Colton Facciotti No.1 in MX1 - Eric Nye No.1 in MX2 Aug 18, 2008 6:06pm
- press release -
As expected Team Toyota Yamaha Blackfoot Fox Racing's Colton Facciotti and KTM Royal Distributing Thor Riverside MX's Eric Nye were crowned M1 and MX2 National Champions respectively at the final round of the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals in Walton, Ontario on Sunday. Facciotti put the finishing touch on the nine-round series by recording his sixth clean sweep of the season while Nye carded 6-2 motos to claim 4th overall on the day.
Both Facciotti and Nye came to the storied Walton TransCan Grand National more or less assured of finishing the weekend as champions. While Facciotti signed off the MX1 season in grand style with yet another double moto win, Nye did what he had to do to secure the MX2 title by riding to a 4th place finish.
In the final round of the MX1 points chase, most of the action centred on the remaining top ten positions behind Facciotti who took control of the first moto on lap four from Team Suzuki Rockstar OTSFF's Tyler Medaglia. Medaglia, still nursing the after-effects of a crash at Round 8, which included a bruised kidney, held onto 2nd place till lap nine, when Facciotti's teammate Blair Morgan squeezed by for a pass. Morgan went on to take 2nd at the checkered while Medaglia kept control of 3rd. Monster Energy Cernics Kawasaki's Dusty Klatt, who rounded turn one in 2nd place just ahead of Facciotti, went down on the second lap to remount towards the back of the pack. He managed to pick his way through the field to take 11th at the checkered.
Moto two saw Facciotti take the holeshot and basically check out in front of a pursuit group that included Medaglia, Team Green Factory Connection's Ryan Blizzard, KTM mounted Liam O'Farrell, Factory Connection Yamaha's Simon Homans, and Blair Morgan. Medaglia stayed in 2nd place until lap six, when he hit a rut and went for a Walton soil sample. A shook up Medaglia finished the moto in 28th place after a back-of-the-pack remount. He carded 10th overall on the day. Medaglia's crash saw 2nd place go to Morgan who would once again follow Facciotti across the finish line, albeit at a sizeable distance. Homans finished 3rd, O'Farrell 4th, and Klatt 5th. Morgan recorded 2nd overall on the day while Homans, who finished 5th in the first moto, sealed the overall podium with 3rd.
The battle for runner-up in the series between Klatt, who finished 5th overall on the strength of his 11-5 motos, and Medaglia ended in Klatt's favour. The Vancouver Islander finished with 331 points to Facciotti's 393. Medaglia, riding his first full season in the MX1 class, recorded 314 points.
In MX2 action, Kyle Beaton snared the holeshot of the first moto to lead the freight train all the way to the final lap, only to see Motosport Xtreme Kawasaki's Dean Wilson stick a pass on him with just a few hundred meters remaining in the moto. Team Suzuki Rockstar OTSFF's Jeremy Medaglia, who started 3rd, briefly dropped back to 5th place around the midway mark to then reclaim 3rd by the end of the moto.
In moto two, Medaglia took over the lead from holeshooter Wilson in the second corner after a crash by Wilson. Medaglia, winning his first ever pro moto, arrived at the finish line some 10 seconds ahead of Eric Nye. The Californian had installed himself in 2nd place on lap four. Beaton, who started around 5th place, settled into 3rd on lap four and stayed there until his bike gave up the ghost with four laps to go. A hapless Beaton finished 11th overall on the day but he still had enough points wrap up the series as runner-up to Nye.
With his impressive 3-1 results, Medaglia more than lived up to expectations as top rookie of the series to claim his first-ever national overall. He closed the season with a No.5 ranking. Leading Edge Kawasaki's Teddy Maier, who finished 3rd in the championship, claimed 2nd overall on the strength of 4-3 motos. Wilson, who remounted dead last after his fist lap crash, sliced his way back to 8th place to take 3rd overall on the day.