Metcalfe, Politelli sweep the MX1 and MX2 classes; Maier also on podium in MX1
Kamloops, BC(June 10, 2013) This past Sunday marked the second round of the 2013 Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals and coming off a solid debut weekend the week before, the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team was looking to step it up to the next level at their hometown race and they certainly delivered and then some.
Already wearing the red number plates of the points leader, coming off his overall win the week before, Austin Politelli limped into the race nursing his cut knee he sustained at Nanaimo and despite being unable to practice the during the week he picked right back up where he left off, dominating the MX2 class as the top qualifier and taking both moto wins to extend his lead atop the MX2 standings.
Politelli was pretty happy about how his day went: “My day went awesome! In practice I qualified first so I was pumped for that, especially with my leg because I didn’t ride at all this week, but it was a good day. I went 1-1 and felt smooth – the bike was good and everything was awesome.”
With Politelli dominating the MX2 class, it was Brett Metcalfe’s turn to do the same in MX1 as he got out front early in moto one and after a spirited battle with Colton Facciotti, would end up opening up a solid lead after Facciotti went down to take his first Canadian moto win. The second moto brought more of the same as he passed early leader, Tyler Medaglia to take his second moto win and first overall victory as a member of the Leading Edge team.
Metcalfe was quite impressed with how things went: “I thought it was good. From last week we went back and we did a lot of work and I had a really good day of testing. We made quite a few changes and I felt a lot more comfortable.
First moto, I got a good start and I was able to get into the lead on, I think, the first lap. I was just being patient, waiting for the track to kind of break in and then Colton(Facciotti) was right on me. He tried to make a move and I could see the way that he was riding – he was wanting to do something, so right then and there when he did that I picked it up and I was like, “OK, it’s time to go” and then that lap he went down. For a while I didn’t know he went down – I just put my head down and went for it, and then realized what had happened. From there I pulled a pretty big lead and rode it out from there.”
Metcalfe’s clean sweep on the day moved him into the points lead atop the MX1 standings and he will join his teammate, Politelli, as the red plate wearer for next week’s race in Calgary.
Joining Metcalfe on the podium was Teddy Maier, as the 2-time MX2 Champion grabbed third overall on the day, despite hitting the downed Facciotti in the first moto and going down. “Tyler(Medaglia) went to the right and I went to the left and I was already committed and carrying speed. I landed right into him, went over the bars, hit my head and knocked the wind out of myself… jammed my thumb a bit – kind of got beat up a little bit. I took off and rode my butt off and I got off the track, you know the checkered flag, and thought I must have got top 5 and then they waved me to the podium. I was thinking, “There ain’t no way I got third!” So, I was pretty happy getting third after crashing, you know with how stacked the field is.”
Despite coming into the race pretty banged up from the week before, Tyler Villopoto looked to bounce back in the MX2 class and even another crash in practice and a tip over in the first turn of moto one couldn’t keep Villopoto from gutting out 11-6 moto finishes and building on what’s been a trying season so far. “My back and my body were pretty sore but I just tried to get a decent finish and build a base and I got a 6th in moto two. At the end of the day, I’m just happy to be in one piece and looking forward to getting to the next weekend.”
With the team sporting the points lead in both classes, they now turn their focus to next week’s race at Wild Rose MX, in the heart of the city of Calgary, Alberta.
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The team wants to give a huge thanks to all their sponsors who are making their 2013 Canadian season possible. We can’t do it without you!
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