Round 8 of the Rockstar Energy Drink Pro Nationals was held in Moncton NB at the iconic Riverglade MX track.  Weather wise was perfect for the weekend resulting in a large crowd of eager maritimers to watch the intense battles.

Shawn Maffenbeier came in with a 21 point advantage and the coveted red plate as the series points leader in MX2.  Jess Pettis fresh off his overall win last weekend was ready to back that performance up to prove it was no fluke, and continue his climb in the point standings after missing 2.5 rounds with his broken collarbone.  Hayden Halstead sitting 10th in points needed to finish off the season strong as there are positions in front within his grasp.

The day started off with qualifying an almost mirror image of last weekend with Shawn and Jess going 1-2 with only .05 seconds separating them.  Hayden getting better at the 1 fast lap qualifying system would round out the top 10 with 10th.

Moto 1 saw the due of Shawn and Jess quickly into the lead and setting the pace as they ran 1-2 with Shawn leading the way.  They would run comfortably all moto that way as they and Jacob Hayes from Monster Energy Alpinestars Kawasaki in 3rd pulled away from the rest of the field.  That is the way the moto would finish with the bLUcRU taking the top 2 spots and Hayden rounding out the top 10 in 10th.

Moto 2 was almost a carbon copy with the teammates out front but in reverse order as Jess had claimed the holeshot.  Hayes was again in 3rd and the 3 of them repeated the first moto as they began to disappear from the pack.  Jess and Shawn put on a show as they jockeyed for the lead.  Eventually Shawn would pull up beside Jess and take the lead for good.  Hayden had started 10th and made a couple of passes to finish 8th.  Again the duo would land a 1-2 punch with Shawn holding off Jess for the win.

Shawn would have nearly a perfect day qualifying first and winning both motos to extend his points lead to 46.   Jess with another great weekend with solid 2-2 scores for second overall would boost him to 7th overall in the championship.  Hayden would log 10-8 finishes for 8th overall and has him solidly in 10th for the year but with 2 more weekends to go 7th is within his grasp and the goal.

The team heads to Quebec for the second to last round with a lot of momentum and looks to keep the train rolling and the red plate within our possession.  The duo have captured 6 out of the 8 overall wins between them so far this season.

All Photos: James Lissimore