Team/Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Ivan "Hot Sauce" Tedesco could clinch his second consecutive THQ AMA 125 West Supercross Series championship tomorrow, April 16, as the series returns to Qwest field in Seattle for round 14 of the 16-race series. Tedesco, a 23-year-old New Mexico native, needs only to finish sixth place or better in Seattle to wrap-up the 2005 championship.
Tedesco has been training hard during the two-month break in the eight race THQ AMA 125 West Supercross Series and feels ready to get back into competition. Prior to the break, Tedesco's consistent riding style aboard his Kawasaki KX250F earned him two victories and three additional podium finishes in the first six races. With only two events left in the West series, Tedesco hopes to have the championship locked up so he can begin to prepare for the 2005 AMA Motocross outdoor series, which begins mid-May.
"It feels great to have the points lead going into Seattle and to finally get back racing," said Tedesco. "My Kawasaki is dialed in, and I really feel like we could get it done this weekend."
If Tedesco is able to deliver another championship to Kawasaki, it would mark the first time that a manufacturer has won back-to-back East/West THQ AMA 125 championships. Last season Tedesco won the West championship, while James "Bubba" Stewart became the winningest 125 professional rider in AMA history after he dominated the East series. This season, Tedesco could very well be basking in the limelight with his teammate Grant Langston, who clinched his first THQ AMA 125 East Supercross championship last week in Pontiac, Michigan.
To date, Kawasaki has won 14 AMA 125 Supercross championships and since 1972, Kawasaki Motocross Racing has amassed an impressive 41 AMA Supercross and motocross championships thanks to racing legends such as Jimmy Weinert, Jeff Ward, Mike Kiedrowski, Jeff Emig, Ricky Carmichael, and James Stewart.
Source: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.