After a two week break in the schedule, the CMRC Canadian Motocross Championships resume in Regina on Sunday, July 18, 2004. In addition to Round 4 of the 250cc Nationals, Regina Moto Valley will host the highly anticipated final round of the 125cc West Championship.
Motocross fans can expect a fierce battle between Blackfoot Racing Honda teammates Dusty Klatt and Ryan Morais for the 125 crown. Only six points separate series leader Klatt from Morais.
Morais, who hails from Turlock, CA, is looking to become the third American to win the championship, which was inaugurated in 2000. Campbell River, BC¿s Klatt is equally determined to become the first Canadian to win the series.
¿There¿s no team orders so the championship is open to either one of us,¿ said Klatt. ¿I think it¿s pretty safe to say that Ryan or myself will win this, but it¿s never over till it¿s over. A lot can happen on a race weekend.¿
BMR Yamaha¿s Kyle Beaton, who is 34 points down from Klatt, is the only other rider within striking distance of the title. He¿ll need disaster to overcome the Blackfoot duo, however, and score high if he is to crown himself champion.
¿The points gap is pretty big so I¿m not kidding myself but I¿m going to give it my best shot. I¿m more concerned about securing my third place in the series. I¿m ten points ahead of Facciotti, which isn¿t bad, but I know he¿ll be charging hard all to finish top three,¿ said Beaton.
While Klatt, Morais, Beaton and Colton Facciotti will be battling for the top three positions in the points chase, fierce competition is expected for the remaining top 10 rankings.
The Texans, Erick Vallejo and James Marshall, currently in fifth and sixth respectively, are close enough to Facciotti to be a threat for fourth or even third place in the championship. Pacific Yamaha¿s Vallejo trails the Aldergrove, BC native by one point; Riverside Yamaha¿s Marshall counts a nine points deficit.
Tough battles will be fought for seventh place between Riverside¿s Bart Stephenson and Suzuki mounted Ryan Abrigo. They are separated by one point. Tenth place, currently held down by Edmonton¿s Ryan Mitchell, is shaping up to be four way, neck-in-neck slugfest.
Jean Sebastien Roy in good shape to repeat as 250cc champ
After winning the first three 250 National rounds with impressive clean sweeps, Jean Sebastien Roy is the undisputed master of the elite class. Thirty six points separate the Quebecer from Massachusetts native John Dowd, who carded runner-up position at rounds two and three.
¿I wouldn¿t say that it¿s been easy so far but I¿m at the top of my game and I know I¿m in the kind of shape you have to be in to win motocross,¿ said Roy. ¿You need to be able to ride just as hard at the end of the race as at the beginning.¿
If Blackfoot Honda mounted Roy stays on two wheels it looks like the rest of the contenders will be squabbling for the remaining top 10 slots in the title chase.
OTSFF Suzuki¿s Dowd, Coors Light Suzuki¿s Craig Decker, and Roy¿s teammate Damon Huffman are the only other riders who can still dream of the championship. The American trio are definitely slated for top five finishes in the championship. Dowd, with 114 points, counts three more than Decker and Huffman, who are tied for third place.
¿JSR has a good points lead on me unfortunately. I¿ll have to step it up and minimize my mistakes. Same goes for everyone else,” said Dowd. “No one is quite on his pace yet. There are guys that race with him here and there but he keeps coming out on top at the end. We¿re going to have to step it up and be solid out there.¿
Only 20 points separates BMR Yamaha¿s Dough De Haan, whoo is currently hunkered down in fifth place, from 10th place Dusty Klatt. Sandwiched in between are Pacific/Machine Racing Yamaha¿s Brad Hagseth, BMR Yamaha¿s Blair Morgan and Diablo Honda¿s Keith Johnson.
Morgan, who will be racing in front of a home-province crowd in Regina, is still on the comeback trail after missing most of the ¿03 season due to injuries. The Prince Albert native is expected to be in the top-five mix this weekend.
Media release by Bull¿s Eye Media Relations