250 Words: The UnfamiliarMonday, February 11, 2013 | 1:10 PM
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The San Diego Supercross went as planned for most of the fans in the seats as GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac won, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen finished second and up and coming star Jason Anderson of the Rockstar Energy Racing team was third. You can shuffle the order any way you want but those three were expected to be up front and are 1st, 2nd and 4th in points. Some things are just the way they’re supposed to be.
But in fourth place sat an unfamiliar name on a Honda or more specifically, an HRT Honda. Austin Politelli’s career-best finish comes just as the 250SX West series is winding down and that’s too bad, the kid is onto some big things. Last season, his rookie year, Politelli had a last minute deal with C4MX go sideways, leaving him as a full-privateer in the 250SX East Region. A few missed main events and one top ten got him sixteenth in the series points.
Politelli finished a career-high fourth in San Diego.
Simon Cudby photo
Coming into this year, with a ride on the HRT Honda team locked in, Austin has shown speed from the start—although the growing pains are still there, as he didn’t qualify at Anaheim 2. The last three weeks though he’s gone 8-8 and now 4th. A bigger kid, he’s out there racing with the big names and at the same time, hoping that his indoor rides net him something for Lucas Oil Pro Motocross because as of right now, the tentative plan is for Politelli to head back to Canada and race the MX2 series (which he did in 2011, scoring a national win and finishing third in the series).
Our own Jason Thomas has told anyone and everyone that he believes Politelli is a real talent and it appears that JT$ was ahead of the curve on this one. Keep an eye on #76 when the west series picks back up in Seattle, he’s got a bright future.
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