Riverside, CA (April 22, 2009) – Monster Energy Cernic’s Kawasaki rider Paul Carpenter raced to an eighth place at round fifteen of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. Carpenter secured his best finish of the season in front of 50,016 fans at Seattle, Washington’s Qwest Field. The top ten finish moves him into sixteenth position in the series, despite missing points in five rounds due to injury.
Carpenter and teammate Bobby Kiniry rode well in their qualifying practices and each set some pretty fast lap times. However, towards the end of the final practice session, Kiniry injured his ribs after crashing with another rider. Despite the pain, he qualified for the evening program in nineteenth, with Carpenter qualifying with the eleventh fastest time.
Kiniry struggled with pain throughout his heat race and failed to qualify for the Main Event. Carpenter got a decent start in his heat race and qualified with an eighth place finish to transfer to the Main Event. He rounded the first turn of the Main Event in a mid-pack position and mounted a strong charge on a quickly deteriorating track. He charged forward and passed many riders as he continued to ride strong on the rutted track. At the end of the race, Carpenter was only passed by the two championship contenders to finish in his eighth place position.
“Tonight was a pretty good night,” explained Carpenter. “The track was getting pretty beat up so I just wanted to stay consistent and everything worked out. I’m getting stronger each week and I’m almost back to one-hundred percent now so I’m feeling good entering these last two rounds”
The Monster Energy Cernic’s Kawasaki Racing Team will travel to Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday, April 25, 2009.