Redemption Racing in Ottawa
After a rough weekend at Gopher Dunes CTR Motorsports battled through the intense heat at San Del Lee for Round 5 of the Canadian Rockstar Energy Triple Crown MX Tour. The Club MX, Traders Racing, and Redemption Racing team arrived at the country’s capital looking to make a statement once again in both the 250 and 450 Pro classes.
Josh Snider, founder of Redemption Racing, lead the Devotion/chapel service after the riders meeting. He continued speaking about our mental strength. That by the patterns of thoughts we allow in our mind, we give power to them in our life. For more depth on the topic, you can listen to the full audio recording here:
Qualifying in the 250 class saw both CTR riders Josh Osby and Jayce Pennington within the top 10 heading into Moto 1.
Moto 1 start saw Josh Osby get blocked by a down rider coming into the first corner. As Josh crossed the finish for the first lap, he sat in 25th position but kept pushing hard towards the front of the pack. Osby put his head down and charged which put him within the top 10 by the third lap. As the halfway board came out Osby was putting down lap times that would comparable to that of the Moto 1 leaders. Josh steadily pushed his YZ250F and made a crafty move on the last corner of the race to grasp 6th position. CTR Motorsports rider Jayce Pennington Moto 1 saw him round the finish for the first time in 15th position. Unfortunately early on during the race, Jayce had a downed rider in front of him on the long right hand sweeper. Ensuring to not hit the downed rider Jayce had no other option than to run over his bike, which ended up in Pennington getting pinched off the track, up and over the bars, where he landed in a muddy pond area. He was unable to continue, although he got back up, he ended up pulling in for a 40th place finish.
Moto 2 saw Josh Osby with a much more aggressive riding style. Running in 3rd position after the gate drop Josh would continue to charge. By the third lap Osby had made his way into 2nd position where he would ride incredibly strong, setting his fastest lap of the day. Osby would end up finishing just outside of the podium with a 4th place finish in Moto 2 as well as a 4th place overall for Round 5. Josh now sits in 7th in points for the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown MX Tour and looks to improve those results over the next 3 rounds. Jayce Penningtons Moto 2 would see him in 22nd position after the first lap after getting bottled up in the first turn. Jayce would then suffer from a minor eye issue and pulled into the mechanics area on lap 3. After resolving the issue Jayce reentered in 33rd position about a minute and a half behind the race leader. Despite the temperatures reaching 110F at San Del Lee, Jayce Pennington would not give up and still displayed his exceptional physical fitness. Jayce’s lap times were easily good enough to be in a top 10 finish, however unexpected issues occured. He would finish 40-17 for 22nd overall. We at CTR Motorsports are excited to see Jayce make an impact at Round 6 in Moncton, NB.
After a rough weekend at Gopher Dunes, Keylan Meston looked to rebound on the sand track at San Del Lee. Keylans first Moto would see him sitting in 12th after the start, quickly, by lap 4 Keylan was able to make his way into the top 10. Meston would run in 8th place until lap 13 where he would experience heat exhaustion. Seeing Mestons lap times drop by approximately 6 seconds it was evident Keylan was feeling the heat. His true grit and desire would ultimately allow him to finish in 9th place for Moto 1 against his bodies wishes. Recovering in an ice bath between Moto’s Keylan would start Moto 2 with an impressive 2nd place start, just missing the Holeshot Award. Meston would battle hard throughout the rest of the
Moto to finish in 8th. Keylan Meston would end up taking 8th overall which places him in 9th place in the series points.
CTR Motorsports rider Eric Jeffery came into Moto 1 looking to put his Hoosier tires and Ohlins suspension to use against the Ottawa track. Eric’s first moto started with a great inside gate pick, unfortunately though, a rider went down right in front of him resulting in a loss of time as he tried to avoid hitting the rider. Jeffrey’s first lap would show him in 27th position. Jefferys lap times continued to improve which allowed him to pilot his YZ450F into 20th by lap 4. The following lap would see Jeffery make a small bobble while overtaking a rider, causing him to go back to 33rd position. He pushed to make passes and finished the Moto in 25th, passing many of the same riders twice. During Moto 2 Eric would put in a very consistent ride where he would cross the checkers in 15th, taking the 17th overall for the day. Eric Jeffery looks forward to next weekend in Moncton as he has had some of his best career finishes on the Riverglade MX track.
We at CTR Motorsports wish the team all the best heading into Round 6 in Moncton, NB for the Canadian Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series.