Second in a row for Morais in 125 West Championship
Unless Ryan Morais and Dusty Klatt fail to finish either motos of the final 125cc West Championship round in Regina on July 18, 2004 one of them will be crowned 2004 champion. Only six points separate the teammates after the day wrapped up in Calgary this past Sunday.
¿We¿re in a good position to bring the title back to Blackfoot,¿ said Morais. ¿Dusty has a few points on me so he has a bit of advantage. Everything will come down to the final round.¿
Like one week ago in Mission, BC, Morais won the overall at Round 3 on the strength of 2-1 motos. Again, his biggest competition came from Klatt, who snared second on the podium on the basis of 1-4 motos.
The big buzz of the weekend concerned the importation of three more American riders by Richmond Racing Kawasaki. The Vancouver based team brought in Gavin Gracyk, Teddy Maier and Evan Laughridge. Maier will do the remaining rounds of the 125cc West. Gracyk and Laughridge will contest the rest of the 250cc Nationals.
Although fast starter Colton Facciotti (Richmond Racing Kawasaki) grabbed the first 125cc West holeshot in Calgary he was, like at the first two rounds of the series, unable to make it pay off at the finish line.
Facciotti did, however, log his best weekend to date by finally making the podium. He chalked up third overall thanks to third in the first moto and second in moto two.
Things looked good for Richmond Racing in the first moto with Facciotti and Maier up front but the pressure from Morais and Klatt was too severe. While Facciotti managed to hold on to third, Maier had engine problems that saw him fade to the back of the pack.
Maier rebounded in the second moto with a third place finish but his overall was a tepid 10th because of the first moto fiasco.
Texas native Erick Vallejo (Pacific Yamaha) and BC¿s Kyle Beaton (BMR Yamaha) cemented the top five. Vallejo grabbed fourth overall, thanks to 4-6 motos; Beaton brought home fifth with 7-5 motos.
Richmond Racing¿s Jeff Northrop, was ineligible to race because he missed Saturday¿s qualifiers. This effectively negated any chance the Californian had at the title. He was detained at the Canadian border en route from California.
With three rounds in the history books it has become blatantly clear that Blackfoot Racing Honda is looking at totally dominating the 2004 CMRC Canadian Motocross Championships.
While Morais put the team front in centre in the 125 class Jean Sebastien Roy delivered Blackfoot their third straight 250cc Nationals win. The Quebecer convincingly won both motos of the day, putting him light years ahead of the competition in the points standings.
It didn¿t take Roy long to take control of the first 250cc moto, which he finished with a 10 second lead over teammate Dusty Klatt. Third place finisher John Dowd (OTSFF Suzuki) crossed the checkered flag some 15 seconds behind Klatt, evidence of the unrelenting pace Klatt and Roy were setting up front.
While Gracyk hammered down the holeshot in the second 250cc moto, like anybody else who has had the good fortune to lead the pack so far this year, he didn¿t last long.
Dowd, who got a good start in the first moto, relieved Gracyk of the lead within about five laps. He would keep the lead for about as long as Gracyk had and then turned it over to the ever-present Roy.
Although it looked like Dowd would stick with Roy in the second moto, he was eventually passed by Roy¿s Blackfoot teammate Damon Huffman.
Dowd clinched second overall of the day with his 3-3 moto results while Huffman, who finished sixth in the first moto, grabbed third overall thanks to a second place in moto two.
Gracyk, with 4-7 moto results picked up fourth overall for the day while Craig Decker cemented the top five on the strength of 8-4 motos.
Media release prepared by Bull’s Eye Media Relations
125 West ¿ Round 3, Calgary, AB
- Ryan Morais (Hon) 2-1
- Dusty Klatt (Hon) 1-4
- Colton Facciotti (Kaw) 3-2
- Erick Vallejo (Yam) 4-6
- Kyle Beaton (Yam) 7-5
- James Marshall (Yam) 5-8
- Ryan Abrigo (Suz) 9-7
- Julian Cerny (Yam) 10-9
- Bart Stephenson (Yam) 8-12
- Teddy Maier (Kaw) 36-3
250cc Nationals ¿ Round 3, Calgary, AB
- Jean Sebastien Roy (Hon)1-1
- John Dowd (Suz) 3-3
- Damon Huffman (Hon) 6-2
- Gavin Gracyk (Kaw) 4-7
- Craig Decker (Suz) 8-4
- Doug DeHaan (Yam) 10-5
- Marco Dubé (Hon) 9-6
- Blair Morgan (Yam) 7-9
- Brad Hagseth (Yam) 11-8
- Dusty Klatt (Hon) 2-0