It was a command performance from the men who topped the MX1 and MX2 classes at round two of the Canadian Motocross Championships at the weekend, although Kiwi riders also stood out.
In the MX1 class, Bay of Plenty’s Mason Phillips (Kawasaki) raced his way to 6-3 finishes, backing up the 9-5 results he achieved at round one. Phillips (pictured above) is now up to fourth in the overall standings.
In the MX2 class, Bay of Plenty’s Rhys Carter (Kawasaki) also tasted some success, finishing 11-13 on Sunday. Carter had placed 12-12 at round one. He is now 12th in the championship standings.
However, it was defending MX2 champ Teddy Maier (Kawasaki) who made the biggest impression at the event, scoring 1-1 result on Sunday and taking his first overall win of the season.
Despite the cold, wet weather conditions that greeted the riders when they arrived at Castrol Raceway on Friday, hot and dry conditions made for ideal racing conditions on Sunday.
Colton Facciotti (Yamaha) showed no mercy in the MX1 class, heading to the front of the pack in both motos. As he had at round one, he ran his own race and made winning look embarrassingly easy.
In the first MX1 moto, Facciotti’s team-mate Dusty Klatt claimed the holeshot, with Facciotti and Suzuki’s Bobby Kiniry in pursuit. By the end of the first lap Facciotti had taken the lead, however, and never looked back.
Klatt managed to stick in Facciotti’s rear wheel for a while but was unable to challenge. Before the halfway mark, Facciotti and Klatt were separated by about five seconds while Kiniry was about eight seconds further back.
Meanwhile, the main action occurred behind the three frontrunners as key players such as Kawasaki’s Freddy Karrle and Honda’s Kyle Keast battled for top-five positions.
A relentless Keast finally stuck a pass on Karrle in the closing laps of the moto but that wouldn’t be the end of it. Kawasaki’s Josh Demuth, who charged his way from outside the top-10 to connect with Keast and Karrle, not only put Karrle behind him he displaced Keast as well.
Towards the end of the moto Facciotti had lapped up to sixth place and accumulated some 25 seconds on Klatt. With three laps left, what looked like a solid 1-2 finish for Blackfoot Racing fizzled out when Klatt disappeared from the track with a mechanical problem. Second place went to a surprised Kiniry, with an equally surprised Demuth inheriting third.
In the second moto, Facciotti grabbed the holeshot with Karrle and Klatt in his rear fender. Klatt, who quickly moved into second place, was again confronted by mechanical problems. As unbelievable as it seems, he was out of the race before the end of the second lap and will remember round two only as a national to forget.
As in moto one, the action centred on the chase group, which included Karrle, Kiniry, Phillips, Keast, Demuth and KTM’s Kornel Nemeth. While they were all over each other for the first half of the moto, the top-five settled into their own pace during the second half.
Kiniry made short order of Karrle and with Klatt out of the picture, kept a steady second place behind Facciotti. Nemeth, who went down early in the first moto retiring with a damaged bike, was unable to make his way into the top-five. He would settle for 13th after losing his seat towards the end of the race.
When the chequered flag was waved, an untouchable Facciotti crossed the finish line some 30 seconds ahead of Kiniry, who was followed at a distance by Phillips, Demuth and Keast. Phillips tried some great passing attempts on Kiniry for about five laps but was unable to make it stick.
In MX2 action, Kawasaki’s Maier snapped up the first moto holeshot and like Facciotti in MX1, put on a clinic to handily take his first moto win of the season.
Maier’s team-mate Shawn Rife occupied second place for most of the moto with Yamaha’s Tyler Medaglia and KTM’s Jeremy Medaglia keeping him honest. Towards the end of the moto, however, a relentless Tyler Medaglia finally stuck a pass on the unsuspecting American, who then had his hands full keeping Jeremy Medaglia behind him all the way to the finish line.
In the second moto, Maier again grabbed the holeshot and never looked back. Again the main action was for the remaining podium positions with Rife running in second. This time Tyler Medaglia wasted no time installing himself in second place while Rife fought off KTM’s Eric Nye for most of the moto.
With the pressure on him, Rife made an error and crashed out towards the end of the moto moving Nye into third. Jeremy Medaglia, who ran in fifth for most of the moto, inherited fourth, grabbing third overall on the day.
Standings after two rounds:
1. Facciotti 100 points;
2. Kiniry 82;
3. Keast 68;
4. Phillips (New Zealand) 63;
5. Karrle 61.
1. T. Medaglia 89 points;
2. Maier 72;
3. Nye 71;
4. J. Medaglia 71;
5. Rife 63.
Also, in 12th, Carter (New Zealand) 36.
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