Team Toyota Yamaha Red Bull Blackfoot Fox Racing


FacciottiRound 5 of the Canadian National MX Series in Gopher Dunes greeted the fans to sunny skies and some of the best racing to date, at arguably the toughest track on the tour. After a three week break in the series, Team Yamaha Red Bull Blackfoot Fox Racing had established and achieved some simple goals; regain the points lead in the MX-1 title chase and extend their points lead in MX-2.

Colton Facciotti had dominated every MX-1 moto he finished to date in the west, including his super-human overall win in Morden in round four, just one week after his horrendous get-off in Calgary. Obviously the three week break was advantageous as he was back to his winning ways this weekend on his Yamaha YZ450F with a 1-1 moto finish and the overall. Dusty Klatt again had to settle for the familiar bridesmaid position taking second overall with 2-4 results overcoming a second moto “come from the back of the pack” effort. Klatt with MediaFacciotti walked away from the weekend and the deep sand of Gopher back in control of the series with an 18 point lead and his team-mate is Klatt is now in third, just 6 points out of second.

Consistency and conditioning again paid huge dividends for MX-2 points leader and team rider Tyler Medaglia as he earned yet another overall for Yamaha, Red Bull and Fox on his Blackfoot YZ250F with a 2-1 moto finish. When the dust settled in the title chase the “moto gods” were kind to Tyler as he now enjoys a 41 point lead in the title chase going into the 6th round in St, Julie, Quebec next weekend after the competition succumbed to some unfortunate circumstances.

Facciotti has been fortunate this year with strong starts at every round and this weekend things were not much different. In the first MX-1 moto he grabbed the hole shot and never looked back. Local sand specialist Kyle Keast was in hot pursuit while Klatt found himself in 3rd. The positions stayed static until half a lap to go when Keast’s Honda sputtered to a stop, out of gas, relinquishing the runner-up position to a surprised Klatt.

FacciottiThe second moto was not much different for Facciotti, as again he powered his way to another strong start with Keast again in tow. Unfortunately Klatt was involved in an unavoidable situation, which saw him pushed again to the back of the pack early in the race. With his work cut out for him Dusty put his head down and pushed his way back to 4th which was good enough for 2nd overall for the day. Up front Colt was able to hold off some early attacks from Keast to again dominate the race, winning his 8th MX-1 moto of the year and his first victory at Gopher Dunes.

“Without a doubt Gopher is one of the toughest tracks in our series,” commented suspension specialist for the team, Joe Skidd. “I think our riders really brought their “A” game this weekend and the team staff did a great job trying to reduce any issues that may have affected us negatively. Together everyone did an outstanding job and we were fortunate to have some great results. Luck was on our side, which helped tremendously in the title chase for both classes!”

MedagliaIn the highly volatile MX-2 series, anything CAN and MAY happen! Tyler Medaglia has put together consistent finishes every weekend and Gopher was no different. In the first moto he found himself just inside the top 10 on the start and was on a mission to move to the front of the pack. At the 12 minute mark he had moved up to 4th and continued to push forward. With only 2 laps to go Tyler gained another position to move him to 3rd after race leader Teddy Maier found himself on the ground, handing the lead over to his team-mate Rife. Medaglia was not content in third however as he reeled in 2nd place Kaven Benoit by the last lap and made a pass stick with only a few corners left, garnering some well earned points. When the checkered flag flew, he was only 8 seconds back from the moto winner Shawn Rife.

“Tyler has really fit into our team well with his determination, focus and his intensity,” remarked team owner Jason Mitchell. “Very few riders become Champions as there are a number of key ingredients that are required, however Tyler has really shown he has what it takes to be a Champion! From his first moto in Kamloops where he came from dead last to 3rd to today’s efforts he has put what we call “Championship Rides”. Every lap, every moto, every weekend he comes prepared to run up front, be consistent, ride smart and win the Championship.”

Team Yamaha Redbull Blackfoot Fox

Team support riders Jared and Parker Allison struggled with the gnarly sand and rough conditions of the weekend and could only garner a 10th overall for the day for Jared and 14th for his twin brother Parker. Valued experience was learned for the future as both riders are respectfully in 7th and 8th overall for the series to date.

Medaglia leads the series overall

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Facciotti and Klatt on the Podium

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