Toyota Yamaha Fox Racing
(Calgary, July 13, 2008)
Photos: James Lissimore


Round five of the CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals was held at the notoriously rough ‘Wastelands’ track in Nanaimo, BC July 13. This time it was Toyota/Yamaha Blackfoot Fox’s rising MX2 star Aron Harvey making headlines with back to back moto wins! While Harvey and his YZ250F dominated the small-bore class Colton Facciotti and Blair Morgan thumped their YZ450F’s to MX1 podium finishes.

The Wastelands venue was much improved over previous years, with many changes the riders appreciated. “The track was pretty good,” says moto-guru Blair Morgan. “I’ve been coming here for a long time and it’s always been choppy and rocky and dusty. They ran it backwards this year and I think it worked out. Last year was the worst I’ve seen it here, but this year was the best.” Perhaps nobody liked the track more than Aron Harvey, who crushed his MX2 competition.

Aron Harvey“Yeah, I’ve been working really hard and I wanted to be up there on top of the podium,” Harvey modestly explains. “It felt good to be the fastest, even in practice. Everything just came together and worked out this weekend.” Those wins didn’t come easy for Harvey, though his fans knew it was inevitable he’d take over as the season progressed. Blackfoot’s Dean Thompson continues “Aron rode really, really well this weekend! He got good starts and showed he was the fastest guy. His lap times were incredible. That was the highlight of the weekend for sure!” Harvey holeshot moto-one, pulling a sizable lead that he was able to maintain despite tangling with lapped riders. He tells “In moto-one I got the holeshot and just checked out after that and got the win. I hit a lapper and fell but I was lucky I had a good enough lead and kept it running so I didn’t lose much time.”

In moto-two Harvey again had to fight for his win, this time with luck on his side after a battle with fellow Yamaha rider Kyle Beaton. “In the second moto I didn’t get a great start but moved to second real quick and passed Beaton for the lead,” says Harvey. “We went back and forth a bunch of times; we were really going at it, but it was fun. I noticed a line that was a little faster and started to catch him until I fell. He got quite a way ahead of me until he had a bike issue and I took the win. I’m definitely looking forward to the next round!” Thompson and the entire Blackfoot team were stoked with Harvey’s back to back victories. “Our goal was to get Aron a win,” says Thompson. “After overcoming his pre-season injury and getting some time on the bike he’s been getting faster and faster each weekend. To come out winning, not just a his first moto but both motos was an accomplishment we knew he could attain, really shows how he’s progressed. He’s always been one of the fastest guys on the track, but never got great starts. He’s been practicing starts like crazy and it really showed this weekend! Aron and Beaton battled really hard the second moto, swapping back and forth every corner. Just a great ride watching those Yamaha’s dice it out for the lead! Aron’s pumped and we are pumped for him!”

Jimmy NelsonAboard their YZ450F’s in the MX1 class Colton Facciotti, Blair Morgan, and Jimmy Nelson kept the Blackfoot winning streak alive. Nelson, battling a recurring stomach problem, finished strongly despite his illness. “Jimmy got sick,” explains Thompson. “He has been having some stomach issues. In the first moto he had to pull back because his stomach was bothering him so badly. He tried to ride the second moto and finished it, but it was really beating him. We are proud of him for not only starting that second moto but finishing it.” Nelson’s determination netted him sixth in moto-one, 12th in moto-two, and ninth place overall for the day. Not bad for a sick guy!

Blair MorganMorgan has been showing speed this season that’s left younger riders scrambling to catch up. Nanaimo was no exception as Morgan cranked out a second place in moto-one and fourth in moto-two, good for third overall and a lockdown on fourth in series points. “Today went really well,” says Blackfoot’s veteran rider. “I had good starts in both motos, so I’m pretty happy about that. “In the first moto Colton passed me once but then he stalled and I got back into second. Northrop put in a charge but I held him off.” Moto-two was tougher for Morgan as he battled vision problems. “I got a decent start, maybe seventh or eighth, and I knew if I got second I’d get the overall,” he explains. “I caught up to Homans and Northrop but then I got a piece of dirt in my eye. I couldn’t see and my eye was watering but I just couldn’t blink it out. I kept in there but not like I would have liked to.” He is looking forward to round-six and his chances of moving further up the championship ladder. “I’m looking forward to Edmonton. It’s a new track, nobody has an advantage and I’m excited about riding it. Hopefully I can sneak my Yamaha into the top three in the series!”

For Facciotti, Nanaimo was more of the same as he continued to prove that he is the fastest rider in Canada. “I was first in practice,” he says proudly. “That went well, but in the first moto I got a terrible start and had to work my way up to second. (laughs) Joe says I left my brain in the truck! I stalled my bike and dropped back a few positions to third or fourth, then crashed again. I kept it running that time and ended up in fourth. It wasn’t my greatest moto ever, but I salvaged some points so that’s ok I guess.” As the championship points race tightened Facciotti focused on moto-two and pulled to the line ready to attack. He used a decent start as the springboard to catapult himself into the lead by the end of lap one. Never looking back, Facciotti extended his lead on the pack. “The second moto went a lot better!” says Facciotti. “I got into the lead on lap one and pretty much ran away with it, a 25 second lead or something.” He laughs “That was a little redemption for that first moto…”

Colton Facciotti“There was a big shakeup in points this weekend, now Colton is just one-point back from the Championship lead,” says Thompson. After Colton missed Gopher due to injury our goal was to get Colton in the lead after Edmonton, and now only one point back it’s within our grasp. Blair was unbelievable this weekend. He ran so strongly in the first moto. In the second moto he got something in his eye and couldn’t see but still managed third overall. Colton and Aron both got holeshots, two wins in MX2 and first and third overall in MX1…it was great to get Yamaha on top of the box again where they deserve to be!” For Facciotti, round-six is his chance to take over control of the series. “I feel great about the next round!” he exclaims. “I’m one-point down now. The points chase gets closer but that keeps things exciting!”

The team would also like to thank Nanaimo Toyota for the hospitality they provided the team prior to the race.

With Harvey tightening the gap in the MX2 series with 176 points for second overall, Facciotti sitting in second with only one point back on first in MX1 with 193, Morgan in fourth with 164, and Nelson in ninth with 110, team Toyota/Yamaha Blackfoot Fox is in control of the series and within striking distance of national titles in two classes. Stay tuned as team they storm into round-six of the CMRC Monster Energy Motocross National Series at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway July 19/20.

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