Frid’Eh Update #45 Presented by Renegade Fuel
By Billy Rainford
Welcome to a pretty special week for the DMX Frid’Eh Update Presented by Renegade Fuel. It’s not often (understatement of the year) we get to dedicate one of our weekly updates to someone who has just broken JSR‘s long-standing record of 5 Canadian MX titles, but this week is different.
Colton Facciotti is the rider who a lot of you reading this right now don’t even remember our sport without him as one of the top Pro riders! Seriously, he turned Pro at the tender age of 14 and has been traveling the circuit since 2002. (If you were born in 2002 you are now 17!)
He won his first 450 title way back in 2008 and then did it again in 2009, 2011, 2014, 2018, and then again this past summer in 2019. That’s 6!
Colton always mentions that some people actually said that he didn’t have what it took to succeed in the sport back when he was younger. I was living out in BC in 2002 and have to admit that I was one of those people who couldn’t have been more wrong.
As I was putting this intro interview together, I realized that I have more photos of Colton in my electronic library than any other racer. Sure, it makes perfect sense, but it also means I had a difficult time picking photos for this column. I feel a video montage coming on!
Colton has retired from Professional racing and will continue to be in the sport with the Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing team as we head into the future.
The team is an all Canadian one in 2020, with Tanner Ward on the 250, Dylan Wright moving up to the 450 class, and young Ryder McNabb coming on as their Intermediate phenom.
Colton’s knowledge and influence will be invaluable as these young riders look to etch their own names in the sport’s history books.
We will, of course, do an extensive feature on Colton’s run, so watch for that in the future, but I got in touch with him this week to ask him a few questions. Here’s what he had to say:
Direct Motocross: OK, this is a bit of a special week for us! You just retired as one of Canada’s greatest of all-time, but we’ll get to that. Let’s start at the beginning. How did you first get started in Motocross all those years ago?
Colton Facciotti: Retired! Wow, do I hate that word (Haha) but basically it all started when I went to one of my cousin’s races. I had told my dad I wanted to ride after that and ended up getting a Z50 for Christmas and it’s been non-stop since.
What was your first number and why did you choose it?
Bit of a funny story with that one. My dad actually chose my number and thought I was born in 89 but it was actually 88 so I ended up with 89 and kept that till I turned Pro. [And that is why I love this question so much!]
Do you remember your first-ever race? Where was it and how did it go?
I can kind of remember but it’s pretty faded. I believe it was at Agassiz and not sure how I did, but I’m sure I had a blast. I think the best memories I have when I was younger was just hanging out at the track and camping with the family.
I didn’t get to see you as a mini bike rider, but I’m curious how it went. Considering you turned Pro at 14, you must have just smoked everyone on the little bikes! Who did you come up racing back then? Do you have a best little bike memory?
I always had some good competition so I feel like that helped and also raced a lot just across the border. I grew up with Kyle Beaton and Brady Sheren so we had some good battles. My best memory? There are so many but I think the one that sticks out in my mind was doing a 50 race at the Monster Jam or whatever it was called back then. I just remember it being so loud with the stadium full of fans and to check out and see the monster trucks at the age was pretty awesome.
Can you take us through the decision to go Pro at such a young age? And how did your first couple years go?
I don’t think it was much of a decision. I pointed out of Intermediate pretty fast so it was really my only option to race in Canada. First few years were crazy, just getting used to that many fast guys. It can be tough going from winning every race to barely making top 5’s, so that was a bit of an adjustment. I guess a lot of people would say I had the speed, I just didn’t have the endurance. Maybe I should have listened a little sooner but eventually I got back on the right track.
You had some tough injuries. Was there one that almost had you walking away from the sport or did the crashes never deter you from continuing?
I think the only one that I ever said, “I’m done racing, I never want to see a dirt bike again!” was after my crash in Kamloops where I broke my tib/fib and mangled my hand pretty bad. It was hard on the body and the pain was terrible. That, combined with some strong meds, put me in a terrible place. It was either pain or take a pill and feel great. Luckily, the wife kicked my ass and I stopped taking pain meds and it all turned around shortly after.
This is a pretty big question, but can you tell us what your favourite memory is from all your years racing?
Ya, that’s tough. I think some of my best memories are with Blair Morgan, the guy was such an inspiration as well as a jokester. My best memory with him was MXON at Budds Creek. We decided it would be cool to buy some fireworks. Thing escalated and we decided it would be a good idea to open the mechanics and crew door and throw firecrackers in. Who knew it would take hours to get the smoke out and people weren’t happy. Haha. I pulled the trigger but I feel like Blair was at fault, he peer pressured me!
Do you have any regrets? Anything you wish you did but never got the chance?
No. There’s maybe stuff I would change but it’s gotten me to where I’m at and I couldn’t be happier to have had a great career and end on a healthy note.
When did you first start considering retirement? Did you just have to take a run at and beat JSR’s 5 Canadian titles?
I was actually going to retire after 2018. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do after racing and figured why not give it one more go and see what I could do.
Who would you say was your biggest rival over the years?
I haven’t had too many. The latest with Cole (Thompson) was basically the one year and the only other one that I can think of is with Dusty Klatt. It was tough because we were on the same team for a few years battling for tittles but I think we got along well, considering.
Who you have the most respect for as a racer?
Obviously, my guy, Blair.
What’s next for you? Are you sliding into the manager’s role or working as a team mentor?
I’m just working on that now. It looks like I’ll be working with the team for 2020 and with this roster I’m super excited. I also have a couple other things in the works that I can hopefully announce shortly.
I could go on all day asking you questions about your career, but I’ll cut you some slack here and save it for an extended podcast in the future. Congratulations on a successful career. Who would you like to thank?
The whole GDR Honda Canada Fox Racing team, Derek Schuster for putting up with me for the last 6 years, Justin Petker for keeping my bike dialled for those 6 years, my parents for everything they did to get me to where I’m at, and lastly my wife, can’t thank her enough for all she does for our family and letting me do my thing all these years. Only question now is, did my career turn around after going to Blackfoot or meeting my lovely wife?
That right there was well worth the price of admission! I can’t wait to sit down with Colton to just shoot the breeze about his racing career and all his accomplishments. He’s done just about everything there is to do.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us this week, Colton.
It’s Week #45 for the Update and that means we’ve closed in on less than 10 weeks until Christmas and the New Year. Is it just me or is time somehow speeding up?!
I remember my dad saying this when I was younger. He said that as you get older, the years seem to roll by at a quicker pace. I always thought he was just talking nonsense, but now I’m learning that he was exactly right.
Like the old saying goes, “The older I get, the smarter my parents get.” See what I’m saying?
I think it must have to do with an overall percentage of your life. When you’re only 16, a year is a much larger portion, so it seems bigger. 1/16th versus 1/50th is a big difference! I don’t know, I just like to ponder this stuff.
Anyway, week #45 also means there’s a pretty good chance the rain could turn to snow at any moment, and that’s exactly what happened last night. Fortunately, we cleaned out the garage so we were able to get Emily’s car inside.
We’re in an older house and I have to ask what they were thinking when they built the garages back then?! Seriously, there is no room for error on either side of the mirrors when going in and out of the door. She drives a little VW Golf, so how on earth were they getting a full-sized 1950’s car in there?! My guess is they only used their garages for lawn mowers and hula hoops back then.
Anyway, there’s snow on the ground here in SWO that won’t last…big deal. It’s Canada, after all. Let’s get to some of the top stories.
While some would argue it’s the “off season,” there is a ton of stuff going on in our sport. While it may not be moto, the ISDE is about to kick off over in Portugal, and Canada is right there ready to go.
Good luck, Team Canada ISDE. Saturday is opening ceremonies and Monday, Nov 11 is Day 1. Follow along with the action at the official website: https://fim-isde.com/
Broc Tickle Joins FXR Racing for the 2020 Season
Minneapolis, MN – FXR Racing proudly announces a partnership with Broc Tickle to compete in the 2020 AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships.
“Broc is a premiere rider in the 450 class and we are excited for him to join our team. Broc handled himself professionally through a very difficult situation and we’re happy to see him racing. We’ll do everything we can to help him achieve his goals as he begins a fresh start to his career.” – Milt Reimer, Owner, Creative Director.
“I’m really excited about joining the FXR family. The brand has made big gains in motocross and I am blown away by the fit and performance of the gear. I am working hard in preparation for my return to racing and I’m excited to have FXR as part of my program.” – Broc Tickle.
Tickle will debut his premium FXR Helium and Revo Racewear at Raymond James Stadium, on February 15th in Tampa, Florida.
2019 Mini O’s | November 25-30
Next on my road trip list is the 2019 Thor Mini O’s Presented by Pro Circuit at Gatorback Cycle Park in Gainesville, Florida.
I’ll come right out and say it…this is my favourite race week of the season.
I’m sure it has a lot to do with the fact that the weather is changing up here in Canada and it hits during the festivities of American Thanksgiving. It all adds up to a great week of racing and hanging out in the sunshine.
I first raced the event back in March of 1985. Yes, I said 1985. A lot has changed since then and the track is a ton more fun to ride than it was when I raced the concrete ground so long ago.
Tons of sand and better soil brought in has turned the track from blue groove to nice dirt with berms.
We’ve always got a good group of Canadian racers who make the trip and I have a great time hanging out with them all and snapping photos, shooting video, and doing interviews with some of the future stars of our sport.
I started an Instagram and facebook post asking for riders and families to let me know who’s going this year, so I know who to look for. Thank you for posting responses. This list will save me from the painful process of skimming through the sheets posted on the board at the track. I always miss a few riders.
Of course, I’ll still point my finger and run it down every single class list, but this will at least help me get rolling.
If you haven’t let me know you and your family are going, please do so when you get a chance, unless you’d rather go unnoticed down in Florida. Hey, if you do, I get it! I probably wouldn’t have wanted to have my results posted on a moto website either back when I was stinking it up all across Florida!
Here’s what I have so far:
Evan Stewart, Noah Viney, Bjorn Viney, Michael Twizell, Jeremy McKie, Ryder Snelgrove, Nathan Snelgrove, Sebastien Racine, Thomas Rendall, Nick Zoratti, and Brennan Schofield.
I’m sure there will be more added to this list, but we’ll be hopping into the DMX Van and heading south for another great week of top level racing!
Les Quebecois at the Dubya World Vet Championships
Claude Prud’Homme headed out to Glen Helen for the 2019 Dubya World Vet MX Championships with a contingent of riders from Quebec.
He was nice enough to send over some reports from their stay out in California, and we gladly posted them up on the site to let everyone know what was going on out there.
The event is over and Claude sent over a final report on how the riders he went with did. Here’s his article translated from French on Google Translate:
The World Vet 2019 edition is already a thing of the past! What a week full of discoveries both at the level of the slopes, but especially the races and the competition in itself that will have been punctuated, certainly disappointments and frustrations, injuries, technical problems, but also and especially small, medium and very big celebrations. A real typical week of a “family” (figuratively) of MX buffs.
As an example, we can mention the imponderables of weekend races, that Tim Tremblay‘s bike had to be pulled up from Simon Lessard‘s bike, the mechanical problems of Bob Martin‘s 3rd at the holeshot of the heat of the week. Saturday of the Wold Cup Team, but his bike has completely stifled the relay in 15th place, Simon Lessard who twisted his knee Saturday, injury caused by the only force of the wind that has destabilized in full jump, but who with great courage got back on his bike Sunday to get a nice 2nd place overall despite the fact that he was almost not on his leg.
But let’s not forget it is still a world-class (veterans) competition and our team of 11 Quebecers has left very tangible traces in this epic competition.
Several awards were obtained throughout the weekend. For some of them, medals and plaques are only secondary in the end. It is the surpassing of oneself, the simple fact of having participated in this incredible week and even according to what I have heard, the simple fact of having braved an imposing track like that of Glen Helen with its imposing uneven vertical gradients, its very banked turns and technical passages that will have given them all the reasons in the world to be not only satisfied, but even to be proud of their week in California.
It should also be noted that on Saturday, November 2nd, even though there were awards for the best in each category, the “real” race of the Glen Helen Raceway, it was only held on Sunday, November 3rd.
As a final word, I wanted to thank the organizers of this great Californian week, Alain and Ève Bourdeau who will have made the week more memorable for each of the 12 participants in this Glen Helen 2019 adventure. Almost 2 years to refine and prepare each of the little details of this beautiful week that we have just passed.
I would like in my own name (and also on behalf of the agency 360 nitro.tv), especially thank Alain and Eve for allowing me to live this memorable experience, but also to the other 9 riders of the team of Quebecers to the World Vet for having accepted me on their team, their participation / collaboration and their patience with me.
It’s almost time to go racing on the west coast again for the 2019/2020 Future West Moto Canadian Arenacross Championships out at Heritage Park in Chilliwack, BC.
Cade Clason in Finland for Supercross
Team PRMX rider Cade Clason is over in Finland with his wife Sarah getting set to race the Finland SX.
From their website:
Finland’s largest and only Supercross indoor indoor competition Tampere Supercross takes place for the eighth time at Tampere Exhibition and Sports Center
8 to 9. 11.2019
In addition to the best of Supercross and motocross in Finland, the fiery finals in Tampere will see a tough set of foreign challengers. For the fifth time, the competition is being held as an international invitation competition.
The Offroad Expo will bring together enthusiasts from all over Finland and exhibitors will also arrive from abroad. See and experience all the highlights of the 2020 season in one show. The exhibitors are making some really great specials this weekend that you should take advantage of! And the great thing about this year is that the fair and the fair are completely FREE for visitors.
You can follow along with the action HERE: https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1745571
Cade won his Heat race over Alex Ray but Alex got him back in their head to head race.
Harri Kullas took the win in Heat 3 ahead of Clason. Racing is Friday and Saturday nights.
I also heard that Kyle Springman, and Casey Keast are doing some riding for a movie or TV project out in Mission, BC. I don’t know anything more about it and couldn’t find anything with my Googling skills online.
I spoke to Casey while they were on set. He was getting ready to go do some riding and wasn’t sure if he was even allowed to say anything, so I didn’t pressure him. I’d hate to get him fired and miss out on all the Craft Services food!
Have fun, guys.
Let’s leave it there for this week. Have a great weekend, everyone.