Ivan Tedesco Retires From Racing On His Terms / Page 2

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San Diego, CA (July 25, 2014) – “It has been a roller coaster since I started racing pro at the end of 1999 at Millville,” says veteran racer Ivan “Hot Sauce” Tedesco in announcing his retirement from RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki this weekend. “I have had a lot of success… and a lot of failure. However, the one thing I can do is to walk away from this deal knowing I gave it my all every time I got on my motorcycle. In the end that’s all you can ask of a person — give it your all.”

Give it his all he most certainly did. Despite a plague of injuries, he was the 2004 125cc West Coast Supercross Champion (winning seven of eight races that year). He repeated as 2005 125cc West Coast SX champ and was also the 125cc Outdoor National Champion in 2005. However it is his role on the Motocross of Nations winning teams that are perhaps the high water mark of is illustrious career as Team USA beat the best in the world in 2005, 2006 and again in 2009!

After that, it was the move to the 450cc class. “I made the decision to go over to Suzuki to be teammates with Ricky Carmichael. I learned so much from RC. I am thankful for his friendship, the opportunity to train with him and the help his parents have always given me. They treated me like family and did everything they could to help. I had a successful rookie Supercross season finishing fourth behind Carmichael, Stewart and Reed.”

However a lot of heartache came after that initial success in the 450 class, primarily due to injury. While Ivan enjoyed proving the pundits wrong, the time has finally come to call it a career almost 14 years to the day.

“It’s never easy to quit something you’ve done for so long, but the time has come where racing just isn’t the same as it used to be,” says Tedesco. “I always told myself when the day comes that I’m not competitive anymore; I need to walk away; that time is now.” However he won’t be going too far away from the RCH Soaring Eagle pits as he will continue to test the Suzuki’s and help get the bikes ready for the team’s future riders.

“From RCH’s perspective, we are honored that he finished out his illustrious career with RCH Soaring Eagle and on a Suzuki,” says co-principal Carey Hart. “We are grateful to have Ivan’s testing expertise for RCH moving forward… It just wouldn’t be the same not having Hot Sauce to spice things up around here!”

“I have nothing to be bummed about,” says Tedesco. “I can say I have never given less than 100% and have enjoyed proving people wrong. I’m grateful for the opportunities I have been given and the friendships I have made. I love dirt bikes and racing and look forward to finding my new career within the sport because this is what I love to do.”

“Thank you to my fans, who have always had my back and motivated me to keep going! I hope to see you all at the races soon,” concludes Tedesco.

Hart and Huntington takes over Las Vegas SX

Supercross Team Autograph Signings this weekend in Las Vegas

Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Supercross Team Autograph Signings this weekend in Las Vegas

Chapman Dodge – Thursday, May 3rd feat. Carey Hart, Travis Pastrana, TJ Lavin, and Miss Supercross
Hart and Huntington Tattoo Shop – Friday, May 4th at Hart and Huntington Tattoo Shop

Carlsbad, CA (May 1, 2011) – Join us for two (2) nights of fun and excitement to kick off the Monster Energy Supercross Finale weekend in Las Vegas!!

Come meet the Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Supercross team this Thursday, May 3rd from 6pm-9pm at Chapman Dodge in Las Vegas. Special guests include Carey Hart, Travis Pastrana, TJ Lavin, and Miss Supercross Dianna Dahlgren; live music by Cash’d Out, a Johnny Cash cover band, and a LivFast freestyle motocross demo on site!

When: Thursday, May 3rd 6pm-9pm
Autograph signing 7:30pm-9pm

Where: Chapman Dodge
3715 East Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
(702) 457-1061

Who: Carey Hart, Ivan Tedesco, Josh Hill, Kyle Partridge, Josh Hansen, Travis Pastrana,
TJ Lavin, Dianna Dahlgren, Cash’d Out, and LivFast

Giveaways: Chapman Dodge is giving away a KLX 110 along with free Hart and Huntington
giveaways, free samples of Monster Energy, and Forgiven, the 1st alcohol metabolizer.

Two nights of free fun to start your weekend off right!!

When: Friday May 4th 7:30pm-8:30pm

Where: Hart and Huntington Tattoo Shop (inside the Hard Rock)

Who: Carey Hart and the Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray racing team

Hart and Huntington Rally Back, Ink Rock Moto 3

The Hart and Huntington Supercross team is powering back with Ivan Tedesco returning from a knee injury to make a crucial first race return at New Orleans. Teammate Kyle Partridge continues his recovery after going down at the St. Louis Monster Energy Supercross. Carey Hart’s Hart and Huntington team can’t catch a break this season, but it’s only making them stronger.

450 Words on Hart and Huntington By Racer X

Photos By: Simon Cudby

If any team should be comfortable taking risks, it’s the Dodge Motorsports/Sycuan Casino/Hart & Huntington squad. Based in Las Vegas, this team is owned by a freestyle motocross pioneer who is married to a rock star. Racing, jumping or rocking have always been high risk, high reward fields, and it looked like Carey Hart’s risk in starting this team in the first place was finally set to pay off in 2012.

With big sponsors in Dodge, Sycuan and more, they fielded a four-rider effort and hoped to take another step toward legitimacy via results. When H&H first hit the scene, they didn’t yet have the chops to sign big talent, so they made their way with splashy pit parties, wild graphics and an against-the-grain mentality. This year, they had come so far that they even rode Kawasakis with, gasp, actual green plastic.

But the riders still represented a risk. Josh Hill was still trying to come back from leg, ankle and foot problems dating back to 2010. Josh Hansen was moving back up to the 450s after a disasterous stint in a class a few years back. Kyle Partridge was about to enjoy the best support he’d ever had, but faced perhaps the deepest field of competitors every assembled, too. Ivan Tedesco was a proven commodity, but even his 2011 season ended early with a knee injury.

We now know what happened. Hill, as luck would have it, broke his tibia in the first turn of the very first start of his season. He was finally ready to try again in Houston, but crashed after the riding day was over (his glove caught on the throttle, rolling it back and sending Hill flying off a jump). Tedesco was landed on and pretty much destroyed a finger. He needed surgery to fix it, missed ten weeks, tried to come back in New Orleans, only to realize he still wasn’t ready. Hansen stated that his goal for the season, first and foremost, was to make every race for his team, but he bashed his ankle into submission. Then Partridge smacked the over-under bridge in St. Louis and exploded his foot. It’s a season defined by injuies, but even with that, H&H’s plight still sticks out.

H&H started with a four-man team, one of the largest in the sport. Now all four are out. Things have gotten so bad that privateer Michael Horban was called in for replacement duty a few weeks ago and crashed out in practice. Now, Kyle Regal and Tyler Bowers will carry the mantle for the team.

No doubt Hart, who has been hurt as much as anyone through his days racing supercross and supermoto, and as a pioneer in freestyle, understands the risks to running a race team. But one of these days, he’d like to see some of the rewards.

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