Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki Continues to Prevail Despite Up and Down Day at Sand Del Lee
Politelli takes fourth overall win near Nation’s capital
Kamloops, BC(July 23, 2013) The sixth round of the 2013 Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals made it’s traditional stop at Sand Del Lee, near Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, Ontario and with the team sporting the red number plate of points leader in both class, expectations were high as always for the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team.
After a crash with a lapper last weekend left him with off the podium, MX2 points leader, Austin Politelli was ready to put his misfortune behind him and return to the winner’s circle. Things started off well as he grabbed the number one qualifying spot but he got hit and went down in a first turn crash in moto one which forced him to come through the pack to place sixth by the checkered flag. Moto two worked out much better for the California native as he got a top five start, worked his way into the lead and grabbed the win. His 6-1 moto finishes were good enough to give him his fourth overall win of the season and extend his points lead out to thirty-four points with three rounds remaining.
Fellow MX2 rider, Tyler Villopoto, was finally starting to recover from the illness that plagued him through much of the early season and he grabbed sixth overall on the strength of 4-8 moto finishes. Villopoto was happy to start turning things around, “I definitely had the best day I’ve had so far this year. The season didn’t exactly go the way I expected or hoped it would go but I’m trying to get the train back on the tracks.
This weekend I qualified second fastest – it felt really good, and I really just focused on trying to get through the day and just be smart about it. I had a good first moto. Second moto I fell in the first turn - got into a pileup with some people and ended up having to battle from last up to eighth place, which was good. I’m pleased with my day and looking to build on it.”
Controversy surrounded the MX1 class as both Brett Metcalfe and Teddy Maier pushed their way into podium positions in moto one – for Metcalfe, the series points leader rode hard to recover from a first turn crash to ride all the way to second, only to see both riders penalized ten positions for jumping on a red cross flag. Understandably, neither rider was happy with the decision.
Metcalfe certainly wasn’t impressed with the outcome but happy with how he rode: “Yeah, I thought today was pretty successful. The track turned out really nice for the motos. In the first moto I had a really good start and just unfortunately just got hung up with another rider and ended up going down and our bikes were tangled together. I had to start from way in the back. I charged really hard, I was feeling really good on the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki. I worked my way all the way back up to second, made a couple passes on the last lap so I was really pumped with that. Unfortunately, I had nintentionally and completely unaware, jumped on a Red Cross flag so they took that away from me. We found out after the moto that I was docked 10 positions so in reality I’d finished 12th so I was really disappointed with that.
I just had to respond and get a good start for the second moto and win that moto and I was able to do that. I felt great on the track, riding aggressive. Actually had a crash part way through – tipped over but it didn’t matter. I was locked in and really wanted to win after the first moto saga so I’m happy.”
For Maier, sadly his day would not get better after the penalty. As a first turn crash left him with a bent up bike and he, in turn, crashed again and was pinned under his machine for quite a while, leaving him with a DNF. Certainly not what the two-time MX2 champion was hoping for and he had shown that his speed was much better than what the results had ended with.
The team now heads east to another sand track and the return of the Deschambault round to the National circuit as the series heads to the track near Quebec City for round seven of the series. For more information on the Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals, visit www.cmrcracing.com
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