Captions and photos by James Lissimore
We’re back again for 2019 with photo reports from the Canadian Motocross Nationals. As always we’ll try to focus more on the many American riders who are coming north to try their hand in the Great White North.
We were up in the far north of British Columbia for round two of the 2019 Rockstar Energy MX Tour series, at Prince George’s Blackwater MX Track. PG is an 8 hour drive north of my place in Southern BC so it’s up there.
Texan, Chad Goodwin, has reunited with Matt Goerke for the 2019 season, on the Monster Energy AStars Pillers Kawasaki team.
Josh Osby was rocking the red plate for round two.
Da Bears….. cool, chainsaw carved trophies for the podium.
Fisheye start shot for Matthes.
Osby was quick again but bad starts left him having to work his way up. 3-4 for 4th overall on the day.
Washington State’s Brad Nauditt finished 12th overall.
Texas’ Ryder Floyd had a consistent day, going 8-8 for 7th.
Crazy situation for Dylan Wright in moto one. The GDR Honda rider was gone and pulling away before his subframe broke and he somehow managed to nurse the destroyed bike home to finish 4th. He was again gone in moto two to take the win and finish second overall, taking the red plate into round three.
Tough first moto for Luke Renzland as his motor let go while running in 5th. He grabbed a podium spot in moto two, taking third in the moto.
Still unable to ride during the week, defending champion, Jess Pettis, was able to put his hometown knowledge to work, grabbing both holeshots and capitalizing on Wright’s misfortune in moto one to take the win. The adrenaline wore off for moto two but he still managed to nurse his injured hand to 5th and 3rd overall on the day.
For the second straight week, the 250 class was won with 2-2 scores, as Marshall Weltin rode consistently to take his first Canadian win.
The legendary Skip Norfolk is up in Canada this summer with his CTR Yamaha team.
Colton Facciotti grabs the hole shot in the second 450 moto.
Ryan Dowd continued his maiden trip through Western Canada with 8-9 finishes for 9th overall.
Washington State’s Collin Jurin rides for the hometown Cycle North team so it was a bit of a local race for him. 12-10 for 11th overall.
Consistent 5-5 finishes for Dakota Alix and a 5th overall.
19th overall for Utah’s Riley Brough.
Mike Alessi grabbed a podium in moto one with a 3rd and finished 6th in moto two for 4th overall.
Rough day for Cheyenne Harmon as the Texas native crashed hard in the first practice session and broke his Tib/Fib. Heal up soon.
Unlike last week when his teammate, Phil Nicoletti, went 2-2 for third, Shawn Maffenbeier rode to 4-4 finishes to give him the same third place finish. It was the first 450 podium for the 2017 250 Champ.
Phil Nicoletti took the win in moto one and had a great battle with Colton Facciotti in moto two to grab second. Second overall for Phillip.
Tough situation in moto one for last week’s overall winner, Cole Thompson, as his chain popped off while leading the moto. He managed to put it back on by himself but had to come back from 30th to grab 11th at the finish. Third in moto two gave him sixth overall.
Cade Clason rounded out the top 10 with 6-11 finishes for 10th overall.
Great battle in moto two as Colton Facciotti and Phil Nicoletti went toe to toe for the whole moto. Nicoletti got close a few times but couldn’t make the pass, with the defending champion taking the moto win and the overall.
450 podium – Colton Facciotti 1st, Phil Nicoletti 2nd and Shawn Maffenbeier 3rd