Kiniry had gotten away.
Kiniry took the win, ending the win streak and perfect season of Goerke. Facciotti, Klatt and Medaglia would round-out the top 5.
With the win streak of Goerke stopped, and a newfound confidence for Bobby Kiniry, next week’s race up the highway in Edmonton is looking to be one not to miss!
Monster Energy Motocross Nationals
Wild Rose MX Park – Calgary, Alberta
June 17, 2012
Round 3 of 9
MX1 Pro Class (Moto Finish)
1. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, New York, Yamaha (2-1) 2. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Florida, Kawasaki (1-2) 3. Colton Facciotti, St. Thomas, Ontario, KTM (3-3) 4. Tyler Medaglia, Kemptville, Ontario, Honda (4-5) 5. Dusty Klatt, Campbell River, British Columbia, KTM (6-4 6. Tyler Villopoto, Poulsbo, Washington, Kawasaki (5-6) 7. Jason Burke, Hamilton, Ontario, Honda (11-7) 8. George De Graaf, Coalhurst, Alberta, Kawasaki (12-8) 9. Brock Hoyer, Williams Lake, British Columbia, Kawasaki (10-11) 10. Gavin Gracyk, Blissfield, Ohio, Kawasaki (9-12) 11. Morgan Burger, Nampa, Idaho, Kawasaki (8-14) 17. 12. Shawn Robinson, Gatineau, Quebec, Yamaha (17-9) 13. Jared Stock, Medicine Hat, Alberta Yamaha (18-10) 14. Shawn Maffenbeier, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Yamaha (7-38) 15. Todd Sewell, Calgary, Alberta, Yamaha (14-16) 16. Tyler Rayner, Willsonville, Ontario, Kawasaki (30-13) 17. Bryar Perry, Woodland, California, Kawasaki (13-24) 18. Riley Brough, Kaysville, Utah, Kawasaki (20-15) 19. PJ Stratton, Whitecourt, Alberta, Honda (15-37) 20. Jaromir Romancik, Czech Republic, Kawasaki (16-39)
MX1 Pro Class Championship Standings
1. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Florida, Kawasaki – 147 2. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, New York, Yamaha – 125 3. Tyler Medaglia, Kemptville, Ontario, Honda – 106 4. Colton Facciotti, St. Thomas, Ontario, KTM – 106 5. Tyler Villopoto, Poulsbo, Washington, Kawasaki – 90 6. Dusty Klatt, Campbell River, British Columbia, KTM – 88 7. Gavin Gracyk, Blissfield, Ohio, Kawasaki – 72 8. Morgan Burger, Nampa, Idaho, Kawasaki – 60 9. Brock Hoyer, Williams Lake, British Columbia, Kawasaki – 60 10. Jason Burke, Hamilton, Ontario, Honda – 56 11. Kyle Keast, Lindsay, Ontario, Yamaha – 54 12. Shawn Robinson, Gatineau, Quebec, Yamaha – 40 13. Jaromir Romancik, Czech Republic, Kawasaki – 38 14. Shawn Maffenbeier, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Yamaha - 35 15. PJ Stratton, Whitecourt, Alberta, Honda – 32 16. Josh Allen, Kamloops, British Columbia, Kawasaki – 30 17. George De Graaf, Coalhurst, Alberta, Kawasaki – 22 18. Jared Stock, Medicine Hat, Alberta Yamaha – 21 19. Kyle McGlynn, Wembley, Alberta, Yamaha – 21 20. Bryar Perry, Woodland, California, Kawasaki - 20
MX2 Pro Class (Moto Finish)
1. Teddy Maier, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki (1-1) 2. Jeremy Medaglia, Kemptville, Ontario, KTM (2-2) 3. Brad Nauditt, Spokane, Washington, Honda (4-4) 4. Spencer Knowles, New Westminster, British Columbia, Yamaha (8-3) 5. Jared Allison, Delburne, Alberta, Yamaha (5-7) 6. Parker Allison, Delburne, Alberta, Yamaha (7-8) 7. Ross Johnson,Tenino, Washington, Suzuki (12-6) 8. Richard Grey, Keswick, Ontario, Yamaha (9-10) 9. Keytan Meston, Calgary, Alberta, Honda (11-9) 10. Kyle Beaton, Surrey, British Columbia, Kawasaki (3-28) 11. David Gassin, Arnold, California, Honda (10-15) 12. Dylan Kaelin, Grand Bend, Ontario, Yamaha (39-5) 13. Topher Ingalls, Templeton, California, Honda (6-32) 14. Cody Woodworth, Palmer, Alaska, Yamaha (17-11) 15. Trae Franklin ,Fort St. John, British Columbia, Honda (18-13) 16. Zach Deiana, Coleville, Saskatchewan, Suzuki (14-17) 17. Matthew Davenport, Fort St. John, British Columbia, Honda (13-34) 18. Josh Pfrimmer, Carman, Manitoba, Kawasaki (20-14) 19. Kevin Lepp ,Abbotsford, British Columbia, Honda (11-37) 20. Jared Petruska, Calgary, Alberta, Kawasaki (15-41)
MX2 Pro Class Championship Standings
1. Teddy Maier, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki – 139 2. Jeremy Medaglia, Kemptville, Ontario, KTM – 122 3. Kyle Beaton, Surrey, British Columbia, Kawasaki – 93 4. Jared Allison, Delburne, Alberta, Yamaha – 92 5. Brad Nauditt, Spokane, Washington, Honda – 89 6. Ross Johnson,Tenino, Washington, Suzuki – 78 7. Parker Allison, Delburne, Alberta, Yamaha – 76 8. Topher Ingalls, Templeton, California, Honda – 73 9. Spencer Knowles, New Westminster, British Columbia, Yamaha – 70 10. Dylan Kaelin, Grand Bend, Ontario, Yamaha – 62 11. Richard Grey, Keswick, Ontario, Yamaha – 57 12. Keylan Meston, Calgary, Alberta, Honda – 44 13. Zach Deiana, Coleville, Saskatchewan, Suzuki – 37 14. Cody Woodworth, Palmer, Alaska, Yamaha – 36 15. Trae Franklin, Fort St John, British Columbia, Honda – 29 16. Eric Jeffery, Oshawa, Ontario, Kawasaki – 29 17. David Gassin, Arnold, California, Honda – 25 18. Jared Petruska, Calgary, Alberta, Kawasaki – 23 19. Nicky Beatty, Wyoming, Ontario, Yamaha – 22 20. Ryan Abrigo, Sultan, Washington, Honda – 21