Regina, SK ¿ The final round of 125cc West Championship saw Dusty Klatt triumph over Blackfoot Racing Honda teammate and archrival Ryan Morais to become the first Canadian to win the series, which was launched in 2000.
In two nail biter motos, Klatt and Morais duelled amongst themselves to decide the championship. Coming into Regina this past weekend Klatt had a six points margin over Morais.
Klatt commanded an early lead in the first moto but went down on lap five. It took the Campbell River, BC native a while to get his bike going, allowing Morais and a number of other riders to get by him.
Klatt, not to be denied, clawed his way back to the front but would have to settle for second place behind Morais at the checkers.
Richmond Racing Kawasaki¿s Jeff Northrop grabbed the second moto holeshot but Klatt and Morais were right on him from the get go. The teammates made short work of Northrop with Klatt taking the lead ahead of Morais.
Klatt would stay about six seconds ahead of Morais for the duration of the 35 minute moto, winning his first major pro motocross championship in the process. Morais, with 1-2 moto results, grabbed second spot on the podium and runner-up in the points chase.
¿I felt pretty confident all week that I would be up to the challenge,¿ said Klatt. ¿Even though there was a lot of pressure on me I didn¿t feel too nervous. I was just nervous enough to keep me sharp and focused on what I had to do.¿
Pacific Yamaha mounted Erick Vallejo, who carded 3-4 moto results, finished third overall for the day. The Texas native clinched a third place ranking in the championship. Northrop, with 6-3 motos, and Honda mounted Rory Sullivan with 7-6, rounded off the top five for the day.
Surrey, BC¿s Kyle Beaton, meanwhile, was unable to repeat the first three round successes that had brought him to the final round holding down third in the points.
Beaton, riding for BMR Yamaha, exited the first moto after crashing hard. Although he started the second moto and ran in 10th for a while, he failed to finish in the points.
Colton Facciotti, who along with Klatt and Beaton comprises the British Columbia ¿big-three¿ up-and-comers, continued to be haunted by bad luck.
The Richmond Racing ace developed brake problems while running third in the first moto and crashed. Facciotti remounted mid-pack and managed to still finish in 10th place. He finished the second moto in seventh, giving him seventh overall for the day.
In 250cc National action, Jean Sebastien Roy scored his fourth consecutive clean sweep of the series. The Quebecer keeps proving to be simply unbeatable and is well on his way to securing yet another title.
Most of Roy¿s competition in Regina came from his Blackfoot Honda teammate Damon Huffman. The Californian snared runner-up on the strength of 2-2 motos results.
Although Roy had to watch fellow Quebecer Marco Dubé (Honda) take the holeshot in the first moto, it didn¿t take him long to get up front. Roy then went on to lead the second moto wire to wire.
Third overall for the day was OTSFF Suzuki mounted John Dowd who chalked up 4-3 motos. Cementing the top fivewere Dubé, who carded 6-4 motos, and Richmond Racing¿s Evan Laughridge who noted 3-9 moto results.
Local favourite Blair Morgan (BMR Yamaha), still on the comeback trail and looking for his first podium finish this year, ended ninth overall. Morgan, who won the event in 2001, snared 9-12 moto results.
Media release by Bull¿s Eye Media Relations