Catching Up with…Colton Facciotti
By Billy Rainford
2017 will see the Aldergrove, BC native, Ontario resident, Colton Facciotti, run the double digit #10. Colton is a 4-time Canadian MX champion and someone who has raced all over the world. He’s had more than his fair share of injuries over the years and, believe it or not, turned Pro at the ripe old age of 14. Think about that for a second. I was still riding 80’s when I was 14.
Colton came out strong in a deep field in 2016 and took the overall win at round 2 in Nanaimo, BC. Unfortunately, when the series headed to the Maritimes and the Pleasant Valley track, Colton’s season came to an early end after a scary crash over a blind jump just after the first turn of the 2nd moto.
Colton was out for the season and is currently down at the Georgia Practice Facility (GPF) in Cairo, Georgia, putting his training plan into action for another run at a 450 title.
Direct Motocross: Hello, Colton. Let’s back up and go through last summer. You started out strong and looked like you were going to fight for the title again. How did you feel heading into the season and how did the first few rounds go for you?
Colton Facciotti: It wasn’t the greatest season, for sure, but like you said the first few rounds went great and from there I think I just lost a bit of confidence and just struggled a bit throughout the season.
Did Davi Millsaps perform the way you expected him to or were you impressed with his speed?
He’s been around the sport for a while and has proven he’s a top guy, so I wasn’t surprised at all to see him come out prepared and fast.
You’ve gone up against some of the best we’ve ever seen here in Canada. Was this the most stacked field you’ve ever seen here?
It seems it gets tougher every year and with how many guys are out of rides in the states it just makes it even tougher in Canada, but I think it’s good for Canadian Moto and just increasing the speed of our riders to compete with those guys.
Unfortunately, you got injured at he Pleasant Valley round out in Nova Scotia. Can you take us through that day?
I felt really good on that track and from moto 1 it went downhill with a big crash off the start and second moto was no different with an even bigger one of the start, so it was a disappointing day.
What was the actual injury and how long did it take to heal?
I separated my shoulder. We thought it would be a few weeks recovery but didn’t end up getting back on the bike for 2 months. I have had shoulder injuries before and rushed the recovery time, so we wanted to make sure it was 100% before I got back on the bike.
Hey, what did you think about the speed of the 450 “rookie” Kaven Benoit? Did you expect him to be so fast in the premiere class?
For sure I did! He’s proven himself in the 250 class, so it was no surprise. He got stronger all year and had a great ride at MXdN, so will be one of the guys to beat next year.
What did you get up to while you were rehabilitating?
Not a whole lot, really. It’s like being laid off (laughs) but it was nice to spend time with the family though.
How many more kids will you and Jocelyn have? (kidding…kinda)
I’m going to get the snip (laughs) although I’m sure Joce (Jocelyn Facciotti) has baby fever now after seeing her sister have a 3rd kid.
So, now you’re back down at GPF getting ready for 2017. Business as usual for you or are you mixing things up?
Basically the same as previous years. I know who I have to beat so just working hard to get that title back.
I think rookie Pro, Casey Keast, is there too. Have you had a chance to see him ride? If so, how is he looking?
A little bit. He’s looking good. I think he’s liking the track and knows why a lot of fast people come out of this place, so it will be interesting so see how he does this year.
How long will you stay down south?
I’m not sure yet, just playing it by ear for now and I’ll see how the weather is before I head back home, so I can make sure I can stick to my routine.
Will you do any races before the Rockstar MX Nationals start?
It all depends on when I get home, but will try to hit up some local stuff.
Will we ever see you line up at another Supercross?
I’d like to qualify for the 450 class. I’ve never even tried so maybe you will see me line up at Toronto and maybe Daytona next year.
You turned Pro at 14 and have been around a long time. Is there a race or result that stands out in your mind?
I had a great career with a lot of ups and downs, but one I’m most proud of is my 4th at Southwick. I felt like I could have been a podium guy that moto but had a little bad luck…but I rode great.
A lot of amateur riders we interview list you as their favourite Canadian rider and a big influence. Do you have any advice for youngsters looking to follow in your footsteps?
I think the biggest thing is to put the effort in early. It’s a tough sport to be in being a kid and there’s a lot of distraction, so if you can get through that you can really enjoy it in the end and know you put your best effort in.
OK, thanks for chatting with us today. Who would you like to thank?
The whole Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing team, and all of their sponsors. Big shout out to my mechanic, Justin, for coming down here this week to shake down the practice bike, and my wife and kids for putting up with me down here! Lastly, sorry for the short answers and bad grammar (I think we fixed it all) I didn’t have a whole lot of time to prepare these answers with training and having Justin here for a short time to get everything dialled in for me. Thanks.
Well, as Kyle Carruthers always liked to say, “There you have it.” It’s going to be a long, tough summer watching to see if Colton can regain that #1 plate for a 5th time. Good luck with your training, Colton.