Tuesday, August 18, 2009

We are the Champions!

Teddy Maier is your 2009 Monster Energy CMRC Champion!
Whew, we finally made it. Things were tense as Teddy came into the final round with a 28 point lead. It was enough that you could breath a little easier but not enough that you could relax and expect that things were in the bag. I think I saw Pat double and triple check every part on the bike before the first moto. It was such a relief when he got into second in the first moto and rode it out for the championship. I know how hard Teddy has worked the last couple of seasons as he rode up here in Canada and it's great to finally see him rewarded for all the effort. The Number One sure looks good on his bike!
Brock also had a pretty good day as he had his best ever non-mud finish with a 6th overall on the day. It propelled him into seventh overall so that's a great improvement over last season. I'm sure if he didn't get taken out in the first turn at Kamloops and injure his arm he would have been even higher up the standings. He even decided to ride his 450 on sunday and qualified 10th. That's pretty impressive for a completely stock bike. He didn't end up racing the MX1 class but it shows that he's got a great future in either class.
I felt bad for Nick Evennou, he works really hard but always seems to have something go wrong. This time he got a flat tire while running 3rd in the second moto. Still, he had his share of podiums this year and was a definite improvement over last season. He finished just behind Brock at eighth in the standings, a big improvment over last year.
Now it's off to the Montreal SX for Teddy and Brock. Teddy will be racing a 450 while Brock will be racing a 250 in the All Canadian MX2 class.
Here's a few photos from Walton:
James Lissimore Photos
Teddy in second in the first moto

Brock rode to 6th in moto one

Pat and Teddy celebrate their MX2 Championship

Nick ran strong in the second moto before he suffered a flat tire.

Brock Hoyer battles with a pair of Allisons during moto 2.

Teddy ran in third in moto 2

Nick Evennou

Teddy debutes his new number 1 jersey

Teddy's new number 1 plate

The 2009 MX2 Championship podium

Pat bolts on the new number 1 plate

Teddy debuts his new number

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sand Del Lee

Teddy extended his points lead again this past weekend at Sand Del Lee
Though it seems like just yesterday we were in Kamloops for the kickoff of the 2009 CMRC season, this past weekend we were in Ottawa, Ontario for the second to last round of the season at Sand Del Lee MX park. Though you never want to jinx things, it's looking really good for Teddy as he stretched his lead again atop the MX2 leaderboard with a safe 4th overall. He battled in the lead pack through both motos and was apart of one of the most exciting races we've seen all season.
Now, we've got one race left to go and Teddy's got a 28 point lead. He's worked extremely hard all season so it's great that he's in this position. With all three riders in the top 10 in points it's been a satisfying season for everyone and a great payback for the sponsors who have been behind this team.
Now, everyone is off to Walton in South West Ontario for the grand finale of the season. It's been a great year and hopefully things can build for 2010.
James Lissimore Photos:
Nick Evennou

Teddy Maier

Brock Hoyer








Hoyer grabbed the second moto holeshot


Nick's dad gives Brock a helping hand

Monday, August 3, 2009

Winning in Moncton

Teddy took his fourth moto win of the season at Moncton

The series came all the way out to the east coast this weekend for the scenic River Glade National in Moncton, New Brunswick. After last weekend's horrendous mud fest everyone just wanted to forget about the nastiness and move on but Friday we were greeted to another big downpour which brought back a little deja vu as the mechanics tore the bikes apart from the weekend before. Luckily the rain was gone as Saturday morning dawned sunny and nice and by the time the bikes hit the track for practice the conditions were almost perfect.

Moto One was great and a bit of a continuation from last weekend as there were two Leading Edge bikes on the podium again! This time Teddy ran down the competition after a bad start and took the lead and the win unchallenged. He is just on another level from his competition right now and his confidence is growing with every race. To cap things off, Nick finished a strong third to make two straight third places for him. The only down side was Brock took a rock to the knee that injured him but he soldiered on for tenth place.

The second moto again saw Teddy get a bad start, which is rare these days but he put his head down and charged hard again. This time he managed to get up to third, which was enough to give him the overall win and another couple points on his rival, Eric Nye, for the title with only two more rounds to go. Now his lead sits at 19. Nick was also in a podium position in the moto, sitting 4th when he crashed hard. He was able to remount to finish tenth but later went to the hospital to have his injured kidney checked out. Luckily it is only bruised and he should be able to race this weekend. Brock toughed out his injured knee and pulled off a ninth, which gave him 8th overall.

This week, Nick and Brock will be staying out in New Brunswick to continue practicing for next weekend's race at Sand Del Lee in Ontario while Teddy flew home to Iowa to continue his preparation there.

Here's a few photos from the weekend:

James Lissimore photos

This is what Brock's bike looked like after last weekend's mud fest in Quebec

Luc "Frenchie" Cahouette looks at his bucket of bolts that used to be a KX250F

Pat O'Connor made a bet with Brock last week, betting that if Brock finished top 2 he could cut his hair. Well he did and at Moncton Brock got to work.

His "Chuck Liddell" hair cut is what he came up with

Greg Small also got in on the bet and the terms were that he had to score points in the moto. Well, he pulled off after two laps so he also got the clippers.

Pat "Liddell" cheers on his rider

Nick gets ready to head out

Brock tears up the loamy soil

Teddy was quickest in the morning practice session

Nick finished a solid 3rd in the first moto

Teddy had to work back from a sub par start


Brock hurt his knee but still finished tenth

Teddy topped the podium at Moncton with his second overall win of the season

Teddy gets some TV time in front of the characteristically large Moncton crowd

Nick gets his time in front of the lens

Two Leading Edge bikes on the podium for the second straight week