It was another banner weekend for Blackfoot Racing Honda at Round 2 of the CMRC Canadian Motocross Championships held on Sunday, June 20, 2004 in Mission, British Columbia. The Calgary superteam won both the 125 West and 250 National motos in what was almost a rerun of Nanaimo last weekend.
While Jean Sebastien ¿JSR¿ Roy handily won the 250 class, his Blackfoot teammate Ryan Morais snared the 125cc West division. Third team member, Dusty Klatt, battled to second overall in the 125. Klatt won ahead of Morais last weekend in Nanaimo.
Morais grabbed first overall on the strength of a second place in moto one, and the victory in moto two. In addition to Klatt, the Californian was followed onto the podium by BMR Yamaha¿s Kyle Beaton who chalked up third overall on the strength of 3-3 motos.
Texas natives Erick Vallejo (Pacific Yamaha) and James Marshall rounded off the top-five. Vallejo grabbed fourth overall thanks to 7-4 motos while Marshall registered fifth on the basis of 9-5 motos. Three more American riders made the top-10: Tracy Johnson (Pacific Yamaha) garnered sixth with 8-7 motos, Ryan Abrigo (Suzuki) seventh with 5-11 and Rory Sullivan (Honda) tenth with 12-9.
In 250 National action, veteran John Dowd (OTSFF Suzuki) proved to be JSR¿s main competition. The Massachusetts native led the first moto for about a third of the race. Roy, who had started in seventh, quickly connected with the front-runners to eventually take over the lead from Dowd. Although he could not shake the American in the remaining laps, JSR stayed ahead of a persistent Dowd till the finish line.
In the second moto, JSR claimed the holeshot and led the field through turn one. He would remain up front till the end of the moto, earning himself his second consecutive clean sweep of the season.
Dowd again hounded defending champion Roy and again settled for second place. Dowd¿s moto results delivered him second overall. After making a tentative debut last week that saw him finish sixth overall, at Round 2 Dowd proved without a doubt that he will be a rider to be reckoned with as the tour keeps moving east.
¿I had a blast today. I was actually hoping to be a little closer to JSR in the second moto but he kind of got away real quick. I was trying to put it together for a win but second is all I could come up with today,¿ said Dowd. ¿But I had a lot of fun. The track was rough and sandy. Compared to last week¿s hardpack I didn¿t really dislike anything about this track.¿
Coors Light Suzuki’s Craig Decker, third man on the podium, finished both his motos in third place. The ever consistent Californian was followed by fellow Americans Keith Johnson (Diablo Honda) who registered fourth overall on the strength of 5-4 motos and Damon Huffman (Blackfoot Honda) who delivered 4-5 motos for fifth. Mike Treadwell brought up the rear with a seventh overall, earned on the strength of 11-7 motos.
Media release by Bull¿s Eye Media Relations
125 West ¿ Round 2, Mission, BC
- Ryan Morais (Hon) 2-1
- Dusty Klatt (Hon) 1-2
- Kyle Beaton (Yam) 3-3
- Erick Vallejo (Yam) 7-4
- James Marshall (Yam) 9-5
- Tracy Johnson (Yam) 8-7
- Ryan Abrigo (Suz) 5-11
- Bart Stephenson (Yam) 11-6
- Milo Christie (Yam) 10-10
- Rory Sullivan (Hon) 12-9
250cc Nationals ¿ Round 2, Mission, BC
- Jean Sebastien Roy (Hon)1-1
- John Dowd (Suz) 2-2
- Craig Decker (Suz) 3-3
- Keith Johnson (Hon) 5-4
- Damon Huffman (Hon) 4-5
- Doug DeHaan (Yam) 7-6
- Mike Treadwell (Hon) 11-7
- Simon Homans (Yam) 9-10
- Ryan Lockhart (Yam) 8-12
- Blair Morgan (Yam) 13-8