Facciotti & Medaglia Continue Winning Streak

Colt continues to Dominate!Colton Facciotti and Tyler Medaglia continued with their winning ways at Round 3 of the Canadian Motocross Nationals in Calgary on Sunday.

In an event that experienced everything from heavy rains, hail, brisk winds, dark menacing clouds and intermittent sunshine, which made the Wild Rose MX track muddy and slick with deep ruts and pooled water, Facciotti recorded his third consecutive clean sweep in MX1 while Medaglia nailed down his first clean sweep of the season in MX2.

Bringing up the rear in MX1 was Facciotti’s teammate and defending champion Dusty Klatt, who with second overall, made it another perfect weekend for Team Yamaha Red Bull Blackfoot Fox Racing.

Klatt was the first out of the gate in moto one to peg the holeshot but a slight bobble cost him the lead to Michael Willard on the second lap.

Colt working hard to earn his place

Facciotti, meanwhile, who started around sixth or seventh, set to work aboard his YZ 450F rocket to dispose of the riders separating him from first place. In no time he was in the top-three and on the fifth lap he had displaced Willard from the lead.

Klatt, who had dropped to fourth after his bobble, poured on the gas to install himself in second place, where he remained for the rest of the moto. At the finish line he trailed his teammate by some five seconds.

Dusty gets some air

An indication of the fast pace Facciotti and Klatt lay down on the gnarly Wild Rose track was apparent at the checkered flag when third place finisher Teddy Maier crossed the line 15 seconds behind Klatt.

Although the MX1 riders enjoyed a rain-free first moto, they were greeted by rain and a bout of hail when they got underway for moto two. Fortunately the hail subsided after some five minutes but the rain, coming down like cats and dogs at times, stayed around for the entire moto adding another element to the competition.

Dusty gets interviewed post raceAt the start Facciotti was the fastest man out of the gate, taking the holeshot with Klatt, Maier and the rest of the field in tow. The race was pretty well decided right then and there, however, with Facciotti ploughing through the mud and deep ruts as if he were riding on asphalt.

Klatt, who stuck with Facciotti for about half the moto, was never in a position to mount a challenge. Rather than throw caution to the wind and go on the attack, he rode a semi-conservative race to ensure another second place finish and the 22 points that go along with it.

Facciotti, however, stayed on the gas as if there were no tomorrow to lap up to 10th place and cross the finish line an amazing 43 seconds ahead of his teammate.

“My bike worked awesome as usual and Dusty definitely kept me on my toes in both motos. The start of the first moto was a bit scary, as I hit a slick spot and kind of spun but I came out of the corner not too bad and was able to pick my way to the lead,” said Facciotti.

“The weather, track conditions and lappers made it really tough out there today. Under the circumstances I didn’t want to push too hard and risk DNFing, so taking second in both motos seemed like the smart thing to do,” said Klatt.

Tyler gettin' dirty

Topher Ingalls, who snared the first MX2 moto holeshot, and Spencer Knowles took turns leading the field for a few laps but they were no match for the Wild Rose MX Park mud bowl and a super focused Tyler Medaglia.

Tyler picking through the crowdStarting around fifth place, Medaglia wasted no time setting frontman Ingalls – Knowles had crashed early in the race – up for a pass. After dogging Ingalls for a few laps, Medaglia twisted the throttle on his YZ 250F a few extra notches and left the young American in his muddy roost.

Once up front Medaglia never looked back. He pulled a comfortable lead of some 10 seconds on his brother Jeremy, who crossed the finish line in second place.

Although the first Women’s and MX1 motos were run under sunny skies and a brisk wind that started to dry the track in places, the second MX2 moto got off the line with more rain falling from the heavens.

Tyler Politelli grabbed the holeshot in front of Knowles, Medaglia, Kieran Leigh and Kaven Benoit. Medaglia stayed in second for a few laps before sticking a pass on Knowles. Once he had Politelli in his sights, it took him only three more laps to take control of the moto.

As in the first moto Medaglia was never really threatened for position. He did what he had to do to keep at least three seconds on an on fire Politelli, stretching that to some 10 seconds at the checkered flag.

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“I got fairly decent starts that put me in a good position on the first lap. I didn’t try too hard to make up time right away. I tried to take my time and find some good lines and it worked out. The team did another great job prepping my bike so I knew that if I kept it together my chances of winning both motos were really good.”

“Everyone on the team has done their homework. The riders are definitely in shape, the bikes are working so well, all the sponsors and supporters have given us what we need to win again this year,” said team owner Jason Mitchell. “So far things have gone our way however we all know in racing that you can never get over-confident as things happen so our goal is to just take it lap by lap and race by race and keep everyone focused to take home the #1 plates again in 2011.”

Colt and Dusty take first and second overall

Tyler takes first place!

Round 4 of the points chase resumes on Sunday, June 26th, at Shadow Valley Raceway, Morden, MB.

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