Posted By: James Hanson
A rain-soaked weekend got Round 1 of the CMRC Motocross Nationals underway at The Wastelands in Nanaimo, BC on Sunday.
For Team Rockstar Energy Drinks/OTSFF/Motovan/Yamaha Canada’s MX1 veteran Bobby Kiniry and Richard Grey – making his MX2 Nationals debut for the team – it was a promising start to the season, in what was an afternoon of survival of the fittest.
Despite a less than promising start in the first MX2 moto, which saw Grey run around 30th place after one lap, he went full throttle on his potent YZ250F to make his way into the top five within a few laps. He installed himself in fourth place before the halfway mark and ran there the rest of the moto.
His super effort, however, went unrewarded when a rock destroyed his rear tire halfway through the last lap, effectively locking the wheel in place and forcing a frustrated Grey to park his bike.
“I wanted to push the bike to the finish line because I didn’t want to start off the season with a first moto DNF, but with the mud and all, and the tire destroyed, it was impossible,” said Grey. “It would have been a waste of energy, anyway, because I wouldn’t have scored any points and I wanted to be fresh for the second moto.”
In the second moto, Grey, bent on setting the record straight, pulled a top-five start from the very inside (30th gate pick), and worked his way up to third, only to suffer a slide-out on the slippery track about three-quarters of the way through the moto and drop back to eighth.
He then worked his way back up to fifth, but he went down in The Wasteland’s mud one more time on the last lap. Not one to throw in the towel, Grey dragged himself and his bike out of the slime and managed to still snare a tenth place at the finish line. He finished 16th overall on the day despite his first moto DNF
“Richard performed beyond expectations today and his results do not come close to showing how well he rode. I think he served notice to the established MX2 riders that he will be a rider to keep an eye on this season,” said team manager Iain Hayden.
Meanwhile, Kiniry came to a cloudy and rainy Nanaimo with a black cloud accompanying him from his home in the USA. His travel bag had been lost in transit by the airline, containing all his gear and parts needed for a competitive weekend. Thanks to Jim at Pro Circuit, who managed to get some parts and gear to the team at
the last minute, Kiniry started the first moto as if it was business as usual.
He grabbed a top-five start, which he quickly parlayed into third place, where he settled into a comfortable pace to ride unchallenged to the finish line.
In the second moto, Kiniry hammered down a second place start on his YZ450F but a slip and slide on lap three saw him lose one position. As in the first moto, he settled into third place and kept the rest of the freight train behind him till the checkered flag, finishing third overall on the day.
“It was an interesting way to start the season, to say the least. No gear, no spare parts, and dismal weather. But you gotta look past that and do the job you’re supposed to do and that’s race for the win,” said Kiniry. “I didn’t quite get there but with two third place finishes I managed to start the season on a positive note. And it was only one round out of nine. I think we did okay.”
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June 5th, 2012 | TAGS: Bobby Kiniry, CMRC Motocross Nationals, motocross, Motovan, MX, MX1, MX2, Nanaimo MX, Richard Grey, Rockstar, Rockstar Energy, Rockstar Energy Drink, Rockstar Energy OSFF Yamaha, The Wastelands