Once again the team kicked off 2 full days of racing as Saturday was Round #2 of the Women’s East Nationals, and Sunday would be Round #6 for the men in Notre-Dame-Du-BonConseil.  The facility received a ton of rain Friday night leaving the track very soft and technical for the amateur riders and women’s national.

Kennedy Lutz once again put on a display of riding that left many scratching their heads as to where she would finish if she lined up for Pro MX2 on Sunday.   While her main competitor suffered an injury in practice on the Friday, it left Kennedy unchallenged as she took very convincing 1-1 moto scores again this weekend.  The 17 year old is extremely mature and seasoned and is impressing everyone on the east coast that is getting their first chance to see the speedster ride.   With a two week break in the women’s nationals and a 12 point lead, Lutz will head south to compete at Lorretta Lynn’s in the women 14+ class in the American Amateur Nationals before racing the final two rounds in Canada.
Sunday morning saw the track to be in great shape after some minor tweaks and sunshine for the guys to hit the track.  The usual suspects were again the ones setting the fast laps and looked like it would be a 4-5 rider fight for the top of the box.  Maffenbeier asserted himself with a 3rd overall in qualifying while Halstead would be just outside the top 10 in 12th.
Moto 1 saw Maffenbeier again with a great start as he rounded the first corner in second.  He quickly made the pass for the lead by corner number 2.   Halstead would be buried mid pack and set to put his head down and charge.  Shawn would relinquish the lead as he landed from a large double jump into the corner and landed on the rear brake stalling the bike.  Allowing only KTM mounted Josh Osby to get by the two then freight trained around the track for the remaining 8 laps as they cut through lapped riders.   Hayden continued to fight moving himself all the way upto 7th.  In the final laps a medic cross flag was thrown on the double after the finish line for a downed rider, Osby cleared the jump and would be later docked 5 positions moving everyone up one spot and giving Shawn the moto 1 win.   In behind the leaders class leader Cole Thompson would come together with Jacob Hayes from the Monster Energy Kawasaki team leaving Cole on the ground with a dislocated thumb and a DNF for moto 1.    That would leave Maffenbeier just 10 points back in the championship heading into moto 2.
Moto 2 saw a huge pileup of riders on the start, both MX101 riders were able to get through unscathed and finished lap 1 with Shawn in 3rd and Hayden 14th.   Shawn moved his way past and into 2nd and put the hammer down to track down Osby for the lead.  He was able to cut the gap and began working for the remaining 6 laps on a line around Osby.   The 2 were side by side many times with Osby using great defense to keep the Yamaha rider at bay.   Hayden had a very scary moment half way through the moto when he mistimed the rhythm section and crashed violently.  He quickly remounted and continued on and actually re passed the riders that had gone by him in the crash.   He would finish 14th in moto 2 which was good enough for 10th overall.  The crash was big enough that upon inspection after the race it was determined that he had indeed broken the motorcycle frame/subframe and FMF exhaust in the crash.   He would be rewarded for his determination of continuing on after such a big get off with a 10th overall.  Shawn would play it smart and take his 1-2 moto finishes for the overall and making up 38 points on Thompson who soldiered out a remarkable 7th in moto 2 with his injury.   Leaving Shawn in 2nd in the championship chase just 2 points behind with 4 weekends of racing to go.
The team heads out to the East coast in Truro NS for the next round and has all 3 riders in the top 10 in points with the possibility of Jess Pettis returning this weekend after his collarbone break in round #4 in Regina.