Catching Up with...Colton Facciotti
Photos by James Lissimore
In Kamloops, Team Blackfoot Toyota Yamaha racing's Colton Facciotti did what most people expected him to do, which was win the race. There were a few questions before the race such as, would last summer go to his head and maybe make Colton not work as hard? Would there be someone coming out of the woodwork to challenge him? The answers would prove to be no and no.
The kid seems to be unstoppable and we could be in for another summer of the long legged Facciotti running away with the motos. After getting a bad start in moto two, the BC native rode a steady, fast race to take the lead from Kyle Keast and from there put it in cruise control. It was an impressive ride and we tracked him down right off the podium for his thoughts.
DMX: Hey Colton, congrats on your win and can you talk about it a bit?
Colton Facciotti: Yeah it was good, it was pretty much what I pictured in my mind. The track was super rough and I had to work for it in that second moto.
Paul Carpenter told me that he was surprised at how rough the track did get, he mentioned that there were hidden holes everywhere, did you feel that as well?
It really was rough, this dirt up here is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s the only place I’ve ever ridden where you cannot see the bumps, they get filled in and then you hit them and it’s a surprise. I had some surprises out there and was close to going down a few times actually.
|Colton charging hard in the race, he looks great on the bike and his "look" is strong also. That's half the battle right there.|
Were you a little worried there in the second moto when the guys got away from you?
Yeah, the first couple of laps I had a hard time. I got some dirt in my goggles that went into my eye and I was kind of squinting a bit there. It wasn’t easy to push on but I did to just try and make as many points as I could. I found a spot in the back there where I could really make up a lot of time and I picked them off there. It was good.
Did you see the Hungarian Warrior coming up behind you? He got close at the end…
Yeah, I could see him on different parts of the track, I knew he was coming but I also knew that there were only a couple of laps left so I was good.
I have this theory on you that you’re playing games with the competition. You’re never that fast on Saturday or Sunday practices, you give the guys some hope that they have you and then in the motos, you just hammer down. True?
No, not really true. I don’t know what my problem is, in practice yesterday and today I was like ‘What’s going on here?’ as I was just not putting in good lap times at all. I just kept on telling myself that I would be better in the race, I would be better in the race and I can do it…
So it’s not on purpose then?
No, it’s something mental I think. Even when I’m practicing down in Georgia, I’m slow and nothing works out. Then in the race, something clicks and I pick it up. I don’t know what it is.
Well, great ride and keep it up.
|Colton after the race, he's the man in Canadian
moto right now.