Matt Goerke Ties Colton Facciotti in 450 Points Chase
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Matt Goerke Ties Colton Facciotti in 450 Points Chase

Although Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha’s Matt Goerke didn’t quite climb
the highest rung of the podium at Round 4 of the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown
MX Tour, which was held in Minnedosa, MB this past Saturday, he moved up the 450 Pro scoreboard from second place to
first, securing a points tie with archrival Colton Facciotti. Both riders
currently hold down 199 points as the series heads east, following four rounds
in Canada’s western provinces.  Goerke’s
teammate, Dillan Epstein, also moved ahead on the points scoreboard, vacating
eighth place for seventh.

 

Perfect weather and track conditions – with a comfortable racing
temperature of 20°C – greeted the MX Tour contenders at McNabb Valley MX, which
hosted its first national motocross event. Both pro classes delivered
top-flight, nail-biting racing action on the newly constructed track, with the
frontrunners just about breathing down each other’s necks from start to finish.

 

In the first 450 Pro moto, defending champ Goerke managed a top-10 start
that saw him charging around the track in seventh place, after one lap. With
everyone pouring on the gas, it took Goerke five laps to make his way into
fourth place, a position he would have to live with for the rest of the moto.
Despite herculean efforts to make it a top-three finish, the Florida native was
unable to stick a pass on third-place Cole Thompson. When the checkered flag
was waved Goerke and Thompson followed second-place Tyler Medaglia and winner
Kaven Benoit across the finish line. 

 

The second moto start again saw Goerke within the top-10, this time in
sixth place, after one lap. He quickly parlayed that into fourth, riding the
wheels off his YZ450F to start zeroing in on third place. As in Moto 1 lappers
played a major role in the up-front action; at times they were advantageous to
a passing manoeuvre, at other times disadvantageous.

 

With the blazing speeds being recorded by the top-five and challenging
track conditions to negotiate, it took Goerke till lap 12 to make a definitive
move into third. Once again he was looking at Thompson’s rear fender; once
again he would follow him across the finish line, albeit in a podium finish
this time out. At the head of the pack Benoit made it a clean-sweep afternoon.
When all was said and done Goerke left Minnedosa with third overall, and in a
good position to build towards his fourth 450 Pro national title as the MX Tour
resumes for Round 5 at Sand Del Lee in Ontario.    

 

For his part, Epstein had to contend with another weekend of finishing
off the podium. The Californian produced a first and second moto start that saw
him around 10th place as the throng blitzed its way into turn one.
Despite going for broke, he would finish outside the top-five both times out.
In the first moto he made his way into a seventh-pace finish – in moto two he
improved on that finish by one position to claim sixth. Although the sixth
overall Epstein garnered for his efforts is not what he had hoped for at the
beginning of the day, he was able to take solace with the fact that he moved ahead
in the points from eighth to seventh. With five rounds left on the schedule, he
is in a position to still break into the top-five to top-three before season’s
end.

 

“The team has been working really
hard and I believe it shows. We’re heading into the east tied for the points
lead with Matt and we’re making improvements each week with Dillan. This break
gives us some time to review the west rounds and come out in full force for the
east,” team manager Steve Simms said.

 

The Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series continues with Round 5 of the MX
Tour, after a three-week break, on Saturday, July 7th at Sand Del Lee Motocross Park in Ottawa, Ontario.

 

Round 4 Results 450 Pro

 

1. Kaven Benoit (KTM)           1-1

2. Cole Thompson
(KTM)      
3-2

3. Matt Goerke (Yam)           
4-3

4. Colton Facciotti (Hon)         5-4

5. Mike Alessi
(Kaw)               6-5    

6. Dillan Epstein (Yam)         7-6

7. Tyler Medaglia (Kaw)          2-15

8. Cade Clason (Hon)               8-7

9. Mike Brown (Husq)          
10-8

10. Keylan Meston (Husq)   
 9-9

 

Points Standings after 4 of 9 Rounds

 

1. Matt Goerke (Yam)                      199 pts

2. Colton
Facciotti (Hon)                   199

3. Kaven Benoit (KTM)                     191 

4. Cole
Thompson (KTM)                 188

5. Tyler
Medaglia (Kaw)                    178 

6. Mike Alessi (Kaw)                         165

7. Dillan
Epstein (Yam)                   144 (-55)

8. Keylan Meston
(Husq)                  140  

9. Kyle Keast (Husq)                         122

10. Cade Clason (Hon)                       110

 

Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series points standings after 10 of 18
Rounds