Toyota Yamaha Fox Racing
(Calgary, July 20, 2008)
Photos: James Lissimore

Facciotti and Morgan on top of the PodiumFACCIOTTI AND HARVEY ON TOP IN EDMONTON!

The CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals hit a new venue, Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway, for round six July 20. In a repeat performance of Nanaimo, Toyota/Yamaha Blackfoot Fox’s Aron Harvey shredded his YZ250F around the track to take victories in both MX2 motos! Last weekend’s overall MX1 winner, Colton Facciotti, soundly thumped the big-bore competition and left behind the drama of a tight points battle as he took control of the MX1 series with back to back moto wins! Adding a little kick to the Blackfoot victory party punchbowl, both riders posted the fastest times in qualifying in their respective classes!

Blackfoot’s Dean Thompson acknowledges “The MX2 shakeup is crazy. Aron was 38 points back a few rounds ago, but now he’s only 12 points back from the championship. He grabbed both holeshots as well this weekend, so he’s pretty pumped! Colton went 1-1 and Blair went 5-2 for second overall.”

Castrol raceway was a hit with fans and racers, well prepped with a park-like pit area. “The guys at Castrol Raceway did a great job,” says Blackfoot’s Joe Skidd. “They started off with a flat field, so the track was entirely man made, but it was no Supercross. As man-made as it was they did a ton of work with the dozer and just did a super job with the track, building off-cambers and interesting sections.”

Colton FacciottiFacciotti, fastest in qualifying, quickly came to terms with the new track. “This was a good day for sure,” he says. “Awesome! I had the fastest qualifying times. I didn’t have the greatest start in the first moto but about halfway through I got into the lead and just put it on cruise control. I was just in the zone today, you know? The track was good and the weather was awesome, nice and warm. Probably the hottest national we’ve had so far this year.” Feeling strong and confident going into moto-two, Facciotti again recovered from a mediocre start to quickly take the lead and check out, this time with Blackfoot teammate Blair Morgan in tow. “The second moto went a little better,” he continues. “I mean, I didn’t get the best start but took over about four or five laps in with Blair right behind me. He was pushing me and I was pushing him. We were going hard, putting about a 25 second gap on the rest of the field.” Those back to back wins put Facciotti out front in the MX1 points battle; a stressful place to be, but he nonchalantly says “I’m 11 points ahead now, but I don’t think it really matters. I just need to keep doing what I’ve been doing and build on that points lead over the next three races.”

Blair MorganMorgan was flying in Edmonton, netting fifth in moto-one and second in moto-two to take second overall aboard his YZ450F. “I liked the track a lot,” Saskatchewan native Morgan says. “The dirt is similar to what I normally ride, so I felt right at home. It was pretty warm, but not crazy hot. The sun was really strong, you know typical prairie weather.” That home-court advantage definitely worked in Morgan’s favor. “Saturday I felt really good on the track, so I knew I could run up front with those guys. In moto-one I came back from a bad start, I got tangled up with Colton actually, then just worked my way through and almost caught (Tyler) Medaglia at the finish line. It was kinda’ like a replay of Regina! For moto-two I just wanted to get a good start, and I did get third or something right behind Colton and Medaglia. Those guys weren’t pulling away. I got by Medaglia right away and just trailed Colton for the rest of the moto, (Laughs) I just hitched a ride behind him. He’d pull away a little bit and I’d close it up a little bit.” Skidd elaborates on Morgan’s story. “This is one of the first years for Blair to start off healthy, and since the snocross season ended a bit early this year he was able to get some pre-season training in with the other guys. He’s certainly not here to spectate! Morgan kept Colton honest in that second moto, just 2.8 seconds back at one point.”

True to his word, Morgan has been steadily stepping it up and wracking up points as the series heads East to Moncton, NB. “I gained a few points, so I’m still in fourth,” he says. “I feel really good going into Moncton. I’ve done well there in the past, I really like the track and had the fastest qualifying time there last year. Our bikes work really well on hard pack, we have the Michelin Bib Mousses sorted out which we have been running the past few rounds and will finish the season out on them so it should be good.”

Jimmy NelsonJimmy Nelson has been fighting off health problems this season, his brilliant flashes of speed tempered by illness. In qualifying it looked like Nelson had finally shaken the bug, jamming his way to fifth fastest. In moto-one, eager to prove himself, Nelson worked his bike and body beyond their limits. Joe Skidd explains “Jimmy rides very hard, always on the main jet. We did everything we could to help him with fuel economy but when you rev the motorcycle that high all the time you just go through a lot of gas. We’ve been helping him concentrate on riding in a lower RPM range ever since he started with a 450. It’s a shame because he is still racing sick, fighting off this stomach virus, and he used everything he had in the first moto. He was firmly planted in sixth, which would have been a great finish, until he ran out of gas on the last lap. By the second moto he was really ill, having problems with his vision and everything, so he pulled off. It was just too dangerous for him to continue.”

Aron Harvey on top of the PodiumWith weekly improvements in his results, race fans knew it was only a matter of time before Harvey and his YZ250F were on top of the podium. Last weekend in Nanaimo Harvey did just that, double victories. Lightning struck twice again this weekend in Edmonton, where Harvey decimated the MX2 class. “Aron is healthy now,” Skidd says proudly. “He started the season fresh off a compound fractured wrist, so we weren’t even sure he’d make the first few rounds. Now he’s doing what we thought he could do all along. To Blackfoot, Aron is no surprise at all, this is why we picked him in the first place. It was just delayed because of his injuries.” With the fastest time in MX2 qualifying, Aron went to moto-one with the confidence of knowing that a repeat of his Nanaimo performance was possible. “This is one of the best tracks yet,” says Harvey. “They did a really good job and it was awesome. Anyway, I just got good starts and pulled away and rode my own race. I was just out there having fun.”

Aron HarveyFor Harvey, having fun means leaving the pack in the dust. “In the first moto I got the holeshot, then Beaton passed me and we battled for a bit until he fell. After that I just checked out. In the second moto I holeshot again. I had no problem with lappers; man, I usually get tangled up with them and fall and stuff, but this time it was no problem at all. It was just a good day. I feel way better on my bike. It took a little time to get used to race pace after my injury but the YZ250F is so awesome, so things are going really good.” Just 12 points away from the number one spot in the MX2 championship, Harvey modestly says “I’m just chipping away at each race, doing the best I can. I’m closer than I was, so I’m feeling really good going into the next round.”

“This was a great day!” elates Skidd. “Everything clicked, and all the work we’ve put in is paying off. I have no doubt that from all sides, riders, management, everyone, that Toyota/Yamaha Fox is the hardest working team in Canadian motocross. It’s nice to see it all come together like this.” Harvey holds second in the MX2 series, his 228 points just 12 shy of the leader. Facciotti leads MX1 by 11 points with 243, while Morgan holds fourth with 202 and Nelson runs ninth with 112. The Toyota/Yamaha Fox is once again leading the competition, taking control of the premiere MX1 series and within striking distance in MX2. It will be exciting watching Canada’s top motocross team at Moncton’s Riverglade Raceway, round seven of the CMRC Monster Energy Motocross National Series, August 2!

A special thank you to our 2008 Team Sponsors:

Toyota Yamaha Fox Racing
Operated by Blackfoot Racing Inc.
Contact: Dean Thompson
(403) 214-2855

Blair Morgan
Colton Facciotti
Jimmy Nelson
Aron Harvey