Maier and Hill Finish Top Five at Wild Rose MX Park
Kamloops, BC (June 16, 2014) Just outside downtown Calgary, Alberta, Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki outlasted the weather and competition to finish in the top five in MX1 on Sunday at Round 3 of the CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals. The day started off on the right foot as Austin Politelli walked away from the MX2 field in the first moto to take a dominating win with Jeremy Medaglia in sixth. In MX1, Teddy Maier followed up with another podium finish in third and finished fourth overall, while Josh Hill continued to be a title contender and finished fifth overall with a 5-4 moto score. Misfortune struck the team in the second MX2 moto as neither Politelli or Medaglia were able to score points and finished eighth and 12th overall, respectively.
Maier was anxious to get back on the gate in Calgary after feeling under the weather one week ago and got off to a top-five start in Moto 1. He wasted little time moving forward and sat in fourth place for most of the moto. In the last 10 minutes of the race, Maier put on a charge and passed into third, but had his hands full with his teammate and eventually crossed the finish line in the podium spot. In the second moto, Maier was on the rear wheel of his teammate Hill for most of the race and pushed forward to finish fifth. His 3-5 score left him with fourth overall. “The first moto was really good. I got a decent start and just worked my way forward to third. I need to work on sprinting at the beginning of the motos because by the time I get up to speed, I had lost touch with the leaders. We’ll work on that this week and be stronger in Regina.”
A third place finish in Nanaimo and a second place in Kamloops left Hill wanting to climb to the top step of the box at Round 3. He started the first moto within the top 10 and had his work cut out for him to get to the front. Undeterred, he picked off riders quickly and made his way to fifth place. In the closing laps, he dropped his lap times and made two quick passes to briefly take over third place, but a bobble a few turns later cost him two positions and he finished in fifth. A better start in the second moto allowed Hill to stay with the lead pack from the early stages of the race. He climbed to third place and battled for much of the moto to keep his position knowing Maier was close behind. At the checkered flag, Hill finished fourth in the moto and fifth overall, but remains third in the points standings. “I really liked the track here at Wild Rose. The course suit my style and I felt strong, but my starts were off which made it hard on me. I worked my way forward the best I could in both motos, but I’m bummed to be off the podium. I know I have the speed to be up front and won’t be fully content until I get a win.”
Politelli looked to be back in championship form on Sunday and proved that in the first moto by walking away from the field and taking his first moto win of the season. In the second moto, he started within the top five and began his assault for the front. By the second lap he was up into third place and was quickly catching the leaders. At the hallway point, Politelli had found the rear wheel of the leader and was looking for his spot to make a pass until disaster struck and he experience a bike issue that forced him to retire from the race. “Today would have been a 1-1 day for sure. I felt great all day and felt like I did last year. I had reeled in the leader before something went wrong with the bike. It’s frustrating, but I have to just look ahead and continue winning motos.”
After a podium finish last weekend, Medaglia continued to work hard with the team to get his setup dialed in. The first moto saw him start just inside the top 10 and immediately he made passes to get into fifth place. Once in fifth he continued to inch closer to the leaders and got right up on fourth place until a small mistake cost him some time and he dropped to finish sixth. Before the start of the second moto, Medaglia’s bike did not make it to staging in time and he was forced to take last gate pick. He got a great jump from the far outside gate and still rounded the first lap within the top 10. A crash while pushing forward twisted his bike up and he made a quick stop in the mechanics area before rejoining the race at the back of the back. Although he was unable to score any points in the moto, when the leader came around to lap him, he began to run a faster pace and passed the leader back to regain his lap. He finished the moto in 26th, but continues to show the speed to win. “This weekend was a tough one. The team and I continued to work on the bike and it is really coming along. We know I can be on the box each weekend and we’ll continue to work hard during the week to get back to where I want to be.”
Continuing Eastward across Canada, Round 4 brings Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki to Regina, Saskatchewan at Moto Valley Raceway next Sunday. Hill and Maier will look to return to the podium, while Politelli and Medaglia will be seeking redemption.
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The team has to give their sponsors a huge thanks for all their support. Without them their 2014 season wouldn’t be possible:
Monster Energy, Thor, Kawasaki, Parts Canada, Leading Edge Motorsports, Alpinestars, FMF, Renthal, Galfer Performance Braking Systems, Boyesen, Acerbis, Dunlop, D.I.D, Lime Nine, VP Fuels, Samco Hoses, C4MX, XTrig Racing Technology, Hinson Clutch Components, Mechanix Wear, Motorex, Matrix Concepts, Sunstar, K&N Oil Filters, All Balls Racing, Cometic Gasket, Kamloops Ford Lincoln, 100% Goggles, Stompgrip, Works Connection, Dubya Wheels, Sony Canada, Graeme Brough Suspension, DT1 Filters, Atlas Brace Technologies