Ivan Tedesco, AKA “Hot Sauce,” announced his retirement from professional racing on the eve of the 2014 Washougal MX National. Tedesco raced professionally for 14 years, debuting at Millville in 1999 and joining the AMA Motocross Series in the 125cc class full-time in 2000 with Plano Honda. He competed in both Supercross and Motocross for the next nine years, taking the West SX title in 2004 after moving to Mitch Payton’s Pro Circuit Kawasaki team and both WSX and 125 MX titles in 2005. Tedesco was also part of Team USA at the 2005, 2006 and 2009 Motocross of Nations, winning all three years.
The last four years have been marked by ups and downs for Tedesco, with multiple injuries plaguing the latter portion of his career. At the start of 2014 he signed on to compete in Supercross for Rockstar KTM in place of the injured Davi Millsaps. Later in the year he reached a deal with RCH Racing prior to the outdoors to ride in place of the injured Broc Tickle. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Suzuki squad issued the press release below announcing Tedesco’s retirement - MotoUSA Byron Wilson
"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 even years 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.
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