This past weekend showed an outpouring of support for Tyler Medaglia as local fans and families converged upon the Pleasant Valley Raceway in Truro, Nova Scotia, to watch their hometown hero do battle against the fastest racers in the country. Medaglia’s job as a professional racer takes him on the road following the national circuit most of the season, which makes the opportunity to race near friends and family a memorable affair.
Sunday’s races also coincided with another special event that contributed to Medaglia’s spirited ride—the celebration of his daughter Millie’s third birthday. The family atmosphere clearly worked in his favour and resulted in a premium performance that saw Medaglia finish fourth and third respectively in both MX1 motos.
“Going into this weekend I had the home track advantage and new suspension settings from Factory Connection that have been working really well in practice,” said Medaglia. “I live three kilometres from Pleasant Valley Raceway, and with my mechanic here this week we had lots of time to get the race bike set up perfect for the track. I had two starts inside the Top 3, the hometown crowd cheering me through every turn and lots motivation to race with the best in the class. I feel like this is where I belong, fighting for podiums, and I look to continue this going into Riverglade this weekend in Moncton, New Brunswick. It was cool to put everything together in front of all my friends and family. It really felt like a true home race. It was my daughter Millie’s third birthday too so we had a special weekend!”
Tyler Medaglia with his son, Talon, and wife, Heidi Cooke. — James Lissimore photo
Emotions ran high as Medaglia stepped onto the podium to celebrate the end result of his remarkable ride, which was a third place overall finish in the MX1 class. The cheering crowd and the smiles in the crowd revealed a shared sentiment—that everyone was immensely proud and happy for the Parts Canada Husqvarna Motorcycle racer.
The next stop on the Canadian circuit is July 31 in Moncton.