Nicoletti First Overall at Deschambault
Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha’s Phil Nicoletti would take the top step on the podium for the first time in Deschambault this past weekend. This marks Phil’s first Canadian MX overall. The whole team, as always, worked diligently to ensure a successful weekend at the wet Quebec track. Sam Gaynor would once again put in a set of great rides to continue gathering points in his rookie season.
Qualifying saw the #54 of Phil Nicoletti in 6th position. Sam Gaynor would qualify in 11th heading into Moto 1.
As the guys headed to staging for Moto 1 the rain had started adding another obstacle for the Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha team to get past. As the gate dropped both Sam and Phil would round the first corner in top 6 positions. Phil would make his way into 2nd position and put in some very fast laps. Phil pushed his YZ450F towards the front, making up time on the leader. Unfortunately Phil wouldn’t be able to get close enough to battle with the leader. He would cross the checkers in 2nd place. Sam Gaynor rode a very strong race. Riding alone in 6th position for about 6 laps, Sam would continue to ride strong until having to remove his goggles. He would have two minor tip overs while struggling with his vision as the rain fell but fought strong to finish Moto 1 in 9th position.
Moto 2 start was very similar to that of Moto 1 with both Rockstar Energy OTSFF Riders charging towards the front. Phil would hound the early leader of the Moto until he was able to make a very nice pass which put Nicoletti in 1st. Phil was able to put a gap between him and Mike Alessi but would have some tough competition from Colton Facciotti late in the Moto. While Facciotti charged hard Phil was able to continue his push towards the checkers where he would hold off Colton for the 1st place finish. Sam rode very strong, running with the big boys early in the Moto. He would unfortunately have a couple of tip overs again after pushing really hard. Sam would finish the Moto in 12th position.
“ We have been working hard for this day. I’m excited for both of us to get our first MXTour Overall together. Hopefully there is many more to come!”
– Risi George (Phil Nicoletti’s Mechanic)
Phil Nicoletti: 2-1 for 1st Overall
Sam Gaynor: 9-12 for 11th Overall
Round 7 Deschambault MX Results
1. Phil Nicoletti
2. Mike Alessi
3. Colton Facciotti
4. Matt Goerke
5. Ryan Dowd
6. Keylan Meston
7. Cade Clason
8. Bobby Piazza
9. Chase Marquier
10. Jason Benny
11. Sam Gaynor
Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Standings
1. Phil Nicoletti – 426
2. Cole Thompson – 401
3. Colton Facciotti – 342
4. Matt Georke – 337
5. Mike Alessi – 328