Davey Coombs: Obviously 2014 is going to start much differently for two veterans than 2013 did. Davi Millsaps won the Anaheim opener last year, much to the shock of many in the grandstands, including Ivan Tedesco. Ivan was left without a ride when the musical chairs stopped, and so he took a seat in the Knothole Club and watched the big upset. Now Millsaps will be the one on the sidelines, watching as Tedesco, who never retired and has stayed in race-shape, fills in for him on the Rockstar KTM. I don't think anybody at Angel Stadium will expect to see #9 in the winner's circle, but it will be good to see the popular former 250 SX and outdoor champ in the field. (Ivan will also become one of the rare riders to have scored points on five different brands once he makes the top twenty. How many others can you name?)
Ivan Tedesco is back after missing all of last year.
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Steve Matthes: First of all it’s great that Ivan Tedesco is back. I have to admit that I didn’t think "Hot Sauce" would be able to secure a ride like this after sitting out an entire year, but good for him that it worked out. Tedesco is never one to cheat anyone on effort, he’s not out there to ride around and collect money. He’ll work hard, put 100 percent into this deal and his pride is strong enough that he’ll want to give it his all. The sport’s better having Ivan in it, no doubt about it and I hope he does well. At this point, with a year off and a stacked field, I feel that you could define Ivan as doing well if he put the bike in the top ten. If he does that after sitting out a season, then a tip of the chapeaux to him indeed.