Round 2 of the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals

Facciotti, Medaglia take MX overalls in Morden

Colton Facciotti and Tyler Medaglia made it a perfect western segment at a rain plagued Round 4 of the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals by taking the overall at Shadow Valley Raceway in Morden, Manitoba.

Colton Facciotti and Tyler Medaglia made it a perfect western segment at a rain plagued Round 4 of the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals by taking the overall at Shadow Valley Raceway in Morden, Manitoba.

Although Facciotti’s heat winning streak was broken by his MX1 teammate Dusty Klatt in the first heat, the Aldergrove native snared the overall on the strength of 2-1 heats.

For his part, Medaglia booked his second consecutive clean sweep of the season in the volatile MX2 class.

The first MX1 heat holeshot went to Klatt, followed by Facciotti, Jared Allison, Teddy Maier and Kevin Urquhart.

Although Allison led most of the first lap, an unbridled Klatt took over, pulling Facciotti along with him.

Despite some scary moments, including almost losing the lead on the last lap when a lapper stalled in front of him, Klatt managed to keep about 10 bike-lengths on Facciotti for most of the heat.

Facciotti made up some real estate by the end of the race, but he was unable to challenge Klatt for position and make it seven consecutive heat wins.

The teammates once again stood head and shoulders above the competition lapping up to fourth place.

Allison eventually dropped back to finish fifth; Maier was unable to stay in the top-five.

An impressive riding Urquhart grabbed third at the finish line while Kyle Keast, who started outside the top-five, soldiered his way to a fourth place finish.

The second MX1 heat, shortened to 20 minutes plus two laps, saw Shawn Maffenbeier peg the holeshot with Facciotti, Michael Willard, Matt Goerke and Jay Burke in tow.

Facciotti wasted no time passing Maffenbeier for the lead as another rain shower came down on Shadow Valley.

A few laps later, Facciotti had already pulled eight seconds on Maffenbeier, who was being hounded by Willard.

A number of crashes during the second half of the heat saw Maffenbeier, who finished eighth in heat one, disappear from the track.

Meanwhile, Klatt, who started around 10th, poured on the gas to plough through the mud and pick off rider after rider.

Around the halfway mark he had installed himself in third place.

A few laps later second place running Willard caved to Klatt’s pressure.

Once in second place Klatt kept pushing hard to reel in his teammate, who was enjoying a 10-second lead.

But with the shortened heat time ran out and the defending champ had to settle for second place.

Former MX2 Champion Willard, recording his best finish to date, rode smart to finish third in the heat and fifth overall on the day.

Keast, who again greeted the flag in fourth, saw that position go into the books as his overall.

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