This past weekend, the Rockstar Energy Drink CMRC Canadian Pro Nationals Series stopped to visit the nation’s capital, just outside Ottawa, ON, for round six of the series. Colton Facciotti was able to extend his points lead over Mike Alessi by continuing to ride strong and consistent. Facciotti went 2-1 on the day, while Mike Alessi struggled with mechanical issues in moto two. Kaven Benoit joined Facciotti in extending his points lead, by capturing the overall, with a 2-1 on the day.
As the day kicked off, Mother Nature looked to threaten it with rain, but luckily for all the race fans that packed the infields of Sand Del Lee Raceway she held off for the race.
In the MX2 class, it was Austin Politelli who put his Kawasaki into the lead, right out the gate in moto one. Politelli was stocked by; series points leader, Kaven Benoit, the number four of local boy Jeremy Medaglia and Motoconcept’s Vince Friese.
Defending champ, Austin Politelli, out of Lancaster, California, did some damage control in moto one. The Monster Energy/Thor/Kawasaki rider led the entire first moto, after capturing the Royal Distributing Holeshot award. In moto two, the Kawasaki rider spent the entire moto battling his way back through the pack, after getting stuck in the gate. After leaving the line in last position, Politelli was able to get himself back to seventh in moto two, to take third overall for round six.
Vince Friese managed to get up front early in both motos and run with the heavy artillery, for a successful day at Sand Del Lee. Friese spent the majority of both motos chasing bur could only manage to pull a fourth place finish in moto one. However in moto two, Friese got his Motoconcept’s backed Suzuki in behind the number twenty-four of Kaven Benoit. Friese spent most of the moto chasing the red plate, and went down in the closing laps. He managed to remount and still finish moto two in second position. Friese’s 4-2 finishes gave him second overall for the weekend.
After a second in moto two, Quebec-native, Kaven Benoit reassured the fans why he carries the red plate, with a win in moto two. As the series moves to Quebec next week, the Royal Distrinuting/Fox/KTM rider will likely be fiercer then ever as the series visits his hometown track.
MX101/Yamaha rider, Jesse Wentland had a successful weekend, earning himself fourth overall with a 6-4 moto finishes. OTSFF/Yamaha backed; Shawn Maffenbeier claimed the final podium podium spot in moto two, to recover from his ninth place finish in moto one. Although many riders experienced some mechanical malfunctions, and some bad luck throughout the day, Maffenbeier was able to do some damage control and walk away with a fifth overall.
Two local boys, MX101’s Dylan Wright and Kawasaki’s Jeremy Medaglia will be looking to bounce back next weekend, after both riders DNF’d moto two, due to mechanical issues. Medaglia’s third place finish in moto one., paired with his DNF in moto two, mustered up a tenth place finish for the day. While Dylan Wright, the young gun, managed to put his Yamaha into fifth in moto to finish the day in thirteenth overall.
Unfortunately race fans missed out on Strict Racing’s Morgan Burger, after the number seven machine went down in moto one and decided to call it a day. Burger should be back to show off his Strict racing duds at Deschambault raceway next weekend in Quebec.
In the MX1 class, it was the holeshot king, Mike Alessi, who led the pack across the Royal Distributing Holeshot line, in moto one. Alessi was stocked by an aggressive pack of riders including; local boy, Tyler Medaglia, Kawasaki’s Teddy Maier, American-native Michael Fowler, privateer rider Derek Hamm, series points leader Colton Facciotti and local privateer, Jesse Morgan.
Alessi looked to be the one to beat, as per usual, but, the poor luck of the Alessi team never seems to fail. After dominating in moto one and taking the first win of the day, Alessi came out swinging in moto two. He led the pack for the majority of the moto, before experiencing a mechanical malfunction with his grip. After returning his grip to his mechanic on his way by mechanics alley, Alessi gave up the lead to series points leader, Colton Facciotti. The number eight-hundred managed to finish out moto two in second position to take home a 1-2 finish for the day.
Although Alessi was evidently the guy to beat all day long, it was Colton Facciotti who claimed the overall once again with a 2-1 finish on the day. Facciotti has become the Ryan Dungey of the Canadian series, by continually impressing moto fans and industry personnel with his dominating consistency throughout the season. In years past Facciotti has experienced his fair share of injuries and bad luck but he seems to have found the secret to success this year. Facciotti did not pick up anymore points on Alessi, but, continues to lead the series and will carry the red plate to Deschambault next weekend.
Tyler Medaglia, who grew up not too far from the sands of Sand Del Lee Raceway, had a successful day, finishing 3-4on the day. Medaglia’s results were good enough to earn him third overall for the day.
The number one-seventy-five of Josh Hill followed up Medaglia with a 5-3 finish to take fourth overall for the day. Hill sits in fifth in the championship standings, just one point behind teammate Teddy Maier. Iowa-native, Teddy Maier fought hard to earn himself a 4-6 finish for the day, to earn fifth overall on the day.
The number thirty-seven of Dylan Kaelin rode two consistent motos to take claim seventh in both motos, earning himself sixth overall for the day.
After getting tangled up with teammate, Bobby Kiniry in the first turn of moto one, Kyle Chisholm was able to earn himself seventh overall with 10-5 finishes. Mike Brown, Tim Tremblay and Nathan Bles rounded out the top ten in the MX2 class.
Ontario-native, Zeb Dennis managed to fight his way back through the pack after some mediocre starts in both motos, putting him one spot out of the top ten, in eleventh.
OTSFF/Yamaha rider Bobby Kiniry struggled to a fourteenth place finish for the day after some bad luck in moto one. After getting tangled up with teammate, Kyle Chisholm in moto one, Kiniry experienced some mechanical malfunctions and was unable to finish. Kiniry came back to earn himself a tenth place finish in moto two for fourteenth overall on the day.
Next week the Rockstar Energy Drink Pro national Series will head to Quebec for Round Seven of the Series at Motocross Deschambault.