Toyota Yamaha Fox Racing
(Calgary, August 4, 2008)
Photos: James Lissimore


The CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals sailed east to the Maritimes August 3, making a stop at rocky Riverglade MX Park in Moncton, NB. Once again sweeping his way to double victories, team Toyota/Yamaha Blackfoot Fox’s Colton Facciotti dusted the MX1 pack by a 20-second margin in both motos! A little further back, Blair Morgan added polish to the Blackfoot victory with fifth overall. Blackfoot’s Joe Skidd exclaimed “I’m giving Colt a new nickname; the Janitor! He’s just cleaning up!”

Aron HarveyThat MX1 success was tempered somewhat when Aron Harvey, in contention for a MX2 title, crashed in moto-one. “Aron broke his left femur while enjoying a six second lead in moto one,” tells Skidd. “He just highsided and went over the top, landing on a hay bale that was waterlogged. It’s a shame that Harvey, after totally shaking up the MX2 class this season, had his assault on the MX2 title cut short with only two rounds to go. We wish him a speedy recovery and would like to thank him for giving it 100% all season long.”

Jimmy Nelson was also on the sidelines, still seriously ill. “We made a decision on Wednesday,” explains Skidd. We knew Jimmy was ill and has been struggling with his health all season, so we decided it was best for him to stay home and rest so he can come back for Walton. Jimmy’s health at this time is much more important than anything else right now. I spoke to him today, and he is feeling a little better, so we are hoping that he is ready to go for Walton.”

Blair MorganThat left Morgan and Facciotti alone to fly the Blackfoot banner, a challenge they took on proudly. The Moncton track was much different than Edmonton had been, taking a little while to adapt to. “The track was soft and rocky, a little bit one-lined but perhaps we are just comparing it to Edmonton which was so wide,” described Morgan in the pouring rain that let loose following the races. “Totally a different type of track than the last round. It felt like it was just about to rain all day, and I’m glad it held off until now!” Morgan struggled once again with vision problems when some dirt got loose in his goggles and went into his eye. Still, he put in a couple of great rides, seventh in moto-one and fifth in moto-two. “I felt good and everything, and my results were good after coming from the back of the pack,” says Morgan. “I spun really badly off the start, so going into the first corner I was just about dead last and had to work my way up from about 17th. I kept pace with Medaglia in the second moto, so I felt good about that! I had dirt floating around in my goggles and it got into my eye, just like before, and I couldn’t see. Considering how things went I was pretty happy with fifth overall.”

Colton FacciottiFacciotti hammered the competition in both motos on his YZ450F, up front, unchallenged and on the gas. “The first moto I got a decent start and took over the lead on the first lap and just checked out from there to a 20 second lead,” says Facciotti. “In the second moto I got the holeshot and just never looked back,” He laughs “Yeah, it’s getting maybe a little bit boring for the spectators…but not for me though!” Just what is it that makes Facciotti mop up the competition so easily? “It’s just the combination of pre-season preparation and a great bike,” he says, modestly adding “…and maybe some luck!”

With two rounds left, the season is heating up. “I’m looking forward to Sand Del Lee,” says Morgan. “Last year I was running up front there, and I think that this year with the way the bikes are working I can do well there.” Facciotti, stoked to be in charge of the series, is hoping to continue his streak at Sand Del Lee and Walton. “I’m really looking forward to the next two races and building on my points lead and staying consistent,” he says. “It’s kind of a bummer that Aron got hurt and Jimmy’s been sick, but the show must go on and Blair and I did a good job this weekend. It doesn’t really seem like its put any extra pressure on us though. Man, I just go out there and ride!”

Morgan currently holds fourth in the MX1 point’s race, with 232. Nelson, even after missing several races this season, still hangs in there in 11th. Way out front though, the series is all about Colton Facciotti and his 21-point lead with 293!

Team Toyota/Yamaha Blackfoot Fox makes its next stop at Sand Del Lee Raceway near Ottawa, Ontario, August 9/10.

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