Ivan Tedesco made a big change prior to Anaheim 3. Just before Oakland, Team Owner Bobby Hewitt asked Ivan if he'd like to try and ride the KTM 350. Ivan agreed to give it a go. After going out for 5 laps, he was immediately more comfortable. By the end of the day, Tedesco wanted nothing more than to race the 350. He was so excited about it, he asked if one could be ready for the next race. Unfortunately there wasn't enough time to prepare, so he would have to wait until A3. There was no question to anyone looking on that he was clearly better on the smaller bike. His corners more aggressive, attack position through the rhythm sections, scrubbing triples like a completely different rider. Ivan won multiple championships on 250's and is a smaller guy. It's evident that the 350 is perfect for him in the 450 class.
Some people thought it was a contract deal that took IT off the 450, but they were wrong and the immediate results proved that. It is known by all on the team that he is much better in the main event than practice and that is by no means uncommon throughout the class. When the second the gate dropped, the new Ivan emerged. Running with the lead pack, he just missed out on qualifying directly out of his heat. That is a very tough feat considering the level of competition and the fact that only 4 riders advance. He then rode stellar in his semi, putting himself into the main easily. He was stronger than he is been all season for the next 20 laps and the result showed just that. For the first time this season Tedesco found his way into the top ten. Everything is beginning to come together with the new bike, fitness and just being confident lining up at the gate. Chances are that the #9 will now be a consistent mainstay in the 5th - 10th range.
Ivan Tedesco: "Not a bad day. I sucked once again in qualifying practice, I don't know why but I haven't been able to figure it out. I qualified 20th today and finished 10th so their was definitely some progress through the night. I'm a better racer than I am in practice so hopefully I can figure it out sooner and be better throughout the day. I'm going to keep working at it and hopefully finish better than 10th next week."