Showdown Episode 10
As the race against Team Sledge Mamma is just on the horizon, everyone wonders how the race will fair when it will be River versus Takeshi. Takeshi knows he can beat River no matter what team he is on as he goes in with confidence. Thanks to a fan of Sledge Mamma's though, Takeshi will be entering the race with more that confidence.
Go For It by Gran Rodeo
Race day approaches as Benjamin Bright reports on how the semi-final match will be Team Satomi versus Team Sledge Mamma and takes a minute to recap on their previous encounter at the beginning of the season. Bright points out that both teams have come a long way to get to where they are and that things might play out differently since River quit mid-season to get signed on to Sledge Mamma and will probably be in the next race. He reminds everyone that the winner of the race will go on to face Team Velhstein for the IG-1 Championship. Takeshi tries to relax but he knows that River will be a formidable opponent especially since the last match with Sledge Mamma didn't end up like they had anticipated. Yuri tries to cheer him up but it doesn't seem to work. At the same time, someone slips into the base to fiddle with the mechs even though Mark finds nothing wrong with them.
Yamma goes over the line up for the race against Satomi
On the day of the race, both teams go over how the day will play out. At Sledge Mamma's base, Yamma declares that Timma will sit out on the race and that River can have his usual position as the forward to finally take on Takeshi. River agrees as he is looking forward to beating Takeshi once and for all. Michiru gives her team the same run down as well as she tells them that they have to push through the challenge of Sledge Mamma in order to make it all the way to the championship match. Andrei tells them that the plan is simple: win above all else. Everyone agrees as they will try their best and win. As they get ready, Takeshi thinks back to something Yamma said and wonders if the attackers from the other day were sent by Sledge Mamma as he, Amy, Luca, and Liz get prepared for the race.
As the two teams board the track for the race, several other IG-1 teams watch to see the results of the race, namely Skylark and Velhstein. Going into lap one, the team knows that River will get the first chance to attack Takeshi as they slip into an early lead. However, when they get into lap two, Takeshi claims to hear rattling in his mech before it goes away. Mark scans the machine and finds nothing wrong. Soon after, River goes on the attack as he and Takeshi finally get to duke it out. Amy and Liz try to step in but are distracted by Yamma and Dimma. During the battle, Takeshi says that the noise has come back only in a different spot. Mark is able to find this time a mechanical worm used to take apart machines from the inside designed for military use. As a result, Takeshi can barely fight as his mech is being torn apart from the inside which causes him to take an extra beating from River.
Takeshi and River finally get to go at it one on one
River notices something is wrong and holds back a bit before getting scolded by Yamma, who goes in for the attack. Continuing to get trashed by Sledge Mamma, Michiru calls for a Caution to go up as Mark is able to pinpoint the bug and eliminate it before fixing up Takeshi's mech and heading back on to the track. When the caution is removed, Takeshi begins a full on attack on River, who knows now that everything is back to the way it should be. The two duke it out as it seems that they are evenly matched, but they won't let that stop them as they head into lap three.
Believe Yourself by Exige