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Bel-Ray and BBMX Win Big in Toronto

March, 2008

March 31, 2008–The Bel-Ray sponsored DNA Energy/ BTO Sports Butler Brothers MX Team may not seem like a greedy bunch, but they sure acted that way with regard to the lites-class podium spots at Rogers Centre in Toronto this weekend. All three top positions were filled with BBMX riders.

The weekend’s race was a non-AMA event, but that didn’t stop a huge contingent of local Canadian talent and AMA regulars from lining the starting gate in hopes of an upset win. As it turns out, both heat races and the main event were dominated by the BBMX team.

In the main, Canadian rider Ryan Smith nailed the holeshot but couldn’t keep the pace. The BBMX trio of Kyle Cunningham, Matt Boni and Shaun Skinner soon swept past to lead the race. However, Cunningham, who had posted the fastest lap times of the evening, tangled with a track marker on lap two and went down. The mistake set him back in the pack, and the gutsy Bel-Ray rider had to dig deep and ride hard from that point on. After Cunningham’s mishap, BBMX rider Shaun Skinner found the lead and rode a mistake-free race to the checkered flag. He was followed across the line by Boni, no stranger to podium finishes himself. Cunningham put his blazing speed to good use and found the final podium spot, completing the BBMX sweep. Bel-Ray’s BBMX rider Kyle Keylon took 8th- place.

Of his first win, Skinner said, “That was a long race. I rode smart and smooth tonight. I tried to find a good line and keep moving forward. Our team swept the podium tonight, so we are really happy.”

Although Bel-Ray has seen podium sweeps before, the finishing order marks several firsts in team history: Skinner’s first win, the first BBMX podium sweep, and the first time 4 BBMX riders have placed inside the top 8.

All three podium finishers were quick to thank Bel-Ray Total Performance Lubricants for their part in BBMX’s success. The DNA Energy/ BTO Sports Butler Brothers MX team uses Bel-Ray lubricants exclusively, including Bel-Ray Thumper 4-Stroke Racing Motor Oil, Bel-Ray Foam Filter Oil and Bel-Ray Super Clean Chain Lube.

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