Surrounded by friends and family, Tyler Medaglia enjoyed his best race of the season at the closing round in Barrie, Ontario, on August 14, 2016. Between races, a relaxed and cheerful Medaglia visited with his parents and several friends and fans under the Husqvarna tents. When the gate dropped for Moto 1, he was all business and took control of the track immediately with the first holeshot of the day.
Near the halfway mark, Medaglia slipped into second place and maintained his position in the incredibly talented MX1 class until the checkered flag dropped. Coping with two fractured ribs from a crash the weekend before, a sore yet determined Medaglia took the gate to start the second moto later that day.
During the second moto, he battled with the top three riders and fought until the bitter end, landing the second spot on the podium, securing him a second place overall finish for the day.
Tyler Medaglia rode near the front of the pack all day and finished in second place in both motos. — James Lissimore photo
“The final round went very well,” said Medaglia. “We made a huge gearing change for this weekend looking to improve my starts. In doing so, we got the holeshot in Moto 1 and led a bunch of laps to finish in second. In Moto 2, I had another Top 3 start and had a full one-on-one battle with (Kaven) Benoit for second place. I made the pass with three to go! I ended the season on a high note, which is important. The whole crew is really tight-knit and worked extremely hard this year. My parents come to all the races still and believe in me through all the highs and lows, which really keeps me motivated.”
With the 2016 Rockstar Energy MX Canadian series coming to an end, Medaglia will finish the year in sixth place, and more determined than ever for next year.
He plans to enjoy some valuable family time before his next endeavour, which will take him overseas to represent Canada in the MX of Nations later this year. In addition to the MX of Nations, expect to see Medaglia doing what he loves—riding and racing anything with two wheels on and off-road until next season.