Stouffville, ON, Canada (6/15/05) ¿ After totally dominating the first two rounds of the CMRC MX2 West and MX1 title hunts, Calgary¿s own motocross superteam, Honda Canada Blackfoot Fox Racing, is set to defend their home turf this weekend at Wild Rose Motocross Park in Calgary, AB.
In a bid to win their third consecutive overall of the season Blackfoot¿s Jean Sebastien Roy, current MX1 Champion and Dusty Klatt, current MX2 West Champion, will lead the charge against Canada¿s best Pro motocross riders and a contingent of top American stars.
Success at Wild Rose, on Sunday, will mean a fifth back to back victory in MX1 and two in a row in MX2 West for Team Blackfoot. Last year, Ryan Morais won the MX2 West for the team ¿ Klatt mounted the podium in second overall. The incomparable JSR won the Calgary MX1 round in 2001, 2002 and 2004 ¿ Damon Huffman grabbed the win in ¿03.
¿I¿ve podiumed in Calgary both times I raced there and that¿s my intention for this weekend,¿ said Huffman. ¿I beat JSR and the rest of the guys at Wild Rose before and that¿s what I¿m looking to do again.¿
While Huffman, who is still looking for a podium finish this season, will defend the Honda Blackfoot Fox colours alongside JSR and Klatt this weekend, new team member Mitch Cooke is expected to remain on the sidelines. The Atlantic Canada native reinjured his thumb during practice at Round 2 in Nanaimo last Saturday.
In what is rapidly developing into yet another season of Blackfoot ruling the CMRC Canadian Motocross Championships, the question that begs to be answered remains: can anyone put an end to this team¿s undisputed four-year reign?
The talent pool is certainly deep enough with riders from both sides of the border mounted on the best equipment money can buy. With the likes of Team Suzuki OTSFF Motorsports¿ Keith Johnson and Gavin Gracyk; Morgan Racing Yamaha¿s Craig Decker and Blair Morgan; Swanson Racing Yamaha¿s Josh Demuth and Chad Johnson; Factory Yamaha¿s Brad Hagseth and Doug DeHaan; and Richmond Racing Kawasaki Canada¿s Evan Laughridge, Colton Facciotti and Ryan Lockhart, one would think something¿s got to give.
Whatever the reasons may be for Blackfoot¿s continued hegemony, other than having JSR, one of the best riders in North America, and Canada¿s newest MX revelation Klatt, it looks like the rest of the teams and privateers will have to dig much deeper if they hope to derail the Blackfoot freight train.
Although upsets are always lurking around the corner, and underdogs are ready to pounce without a moment¿s notice, it is highly unlikely that Blackfoot will not dominate the podium in their own backyard this weekend, or the rest of the season for that matter.
¿We¿ve enjoyed some great successes together with Honda Canada but that doesn¿t mean we¿ve grown complacent,¿ said Blackfoot Racing co-owner/team manager Jason Mitchell. ¿A lot can happen during the course of a season, but we¿re confident in our ability to do well every time we go to the track.¿
Racing action gets underway with qualifying heats on Saturday, June 18th. The first heat of the MX2 West Championship starts at 11:00AM, Sunday, June 19th.