Walton: Team Toyota Yamaha BlackfootDirect.com Fox RacingAug 21, 2008 6:06am
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FACCIOTTI CLINCHES HIS FIRST MX1 CHAMPIONSHIP AND TEAM ENDS SEASON WITH A 1-2 PUNCH
Team Toyota/Yamaha Blackfoot Fox’s Colton Facciotti hammered his way to another double moto victory at Walton August 17. That more than sealed the championship for Facciotti, who overpowered the competition at Walton with huge leads in both motos. “I was just having a lot of fun out there today,” he said afterwards. “I felt a little nervous going into the first moto to get the championship over and done with, but once I got the lead after the first few laps I just focused on riding smooth. Winning both motos in Walton was awesome as getting the sword and being the King of Walton is a dream come true. This is the highlight of my year by far.” What are Facciotti's future plans? I plan on attending the last AMA round in a couple of weeks and then prepare for the MXON and Montreal. After that I am going to take a break and let some of my injuries heal.
Facciotti credits his success to the Toyota/Yamaha Blackfoot team. “With the whole team behind me I cannot narrow it down to one person,” he says. “JSR has been a big help on the bike and off, but really the team has put so much effort into this Championship run. They wanted the best for me and all my team mates and that's what we have had all year. The Yamaha bike’s are simply the best and the whole team has been awesome. I could not ask for much more!”
Blair Morgan was also on the gas, riding like a man possessed in moto-two to finish second. “This whole day was great,” says Morgan. “Finishing 2-2 behind Colt made for a solid 1-2 punch for the day which ended the season perfect for the team.” The 2008 season has been one of Morgan's strongest, finishing 4th overall for the season – a mere 9 points shy of the #3 plate. “I can't believe it's over already,” he continues. “Except for a couple of unfortunate moto finishes I think I could have been up in third in the standings, for sure.” Morgan caught and chased down Tyler Medaglia for second in both motos which was a great show of riding and conditioning.
Jimmy Nelson was back on the bike after battling an illness all season. “I don't feel 100% yet,” he says. “However I did pretty well. I had good qualifying times and finished sixth in the first moto. In the second moto I went down and couldn't get my bike started for awhile. Hopefully next year I will be able to come back stronger... getting sick halfway through and then struggling the rest of the season was very frustrating. I was just not my normal self and after winning the last two MX2 titles for the team I wished I could have had a better finish however I am not going to give up, that is for sure.”
One of the highlights of Walton was Team Toyota/Yamaha Blackfoot Fox's and JSR's decision for the veteran rider to come out of retirement to race a Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke at Walton. JSR has one as his personal practice bike and to use for local races, and said “It's just a really good bike and I enjoy riding it. I'm not here to prove anything, just to ride it and have fun.” All ears were on his screaming two-stroke as he blasted his way to fourth fastest time in qualifying, causing a huge stir with his fans lining the track. Unfortunately, a twisted ankle cut his charge short on race day. A mediocre start left him charging through the pack to catch up to the 450s. “I twisted my ankle yesterday in practice, and this morning to get out of bed just to walk and get dressed was difficult. But I promised people that I would race the bike, so I lined up for the first moto. I got a tough start and I was more worried about Colton clinching the Championship that I think my focus on riding was a little off. I sure didn't want to get in his way. It was great to hear my fans cheering for me all the way around the track.” JSR's smoky charge put him all the way to fifth by motos end, but he was too sore to ride moto-two.
Other than the disappointing crash that ended Aron Harvey’s run for the Championship, the team had an excellent year winning 8 overalls in the MX1 series and 2 overalls in the MX2 series. Backing that up with even more podium finishes in both classes, the team proved this year that with all brands equal it is the people on the team, the sponsors, and supporters that build championships. We could not have done it without everyone that is part of our program.
Special thanks and congratulations to the riders, all our team members, the staff at Yamaha Canada, Fox Racing, Toyota, Dubach Racing, Michelin, PR2, Hinson, Renthal, Throttle Jockey, Haan Wheels, Oakley, Cycra, Works Connection, Twin Air and all our other great sponsors!