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Ivan Tedesco

When Ivan turned pro in 1999, he was about to embark on a journey that has often since been overlooked. He started as a full-fledged privateer and slowly worked his way further and further up. He scored his first satellite team ride with Plano Honda for the 2000 and 2001 seasons. His speed indoors got him an impressive fifth overall in the ’01 125 West Coast Supercross series as well as some... FULL BIO >

Hometown: Murrieta, CA, USA
Twitter: @ivantedesco
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July 31, 2014

Ivan Tedesco Retires from Professional Racing

Last weekend, Ivan Tedesco announced that he was officially retiring from motocross, bringing to a close a decorated 14-year professional career.

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July 26, 2014

Ivan Tedesco Retires

Ivan Tedesco announces his retirement. Take a look back at his career.

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July 03, 2014

Ivan Tedesco Back from Injury, Racing RedBud for First Time in Five Years

After sitting out last weekend’s race at Muddy Creek, Ivan Tedesco is returning to action Saturday at RedBud.

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June 06, 2014

Thunder Valley Notes and Historic Stats

Get ready for the Toyota Thunder Valley National with a look at trends from past races at the track, plus stats from the 2014 season so far.

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August 10, 2012

Behind the Gate Ep. 9: Baggett Battles at Washougal, Tedesco Returns

A 2nd moto crash at Spring Creek ended Blake Baggett's streak of 4 straight moto wins, but he still finished on the podium.

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When Ivan turned pro in 1999, he was about to embark on a journey that has often since been overlooked. He started as a full-fledged privateer and slowly worked his way further and further up. He scored his first satellite team ride with Plano Honda for the 2000 and 2001 seasons. His speed indoors got him an impressive fifth overall in the ’01 125 West Coast Supercross series as well as some much-needed attention.

Ivan moved up a rung of the ladder when he signed to ride with the Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy team for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. He finished strong in the 125 West Supercross series again, this time holding down third at the conclusion of the series. In his last year with the Boost Mobile team, he took a small step backwards in the supercross series due to injury, but did win a race on a YZ125 two-stroke. He made it through the grueling 125 outdoor series with a solid eighth overall, proving that he was a legitimate threat outdoors as well as in the stadiums. His results with Yamaha of Troy caught the eye of Pro Circuit Kawasaki boss Mitch Payton.

The Pro Circuit Kawasaki team was exactly where Ivan needed to be in 2004. He adapted well to the green machines and absolutely dominated the West Coast Supercross series. He lost only one main event, to Honda’s Nathan Ramsey, and finally hoisted an AMA number-one plate with his name on it. He had some ups and downs during the outdoor season but ended 2004 with a AMA 125 Supercross championship and a sixth place finish in the AMA Motocross Nationals.

“Hot Sauce” owned 2005 in the 125 class. He rode his Monster Energy Kawasaki, with a giant number-one plate on it, to successfully defend his West Coast Supercross Championship. He didn’t enjoy the same dominating performance as the previous season, but instead showed his consistency to take the title from Nathan Ramsey once again. Ivan also came into the ’05 outdoor season more prepared than ever. With a late-season charge, he put himself in a position to take the title at the last round at Glen Helen.  He wrapped up a stellar season of motocross by playing a major role in Team USA’s victory at the Motocross des Nations in France that fall. As if that weren’t enough for one season, he also signed on to be Ricky Carmichael’s wingman under the Makita Suzuki tent for 2006.

Having Ricky Carmichael as a teammate is undoubtedly a great thing for a young racer’s career, but with his expertise comes his shadow, and it’s a big one. Throughout 2006, Ivan had some great supercross rides in his first season in the premier class. He rode consistently all season long and finished his rookie 450 supercross series in fourth place. After a superb supercross season, injury prevented Hot Sauce from competing in most of the outdoor nationals. When Ricky Carmichael injured his shoulder late in the summer and was unable to lead the US squad to the Motocross des Nations, Ivan was the rider who got the tap to ride for team USA. Putting Tedesco on the team didn’t happen without controversy, after all he had missed all but one round of the nationals, but he did a great job in England and helped to bring the Peter Chamberlin Trophy back to the United States for the second year in a row.

The 2007 Supercross Series was supposed to be the season where Ivan stepped up and filled the oversized shoes of his teammate, the GOAT. Even though Ivan rode consistent during the supercross season once again, he just didn’t show the same brilliance that won him two 125 supercross championships. He was looking to turn things around for the outdoors, but an injury right before the season opener at Hangtown kept him out of the first three rounds of the series. Once he returned to racing, things were a little rough for him, which got him thinking that it was time for a change of scenery. Rumors started circulating that Ivan had been having some top secret meetings with team Honda for the ’08 season. The rumors turned out to be true , and he officially announced that he’d finish the outdoor season with Makita Suzuki and then start fresh with the factory Honda team.

Tedesco has filled in for many teams over the last few years, including the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad back in 2012. For the upcoming Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Tedesco will be riding for RCH Suzuki.

Personal: A lot of riders have nicknames, but Hot Sauce is definitely one of those catchy names that doesn’t work with just anyone. Ivan’s first team manager, Kenny Watson, is actually the man responsible for branding him with the name. Being from New Mexico and having a last name eerily similar to Tobasco made the nickname something of a natural fit. It even added a little heat to his reputation and is still a favorite among announcers and fans alike.

Alli News
July 31, 2014

Ivan Tedesco Retires from Professional Racing

Last weekend, Ivan Tedesco announced that he was officially retiring from motocross, bringing to a close a decorated 14-year professional career.

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July 03, 2014

Ivan Tedesco Back from Injury, Racing RedBud for First Time in Five Years

After sitting out last weekend’s race at Muddy Creek, Ivan Tedesco is returning to action Saturday at RedBud.

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June 06, 2014

Thunder Valley Notes and Historic Stats

Get ready for the Toyota Thunder Valley National with a look at trends from past races at the track, plus stats from the 2014 season so far.

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May 11, 2012

Ivan Tedesco Re-Unites with Pro Circuit Kawasaki

With Tyla Rattray called on to fill in for Ryan Villopoto on the Monster Energy Kawasaki 450 team, Pro Circuit will now look to Tedesco to step in and contend for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

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May 03, 2010

Tedesco Claims First Career Victory under the Lights in Lakewood

Weimer Races to First Career Overall in 250 Class LAKEWOOD, Colo. (June 27, 2009) - For just the second time in history, the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship raced ...

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July 26, 2014

Ivan Tedesco Retires

Ivan Tedesco announces his retirement. Take a look back at his career.

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August 10, 2012

Behind the Gate Ep. 9: Baggett Battles at Washougal, Tedesco Returns

A 2nd moto crash at Spring Creek ended Blake Baggett's streak of 4 straight moto wins, but he still finished on the podium.

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June 22, 2012

Behind the Gate Ep. 5: Broc Tickle's Career Day, Ivan Tedesco's Crash

The Pro Circuit Kawasaki team heads to Budds Creek for the next round of the Nationals, where Broc Tickle continues to build on some recent momentum, resulting in the best performance of his caree

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July 19, 2012

My Five: Ivan Tedesco

Ivan Tedesco, #9, rides for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and knows what it takes to do well.

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June 16, 2012

Budds Creek 250 Moto 2 Holeshot

Watch the start of the first 250 moto. Several riders, including Blake Wharton and Gareth Swanepoel, crash in the first turn, while Ivan Tedesco grabs the holeshot.

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June 16, 2012

Budds Creek 250 Moto 2: Ivan Tedesco's Crash

Hear from Ivan Tedesco after his crash at Budds Creek, and watch the replay.

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