Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Not So Muddy Morden
Well, we're another round into the Monster Energy Canadian Nationals and this weekend the team was in Morden, Manitoba. Last year this place had one of the worst mud races ever and things weren't looking much better when everyone got up on Sunday morning. It was raining and the track was looking pretty mucky. Luckily, the rain stopped after practice and the track ended up being pretty good.
The team was definately looking for a better weekend than the up and down weekend at Gopher Dunes but it turned out to be another weekend of highs and lows. The riders are proving that they've got the speed to run up front but it's racing and anything can happen.
Teddy gutted out an amazing ride in the first mx2 moto. After going down in the first turn while battling for the holeshot, he got back on his bike with a left arm that was gushing blood and proceeded to blitz through the pack, going from a full lap down on everyone to finish 14th right behind his teammate Hoyer in 13th. If somehow Teddy were still to win the championship, that ride will be the reason why. With his arm bandaged up he went out and finished 4th in the second moto before heading to the hospital to get stiched up. Tough as nails doesn't begin to describe Teddy Maier.
Nick Evennou had a heart breaking day for sure. He ran up front both motos, even leading the second moto before having electrical issues with his bike. Not the way he wanted things to go but he handled it like a champ. If anything, this will give him even more motivation for next weekend in Regina.
Brock continues to have an up and down season. After finishing a respectable 13th in the first moto things were looking up for the friendly Williams Lake native but a first turn mishap saw him have to work his way up to 21st from last. Brock has so much potential, he's just on the verge of having a break through ride. He's had some great motos at Regina over the last few years so hopefully next weekend will see him prove what he's capable of.
Nick and Brock have stayed out in Manitoba for the week to train so look for some more photos on the blog this week as the riders get out and pound some laps at the local Manitoba tracks.
Here's some shots from Morden.....
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