Team Toyota Yamaha Red Bull Blackfoot Fox Racing

June 29, 2009

 

Facciotti and Harvey return to the top of the podium in Morden

Klatt & FacciottiThe Toyota Yamaha Red Bull Blackfoot Fox Racing team brought out the winning formula once again on June 28th, 2009 at Shadow Valley Raceway in Morden, Manitoba; with team athletes Colton Facciotti and Aron Harvey chalking up first overall finishes in their respective classes. Strong performances were also delivered by team riders Dusty Klatt and Kyle Beaton as well, with Klatt taking third overall in the MX1 class and Beaton finishing fourth in MX2 despite suffering the pain of a nagging wrist injury.

The Morden race was about redemption for Harvey, who has struggled with bad luck and off-days since the season began. He would not be denied on this day however, as he used his potent Yamaha YZ250F to pull strong starts en route to solid 2-1 moto scores; giving him his first MX2 overall win of the year. “My bike was working awesome out there today,” said Harvey. “I got great starts all day and that was definitely important on this track. Aron HarveyI just tried to ride as smart as I could out there and not make any of the little errors that have been slowing me down at the last couple of races. I was able to find a smooth rhythm on the track and limit my mistakes and that was all it took for me to bring home the win.”

Facciotti was also looking for some revenge in the MX1 class after having his nine race win streak brought to an end at the previous round in Edmonton. The race didn’t start so well for Colton, as he suffered a sprained ankle in qualifying and had a rock become lodged in his rear brake pedal in the first turn of moto one. Unfazed, he knocked the debris from his controls and put on a remarkable charge that saw him come from dead last all the way up to third place by the end of the moto. Colton Facciotti“I had to work hard for that whole first moto for sure. I knew it was all about the championship out there so I just kept charging hard and ended up third,” Colton explained. “In the second moto I got a great start and just sprinted until I built up a comfortable lead and put it on cruise control from there on out. My YZ450F was working great today and I can’t thank the team enough for all their hard work. It’s easy for me to do my job on the track knowing I’m riding the best equipment in the field.”

Facciotti’s teammate Dusty Klatt didn’t have the day he was hoping for, but he was still pleased with his third overall performance. “First moto I got the holeshot and pulled out a big lead but stalled the bike on lap three and Carpenter got around me. Dusty KlattI caught back up to him right away but couldn’t find a line to get around him so I had to back it down and settle for second. In the next moto I got another good start but by the time I got into second Colt was too far ahead for me to make a move so I had to settle for runner-up again. Of course I’d like to get another win but I think it’s important for me to be consistent and stay in it for the championship. I can’t thank the Toyota Yamaha Red Bull Blackfoot Fox Racing crew enough. My mechanic Andrew McLean did an awesome job with my YZ450F and I know I’ve got the fastest bike out there for sure.”

Like Klatt, Kyle Beaton didn’t have the ride he was hoping for but he was happy nonetheless after riding his Yamaha YZ250F to a solid fourth overall in MX2. “The day went alright, I’m still alive and walking, but my wrist is still really sore. I just couldn’t hang on out there. It’s really frustrating after all the hard work I put in this spring to have this happen but that’s the way it goes in this sport. I just tried to get through and salvage as many points as possible and I think I accomplished that today by finishing fourth.”

Kyle Beaton“We definitely returned to form in both classes today,” explained team manager Joe Skidd. “Aron got back to where he was this time last season by taking an MX2 win and Kyle showed a lot of heart by braving through that still injured wrist to card fourth. Colt had a little trouble in qualifying when he injured his ankle and again at the start of moto one when he had brake problems but he nevertheless rode extremely well to take the overall win in MX1. Dusty had an excellent day as well and his 2-2 scores are definitely not an accurate reflection of how well he rode. All told we had steady solid rides by everybody; the entire team did an awesome job, our Yamaha’s are running strong and we’re in an excellent position heading into the break. We’ve just got to keep our heads down and our eyes on those number one plates which we plan to be hoisting at season’s end.” Team Toyota Yamaha Red Bull Blackfoot Fox Racing will continue their drive for the prize when the 2009 Monster Energy Motocross National Series resumes on July 18-19 at the Gopher Dunes in Courtland, ON.

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