JSR and Dusty Klatt Rule At Rain Soaked Season Opener

Stouffville, Ontario, Canada (6/6/05) — Under non-stop rain and muddy track conditions, Team Honda Canada Blackfoot Fox Racing’s Jean Sebastien Roy and Dusty Klatt crushed the competition at Round 1 of the CMRC Canadian Motocross Championships in Mission, BC on Sunday, June 5, 2005. JSR, defending MX1 Champion, and Klatt, defending MX2 West Champion, chalked up clean sweeps in their respective motos to take the overalls for the day. Their results mirrored the clean sweeps they registered at Round 1 of the series in 2004.

From American side, OTSFF Suzuki’s Keith Johnson and Morgan Racing Yamaha’s Craig Decker gave the Canadians the best run for their money in MX1. They finished 2nd and 3rd overall respectively. Team Faith Yamaha’s Kevin Johnson and Richmond Racing Kawasaki’s Jeff Northrop represented the Stars & Stripes in the MX2 West title hunt with 3rd and 4th overall respectively. Twice consecutive MX1 runner-up Damon Huffman didn’t fare quite as well. The Californian was in contention for a top-5 finish in the first moto when he hit a rock, sending him for a dunking in the muddy ooze. He regrouped to finish 12th. In the second moto, he noted a 5th place at the flag, finishing 8th overall for the day.

There was no doubt that the Canucks proved to be the best mud riders on the tricky Mission Raceway track at the season opener. In both MX1 motos, JSR started somewhere around 10th place but his blistering pace was so much faster than the rest and he connected with the front runners faster than a New York minute. Ditto for Klatt in MX2 West, although his starts were a bit more favourable.

In the first MX1 moto, JSR snatched the lead from Factory Yamaha’s Doug DeHaan on lap four. Once in control, he checked out and waved the rest of the field goodbye. In typical fashion, the four-time consecutive MX1 champ distanced himself from his pursuers. By the end of the moto, he put an impressive 45 second deficit on DeHaan. Decker challenged DeHaan on a number of occasions but the Californian had to settle for 3rd at the finish line.

When the gate dropped for moto two, which was delayed due to track repairs, JSR parlayed a 12th place start into lead dog in no time flat. Once he passed Suzuki’s Gavin Gracyk for the lead, the French Canadian never looked back. When all was said and done, JSR crossed the finish line 32 seconds ahead of Gracyk’s teammate Keith Johnson, who snared 2nd overall on the strength of 6-2 motos. Third on the podium was Decker, thanks to his 3-7 moto results.

“This was a more than satisfying win for me and for the team. They did an awesome job with the bikes this weekend, said Roy. “There was never a doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be able to finish because of a mechanical problem.

The big surprise of the weekend in MX1 was a reborn DeHaan, his Factory Yamaha teammate Simon Homans, and Richmond Kawasaki’s Ryan Lockhart. Although DeHaan was unable to equal his first moto 2nd place finish, his 10th place in the second moto was good enough for 4th overall. Homans, who finished 9th in moto one, carded a noteworthy 3rd in the second moto, grabbing 5th overall for the day. Lockhart, meanwhile, booked 6th overall on the strength of 4-8 moto results.

After the gate dropped for the first MX2 West moto, Richmond Racing Kawasaki’s Colton Facciotti grabbed the holeshot with Factory Yamaha’s Kyle Beaton in tow. While Beaton wasted little time taking over the lead from Facciotti, Klatt had to knife his way from a 6th place start to connect with the front runners. By the end of lap two, Klatt was in 2nd place; three laps later he had command of the lead. Despite the harrowing track conditions, and riding without goggles because he had no tear-offs left 10 minutes into the moto, Klatt finished with a very cushy 28 second margin over 2nd place Beaton.

While Beaton again led the field at the start of moto two, Klatt was not to be denied. As in the first moto, he got a 6th pllace start, but this time he displaced Beaton from the lead by the end of the second lap. As in the first moto, Klatt had to once more toss his goggles. That didn’t prevent him, however, from putting on a clinic that saw him lap up to 3rd place and greet the checkered an astounding 56 seconds ahead of Beaton.

“It was brutal out there today, especially riding a good deal of both motos without goggles. The mud and rain just chewed my eyes, but that made winning so much sweeter. said Klatt.

MX1 Results

  1. Jean Sebastien Roy 1-1
  2. Keith Johnson 6-2
  3. Craig Decker 3-7
  4. Doug DeHaan 2-10
  5. Simon Homans 9-3
  6. Ryan Lockhart 4-8
  7. Brad Hagseth 8-4
  8. Damon Huffman 12-5
  9. Gavin Gracyck 7-11
  10. Blair Morgan 11-6

MX2 West Results

  1. Dusty Klatt 1-1
  2. Kyle Beaton 2-2
  3. Kevin Johnson 3-4
  4. Jeff Northrop 4-6
  5. Colton Facciotti 11-3
  6. Shane Bess 6-8
  7. Eric Vallejo 7-9
  8. Chris Keefer 10-7
  9. Teddy Maier 5-14
  10. Tony Sherman 9-11