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Photo Gallery: Tillsonburg motocross

The Monster Energy Motocross Series was in Southwestern Ontario at the weekend.

Saturday’s relentless heat at Gopher Dunes Raceway near Tillsonburg was no match for the cool determination of the Monster Energy Leading Edge Thor Kawasaki MX team of Matt Goerke and Teddy Maier.

After four rounds in the west, the two Americans went into this race leading the Monster Energy Motocross National Championship race in the MX1 and MX2 classes.

In the MX1 class, Goerke from Lake Helen, Fla., used his sand experience to take total control of both motos with two wins. Even after a bad start in the first moto, he would take the lead early and continued to pull ahead of his rivals.

The dry heat would usually take its toll on the riders by the half-way mark of the 30-minute moto but for American Bobby Kiniry (Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha) and Canada’s Tyler Medaglia (Gopher Dunes Racing Troy Lee Designs Honda Powersports) there was no rest as they tried to stay close to Goerke, ready to pounce if he made any mistake on the rough sandy track.

The MX2 class featured closer racing, but Iowa native Teddy Maier continued his consistent performance and finished the two motos with a second and a first for the overall win. Quebec’s Kaven Benoit put in a suprising first and third finish for a second overall in his return to National racing after a severe knee injury suffered during a snowcross race this past winter delayed his progress at the start of the season.

The 2012 Monster Energy Motocross National Series continues its move east to St. Julie, Que., for Round 6 on July 22.