(Vaughan, ON – July 28th, 2019)
Nicoletti Takes 3rd Overall in Moncton
Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha took on Round 6 of the Canadian Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series at RiverGlade MX in Moncton, NB. With #3 Shawn Maffenbeier out because of an injury sustained during training, Sam Gaynor was called up as a fill in for Shawn for the remainder of the MX series. Gaynor continues to improve every week scoring valuable points in his 450 Pro rookie year.
Qualifying saw Phil Nicoletti in 6th position while Sam Gaynor was not far behind in 11th.
As the gates dropped for Moto 1 #54 Phil Nicoletti would get off to a great start which would put him in second position as he rounded the first few corners. While constantly charging towards the front Phil would end up finishing Moto 2 in 2nd, where he rode the entire race. Nicoletti would run a strong race while also collecting valuable points towards both the MX and Triple Crown Championship. Sam Gaynor’s Moto 1 would see the #80 Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha rider with a bad start and had his work cut out for him. Sam would would charge towards the front making multiple passes which ultimately led him into 11th position as he crossed the checkers.
Moto 2 would see Phil, once again, get another great start in 3rd position. Pushing his YZ450F Nicoletti was able to make a pass on Colton Facciotti moving him up to 2nd position. Phil would continue to hunt down the leader when unfortunately, he would have a small tip over in a corner which ultimately cost him 2 positions. He would remount in 4th position and push hard towards the front. Phil would end up putting down the fastest lap of the Moto while hunting the leaders but would finish in 4th as he ran out of time.
Sam Gaynor’s Moto 2 started off with a much better start where Sam was running in the top 10 for the entire Moto. Sam had a great battle with Ryan Dowd and never slowed down as he crossed the checkers in 9th position. This was Sam Gaynor’s first ever pro top 10 finish during his rookie year. Congrats Sam, it’s only going up from here!
I want to thank the entire team for working hard through so much adversity this past week. They kept their heads down and pushed hard through it all. Thank You
– Steve Simms (Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha Team Manager)
Phil Nicoletti: 2-4 for 3rd Overall
Sam Gaynor: 11-9 for 10th Overall
Round 6 RiverGlade MX Results 450 Pro Triple Crown 450 Pro Championship Points Standings
1. Mike Alessi 1. Colton Facciotti – 294
2. Colton Facciotti 2. Mike Alessi – 273
3. Phil Nicoletti 3. Phil Nicoletti – 254
4. Cole Thompson 4. Cole Thompson – 252
5. Cade Clason 5. Cade Clason – 202
6. Keylan Meston 6. Shawm Maffenbeier – 194
7. Josh Cartwright 7. Ryan Dowd – 177
8. Chase Marquier 8. Matt Georke – 175
9. Ryan Dowd 9. Keylan Meston – 132
10. Sam Gaynor 10. Sam Gaynor – 104