Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki Kicks Off 2013 Season with Strong Weekend at Canadian National Opener

June 13, 2013

 Politelli wins MX2, Metcalfe on podium in his Canadian debut

Kamloops, BC(June3, 2013) The 2013 Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross series kicked off it’s opening round at the scenic Wasteland’s track in Nanaimo, on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island this past weekend and coming into the weekend expectations were high for the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team.

Coming off the heals of their historic, double class sweep last year, the bar has been raised and the team has assembled the strongest group in their history to try and bring another pair of titles home at season’s end.

Starting off with the MX2 class, Austin Politelli – who rode for the team in 2011, put his past experience to good work as he rode to the overall win in the class on the strength of 1-2 moto finishes. After a dominant first moto, he was well on his way to a second moto win, after taking the lead from Kaven Benoit, when a small mishap led to him catching his leg on his foot peg and cutting his leg open badly. Luckily for Politelli, he had enough of a lead over third place to limp it home for second, and the overall win.

Said Politelli on his day: “Today went pretty good. First moto I got a fifth-sixth place start and I worked my way up to the front and just rode my own race. The first moto went awesome. Then, in the second moto I got an even better start and battled with (Kaven) Benoit for a little bit, got in the lead and pulled about 6 seconds or so and then I just made a dumb mistake – I slid coming out of a corner and my foot slipped off the peg and I just caught my leg and tore it open pretty good. I still got the overall win so I was pretty happy with that. It was a pretty good day, besides having to go get stitches(laughs).”

Also competing in the MX2 class was returning teammate, Tyler Villopoto, younger brother of defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion, Ryan. Unfortunately, the younger Villopoto would suffer a crash while trying to make a pass for the final podium spot late in moto one and would be unable to continue for the day. Villopoto injured his wrist a little but hopes to be back and ready for next weekend’s race and was happy to have been showing podium speed before the crash.

In MX1, all eyes were on Australian, Brett Metcalfe, as the former AMA National winner made his Canadian debut with the team and the top-level rider had no trouble adapting to his new surroundings. In his first race in a year, after suffering a season ending injury last year, Metcalfe logged the quickest time in qualifying and would finish the day with strong 2-2 finishes for second overall. Knowing it’s a long season, Brett was happy to log a solid finish after so much time off and knows he will only get better from here.

Said Metcalfe after his first Canadian race: “I thought it went pretty good. After the day, right now, it’s always hard to see the big picture. 2-2 on the day is great for the championship, in what is really my first big race in 11 months. It was a good day, a good start. In the first moto I was up there and I got a little shell shocked by the intensity to being back racing with a lot of guys, so it was cool to get a good start like this in the championship.
I’m happy with second on the day. It’s a long championship and we’ve got a long way to go. I’m just going to work hard – I’ve got some things to work on for sure and I’ll put my head down and really go for it.”

Also competing in the MX1 class was defending MX2 champion, Teddy Maier, who was returning to the class again after his 3rd place finish on the 450 in 2011. Maier would finish the day with 4-5 moto finishes. For Maier, expectations were higher than that but like Metcalfe, he knows it’s a long season and he’ll move forward: “First off, in practice, my bike felt pretty good. In the first moto, I had a decent start – I got pushed a little to the outside but I got back into the groove and I was kinda right there with that lead pack, but I just couldn’t push my bike as hard as I needed to so I just settled into my pace and got in my groove and ended up 4th in the first moto, which wasn’t too bad.

In the second moto, I was right there but Colton and those guys kinda checked out right away. I didn’t get the best start but I made a charge and I was working through. I was passing for third and I lost my front end in a corner and went down and that was pretty much it. I got by Bobby(Kiniry) – he went down and I took advantage of that and ended up 5th in the second moto. I don’t know – the day could have been a lot worse. At least I came out of here healthy. I’mexcited for next weekend.”

It’s not just Maier who’s excited for next weekend. The series now moves to Kamloops, British Columbia, the home base for the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team, next weekend so the whole team is excited to race on their home turf.

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