Maffenbeier picking up speed

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Shawn Maffenbeier had another great weekend at the CMRC National Motorcross Races in Regina. After a mid-pack start he battled his Scharder Motors Yamaha through the pack finishing 14th in the first moto.

In the second moto again his Wmi motor was strong but could not get him the start he was looking for but his ProformX training and Crystal Fresh Water powered him to a 13th in the second moto, for a 13th overall for the day, moving him up to 18th place in the Canadian National series standings.

Shawn Maffenbeier had another great weekend at the CMRC National Motorcross Races in Regina. After a mid-pack start he battled his Scharder Motors Yamaha through the pack finishing 14th in the first moto.

In the second moto again his Wmi motor was strong but could not get him the start he was looking for but his ProformX training and Crystal Fresh Water powered him to a 13th in the second moto, for a 13th overall for the day, moving him up to 18th place in the Canadian National series standings.

Maffenbeier, 16, finished 21st in his first professional season last year. He says the experience should help him see some improved results this season.

"You just have to get out there and get familiar with everybody, just calm your nerves and become a fast guy.

The young rider has been training here in Swift Current.

"I have my trainer Todd Schumlick here and he is teaching me how to ride. I have been in California and just practicing everyday and training five days a week and that is pretty much it that is all you can do."

Maffenbeier hopes to make a career out of motocross but for now he has more modest goals.

"I think the biggest thing right now is to get noticed by companies like Yamaha and Kawasaki. They have all these teams and riders and once you start beating their riders then they kind of start to notice you. So the biggest thing is to get noticed and become one of the fastest guys."

Coach Schumlick, who has coached 10 of the past 12 national champions, says Maffenbeier has a lot of potential.

"Most of his strengths concentrate on his fitness and mentally he is a very positive kid. I think that it is his family and he has a real good upbringing and good values. Technically I think that he has just become a better and better rider over the past year."

Schumlick, who was born in North Battleford, gets together with Maffenbeier to train every few months. He believes that Maffenbeier can still improve a great deal.

"I think that Shawn has high potential and I am going to try and get him into a program where we are developing a team next year and I would definitely like to see him raise his level to a top 10 rider in Canada."

Organizations: Yamaha, CMRC National Motorcross Races, Canadian National

Geographic location: California, Regina, Swift Current North Battleford Canada

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