RACE RECAP
11/3/18
2018 SX Tour – Round 3

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The Rockstar Energy Triple Crown series nears the end of its championship battle and only eight points separated first and second place in the chase for the 100k Triple Crown prize money.  Round 3 of the Championship battle was hosted inside the Videotron Centre in Quebec City.

 

Dylan Wright #12 – SX1:

After a disappointing opening round of the SX Tour in Montreal, Dylan Wright was sidelined for round two and made his return to racing at round three in the SX1 class.  With SX1 teammate in a championship battle, the added competition would prove to be a factor.  Qualifying for the night show in 9th place, speculations that Dylan’s motives for the night’s racing were in question so the GDR Honda team decided to have Dylan sit out from the night’s racing to avoid any discrepancies. 

 

Colton Facciotti #45 – SX1:

The tension around the points battle between Facciotti and Triple Crown Series leader, Cole Thompson was peaking in Quebec City.  The gap was only 8 points with two main events left to go.  With aggressive riding coming into play several times earlier in the Triple Crown series, Facciotti’s strategy was to get the holeshot and check out for the Main Event win and avoid drama.   Getting another Royal Distributing Holeshot, Colton clicked off clean laps while leading the entire main event until disaster struck in the last corner from a charging Cole Thompson. Facciotti was ejected across the finish line, but did not remount and went to the hospital for further evaluation. This now drops Facciotti down 11 points from the Triple Crown title with one main event left.  At this time, it’s unknown if Colton will be recovered to race round 4.

 

SX2 Race Results:

1st – Jess Pettis

2nd – Logan Karnow

3rd  – Shawn Maffenbeier

4th – Tanner Ward

5th – Marco Cannella

                   

SX2 Championship Standings:

1st – Jess Pettis (90 pts)

2nd – Logan Karnow (79 pts)

3rd – Shawn Maffenbeier (77 pts)

4th – Marco Cannella (65 pts)

5th – Tanner Ward (59 pts)

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23rd Dylan Wright (9 pts)

 

 

SX1 Race Results:

1st – Cole Thompson

2nd – Colton Facciotti

3rd – Phil Nicoletti

4thCody Vanbuskirk

5th – Tyler Medaglia

 

SX1 Championship Standings:

1st – Cole Thompson (83 pts)

2nd – Colton Facciotti (74 pts)

3rd – Phil Nicoletti (65 pts)

4th – Matt Georke (58 pts)

5th – Tyler Medaglia (58 pts)

 

For complete results from the 2018 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series visit the below links:

http://cmrc.tracksideresults.com/index.asp

http://www.rockstartriplecrown.com/results.html

RACE RECAP
10/6/18
Motocross Of Nations

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The Motocross of Nations made its return to North American soil for the first time in 8 years and the infamous Red Bud Track & Trail was set to host the 72nd running of the MXoN.  Billed as the “Olympics of Motocross,” thirty-one participating countries select three riders to represent in each class; MXGP, MX2 and Open.  For Team Canada, Fox Racing rider and new Canadian National Motocross Champion Colton Facciotti was to lead the charge for Canada in the MXGP class.  Alongside him would be newly crowned Canadian MX2 Champion, Jess Pettis and two-time Canadian National Champion, Tyler Medaglia.

 

Competing in his sixth MXoN, Colton Facciotti has experienced the intensity and demands of the international competition format. This year with the event being held in North America, the Canadian fans were out in full colours representing the red & white giving the team and its riders extra encouragement as they lined up.

 

The international racing format consists of a two-day structure with Qualifiers on Saturday and Main Event racing on Sunday.  Facciotti qualified in 17th place on Saturday and the team collectively qualified 11th overall for the Main Event.  In Moto 1, Facciotti narrowly missed a first corner pile up and slide through in third place putting him up front to battle.  Needing to remove his goggles for better vision, Colton held on for a hard fought 9th place finish. In Moto 2, Facciotti was given the lesser gate pick from team strategy and suffered a poor start.  Stuck battling in the back of the pack, Colt had to remove his goggles again from the harsh muddy conditions and finished the race in 26th place for a respectable 9th overall individual score.  Collectively the Canadian team finished with an 11th overall at the 2018 Motocross of Nations.

 

MXGP Race Results:

1st – Jeffrey Herlings - Netherlands

2nd – Gautier Paulin - Netherlands

3rd – Antonio Cairolli - Italy

4th – Eli Tomac - USA

5th – Tanel Leok - Estonia

6th – Clement Desalle - Belgium

7th – Ken Roczen - Germany

8th – Jose Butron - Spain

9th –  Colton Facciotti - Canada

10th – Cody Cooper - New Zealand

 

Overall Team Results:

1st – France

2nd – Italy

3rd – Netherlands

4th –  Australia

5th – United Kingdom

6th – United States

7th – Belgium

8th – Spain

9th – Estonia

10th – Germany

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11th – Canada

 

For complete results from the 2018 Motocross of Nations visit the below link: 

http://results.mxgp.com/mxgp/standings.aspx

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RACE RECAP
9/22/18
Rockstar Energy SX Tour – Round 2

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Round 2 of the Rockstar Energy SX Tour was at Delaware Speedway in London, Ontario.  Built within the car racing oval, the SX track had a straight rhythm style with 2 main rhythm lanes making the majority of the layout with a few corners built around it.  The track soil being entirely clay, the base was rock hard and demanded precise throttle control to make any passes. With Dylan Wright sidelined from an injury he sustained at Round 1, the GDR Honda Squad only had MX1 rider Colton Facciotti in the line up.  In the MX2 class, freshly turned Pro and Fox Brigade graduate, Jake Tricco was in the line up.

 

Jake Tricco #527 – MX2:

With no Supercross experience and minimal Arenacross experience, Jake Tricco lined up for his first attempt at racing in the Pro class at Round 2 of the SX Tour.  Riding conservative with the primary goal of gaining experience with each lap on the track, Tricco started the day with a 10th place qualifying time and then stepped it up in his Heat race with a 3rd place finish.  In the Main Event, Tricco rode smooth and consistent in 5th place from start to finish giving him a solid top 5 in his Pro debut.  Jake will sit out Round 3 but rejoin series for Round 4 in Hamilton.

 

Colton Facciotti #45 – MX1:

Carrying momentum from the technical Montreal Supercross track, Colton Facciotti came into Round 2 setting the 1st place qualifying time and then scored 2nd place in his Heat race.  Hoping to inch closer to the Triple Crown points lead, Facciotti needed to take the win over points leader, Cole Thompson.  Starting the Main Event in 6th place, Facciotti delicately worked his way into 3rd place at the halfway stage of the race. Then benefiting from a fallen rider, Facciotti advanced into 2nd place where he finished out the race, but was unfortunately behind Triple Crown points leader, Cole Thompson which now puts Colton down 8 points.

 

MX2 Race Results:

1st – Jess Pettis

2nd – Shawn Maffenbeier

3rd - Logan Karnow

4th – Marco Cannella

5th – Jake Tricco

 

MX1 Race Results:

1st – Cole Thompson

2nd – Colton Facciotti

3rd – Phil Nicoletti

4th – Cody Vanbuskirk

5th – Tyler Medaglia

 

For complete results from the 2018 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series visit the below links:

http://cmrc.tracksideresults.com/index.asp

http://www.rockstartriplecrown.com/results.html

RACE RECAP
9/15/18
2018 Supercross Montreal

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After a five-year hiatus, the infamous Supercross Montreal returned to “le belle province”. Hosted inside one of the city’s most prized landmarks, the Olympic Stadium transforms the former baseball field into a supercross track inviting 15,000+ fans in.  Almost thirty-six years since the Montreal Expos played their final MLB game at the stadium, the monumental building is still rich with heritage and impressive to be racing in.  Among the international field of riders competing, the Fox Moto team had the GDR Honda squad of Dylan Wright & Colton Facciotti, former AMA SX winner Josh Hill, and Canadian FMX rider Kyle Demelo.

 

Dylan Wright #12 – MX2:

With minimal Supercross experience, Dylan Wright put in work post-motocross season in preparation for the Montreal race.  Qualifying struggles lingered with Dylan all day as he took two very hard crashes that left him bruised and slow moving, but he still managed to score well with a 4th place lap time.  Dylan was aiming for podium finish to start the SX Tour season off, but unfortunately still feeling the effects of his earlier crashes, Wright went down on the opening lap of the MX2 main event and had to pull off from the race with a DNF.

 

Kyle Demelo - FMX:

Canadian Freestyle rider Kyle Demelo performed during the intermission of the races for the Montreal motorhead fans and put in shows that got people out of their seat.  Rehabbing off several severe injuries, Kyle’s return to action in Montreal was the kick off to his 2018/2019 season that starts with the upcoming Nitro Circus tour.

 

Colton Facciotti #45 – MX1:

Fresh off his 5th Canadian Motocross Championship, Colton Facciotti had no time to waste before SX Season kicked off only weeks later.  A former winner of the Montreal Supercross, Colton has sufficient SX skills to take a victory any year that he lines up.  Qualifying in 6th amongst a heavy stack of international imports, Facciotti was aiming for a podium result to make it through the first round and remain in contention for the Triple Crown.  Facciotti Finished the night with 5-10-9 Main Event scores, placing him just short of that in 7th overall.

 

Josh Hill #75 – MX1:

International rider and former AMA supercross race winner, Josh Hill made his second appearance in the 2018 Triple Crown Series, but this time to mix it up in the SX Tour.  With top supercross results in his past, Hill’s racing has a more fun approach that keeps his riding entertaining to watch on the track.  With the goal of a top 5 overall finish, Hill made it happen with 9-3-6 Main Event scores.

 

MX2 Race Results:

1st – Jess Pettis

2nd – Logan Karnow

3rd  – Shawn Maffenbeier

4th – Tanner Ward

5th – Marco Cannella

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16th – Dylan Wright

 

MX1 Race Results:

1st – Malcolm Stewart (1-1-1)

2nd – Colt Nichols (2-2-2)

3rd – Matt Goerke (4-5-3)

4th – Cole Thompson (3-9-4)

5th – Josh Hill (9-3-6)

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7th – Colton Facciotti (5-10-9)

 

For complete results from the 2018 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series visit the below links:

http://cmrc.tracksideresults.com/index.asp

http://www.rockstartriplecrown.com/results.html

RACE RECAP
8/20/18
2018 MX Tour – Round 9

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The Final round of the MX Tour Championship rolled into the historic Walton Raceway to crown the 2018 series Champions.  Coming into the race, MX1 rider Colton Faccioti had held the red plate the entire series and opened up a lead of 22 points against the field.  Not enough to become comfortable, Facciotti had to maintain his consistency all the way until this final race.  With 4 Canadian National Championships to his name already, Facciotti is no stranger to a tight Championship points battle and looked calm and collected on this race day.

 

Dylan Wright #12 – MX2:

Having won numerous Amateur Grand National Championship at Walton Raceway over the years, MX2 rider Dylan Wright was anxious to end his season on a high note on the familiar track.  Qualifying the day in 4th position in some muddy morning conditions, Dylan regrouped for Moto 1.  An unfortunate first corner crash forced Wright to start the moto in 32nd place but the determination of Dylan was not going to be matched by anyone that day and he passed twenty-four riders in three laps, but wasn’t done yet.  Wright kept charging his way into 2nd place on the closing three laps of the race where he would have to settle. In Moto 2, Dylan was determined to end the season with a Victory and took the lead on lap 6, setting the fastest lap of the race again, and then never looked back. Wright rode it in for his third overall victory of the season and left everyone feeling the heat for the upcoming season.

“being out of the Championship hunt, I had a lot to prove today and I wanted to take one more overall before the break in the season." Dylan Wright. 1st Overall.

 

Colton Facciotti #45 – MX1

Championship race day had everyone on the edge of the seat except one guy, MX1 rider Colton Facciotti.  A comfortable Facciotti qualified the day in 2nd place and knew exactly what he needed to do to bring home his 5th Canadian Motocross Championship. In Moto 1, Facciotti had a great jump off the gate, rounding the first corner in second place and then did what he’s been doing all season; rode smart and consistent all the way to the checkers for a 2nd place finish.  In Moto 2, Facciotti didn’t lay down and was still going for the overall win. Riding like a veteran champion, Colton took the moto win securing himself the overall victory and earning his 5th Canadian National MX Championship.

“it feels good to add another Championship plate to the wall. It was a long series and keeping that red plate in hand the whole way was definitely key to staying calm during the off weekends.” Colton Facciotti -1st  Overall/MX1 series Champion

 

MX2 Race Results:

1st – Dylan Wright (2-1)

2nd – Jess Pettis (1-3)

3rd  – Marco Cannella (3-4)

4th – Joey Crown (8-2)

5th – Shawn Maffenbeier (5-5)

 

MX2 Championship Standings:

1st – Jess Pettis (449 pts)

2nd – Joey Crown (463 pts)

3rd – Shawn Maffenbeier (412 pts)

4th – Dylan Wright (382 pts)

5th – Marco Cannella (373 pts)

 

 

MX1 Race Results:

1st – Colton Facciotti (2-1)

2nd – Tyler Medaglia (1-4)

3rd – Cole Thompson (4-2)

4th – Matt Goerke (3-3)

5th – Dillan Epstein (8-5)

 

MX1 Championship Standings:

1st – Colton Facciotti (463 pts)

2nd – Cole Thompson (434 pts)

3rd – Matt Georke (422 pts)

4th – Tyler Medaglia (420 pts)

5th – Kaven Benoit (413 pts)

 

Upcoming Race:

With 2/3 of the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series now in the record books, the racing shifts into the final swing of the Championship; the SX Tour.  The Olympic Stadium in Montreal, QC will host Round 1 of the SX Tour on September 15th. Until then, the GDR Honda Canada Fox Racing team will enjoy a well deserved MX Tour Championship.

 

For complete results from the 2018 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series visit the below links:

http://cmrc.tracksideresults.com/index.asp

http://www.rockstartriplecrown.com/results.html

RACE RECAP
8/20/18
BUDDS CREEK RACE RECAP

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This previous weekend the AMA National Motocross series rolled into Budds Creek for the second to last round of the 2018 outdoor series. Once again, Fox team riders would be in the MX19 Motocross product line looking to finish the year strong.

Hot temperatures and high humidity would greet the riders as they kicked off the weekend with qualifying. In the 450 class, Fox team rider Ken Roczen continues to build strength and consistency after coming off an injury that saw him sit out the bulk of the Supercross series. Ken would put in a strong qualifying session posting the 5th fastest time. In the 250 class, Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders Austin Forkner and Joey Savatgy are looking to capture an overall win before the season ends.

 

450 CLASS

In Moto 1, Ken has a great start - rounding the first turn in 2nd. He would immediately challenge Marvin Musquin for the lead and take the top spot after a couple more turns. Ken put a nice gap between himself and Marvin early in the race. With about 4 minutes to go in the moto, Marvin would start to put heavy pressure on Ken for the lead. But he would hold Marvin off and take the win by 8 seconds.

Kenny got out to another good start in the second moto, finishing the first lap in the top 5. Knowing he would need to finish in front of leader Marvin Musquin to get the overall win for the day, Ken set his sights on the lead. Midway through the race, he made the pass for the lead and started to pull away from Musquin. Kenny would hold the lead for much of the moto. But, with about 5 minutes to go, Eli Tomac had worked his way into second and started to challenge Ken for the lead. Tomac would make the pass and go on to take the win. Kenny would hold on to finish 3rd in the moto and 2nd overall on the day.

 

250 CLASS

Moto 1 would see Austin Forkner get out to a top 5 start with Savatgy buried in the pack. Austin would work his way to 3rd early in the moto and would hold that position to the finish. Joey was able to work his way up to 7th early in the race but would end up finishing the moto in 11th.

The second moto would see Austin get out to another good start with Joey struggling to get off the line. Austin would battle and hold 3rd until the late stages of the race. Coming under pressure from Mitchel Harrison, the two riders would nearly collide sending Austin off the track. Struggling to find a place to re-enter the track. Austin would lose several positions and finish 7th in the moto and 5th overall on the day. Joey would struggle to a 16th place finish and 13th overall on the day.

 

The teams will head to Indiana for the last round of the year next weekend.

For raceday Moto coverage, follow Fox Racing on Instagram @foxmoto

RACE RECAP
8/17/18
TransCan Amateur Grand National Championships

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The Walton TransCan Grand National Championship is Canada’s premier annual “Celebration of Motocross.”  Thousands of people from across the country qualify for limited starting positions at the annual GNC and race for top National honours in their respected race classes.  Families migrate to the Huron County in Ontario for a week long, three-moto format race, ending with the MX Tour season finale race crowning the King of Walton.

 

With over twenty-five years of history, the Walton Raceway has been a battleground for Canada’s future and current Champions and with its return to the National schedule in 2018, Fox Racing was proud to partner with the re-growth of Canada’s Amateur Grand National Championship.  The Fox Racing Instinct Bronze Boot was presented to a rider with the highest combined points from the Junior-Intermediate classes throughout TransCan Week.  Congratulations Jeremy McKie from Boloeil, Quebec on being the 2018 recipient.

 

Among the hundreds racing from across the country, the Fox Brigade had several racers competing for top honours in their classes.  Unfortunately, down a stand-out team rider with Jacob Piccolo due to an Injury, Jake Tricco from Ontario and Ryder McNabb from Manitoba were lining up to represent the Fox Brigade at the front of their moto’s. Track conditions started out prime and looked poised to be a great week of racing, but after the second moto’s were completed, rain set-in making the closing moto’s a wild card but Champions were still crowned! Below are the Fox Brigade results.

 

Ryder McNabb – 12 years old. Minedosa, Manitoba:

The friendly farm boy attitude makes you know Ryder McNabb is having fun every time he’s on the bike.  Having spent his entire season training in Texas with the Masterpool Family, the McNabbs were coming into the TransCan fresh off racing the 2018 Loretta Lynn’s Amateur GNC where Ryder showed flashes of potential among the worlds best.  Looking to make a statement within Canada, Ryder put in great moto’s, riding consistent and mature beyond his age.

 

1st Overall - 85cc; 12-16 yrs old

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Moto 1 – 1st Place

Moto 2 – 1st Place

Moto 3 – 1st Place

1st Overall - Supermini;

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Moto 1 – 4th Place

Moto 2 – 1st Place

Moto 3 – 1st Place

 

 

Jake Tricco – 16 years old. Collingwood, Ontario.

Following through on an outstanding Amateur career with numerous GNC Championships already, Jake Tricco is now approaching his graduation from the Amateur ranks into the Pro ranks.  Although still an Amateur, Jake has been turning heads racing in the Pro division for the Eastern portion of the MX Tour Triple Crown series for the last several weeks.  Earning multiple top 10 finishes, Jake returned to the TransCan to win the last of his Amateur titles and rode consistent but still raw all week and now looks to further progress as riding as a Pro now.

 

1st Overall – 250cc Intermediate

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Moto 1 – 1st Place

Moto 2 – 1st Place

Moto 3 – 3rd Place

1st Overall – Open Intermediate

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Moto 1 – 1st Place

Moto 2 – 1st Place

Moto 3 – 2nd Place

 

In the true Walton tradition of celebrating motocross, Fox Racing Canada Sales Manager, JC Seitz and family lined up for some racing between his booking season and gets an honourable mention for a near class sweep and bringing a TransCan title back to the office!

 

 

JC Seitz:

1st Overall – Vet 40+ Intermediate/Pro

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Moto 1 – 1st Place

Moto 2 – 1st Place

Moto 3 – 2nd Place

6/15/18
MADE FOR SINCE 74

From day one, Fox has created products with intention and purpose. Every year, for every season, through every weekend ride, our goal remains the same: create great products that elevate performance and forge unforgettable experiences. To that aim, we’re excited to announce our 2018 campaign, “Made For”. The campaign aligns Fox’s Motocross, Mountain Bike and Lifestyle segments with a universal message across all platforms and channels.

 

“Fox’s products have been purpose-built since the brand’s inception in 1974. This campaign really celebrates the fact that everything we do - from the products we make to the athletes and events we support and the culture we create - is Made For Motocross, Made For Mountain Bike and Made For This Life that surrounds our sports.” – Jeff Taylor, Senior Vice President, Fox Racing.

 

Since 1974, Fox has had a passion for 2 wheels and the lifestyle that comes with it. The experiences, competition, innovation and camaraderie keep us pushing for that next adventure. Whether it’s a motocross track, trails deep in the forest or riding the lift at the local bike park, this is what we are Made For.

 

GET OUT THERE AND DO WHAT YOU’RE MADE FOR: Follow us on: @foxracingcanada and share your “Made For” moments with #MadeForSince74 + #MadeForMotocross #MadeForMTB and/or #MadeForThisLife

 

4/17/18
Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series - AX Tour Round 5 & 6

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The closing round of the AX Tour wrapped up in Barrie, ON with an exciting double header event. The winner of the AX Tour championship would become the front runner for the 100k Triple Crown prize money heading into the Motocross season.

Honda Canada/GDR/Fox Racing team was coming into the final round without MX2 rider Dylan Wright who is still rehabbing a shoulder injury suffered at Round 3.  MX1 rider, Colton Facciotti has been in contention for the title all season but would need the race situations to fall in his favour in order to win the championship.

During night one, Facciotti was the top qualifier and then carried the momentum into his heat race taking the win.  Facciotti followed that up with a victory in the Clash for Cash which was crucial for him to collect extra series points.  During the Main, Facciotti crossed the start line first receiving the Royal Distributing holeshot award but only laps latter would go down with another rider who was challenging for the lead.  Facciotti remounted and went on to finish the main in 4th which took away his championship momentum.

During night two, Facciotti qualified in second place followed by a 3rd place finish in the heat race.  Finishing outside of the top 2 in his heat race would eliminate Colton from the night’s Clash for Cash race and would have to watch it from the sidelines.  In the Main Event, Facciotti held the 3rd place for the majority of the race until getting taken out by the eventual race/series winner Cole Thompson who was on the charge to the front.  Facciotti picked himself up to rode it out for a 5th place finish.

With some ups and downs throughout the AX Tour, the Honda Canada/GDR/Fox Racing team was able to secure a respectable 2nd place overall finish in the MX1 class.  Now the team will look ahead to the outdoor season and the MX Tour portion of the Triple Crown series.

 

MX2 Race Results from Barrie, ON:

Round 5:

1st – Jess Pettis

2nd – Marco Cannella

3rd – Shawn Maffenbeier

4th – Ryan Lockhart

5th – Jason Benny

 

Round 6:

1st – Jess Pettis

2nd – Shawn Maffenbeier

3rd – Marco Cannella

4th – Tanner Ward

5th – Jason Benny

 

MX2 Overall Series Points:

1st – Shawn Maffenbeier – 169 pts

2nd – Marco Cannella – 140 pts

3rd – Ryan Lockhart – 133 pts

4th – Tanner Ward – 128 pts

5th – Wyatt Waddell – 104 pts

6th – Jason Benny – 62 pts

7th – Jess Pettis – 60 pts

8th – Dylan Wright – 58 pts

9th – Brad Nauditt – 52 pts

10th – Joey Parks – 41 pts

 

MX1 Race Results from Barrie, ON:

Round 5:

1st – Cole Thompson

2nd – Cade Clason

3rd – Matt Goerke

4th – Colton Facciotti

5th – Kelyan Meston

 

Round 6:

1st – Cole Thompson

2nd – Cade Clason

3rd – Steve Mages

4th – Matt Goerke

5th – Colton Facciotti

 

MX1 Overall Series Points:

1st – Cole Thompson – 177 pts

2nd – Colton Facciotti – 146 pts

3rd – Matt Georke – 140 pts

4th – Tyler Medaglia – 132 pts

5th – Dillan Epstein – 119 pts

6th – Keylan Meston – 96 pts

7th – Davey Fraser – 79 pts

8th – Cade Clason – 79 pts

9th – Steve Mages – 63 pts

10th – Kyle Keast 57 pts

4/14/18
MXGP OF PORTUGAL 2018

The 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship made its way to Portugal this weekend for Round 5 of the series at Crossdromo Internacional de Águeda.

 

Despite heavy rainfall and warnings of inclement weather throughout the weekend, conditions ended up nice and offered a great venue for some exciting racing. After a bit of a tough weekend results wise in Arco, HRC's Tim Gajser looked to get back to his normal stride in Portugal and Gautier Paulin continues to build on solid performances with the IceOne Husky team. On the MX2 side, both Calvin Vlaanderen and Bas Vaessen came into Portugal healthy and looking for strong results. The WMX class returned this weekend as well, and Courtney Duncan had her eyes on the red plate after scoring 2nd at the season opener last week at Arco. Unfortunately Max Anstie & Hunter Lawrence both missed this round as they are still recovering from injury.

 

Gajser was looking quick on Saturday and was 2nd fastest during timed qualifying with a 1:49.964. Paulin almost matched him, closely in 3rd with a 1:49.992. Later in the afternoon, Gajser secured 4th in the Qualifying Race, with Paulin a close 6th. Solid gate picks for the races on Sunday! In MX2, Vlaanderen was 6th and Vaessen 19th. 

 

The "Kiwi Girl" Courtney Duncan started the weekend off on top of the WMX field by 2 seconds in Qualifying Practice. She got off to a great start in Moto #1, grabbing the holeshot and building a nice lead early on. When the checkers flew, she had led every lap and took a commanding victory by over 20 seconds. In Moto #2, Duncan didn't quite get the holeshot, but was 2nd at the end of the first lap. She held 2nd for the first four laps before making the pass for the lead on Larissa Papenmeier. The perfect day was complete as Duncan took the checkered flag and she now holds the Overall points lead! The WMX series will now go on a brief pause and will return to action at Teutschenthal on May 20th. 

 

Tim Gajser got off to a great start in MXGP Moto #1, taking the green flag in 2nd position.Gautier Paulin was a close 4th, and moved into 3rd after the first few laps. Gajser eventually finished up in 3rd, with Paulin just behind in 4th place. On the MX2 side, Bas Vaessen was 10th in Moto #1, with Calvin Vlaanderen back in 18th after suffering a crash in the early laps. 

 

Tim Gajser was solid off the start again in MXGP Moto #2, rounding the first lap in 5th position. Unfortunately Gautier Paulin experienced a mechanical problem with his bike on the opening lap and would not be able to continue. Gajser rode a smart and consistent race to finish up in 5th, going 3-5 for 3rd Overall and his first podium result of the season. Great to see Tim back on the podium and working to overcome a tough preseason injury. 

 

In MX2 Moto #2, HRC's Calvin Vlaanderen turned things around for a solid 6th place finish, but the luck was flipped for Bas Vaessen who finished in 19th. Vlaanderen was 9th Overall with Vaessen 15th. The FIM Motocross World Championship now takes a brief pause before returning to action in Russia on May 1st. 

4/14/18
MXGP OF RUSSIA 2018

Round 6 of the FIM Motocross World Championship visited Russia earlier this week, with the races being held on a Tuesday around International Workers' Day.

Coming off his first podium of the season in Portugal, HRC's Tim Gajser was looking to keep the momentum rolling. IceOne Husqvarna was back to full strength as Max Anstie returned from injury to join Gautier Paulin who is experiencing another strong campaign in 2018. Calvin Vlaanderen was our only MX2 pilot of the weekend, as the 114 Motorsports outfit sat idle with Hunter Lawrence & Bas Vaessen both injured. Lawrence will look to return at Round 7 in Latvia and Vaessen will be a few weeks longer. Our EMX 250 athletes were also back in action in Orlyonok, with Danish youth sensation Mikkel Haarup under the IceOne umbrella and German Jeremy Sydow on a private KTM effort. 

Tim Gajser got off to a strong start in Timed Practice as he set the fastest time in the session. Gautier Paulin was just a little over a second off in 3rd position, and Max Anstiewas 8th fastest. On the MX2 side, Calvin Vlaanderen was 6th fastest aboard his HRC machine. 

Vlaanderen had his best Qualifying Race performance of the season, earning himself 3rd spot on the grid for the motos. Anstie was 8th in the MXGP Quali Race, with Paulin10th. An early crash for Gajser had him starting in dead last, but the Slovenian was able to climb his way up to 14th at the end. 

 

Jeremy Sydow got off to a great start in EMX 250 Moto #1 as he grabbed the holeshot and led the opening lap. Unfortunately he would run into some bad luck and go down early on. Mikkel Haarup also had a solid start, running in 4th before he crashed as well and finished up 12th. Haarup got a tough start in Moto #2, but clawed his way up to 10th at the end for 11th Overall. 

 

Calvin Vlaanderen was 7th off the start in MX2 Moto #1 and rode a consistent race to finish up in 6th. The South African started off 7th again in Moto #2, but worked his way up to 4th this time. 6-4 Moto scores were good for 6th Overall and he now sits 6th in the Overall Points Standings. 

Gautier Paulin got off to a good start in MXGP Moto #1, taking the green flag in 4th. The consistent Frenchman would finish the race in 4th where he started, and Tim Gajser came from a 7th place start up to 5th. Max Anstie began his return to the races with a tough start back in 20th, but was able to work his way forward to 15th despite fighting off some arm pump. 

MXGP Moto #2 started in a positive way for Gajser as he sat in 3rd on the opening lap. The HRC lead man ended up 4th, going 5-4 for 5th Overall. Gautier Paulin was not so lucky and went down early on, putting him dead last on the opening lap. He put in an impressive charge however, and pushed all the way to 6th place which salvaged 6th Overall with 4-6 Moto scores. Max Anstie struggled with arm pump again in Moto #2 and ended up 16th Overall on the day. 

 

 

MX2 Championship Standings

  1. Pauls Jonass
  2. Jorge Prado
  3. Thomas Kjer Olsen
  4. Ben Watson
  5. Jed Beaton
  6. Calvin Vlaanderen
  7. Vsevolod Brylyakov
  8. Conrad Mewse
  9. Henry Jacobi
  10. Thomas Covington

MXGP Championship Standings

  1. Jeffrey Herlings
  2. Antonio Cairoli
  3. Clement Desalle
  4. Romain Febvre
  5. Gautier Paulin
  6. Glenn Coldenhoff
  7. Jeremy Van Horebeek
  8. Tim Gajser
  9. Jeremy Seewer
  10. Julien Lieber

The circuit rolls on with Round 7 at the Kegums circuit in Latvia on May 13th.