CALGARY (JUNE 13, 2011) Colton Facciotti continued his winning ways at Round 3 of the Canadian Motocross Nationals two weeks ago. In an event that experienced everything from heavy rains, hail, brisk winds and dark clouds to reappearing sunshine, Team Blackfoot was happy to run their bikes on MRX01 to keep their engines cool and protected from detonation. Wild Rose MX track proved to be muddy, slick and deep with ruts as Facciotti recorded his third consecutive clean sweep.

Bringing up the rear in MX1 was Facciotti’s teammate and defending champion Dusty Klatt, who with second overall, made it another perfect weekend for Team Yamaha Red Bull Blackfoot Fox Racing. Klatt was the first out of the gate in moto one to peg the holeshot but a slight bobble cost him the lead to Michael Willard on the second lap.

Facciotti, meanwhile, who started around sixth or seventh, labored his YZ 450F as he passed opponents separating him from first place one by one. In no time he found his place in the top three and on lap 5 he took the lead from Willard. Klatt, who had dropped to fourth after his bobble, poured on the gas to make it back to 2nd, where he remained for remainder of the moto. At the finish line Klatt trailed his teammate by only 5 seconds.

Although the MX1 riders enjoyed a rain-free first moto, they were greeted by rain and hail as moto two got underway. Fortunately the hail subsided after some five minutes but the rain continued throughout the entire moto adding another element to the competition.

At the start Facciotti was the fastest man out of the gate, taking the holeshot with Klatt, Maier and the rest of the field in tow. The race was pretty well decided right then and there, however, with Facciotti plowing through the mud and deep ruts as if he were riding on asphalt.

Klatt, who stuck with Facciotti for about half the moto, was never in a position to mount a challenge. Rather than throw caution to the wind and go on the attack, he rode a semi-conservative race to ensure another second place finish and the 22 points that go along with it.

Facciotti, however, stayed on the gas as if there were no tomorrow to lap up to 10 th place and cross the finish line an amazing 43 seconds ahead of his teammate.
“My bike worked awesome as usual and Dusty definitely kept me on my toes in both motos. The start of the first moto was a bit scary, as I hit a slick spot and kind of spun but I came out of the corner not too bad and was able to pick my way to the lead,” said Facciotti. “The weather, track conditions and lappers made it really tough out there today. Under the circumstances I didn’t want to push too hard and risk DNFing, so taking second in both motos seemed like the smart thing to do,” said Klatt.