Toyota Yamaha Fox Racing
(Calgary, August 10, 2008)
Photos: James Lissimore

Facciotti on top of the PodiumFACCIOTTI SHINES AT SAND DEL LEE

Team Toyota/Yamaha Blackfoot Fox’s Colton “The Janitor” Facciotti cleaned up in the mud at Sand Del Lee, near Richmond, Ontario, when the CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals sloshed its way to round eight on August 10. Facciotti dug his way to another weekend of back to back moto victories, stretching his lead in MX1 series points to 38.

Backing up Facciotti’s MX1 charge, Blair Morgan kept the YZ450F blue streak shining with his fifth-overall finish. “Colton started with 21 points over Tyler Medaglia, but then Tyler DNF’d the second moto so now Colton is 38 points up on Dusty Klatt,” explains Blackfoot’s Dean Thompson. “This is exciting, especially with guys like Nick Wey coming up from the ‘States and everything. I mean, we didn’t care about messing around with a factory American, but what’s cool is that we put our head down and came out on top. Again! We’re in this for the Championship, not just one race, but once again things just flowed in Colton’s favor.”

Colton FacciottiFacciotti adds “Ya, I’m feeling really good right now! This was another good weekend for me. I kinda’ got lucky the first moto when Dusty and Tyler collided with each other and I got by them. I didn’t have my greatest start, but was up in the top five or six and I made a few passes early on. I hung in there in third and just waited for them to make a mistake. Once I got around them and into the lead I just checked out.” In moto-two Facciotti got a great start which he quickly turned into another runaway victory. “In the second moto I was second off the start behind Blair,” continues Facciotti. “Then I got by him pretty quickly. I was just riding out front the whole time after that, trying to take it easy. I knew some American guys were coming up but I didn’t worry about them. I was only concentrating on Dusty and Medaglia and building my points lead. I just wanted to beat the guys that I had to, to win this championship! I’m glad the rain held out; I thought it was going to be a bad mud race for sure,” he laughs. “I don’t mind riding mud, it’s just tough for the teams to clean everything up afterwards.”

“It didn’t rain at all today,” says Thompson. “It was supposed to, but it held off so it was a perfect day of racing. Lots of spectators and the track was good. It was positive, and we are super happy for Colton. Our goal was to come out ahead and build on his points lead, and though we didn’t expect an extra 17 points we’ll take it! Racing is racing, and we’ve had our share of bad luck in the past, so it’s kinda’ nice to know it can happen to others as well.”

Blair MorganMorgan’s day at Sand Del Lee was another Toyota/Yamaha Blackfoot Fox success story. “The track was really muddy and a little bit one lined because of all the rain Friday night,” describes Morgan. “Once you got out of the main line there was just mud everywhere on Saturday practice. So today turned out not too badly, considering.” “Not too badly” is an understatement, because despite a difficult first moto Morgan managed to secure fifth overall for the day. “I got a bad start in the first moto and then fell right away,” he says. “I got going pretty good again until I fell with Chuck Mesley and ended up getting tenth. Moto two was better. I got the holeshot from the outside with Colton in second. Colt and Dusty got by me, and then about the halfway Keast got around me when I made a couple of mistakes. Nick Wey was coming up but I was able to hold him off and finished fourth. The track was a little tough for me for some reason. I just didn’t feel like I was riding as well as I had out West, so I’m happy things turned out as well for me as they did!”

With Aron Harvey and Jimmy Nelson on the sick list at Sand Del Lee, Toyota/Yamaha Blackfoot Fox and Canadian motocross legend and team mentor Jean Sebastien Roy have come up with a fun way to finish off the season at Walton.

JSR“Harvey’s broken femur means he’s done for the season, and Jimmy is still recuperating from his illness,” explains Thompson. “Our intent is to have Jimmy ready for Walton, and our news is that JSR will race the YZ250 two-stroke at Walton. He was planning to ride it at Sand Del Lee, but decided to wait until the last round. JSR has always been a two-stroke guy, so it will be fun for us to do the retro thing with him and listen to and smell him rip around at Walton on that thing! I think our Lead Tech Andrew McLean is just as much if not more excited to hear the sound of the two-stroke again.”

Morgan is also looking forward to next weekend, saying “I feel really good going into Walton, I just hope it doesn’t rain! I hope it’s hard packed, dry and dusty…I’m getting sick of all the mud and rain we’ve had this summer!” Like his teammate, Facciotti’s stoke-o-meter is also pegged for Walton. “I’ve done well at Walton for a couple years, and I really like the track. It’s fun, but you never know with the weather forecast at that place (laughs). Really I couldn’t have expected any more than the way things have gone this season so far. I just keep going out there and giving it my all, week by week. I hope things go well at Walton, because I have worked so hard this year and want this championship really badly!”

Morgan currently holds 261 points in the MX1 title chase, while Colton Facciotti waxes the competition with 354 points and a 38-point lead. Team Toyota/Yamaha Blackfoot Fox joins the annual Canadian celebration of Motocross and Final Round of the CMRC Series at Walton, Ontario August 16/17.

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