Paul Carpenter Takes His First Win of the Season in Edmonton, Canada
Paul Carpenter scored his first win of the 2009 Monster Energy Motocross Nationals at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton this weekend. The Monster Energy Cernic’s Kawasaki rider rode to a third place in moto one and easily won the second moto for the overall win. Bobby Kiniry earned a fourth overall and Jack Carpenter finished in sixteenth after some hard crashes.
Each of the Monster Energy Cernic’s Kawasaki riders had problems in the first MX1 moto. Bobby Kiniry got a great jump out of the starting gate but he was quickly dropped back in the pack when he missed a shift. Jack Carpenter shot out of the gate as well and rounded the first turn inside the top five. However, two hard crashes sent Jack to the pits early to prepare for the second moto. Paul ended up with a decent start inside the top ten but received damage to his goggles from a rock on the first lap. Despite the vision problems he managed to work his way into third position at the end of the moto as Kiniry battled through the pack to secure a very respectable fifth place.
The second moto saw all three riders start inside the top ten with Paul Carpenter and Kiniry leading the way in the top five. Kiniry quickly moved into second position but bad luck struck again when his shift lever broke on the second lap. Even though he struggled with the broken shifter Kiniry still crossed the finish line in fourth place, while Jack Carpenter was still not 100% and finished in fourteenth. Meanwhile, Paul worked his way into second position early in the race and set his sights on the
leader. Paul latched onto the leader’s back wheel and made the pass for the lead around the halfway point of the race. He continued to ride strong and distanced himself from the rest of the riders to secure his first moto win of the season.
“I’m so happy to get this win,” exclaimed Paul after the win. “The whole team has been working really hard and we thought the win would come sooner. Hopefully we can carry this momentum to the next rounds and close the point’s gap.
The Monster Energy Cernic’s Kawasaki Racing Team will travel to Shadow Valley Raceway in Morden, MB on June 27-28 2009 for round four of the CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals. Visit the www.cernicskawasaki.com website and community for team news and updates.