Toyota Yamaha Fox Racing
(Calgary, May 14, 2008)
Photos: James Lissimore


Team Toyota/Yamaha Blackfoot Fox Racing has been busy preparing for another exciting Canadian motocross season! When the CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Series kicks off May 24 at Ste.Julie the boys in blue will be ready. Guiding the team is perennial champ Jean Sebastien Roy, who will be using his wealth of experience to point MX1 riders Blair Morgan, Colton Facciotti and Jimmy Nelson and their YZ450Fs toward the podium. Joining the Blackfoot veterans is a new face, Aron Harvey, who will be racing a YZ250F in the newly formed coast-to-coast MX2 series.

JSR will be spending the 2008 season with Blackfoot putting his Championship winning history to good use as a tutor and mentor for the team. “The reason I’m down here in Georgia is to train the guys and stay in shape myself,” he laughs. “Everyone is here and we’re all enjoying the warm weather and getting into shape. The team is pretty much managed by Joe Skidd and Dean Thompson and Jason Mitchell. On my side I pretty much take care of the riders, training and helping them with their practice bikes and parts supply and stuff. The biggest thing is to ride with them and make sure they are doing what they have to do to win. We’re using the same program I’ve used the last few years, plus we’re riding together and pushing each other.” Working with established riders, JSR is focusing on the little things that might make the difference. “They are all showing a little bit of improvement, but they are all professionals and were riding super-fast already,” he explains. “It’s not like working with amateurs who show big improvements every day. It doesn’t take much at this level to make a difference between first and second. If you watch the guys in the top five they are all going really fast. We’re really we are working hard on fitness. These guys will not be fading during the motos, that’s for sure!”

Aron HarveyHarvey, 20, of Carson City, Nevada, is bringing a strong moto-resume to the team. As an amateur he was always near or at the top at Ponca City and Loretta Lynn’s, despite getting a late start in racing. “I didn’t start racing until I was 14,” he says. “I’ve ridden since I was about three out in the desert on weekends and stuff, but I was really into baseball and all that. I mean, I wanted to race but my parents thought it was too dangerous. My dad never raced motocross, but was involved in Dirt Track racing. He didn’t realize what a good family sport motocross could be, but when high school sports politics became too much my dad finally said ‘Ok, you can race.” That late start quickly morphed into a skyrocketing career. “I’d only ever ridden in the desert growing up,” Harvey continues. “Actually, Bob Hannah used to live near me and I ride on one of his old practice tracks! My first amateur title at Ponca, well I’ll never forget that one! I got third at Loretta’s one year and fifth in the Pro class there another year. My first Supercross was pretty cool too, but I’m an outdoor guy for sure.” Harvey has been on Yamaha’s for most of his career and is excited about the opportunity to race for Toyota/Yamaha Blackfoot Fox Racing in Canada. “They had a try-out in Calgary and Jimmy Nelson told Blackfoot about me. He lives about three hours from me and I grew up watching him race. Dean (Thompson) called me and I went up there and rode well and got the job. I had followed the Canadian series on TV and in magazines, so I knew a little about it already.”

Jimmy NelsonJimmy Nelson, Yamaha’s 2007 MX2-WEST champion, makes the move to the bike bikes in the premiere MX1 Class for 2008. “I’ll be riding the YZ450F this year. I’ve been down here training with Colton and JSR for a couple of weeks getting used to it and by the time the season starts I’ll be ready to roll,” he says. Stoked to be back with Blackfoot, Nelson explains “Everyone on the team has worked really hard. I want to give the team everything I have this year. I want to be top-three and carry my success from the last two years into the big bikes this season.”

Blair Morgan, the veteran of the Canadian Nationals, is back in form after a rough year in 2007. “I’m feeling really, really good about 2008,” says Morgan. “Last year we struggled a little bit with setup and things, but we’ve worked hard over the winter and I think this will be the comeback of the old unbeatable Blackfoot days!” After spending the winter focusing on snocross Morgan is glad to be back in the saddle of his YZ450F. “Each year snocross gets harder and harder,” he explains. “I spent so much time snocrossing this winter, which really keeps the competitive juices flowing and keeps me at a higher, more intense mental level for racing. I’ve only got a few hours on my bike this spring so far but it feels like I never got off of it in the fall. I’m feeling really comfortable already! We had a late start because we got so much snow this year and it’s been too muddy to ride for most of the spring. I’m planning on going to Georgia to ride as well.” After pounding a few laps on his 2008 practice bike Morgan knew his chances were good for a strong MX1 season. “This year my practice bike is so close to the race bike it even has last year’s race motor,” says Morgan. “It’s got the good suspension settings…just like the race bike. We had some weird stuff happen last year that was out of our hands, then I banged my head pretty hard in the first round and JSR got a concussion too…things that were just bad luck. I know this year we will come out stronger right from day one! I want to start off strong and be consistently in the top 3 like I was in ’06.”

Colton FacciottiColton Facciotti, who finished the 2007 season in second overall, is excited about returning to the MX1 podium in 2008. “We’re very organized this year and the race bike is 100%,” says Facciotti. His confidence has grown over the off-season thanks to heavy training in the U.S under the guidance of JSR. “I’ve been practicing with JSR down here in Georgia since February,” he explains. “My practice bike is as good as my race bike was last year. I feel better than I did last year and JSR has been pushing me pretty hard. He’s been here every day with me telling me what to do and what not to do. He has so much knowledge but he’s also a patient instructor and just a good guy to hang out with. All of the guys have been working really hard to make this the best season yet! My main goal is to win. After getting second last year…well there is nothing more for me to do than win! I know it is within my grasp.”

You can witness the Toyota/Yamaha Blackfoot Fox war machine powering its way through the Canadian Nationals starting at Ste.Julie, QC, May 24.

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