Team Yamaha Red Bull Fox Racing wraps up 18th Championship in 12 Years of Pro Racing in Canada in Final Round at Walton, Ontario

Facciotti Rips up the track

Although the weather was anything but perfect for the final round of the Canadian Motocross Nationals at Walton Raceway in Walton, Ontario on Sunday, it was a perfect day of racing for Colton Facciotti and Tyler Medaglia. The duo finished the season with the overall win in MX1 and MX2 respectively.

And with the official crowning of Facciotti as MX1 Champion and Medaglia as MX2 Champion, it was the culmination of another perfect season of racing for Team Yamaha Red Bull Blackfoot Fox Racing wrapping up their 17th and 18th National Championships in the 12 years of competing in Pro Racing in Canada.

Not only did the team secure both titles – with Dusty Klatt claiming runner-up in MX1 – it was a DNF-free season that furthermore proved the reliability and power of the Yamaha YZ 450F and YZ 250F motocross bikes. It is also testimony to the dependability of the quality aftermarket sponsorship products used to prep the bikes for top-level nationals competition.

The Boys sign posters for fans

“We’re very excited to claim two more championships and proud of the fact that we finished every moto started in both classes this year. That is every rider’s and team manager’s dream. It’s also acclamation for our sponsors that have supported us with the best of the best in aftermarket parts and support,” said Blackfoot Racing’s Jason Mitchell. “Although Colton, Dusty, and Tyler took care of business on the track, it is thanks to our incredible team staff and team manager Dean Thompson’s meticulous work behind the scenes that everything came together without a hitch.”

The final round of the season was definitely one of survival of man and machine. Gusting winds, heavy rains, and a bombardment of hail turned the sweeping natural terrain TransCan Grand National track into a muddy quagmire. Fortunately Walton was spared the devastation caused by thunderstorms and a vicious tornado that descended on nearby Goderich.

While many a rider struggled through the deep ruts and pools of water, Facciotti cruised to victory in a muddy MX1 moto – winning by well over a minute –the second moto was cancelled – while Medaglia did the same in MX2. Although both MX2 motos were run, the second one was shortened to 15 minutes plus two laps, due to the severe weather conditions.


In the first MX2 moto, Medaglia, who had become the proud father of a baby boy early Sunday morning, grabbed the holeshot and then led most of the moto only to let Amderican Darryn Durham by for a lap or two. On the final lap Medgalia capitalized on Kurhams’s mistakes and took over the lead for the win at the ehcekers. He was never threatened for position by the rest of the contenders as they slugged it out by themselves or DNFd.

American guest rider Darryn Durham finished second in front of a scattered chase group some distance back, which included Austin Politelli, Jeremy Medaglia and Kaven Benoit. When the checkered flag was waved they completed the top-five finishers.

Its A Boy


The second moto holeshot went to a super fast Durham, but it didn’t take Medaglia very long to dispose of the interloper. Medaglia was never threatened for the lead position by second place running Politelli. Meanwhile, second and fourth in the points chase, Kaven Benoit did not start and Jeremy Medaglia, disappeared from the track along with Durham and 11 other riders.

“People say that your first championship is usually the most exciting and memorable, but to me this one will always be remembered as the most special. I wasn’t just racing for myself and Heidi Cooke today, but for our newborn baby boy Talon as well,” said Medaglia. “All in all it was a great season for me and I would like to thank everyone involved with Team Yamaha Red Bull Blackfoot Fox Racing for their support and belief in me. Without a doubt our team is magical and has the experience, equipment and management to win championships and I am very proud to be part of such a successful program.”

FacciottiIn the first and only MX1 moto, Facciotti pegged the holeshot to lead the mud-splattered freight train until he made an error that cost him two positions some four laps into the race. A cool and calm Facciotti quickly regrouped to reclaim the lead a few laps later and then checked out.

By the time Facciotti crossed the finish line, he had accumulated enough of a lead to already be parked by the podium when second place finisher, Swiss guest rider and 2011 MX3 World Champion Julien Bill, greeted the checkered flag.

“It wasn’t my favourite track condition today, that’s for sure, but I got a pretty good start that put me into the lead early. Then I went and made a little mistake that put me into third, but I managed to recover from that and retake the lead,” said Facciotti. “It was a great way to end the season for myself and the team. My goal this year was to claim the championship by winning every moto. I got the title but I came up a little short on the motos, although my consistency this year proved to be the winning formula.”

Meanwhile, Klatt, who wanted to win just as badly as his teammate, saw his race one of catching up rather than battling up front. Another rider took him down in turn one, which saw Klatt remount dead last. What would prove to be a daunting challenge for many a rider proved to be a minor inconvenience for the multi-time champion.

Congrats on Runner up MX1 Dusty!

Although he already had second place in the championship secured at Round 8, the Vancouver Islander showed true grit and a motocross heart once he was back in the saddle. By the end of the moto, Klatt had ploughed through the muck, picking off rider after rider, to finish a noteworthy fourth place.

“Obviously today was not the greatest for me, but I had no intention to finish outside of the top-five after being taken down in turn one. It was a pretty horrific mud race by any standard so finishing in the top 5 was still good,” said Klatt. “It was a long season. Despite its ups and downs, that saw me struggle at a few rounds, I ran pretty consistent and solid to finish runner-up in the championship. It would have been nice to win another title, but Colton was really on top of his game this year.”

Yamaha Red Bull Blackfoot Fox Racing would like to congratulate Colton Facciotti and Tyler Medaglia for delivering the team its 17th and 18th national motocross championship. Kudos goes to Dusty Klatt for finishing runner-up in MX1.

Finish Line!

Both Tyler and Colton will be attending AMA Southwick and Steel City rounds in the next few weeks aboard their race bikes to see how they will stack up against the top competitors in the US.

After winning 3 Canadian National Championships in MX-1 Colton Facciotti is focused on securing a ride for 2012 in the US therefore the team wishes him and Tyler the best in there venture down south.

We also wish to extend a huge “thank you” to our team staff and to our quality sponsors for helping us to make 2011 another winning season.

MX2 Podium

Congrats Tyler!


MX1 Series Points
1 Colton Facciotti 410
2 Dusty Klatt 352
3 Teddy Maier 278
4 Kyle Keast 263
5 Matt Goerke 221
6 Shawn Maffenbeier 200
7 Bobby Kiniry 196
8 Mason Phillips 194
9 Michael Willard 163
10 Kevin Urquhart 161

MX2 Points Standings After 8 Rounds
1 Tyler Medaglia 401
2 Kaven Benoit 322
3 Austin Politelli 317
4 Jeremy Medaglia 269
5 Tyler Sjoberg 250
6 Kieran Leigh 199
7 Brad Nauditt 192
8 Topher Ingalls 180
9 Dylan Kaelin 138
10 Dylan Schmoke 126

Thank you for following us throughout the season! Cheers to all of our supporters, fans, sponsors and team!

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