Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki’s Austin Politelli Returns to the Podium at Sand Del Lee
July 28, 2014
Kamloops, BC (July 23, 2014) Round 6 brought the CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals to the Capital as Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki finished on the podium at Sand Del Lee MX Park, just outside Ottawa, Ontario on Sunday. Austin Politelli returned to championship form by grabbing the holeshot and taking the win in the first MX2 moto, but had to rebound from a last-place start to round out the podium with third overall. Hometown boy, Jeremy Medaglia was comfortable in the deep sandy loam and finished third behind his teammate in the first moto, but suffered a malfunction in the second moto and was forced to retire. In the MX1 class, Josh Hill picked up the pace as the day went on and finished with a 5-3 moto result for fourth overall while Teddy Maier rounded out the top five in fifth overall.
After a disappointing finish at Gopher Dunes, Politelli was ready to show where he belonged. After only qualifying 10th fastest, he was not pleased and took his aggression out in the first moto. Politelli grabbed the holeshot on his KX™250F and lead wire to wire to grab his second moto win of the season. Excited to continue his dominance, he got a little antsy on the start and hit the gate as it was dropping. Rounding the first turn behind the pack he made quick passes and was already up to 15th place by the end of the first lap. From there he worked his way forward to finish seventh. His 1-7 moto score gave him third overall on the podium. “I got the holeshot and rode by myself to take the win,” said Politelli. “In the second moto I was just too amped to go and hit the gate. Frist time in my life I have ever done that! I was able to charge to seventh place, but I feel like today would have been a 1-1 victory.”
On his hometown track, Medaglia was looking to ride at his potential. He was fastest in the untimed practice, but could not get a clean lap during qualifying. He rounded the first turn in Moto 1 just inside the top-10 and began his trek to the front. He picked off guys one at a time and finished on the podium in third. In the second moto, Medaglia got a better start and quickly made it into podium contention until he could tell his bike was beginning to overheat from the difficult conditions and was forced to retire before the 25-minute moto had concluded. “We had a podium in the bag today,” said Medaglia. “First moto I was able to battled forward to third and in the second moto, I was on track to the same or better. Around the halfway mark I could feel the bike was overheating and so I tried to back it down in hopes we could make it to the finish, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. We’ll regroup and be ready for Deschambault.”
Like every track this season, it was Hill’s first time and the Sand Del Lee conditions took him some time to master. In the first moto he rode to a strong fifth place finish, but never really felt comfortable. In the second moto, he got the jump on the competition on his KX™450F and settled in with the leaders. He seemed to pick up better lines as the moto went on and made a pass for third place late in the race to finish on the podium for the moto and fourth overall. “Today was good, it just took me some time to get the track down,” said Hill. “I was happy with the first moto, but I knew I had more in me and it seemed like every time I hit the track I felt better and better. I really got the flow in the second moto and was able to put a charge on at the end.”
Maier got off to a great start in the first moto and made a quick pass in the early laps to takeover fourth place and latch onto the leaders. He worked to find a way around third place, but was held up by a couple lappers and had to settle for fourth. After the first moto, Maier made a small suspension change to adapt to the rough track conditions, which made a difference in the second moto. He charged from a mid-pack start to finish sixth and round out the top-five with fifth overall. “We made progress with the bike all day,” said Maier. “I got a decent start and just tried to chip away at the leaders in the first moto. The track was really rough in the second moto and I didn’t get the best start so it was difficult to pass, but I made my way forward the best I could. I really want to gain some momentum to finish off the season so we’ll be ready next weekend.”
With six of 10 rounds complete, Maier and Hill sit fourth and fifth in the MX1 points standings with only a single point separating themselves, while in Politelli and Medaglia sit fifth and seventh in MX2. The CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals continue their tour Eastward stopping for Round 7 in Deschambault, Quebec along the St. Lawrence river.
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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, All Balls Racing, Cometic Gasket, Kamloops Ford Lincoln, 100% Goggles, Stompgrip, Works Connection, Dubya Wheels, Sony Canada, Graeme Brough Suspension, DT1 Filters, Atlas Brace Technologies