Villopoto scores breakthrough moto win at new round on the circuit
Kamloops, BC(July30, 2013) Returning to the national circuit after an over ten year hiatus, the Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals made it’s stop at the sandy Deschambault facility, west of Quebec City. For all the riders it was a chance to check out a new track and excitement was high coming into the weekend.
Starting off with MX2, Tyler Villopoto was riding a wave of new found confidence after a solid placing the week before at Sand Del Lee and he put it to good use as he got a good start in moto one, made his way into the lead on the opening lap and led the entire race to take his first ever Canadian National moto win. It was a huge relief for the Washington native as a season that had been a struggle was suddenly righted and his potential was finally able to show through. Combined with a seventh in moto two, Villopoto finished second overall on the day for his first overall podium finish.
Villopoto was understandably happy with how his day went, “I was excited going into it, and I just wanted to have the same attitude as last weekend – to just have fun. That’s when I’m at my best. I got a good start in the first moto, in second and managed to get into the lead on the first lap and just led every lap after that. It was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders and felt so good to repay all the support everyone on the team has shown me this year, even when I was struggling.
The second moto went well, as well. Not as good of start – Got into a little scuffle in the first turn with Blake Savage and was way back but I worked my way up to 7th. I was trying to make a push into the top 5 but I bent my shifter so I settled for 7th and second overall on the day which was awesome.”
Things didn’t go as well for point’s leader, Austin Politelli, who came into the weekend nursing a sickness and just tried to get through the day. In the first moto, he worked his way up to second before falling and in the second moto he again found himself working through the pack, where he would finish eighth by the checkered flag.
In MX1, both Brett Metcalfe and Teddy Maier also found themselves dealing with sickness coming into the race but it didn’t deter them from both finding the podium. For Metcalfe, the point’s leader conserved energy in the opening moto, working his way up to third by moto’s end. With the first moto out of the way, Metcalfe then put in a hard effort in moto two to grab the lead and the moto win, good enough for second overall on the day. Considering his illness, Metcalfe was happy with how his day went: “I think today, coming into Deschambault, being a new track on the circuit, everyone was really excited. Me, I was excited, being that it was kind of a sand track again and having some hills and elevation. It was really fun; the whole atmosphere of coming here to Quebec was enjoyable. There were a lot of fans, it had a complete European feel to it – it felt like I was at a GP today so it was enjoyable. The team did a phenomenal job today.
I was sick coming into today so the first moto, I kind of put it on cruise mode – I wasn’t sure where I was going to be, energy wise, so I just took it easy the first moto, got up into third and got points on the guys that I needed to for this championship.
Then the last moto – once I got that first moto out of the way, you could kind of see that light at the end of the tunnel so I really wanted to get that win in the second moto. I was flowing the track well and I got the win so I’m happy with that.”
Joining his teammate, Metcalfe, on the podium was Teddy Maier, who rode strong all day to grab third overall with 2-3 moto scores. Maier pushed moto winner, Jeremy Medaglia, hard all moto one despite suffering from a sinus infection and again in moto two, the Iowa native was pushing hard, going for the win before settling for third in the moto and overall.
With Deschambault wrapped up, the series now moves farther east to the Maritime round at the Riverglade MX track, near Moncton, New Brunswick. For more information on the Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross series, visit www.cmrcracing.com
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