Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki’s Jeremy Medaglia Powers Through the Elements in Regina
Kawasaki Finishes First and Third at Moto Valley Raceway
Kamloops, BC (June 24, 2014) In the prairies of Saskatchewan, Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki overcame Mother Nature and the competition as Jeremy Medaglia secured the team’s first overall win of the season in the MX2 class, on his KX250F. Rain all week left the Moto Valley MX park a mud fest on Saturday, but Medaglia soldiered through to take his first win of the season followed by Austin Politelli in third place. In the MX1 class, Teddy Maier pushed through the near un-rideable conditions to take sixth place, while Josh Hill elected to sit out the moto due to a crash he suffered during the week. The track conditions did not phase the Kawasaki KX™ machines but due to safety concerns, the second motos were cancelled.
After numerous thunder showers leading up to Round 4 of the CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals, Moto Valley Raceway was transformed into a muddy mess. The conditions made the start ever important and Medaglia made sure he jumped out front and concentrated on keeping his KX250F on two wheels. He somehow seemed to find smooth lines through the thick mud and took his first win of the season, lapping the field well into the top 10. “The start only had a few gates that were really dry so qualifying was key. I got a good start and put the pressure on the leader and he ended up going down. From there I just tried to stay out of the deep mud and had a pretty big gap at the checkers. It’s good to get a win before the break and I’m really excited to hit the east tracks where I know I’ll be at my best.”
Politelli took his time getting used to the slick, mud conditions which left him with a less than ideal gate pick for the first and only moto. He rounded the first turn in the thick of the pack, but immediately made passes and began to work his way forward. Politelli made his way into third position and soldiered through the finish on the podium. “I hadn’t rode mud in so long and didn’t feel that good in practice. I was way back on the start it seemed like, but I made some quick passes and worked up into third. I couldn’t afford to have another DNF so I made sure the bike made it through and was happy with third.”
After the MX2 class had torn up the track, more rain made the track conditions considerably worse for the MX1 class. Maier knew he just had to get through the day with some decent points and that’s exactly what he did. He got off to a top 10 start on his KX450F and tried to stay as smooth as possible to finish in sixth place. “This race was tough on the bike and body, so I’m just happy to get through it with some decent points. It was pretty ridiculous out there and you really just had to paddle your way around. We looked like Fred Flintstone out there and I think we only did 10 laps all day. I’m looking forward to the break and starting the second half of the series.”
With four of 10 rounds in the books, the CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals take a three-week break. The series will resume on July 12th at Gopher Dunes Raceway in Ontario. The deep sand track will favor Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki as Politelli and Medaglia look to made up 20 and 28 points, respectively, to the leaders in MX2, while Maier sits fourth and Hill fifth in the MX1 points standings.
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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