Despite being ill the week leading up to the event, which meant he got no practice time in on his YZ450F, Kiniry arrived in Ste-Julie ready for action, qualifying with the fastest lap time under a hot blazing sun.
In the first moto, he got a lightning fast start that saw him run in second place until he stalled his bike over a jump. Although he lost valuable time getting back into the fray, he only gave up one position and still managed to finish the race in third place.
Kiniry nailed down another good start in the second moto, diving into the first turn in fifth place. He focused on what he had to do and punched his way into third, to then battle with archrival in the points chase, Matt Goerke. Four laps later Kiniry cleared the task and displaced Goerke from second place.
Goerke, however, had no intention to give up second place without making life difficult for Kiniry for awhile, but he was unable to match Kiniry’s speed, leaving Kiniry to pull away and great the checkered flag in second place behind frontrunner Dusty Klatt..
“You could say I was less than pleased with my first moto result. It was just one of those things. You look back and say how the heck did I end up doing that. I knew I had to redeem myself in the second moto if I was going to contain the damage and not lose any ground to Matt in the points, and by finishing ahead of him I was able to do that,” Kiniry said.
For Richard Grey, it was almost a replay of his teammate Kiniry’s first moto fate, stalling his bike while running in 10th place, after he got a mid-pack start.
Unlike Kiniry it took Grey attempt after attempt to refire his bike. By the time he did he found himself two laps down in last place. But he poured on the gas to pick off a few other riders to pilot his YZ250F into a 31st place finish.
In the second moto, Grey started way on the outside, and in a do-or-die drag race blasted his way into the first turn in fourth place. Two turns later he was in second place. He ran there for a number of laps until top contenders including Teddy Maier and Jeremy Medaglia pushed their way through.
Grey eventually settled into fifth place and defended that position until the end of the moto, taking home 12th overall on the day.
“Things looked good in the first moto, but after stalling my bike and not being able to get it started right away it turned out less than good. I regrouped between motos and decided to just go for it right off the start and at least try to get a top-five finish. And I’m happy to say it turned out that way, so not all was lost,” Grey said.
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