Motocross

Brett Metcalfe increases Canadian MX Points lead with clean sweep at Wild Rose

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In what turned out to be the toughest racing of the season so far, Brett Metcalfe claimed his second consecutive MX1 clean sweep to win Round 3 of the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals at Wild Rose MX Park in Calgary, AB on Sunday.

Although Metcalfe recorded only the fifth fastest qualifying time behind his MX1 teammate Teddy Maier, the Australian was more than fast enough when it really counted in the motos.

The first MX1 moto holeshot went to Cycle North Honda's Ross Johnson, who was followed into turn one by Maier, Metcalfe, Red Bull/Fox/Royal Distributing/KTM's Tyler Medaglia and MX101Yamaha's Jeremy Medaglia.

It only took a few turns before Metcalfe grabbed the lead. Johnson gradually disappeared from the frontrunners and would settle for seventh at the finish line. Although Maier would stick with Metcalfe for about half the race, the American was unable to mount a successful challenge and stick a pass on his teammate. Maier's second place soon went out the window after he was victimized by a radiator hose problem, which left him on the sidelines with zero points.

Behind Metcalfe, battles for position raged between the other top-five candidates. Jeremy Medaglia hounded his brother Tyler until he stuck a definite pass to secure second. Tyler Medaglia next succumbed to Rockstar Energy/OTSFF/Yamaha Motovan.com's Bobby Kiniry and Sewer Rat Yamaha's Morgan Burger.

Kiniry had suffered a mediocre, outside the top-10 start but lay down a furious pace to slice and dice his way into the top-five. In the closing laps, he picked off Tyler Dags to then go after Jeremy Medaglia, but with time running out the New York native had to settle for third. Burger held on to fourth while Tyler Medaglia cemented the top-five finishers.

Fast starter Ross Johnson surprised by also collecting the second moto holeshot: this time ahead of Kiniry, Yamaha-mounted Jake Anstette, Jeremy Medaglia, and Morgan Burger, which in turn earned him a $600 bonus from Royal Distributing for his two holeshots on the day.

The Leading Edge duo, Metcalfe and Maier, got off to less promising starts in the second moto. Maier found himself outside the top-five - Metcalfe outside the top-10. Tyler Medaglia also faced a tepid start, buried somewhere in mid-pack. He had his work cut out for him to make his way into the top-10.

Up front, meanwhile, Kiniry wasted no time sticking a pass on Johnson to take the lead. A few laps later Jeremy Medaglia, Burger, and Maier had also passed Johnson and became locked in a dogfight over second position. Johnson eventually faded out of the top-10 and would greet the checkered flag in a distant 18th place.

About a third of the way into the moto, Metcalfe arrived on the scene, methodically knifing his way into second place. From this point on the race for first became a slugfest that would last till the checkered flag was waved.

Metcalfe went to work on Kiniry, who kept the Aussie behind him until the midway point. Immediately, Metcalfe put a few seconds on Kiniry, but was unable to totally shake him off.

Together they put some distance on third place Maier, but the Iowa native wasn't in the mood to be left out of the game and started to close in until he became part of the battle.

As the moto wound down, the trio fought tooth and nail for position, with Maier hounding Kiniry and Kiniry hounding Metcalfe. But when it was over Metcalfe had managed to prevail and take his second moto win of the day, followed by Kiniry in second and Maier in third. Jeremy Medaglia held onto fourth, followed by Sewer Rat Racing's Morgan Burger, who crossed the line fifth.

Kiniry clinched second overall on the strength of 3-2 motos while Jeremy Medaglia nailed down third overall with his 2-4 motos results.

MX2
Austin Politelli made it three wins in a row and has a healthy points lead going into Edmonton. - Credit: cmrcracing.com
In the MX2 title hunt, Monster Energy/Parts Canada/Leading Edge Kawasaki's Austin Politelli stayed on a roll to claim his second consecutive clean sweep and third overall of the season. Like his teammate, Metcalfe, Politelli rode two flawless motos to keep Leading Edge at the top of the scoreboard in both classes.

Politelli was never challenged for position, claiming top spot on the podium ahead of RTR Performance Honda's Topher Ingalls, second overall on the strength of 2-2 motos; and Devil Lake MX Kawasaki's Joshua Clark, who recorded third overall thanks to his 4-4 moto results.

MX 1 Overall Round 3
1. Brett Metcalfe (Kaw) 1-1
2. Bobby Kiniry (Yam) 3-2
3. Jeremy Medaglia (Yam) 2-4
4. Morgan Burger (Yam) 4-5
5. Tyler Medaglia (KTM) 5-6
6. Brock Hoyer (Kaw) 8-7
7. Josh Allen (Kaw) 11-8
8. Teddy Maier (Kaw) DNF-3
9. Ryan Millar (Hon) 12-10
10. Eric Jeffery (KTM) 10-12
MX1 Podium ‰ÛÒ 1st ‰ÛÒ Brett Metcalfe, 2nd ‰ÛÒ Bobby Kiniry, 3rd ‰ÛÒ Jeremy Medaglia - Credit: cmrcracing.com
MX 2 Overall Round 3
1. Austin Politelli (Kaw) 1-1
2. Topher Ingalls (Hon) 2-2
3. Joshua Clark (Kaw) 4-4
4. Brad Nauditt (Hon) 3-6
5. Jared Allison (Yam) 6-5
6. Nathan Bless (Hon) 11-7
7. Richard Grey (Yam) 9-9
8. Kyle Swanson (Hon) 10-11
9. Kaven Benoit (KTM) DNF-3
10. Keylan Meston (KTM) 13-10

MX 1 Points Standings After 3 of 9 rounds
1. Brett Metcalfe (Kaw) 144 pts
2. Tyler Medaglia (KTM) 109 pts
3. Bobby Kiniry (Yam) 107 pts
4. Morgan Burger (Yam) 93 pts
5. Teddy Maier (Kaw) 92 pts
6. Jeremy Medaglia (Yam) 89 pts
7. Gavin Gracyk (KTM) 77 pts
8. Brock Hoyer (Kaw) 76 pts
9. Ross Johnson (Hon) 51 pts
10. Colton Facciotti (KTM) 50 pts

MX 2 Points Standings After 3 of 9 rounds
1. Austin Politelli (Kaw) 147 pts 2. Topher Ingalls (Hon) 116 pts
3. Brad Nauditt (Hon) 111 pts
4. Kaven Benoit (KTM) 107 pts
5. Joshua Clark (Kaw) 100 pts
6. Jared Allison (Yam) 85 pts
7. Richard Grey (Yam) 81 pts
8. Nathan Bless (Hon) 66 pts
9. Kyle Swanson (Hon) 62 pts
10. Blake Savage (Hon) 60 pts

Top Image: Brett Metcalfe on his way to a clean sweep at Wild Rose in Canada
Credit: cmrcracing.com

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