Politelli, Metcalfe perfect for second straight week
Kamloops, BC(June17, 2013) Rolling into the third round of the 2013 Monster Energy Canadian Motocross Nationals, the series made it’s traditional stop at Calgary, Alberta’s Wild Rose MX, right in the heart of the city. For the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team, excitement was high as the team came fresh off of a double class sweep the weekend before at their hometown race at Kamloops.
In MX2, Austin Politelli has been on a tear so far in 2013, winning 3 of the first 4 motos and it would be more of the same for the California native at Calgary as he rode away to another pair of wins and his third straight overall victory. Politelli was happy about how his day went, “It was an awesome day. First moto got out quick, but made a dumb mistake and fell over. I was able to work my way back up quickly. Second moto I got the holeshot, first one of the year so I was pumped on that. I sprinted like the first ten minutes or so, then I cruised.”
With the win, Politelli now sports a 31-point lead atop the MX2 standings.
For the MX1 class, it was more of the same for the Leading Edge team as points leader, Brett Metcalfe, got his first look at the Wild Rose circuit and he wasted no time getting acquainted with it. After taking the first moto win, he had his work cut out for him in moto two as he got stuck behind a downed rider on the first lap and dropped back to around 15th. Buried in the pack, Metcalfe put his head down and put in a charge towards the front, picking off riders until he was into the lead, where he held off Bobby Kiniry to take his fourth straight moto win and second overall victory.
Metcalfe felt good on the day: “I was about 5th or 6th off the start, but then going around turn three and into turn four, I went to follow Tyler Medaglia and he tipped over. It was really muddy, and his bike was kind of stuck between two ruts. So I just had to stop there and wait. That’s when I dropped a long way back, to 15th. It was not what I wanted, but it also was kind of cool to come back like that. I felt really good, felt aggressive. It was good to have that mindset back of attacking and riding hard.”
With another overall win in the books, Metcalfe is now firmly in control in the MX1 championship chase, as he stretched his lead out to 35 points.
Also in MX1, Teddy Maier came into Calgary looking for a second straight podium finish and things looked good for a repeat in moto one as he rode comfortably in second place before an errant rock left him unable to finish. Bouncing back for moto two he rode to third place and a spot on the moto two podium. Frustrated about not being able to join his teammate on the podium, Maier was still happy with his riding at Calgary: “I’ve struggled a bit with my setup this year but this weekend we made some good changes and I felt really good on the bike. It’s too bad about the first moto but I’m glad I could bounce back in moto two. With how good my Leading Edge Kawasaki is working right now I’m excited to get to Edmonton next weekend. I’ve always done really well there.”
Finally, the team’s fourth rider, Tyler Villopoto, came into the weekend extremely sick but decided to try and tough it out for points. The MX2 rider managed to gut out 15-14 moto finishes and is looking forward to feeling better for next weekend.
The series now heads north to another Alberta stop on the circuit as the series visits the capital city of Edmonton at Castrol Raceway next weekend. For more information on the Monster Energy Canadian Motocross series, visit www.cmrcracing.com
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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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