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Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki Gopher Dunes Report

Kamloops, BC (July 16, 2014) Following a three-week break, the CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals hit the East coast for Round 5 at Gopher Dunes in Courtland, Ontario. Known as one of the most gruesome sand tracks in the country, Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki battled through an up and down day where each rider had one great moto. Teddy Maier led the team in the MX1 class by finishing fourth in the first moto, but was forced to come through the pack in the second moto and finished eighth for fifth overall. Josh Hill finished strong to regroup after a crash left him with ninth in the first moto and he finished fourth in the moto and just behind Maier with sixth overall. In the MX2 class, Jeremy Medaglia rounded out the top-10 overall after suffering a crash in the first moto, but rebounding to finish fifth in the second moto. Austin Politelli rode a great first moto to finish sixth, just to suffer misfortune in the second moto, finishing 11th overall.


The first MX1 moto saw both the Kawasaki KX™450F of Maier and Hill in the top-10 off the start. Maier worked his way forward and battled for the entire 30-minute plus two-lap moto to take over fourth with two laps remaining. Hill was running in eighth place until Gopher’s sand got the better of him dropping him as far down as 16th. He regrouped and fought back into the top-10 to finish ninth. In the second moto Maier had to work his way from outside the top-10, but by the time he caught the field, the leaders had gotten away. Those leaders included Hill who started up front and rode a relatively uneventful race to finish just off the podium in fourth.


“This track is nasty,” said Maier. “I basically battled the entire motos. There’s really no rest here because you’re battling the track just as much as you are the riders. Today wasn’t the best, but we salvaged some decent points to continue to work up the standings.”


In MX2, both riders found themselves having to start from the very outside gates in the first moto after many riders missed the horn to signal riders to make their way to staging. Crossing the line in 35th and 39th place on Lap 1, Medaglia and Politelli made their way to the front where they belonged. The two of them linked up and worked their way forward, with Politelli leading the charge all the way up to finish a remarkable sixth. Medaglia got hung up breaking into the top-10 and was sitting in 12th until a crash on the last lap dropped him to 23rd. Medaglia got his redemption in the second moto as he battled for the holeshot. Medaglia sat in podium position until he lost some time around the 20-minute mark and dropped to finish fifth. Politelli found himself caught up off the start and ended up on the ground. After only completing three laps, he was forced to pull in as his bike was too damaged from the crash. 


“Today wasn’t what we were looking for,” said Medaglia. “It’s really easy to get stuck behind guys here and sand tracks are not the most fun behind someone. Austin and I worked our way forward in the first moto and in the second I felt pretty good. I’m looking forward to next weekend at my home track, Sand Del Lee.”


The CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals have now hit the halfway point with five of 10 rounds complete as the series heads to the Capital of Canada next Sunday. Sand Del Lee hosts Round 6 and is also the place where Medaglia grew up racing and winning. Politelli and Maier have had success there in the past and the team will look to return to the podium in numbers.

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