Cole Thompson wins MX1 at Sand Del Lee

Cole Thompson wins MX1 at Sand Del Lee

Austin Politelli claims fourth MX2 win of the season

 

With temperatures hovering around a comfortable 20ºC (70ºF), Round 6 of the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals at Sand Del Lee in Richmond, Ontario this past Sunday offered more ideal racing weather than one week ago at a blistering Gopher Dunes.

And for the first time since Brett Metcalfe started his winning streak at Round 2 of the title hunt early in June, the MX1 overall did not belong to the Australian.

 

That honour went to Canada’s own Cole Thompson. The Brigden, Ontario native, who has spent the past few years racing stateside, returned north only recently to take over an injured Colton Facciotti’s Red Bull/Fox/Royal Distributing/KTM ride for the eastern leg of the series.

 

Thompson nailed down the overall on the strength of 1-2 motos. He had a little help from Metcalfe, however, who recorded 2-1 motos, only to see his first moto results docked by ten spots for jumping on a red flag.

 

Metcalfe’s Monster Energy/Parts Canada/Leading Edge Kawasaki’s teammate Teddy Meier and Red Bull/Fox/Royal Distributing/KTM’s Tyler Medaglia suffered the same fate, which severely changed the outcome of their overall results as well.

 

While Metcalfe still salvaged a respectable third overall on the strength of 12-1 motos, Medaglia had to take satisfaction with seventh overall, thanks to 15-4 motos.

Maier, who crashed out of the second moto shortly after the start, ended up taking home a tepid 18th place, based on his official first moto result of 13th place.

Joining Thompson and Metcalfe on the podium was MX101 Yamaha’s Jeremy Medaglia. The younger of the Medaglia brothers cleared the task with 2-5 motos.

In the MX2 class, Austin Politelli returned to the top spot on the box – the first time since Round 3 – thanks to 6-1 motos. Politelli, the victim of a first turn pileup in moto one, took about half the moto to work his way to fifth place from the back of the pack, only to lose one position in the closing laps.

The second moto belonged to Politelli, after he took over the lead from holeshooter Joshua Clark on lap two. Once in control of the moto Politelli was never challenged for position.

Sealing the top three overall podium were RTR Performance Honda’s Topher Ingalls and Devil Lake MX Kawasaki’s Clark, making the MX2 strictly an American affair.

First MX2 moto winner, Minnesota’s Jesse Wentland (KTM), went down shortly after the start of moto two and remounted at the back of the pack. He was unable to connect with the top-10 and finished in18th place, recording eighth overall on the day.

 

 

MX1 Overall Results

 

1. Cole Thompson (KTM) 1-2

2. Jeremy Medaglia (Yam) 2-5

3. Brett Metcalfe (Kaw) 12-1

4. Bobby Kiniry (Yam) 3-7

5. Kyle Keast (Yam) 6-8

6. Dusty Klatt (KTM) 11-6

7. Tyler Medaglia (KTM) 15-4

8. Ross Johnson (Hon) 8-10

9. Brock Hoyer (Yam) 10-9

10. Gavin Gracyk (KTM) 7-13

 

MX2 Overall Results

1. Austin Politelli (Kaw) 6-1

2. Topher Ingalls (Hon) 3-3

3. Joshua Clark (Kaw) 2-4

4. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam) 8-2

5. Blake Savage (Hon) 5-6

6. Tyler Villopoto (Kaw) 4-8

7. Dylan Wright (Yam) 7-5

8. Jesse Wentland (KTM) 1-18

9. James Roberts (Hon) 10-9

10. Kyle Swanson (Hon) 9-12

 

Points Standings After 6 of 9 Rounds

 

MX 1

1. Brett Metcalfe (Kaw)              275 pts

2. Bobby Kiniry (Yam)               215

3. Tyler Medaglia (KTM)            205

4. Jeremy Medaglia (Yam)          174

5. Teddy Maier (Kaw)                167

6. Gavin Gracyk (KTM)             152

7. Morgan Burger (Yam)             135

8. Brock Hoyer (Kaw)                135

9. Ross Johnson (Hon)                107

10. Kyle Keast (Yam)                  66

 

 MX 2

1. Austin Politelli (Kaw)             249 pts

2. Topher Ingalls (Hon)              215

3. Joshua Clark (Kaw)               213

4. Brad Nauditt (Hon)                186

5. Kaven Benoit (KTM)             154

6. Jared Allison (Yam)                145

7. Blake Savage (Hon)                133

8. Richard Grey (Yam)                129

9. Nathan Bles (Hon)                  126

10. Kyle Swanson (Hon)            117