Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki Continues Podium Streak at Their Hometown National
June 13, 2014
Kamloops, BC (June 10, 2014) Round 2 of the CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals took place Sunday in the Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki team’s backyard, Whispering Pines Raceway in Kamloops, BC. Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki did not disappoint at their home track as Josh Hill put his KX™450F on the podium in both motos to finish second overall in MX1, while Jeremy Medaglia shined in MX2 to score his first podium of the season in third overall. Teddy Maier battled sickness to finish sixth in MX1 and Austin Politelli overcame bad luck in the first moto to finish seventh overall in MX2.
After an impressive Canadian debut, Hill continued to gain momentum in Kamloops. He got off to a great start in Moto 1 and wasted no time putting his Kawasaki up into second place. Hill continued to chip away at the leader for the 30-minute plus two lap race and set the fastest lap of the moto along the way. He crossed the finish in third place, but after the winner was docked five positions, Hill was awarded with second. In the second moto, the Oregon rider started in the top 10 and made a late moto pass into third to finish the day second overall. “I’m really happy with the day. I was able to chase down the leader in the first moto and came back from a not so good start in the second moto. It’s one step up the podium from last weekend and we’ll look to take the top step next week.”
Maier had to fight all day in Kamloops, with the track, the competition, and with a cold. Maier got a good start in Moto 1 and worked his way forward to finish fifth, later being awarded fourth place due to the winner’s penalty. The second moto saw Maier again start within the top 10 but as he moved through the pack, his cold got the best of him and he held on to finish eighth. His 4-8 moto score gave him sixth overall. “I felt pretty good the first moto and would have had a great start, but got stuck in the mud a bit and lost some spots. My little girl was sick this past week and I got it just before I left, so in the second moto I hit a wall and really just ran out of strength. We’ll regroup and be back next week.”
In MX2, Medaglia rebounded after a so-so start to the season to land on the podium in Kamloops. With a top-10 start, the Ontario native went to work and started picking his way towards the front. At the halfway mark, Medaglia made an aggressive move to take over second place. He chipped away at the leaders gap and finished a season high second place. Hungry for the win in Moto 2, Medaglia was in third place on the opening lap and moving forward before losing the front end and handing third place to his teammate Politelli. He kept his Kawasaki running and immediately worked to make up the time lost. Medaglia finished the moto in fifth place and scored third overall with his 2-5 score. “We rebounded well this weekend. First moto was good to finish second and I was in a good battle at the front in the second moto before tucking the front end. I only had three days on the bike before Round 1 and each time I’m on the bike it gets better and better. I didn’t lose any points on the leader today and there’s lots of racing left.”
The first moto got off to a rough start for Politelli as he managed to get a rock wedged in the front rotor on Lap 1 and dropped to the back of the pack. Once resolved, he did his best to come through the field and salvaged some points by finishing 16th. In the second moto, he got a sixth-place start and moved quickly into the top three. Around the 20-minute mark Politelli reeled in second place and made a clean pass, solidifying a podium finish for the defending champion. “The day was alright aside from the bad luck in the first moto. I felt really good the second moto and caught the leader towards the end. I know my speed is good so I just need to work hard this week and get back in the points.”
After two rounds, Hill leads Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki as he sits second in the MX1 points standings with Maier not far off in fourth place. In the MX2 class, Politelli and Medaglia are fourth and fifth, respectively, and look to move forward with each round. Next Sunday the CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals move to Round 3 at the picturesque Wild Rose MX Park that sits just outside downtown Calgary, Alberta.
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The team has to give their sponsors a huge thanks for all their support. Without them their 2014 season wouldn’t be possible:
Monster Energy, Thor, Kawasaki, Parts Canada, Leading Edge Motorsports, Alpinestars, FMF, Renthal, Galfer Performance Braking Systems, Boyesen, Acerbis, Dunlop, D.I.D, Lime Nine, VP Fuels, Samco Hoses, C4MX, XTrig Racing Technology, Hinson Clutch Components, Mechanix Wear, Motorex, Matrix Concepts, Sunstar, K&N Oil Filters, All Balls Racing, Cometic Gasket, Kamloops Ford Lincoln, 100% Goggles, Stomp Designs, Works Connection, Dubya Wheels, Sony Canada, Graeme Brough Suspension, DT1 Filters, Atlas Brace Technologies