Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki Claims Double Canadian Championships for Second Straight Season
Metcalfe, Politelli are your 2013 Canadian National Motocross Champions
Kamloops, BC(August 22, 2013) The 2013 Monster Energy Canadian Motocross Nationals wrapped up this past weekend with the series finale at the scenic Walton Raceway in Walton, Ontario and with one title already wrapped up, things were looking good for the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team to sweep both titles for the second straight year and they didn’t disappoint.
With Brett Metcalfe already clinching the MX1 crown at the previous round in Moncton, it was Austin Politelli’s turn to grab the Number One plate and luckily for the California native, he was able to ride through a knee injury suffered in practice to take the first moto win and clinch his first title. The knee was bad enough that with the title wrapped up, Politelli elected not to ride the second moto.
Understandably, Austin was quite happy with his day: “Today went good - I got the championship. Well, it started off rough – I crashed in practice and messed my knee up. I rode the first moto, got the win and clinched the championship. Once I had the title clinched, I sat out the second moto – my knee is killing me right now but at least it’s the last round so it doesn’t really matter right now. I’m pumped to get my first professional championship!”
For Metcalfe, the pressure was off, but he still wanted to cap off his season with a win. Riding hard, he pushed for the lead both motos but ended the day with 2-5 moto finishes for fourth overall. The Australian would have like to have grabbed the win but he was pretty happy with his day and his season: “I think today went pretty well. In practice, I was feeling pretty comfortable. I qualified well – I was feeling good. Then, in the first moto, got an average start and then I moved up. The gap spread out really quick – it was tough to pass, hard to set something up and make moves, so I kind of got trapped. I worked my way up, got by Teddy for second but Cole(Thompson) was riding really well so I finished second.
In the second moto, I got another decent start and again, I was stuck in third and I finally got into second and I was right on Bobby(Kiniry) for the lead and I couldn’t make anything work. I was trying different lines – it was just so hard to make a move. Then, I kind of just made a silly mistake – pushing it too hard into a rut and the foot pegs dragged and I stalled the bike and lost positions. That was the moto done, really, right there. We went 2-5 on the day for fourth overall but the good thing was we got the championship and we’re celebrating here. It’s great for the team to win two championships this year.”
Teddy Maier finished off his season with 5-3 moto scores on the day. The 2012 MX2 Champion rode hard all day and was the fastest qualifier. Naturally, Maier hoped to be better but was happy with his riding: “Today went all right. I qualified first in practice – kept that streak going. I got the holeshot but Cole(Thompson) got by me right away. I was second for a long time and then Brett(Metcalfe) passed me with three laps to go. Then with the two lap board coming around my front wheel knifed into a rut and I went over the bars. Went down pretty hard and got back up and finished fifth. Kind of ruined my day there for a podium position.
The second moto, I didn’t get the best of starts but I came through, got my lines figured out and caught up to the lead pack. I stayed with them right to the end so it was a good way to end the season – knowing that I gave it everything I had and I was right there.”
Unfortunately for Tyler Villopoto, the MX2 rider had been riding a wave of momentum after two straight second place finishes in the series and a moto win but the Washington native suffered a practice crash the week before the race, injuring his ankle, and tried to ride but found himself unable to race.
With the season wrapped up, the team can’t thank all their crew members and sponsors enough for all the hard work making this happen. Winning both titles is hard work – winning them both over two consecutive years takes an extraordinary amount of work. We can’t thank everyone enough.
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The team wants to give a huge thanks to all their sponsors who made the 2013 Canadian season possible. We can’t do it without you!
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