Shane Cuthbertson, the man who established himself as one of the premier riders in Canada, shifted his focus in 2010, from racing the entire CEC series, to only competing in the western rounds. It’s hard to keep a good man down, as the ever fierce competitor finished just off the podium after 4 rounds, in 4th E2, and 5th OA in the series. Going east, CGRT/Husaberg/Royal Distributing/Parts Canada’s, Ben Rego and Shane Cuthbertson filled the 4th and 5 positions overall in the series!!!
Immediately after the last western CEC, Shane began setting up a 2012 TE300 Husaberg, preparing for Xtinction II, where he would finish 7th, the 3rd of 3 Husaberg’s in the top 10. The following weekend, Shane accompanied Ben and Graham Jarvis to Everett Washington to ride the first of 3 US Endurocross events, where he won the Vet Am class.
Travelling to Boise Idaho, for the 2nd to last round, Shane again won the Vet class. At the final round in Los Vegas, he cemented 2 podiums, finishing the 3rd overall in both Open Am and Vet Am. By season end, the veteran rider had also won the Alberta CMA Pro title, and 2nd overall Expert in the Alberta Trails series.
Another addition to the team was Simcoe Ontario’s Jessie Grummett. He had ridden intermediate on a 125 for the first half of 2010, graduating to the Pro class and a 250 for the fall half of the series in Ontario. Joining the team as a junior member, in CGRT’s effort to nurture and help young riders become competitive pros. The first CEC of the season greeted Jessie with hills and mud, either of which he had much experience with, and after a slow start, Jessie finished the series in 6th position Amateur A. In his home province of Ontario, as a first year Pro, Jessie improved, rode smart and finished a well earned 3rd OA in the WEC Ontario Cross Country Series.
Second year junior rider, Cole Dobovich of Provost Alberta, had worked hard in the offseason, and came into 2011 with high hopes. Riding his FX450, Cole had two poor rounds in the west CECs, and travelled east with a goal to improve his performance, and improve he did. Cole scored 2 wins and 2 2nds to win the Eastern 3ational Amateur A Championship and finished 3rd OA for the entire series. Cole made a great effort to improve his technical skills and worked very hard for his 17th place finish at Xtinction, which earned him the award for Top Junior of the
After missing the first round due to sickness, Lee Fryberger rode his FE 570 to second place Vet Pro. Fryberger kept himself busy assembling the second edition of Xtinction with Husaberg as title sponsor. Along with founding CGRT members Jay MacGregor and 3ick Riewe, the event grew, with growth in attendance in ridership of both days of competition, and growth in spectator attendance as well. The event attracted world class riders in Mike Brown, Graham Jarvis, Kyle Redmond, 3ick Fahringer and Bobby Prochnau, with Husaberg’s Graham Jarvis taking the win.
2011 has been a tremendous year for CGRT, and with out the support of KTM/Husaberg Canada, our goals, either individual or team, could not have been achieved. As well, CGRT would like to thank the following for their incredible support: Royal Distributing, Parts Canada, Thor, Alpinestar, Smith Optics, FMF, PG Graphics, Dunlop, Enduro Engineering, Ross Rocher Sales, A&E Racing and Marine, Kermaxx, Rekluse, UFA, and Xtreme Hot Oil.
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