Nicoletti grabs podium finish in Quebec City Supercross
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Nicoletti grabs podium finish in Quebec City Supercross

Rockstar
Energy OTSFF Yamaha’s Phil Nicoletti nailed down a third place podium finish in
the main event at Round 3 of the MRC SX Tour in Quebec City on Saturday night.
It was the New York native’s second consecutive top three finish in the
four-round series.

 

Nicoletti’s
teammate, Matt Goerke, also looked like he was going to claim a podium result
at the Videotron Centre, but after a collision with another rider he ended up
having to settle for eighth at the checkered flag.

 

Both
riders were in good form during the qualifiers, in which they sealed the
top-five aboard their YZ450Fs, with Nicoletti recording fourth and Goerke
fifth.

 

In
the heat races Nicoletti proved to be unbeatable, snaring the holeshot to then
take the lead all the way to the finish line. Goerke started his heat in
fourth. By the halfway point the Florida native had clawed his way into second,
where he would finish.

 

In
the evening’s main event action, Nicoletti commanded a third place start behind
second place Tyler Medaglia and holeshooter Colton Facciotti. During the early
laps Nicoletti meticulously worked his was past Medaglia to set his eyes on Facciotti.
While trying to reel him in, however, Nicoletti suddenly found himself dealing
with series points leader Cole Thompson, who had stuck a pass on Medaglia as
well.

 

For
a number of laps a mammoth battle ensued for second place, which to his credit
Thompson managed to come out on top of. Thompson went on to unseat Facciotti
for first and the top three positions were sealed at that point.

 

Goerke,
meanwhile, charged off the start line into the first corner near the front, but
a split second later he got hit by another rider, causing Goerke to go down
hard mid-corner. After getting up and regrouping, he was unable to reconnect
with the frontrunners on the tight and short Videotron Centre track. By the end
of the race Goerke was running in eighth place, where to his disappointment he
ended up finishing.

 

As
the tour heads into the final round in Hamilton Nicoletti finds himself
trailing Thompson by 18 points and second place, Facciotti, by nine.
Mathematically anything is still possible. Goerke who sits fourth in the points
– in a tie with Medaglia – trails his teammate by seven points. While the
championship is pretty well out of reach for Goerke, he could still squeeze his
way into the top three overall points for the series.  

 

“Other
than Matt getting hit in the first corner in the main, which for all intents
and purposes took him out of contention, the team had a relatively good night
in Quebec. Phil continues to hold his own and is looking good in the points to
finish the season in the top three. For his part, Matt should be able to seal
the top five in the series. We need to look at that as a really good effort for
our guys,” team manager Steve Simms said.

The Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series continues after
a two-week break on Saturday, November 17th, with the final round of the SX Tour taking
place at the First Ontario Center in Hamilton, ON.

SX Tour Main Results 450 Pro
Round 3

 

 1. Cole Thompson
(KTM)   

 2. Colton Facciotti (Hon)     

 3. Phil
Nicoletti (Yam)                   

 4. Cody Vanbuskirk
(Kaw)  

 5. Tyler Medaglia (Kaw)      

 6. Daniel Herrlein (Kaw)      

 7. Cheyenne Harmon (Yam) 

 8. Matt Goerke (Yam)        

 9. Keylan Meston
(Husq)    

10. Eric Jeffery (KTM)