June 2, 2015(Kamloops, BC) The Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki team kicked off their 2015 season this past weekend as the CMRC Canadian Motocross series debuted in the team’s hometown – Kamloops, British Columbia and after a great day of racing, emerged with the win and the red plate for the points leader with 2013 Champion, Brett Metcalfe, making a successful return to the Canadian series.
After being unable to defend his title in 2014 when he was tasked to fill in for the injured Ryan Villopoto in America, the Australian, Metcalfe, was back and worked hard to ensure he’d be able to add a second Canadian title to his collection. Right from the start of the day, he made sure that there was no doubt who the rider to beat would be, as he qualified Number One. Even a tip over in moto one wouldn’t derail his march to victory as he quickly worked his way into the lead to take the moto win. In moto two, he led every lap to make it a clean sweep and the overall win. Metcalfe is happy to be back in Canada and to start things off with a great day: “I’m excited to be back up here. The team and I have been working hard to get prepared and I’m glad everything went so well today. I know all the tracks now so it makes things a lot easier, I’m going to keep working hard and get back that Number One plate.”
The team’s other MX1 rider, two-time MX2 Champion, Teddy Maier, did not have a day to remember but showed a ton of speed as he qualified second behind his teammate but had to come from the back of the pack in both motos to finish 11th overall. Look for a bounce back ride from the Iowa native this weekend in Nanaimo.
Cole Martinez’s first ever Canadian National went well as he qualified 5th quickest and went on to log solid 4-4 finishes in MX2 for 4th overall. Cole enjoyed his first Canadian race: “It was good. The team was great and it was good to see how everything worked. I wanted to get through the first weekend but I know I can get in the mix now. I’m excited going forward.”
The team now heads west to scenic Vancouver Island for round two of the series as it makes its way to Nanaimo’s Wastelands MX track. For more information on the Canadian Motocross Nationals, visit www.cmrcracing.com
James Lissimore Photos
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