Ivan "Hot Sauce" Tedesco retires on his terms

Motocross
Ivan Tedesco Retires From Racing On His Terms
July 25, 2014 at 6:56pm

"Hot Sauce" Caps Off His 14-Year Professional Racing Career

 

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.

 

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About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:

RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart to campaign the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing.  Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel-Ray. Stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news; follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RCHRacing.

 

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Had a great run, and it's nice to see him call it but continue to be involved.

 

Always liked Ivan. Just got the impression he was a class act and really enjoyed watching him ride. That video of him racing a guy on an xr650 was classic. I hope he does well in whatever he moves on to and he sticks around the sport in some way. Hey Uptite, any openings at Sunglass Hut for him?

Best of luck to Ivan and his future. Glad to see he still has a gig doing something he loves. Always seemed like a great guy.  :thumbsup:

Sorry to see IT go, I remember when he was just a kid in SRAC. Glad he'll be staying in the sport!

Always liked Ivan. Just got the impression he was a class act and really enjoyed watching him ride. That video of him racing a guy on an xr650 was classic. I hope he does well in whatever he moves on to and he sticks around the sport in some way. Hey Uptite, any openings at Sunglass Hut for him?

 

I forgot about that.  Wasn't it a XL650 with blinkers and shit?   He was whippersnappin that big ole girl all over the place. 

I forgot about that. Wasn't it a XL650 with blinkers and shit? He was whippersnappin that big ole girl all over the place.

That was the one. And the guy he was racing was using Tedesco's race bike.

I forgot about that. Wasn't it a XL650 with blinkers and shit? He was whippersnappin that big ole girl all over the place.

Blinkers and a horn that he kept honking

 

 

Edited by meyermetal

A lot of riders can take lessons on how to manage a career and stay employed by Ivan. 

3 basic rules:

1. Don't be a dick

2. Communicate well

3. Don't draw negative attention to your team

Surprising how many fail to follow these.

Edited by wes513v

Blinkers and a horn that he kept honking

 

 

 

 

Greatpost  edit meyer  :cheers:   IT is and always will be badass to me 

Great career, but I believe he's stepping down at a good point. And like he said, he knows that it is finally time. That Honda team with Davi, Ivan, and Kevin was part of what really boosted my interest in motorcycles. I'm sure we will see more of him around the dirt bike industry somehow.

Bout time Gosh.

Bout time Gosh.

 

 

What a dick thing to say,  dick ! 

What a dick thing to say, dick !

he must be your cousin.

he must be your cousin.

Everyone knows Fry is married to his cousin.

Everyone knows Fry is married to his cousin.

It's legal in three states

Everyone knows Fry is married to his cousin.

 

Duuuuude,  she's hot

Duuuuude,  she's hot

And pregnant :eek:

Duuuuude, she's hot

Not judging Fry, just putting it out there. We just want you to be happy.

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