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MXON 2017 - Matterley Basin, England

MXON 2017 - Matterley Basin, England

Matterley Basin, England

The 71st edition of the world’s largest and most prestigious motocross race was hosted in the ancient capital of Winchester, England.  With forty countries participating for the honor of hoisting the Chamberlain trophy, all athletes ride for the pride of their countries.  Representing Team Canada as their MXGP class entry, GDR/Honda/Fox Racing rider Colton Facciotti hit the track proudly wearing the Red & White and symbolic Maple Leaf.

 

  

 

Having been selected to represent Team Canada four times prior, Colton is familiar with the pressure of racing on the world stage. Facciotti would finish his qualifying moto in 14th place, while teammates Tyler Medaglia and Shawn Maffenbeier finishing 11th and 14th advancing the team into Sunday's A-finals.

   

 

The weather for Sunday's final was a typical U.K forecast of rain which would turn the Matterley Basin track into a demanding battleground.  In Moto 1 Facciotti rode mid-pack but after casing a jump hard, he was forced to ride it out in pain to a 34th place finish.  In Moto 2, Colton dug deep and soldiered through the discomfort and grueling conditions to a 25th place finish.  MX2 teammate Maffenbeier would score 30-27 finishes and MX1 teammate Medaglia would score 16-21 finishes which position Team Canada in 13th overall.

  

 A respectable weekend for Team Canada, the three riders did their country proud as they battled amongst the World's best in some of the most traitorous and demanding conditions possible - A group effort that deserves a congratulations!

 

 

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