It's been a long summer on the road. From California to New York and just about everywhere in-between, this Lucas Oil National Motocross series has tested riders, teams, mechanics and everyone involved in the industry. With two motos left to run on the 2014 schedule, the Troy Lee Designs boys loaded up for battle at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Newly-crowned MX1 Canadian National Champion Colton Facciotti joined the team for the weekend to fill-in for Malcolm Stewart, who is still recovering from dehydration. Cole Seely, Shane McElrath and Jessy Nelson were all ready to "give 'er," as Colton and his Canadian brothers would say, in the final event of the year.
Newly crowned MX1 Canadian National Champion Colton Facciotti will be heading to Tooele, Utah, this weekend to race the final round of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Facciotti will be filling in for TLD's 450 rider Malcolm Stewart, as he has opted out of racing the final round, still recovering from the residual effects of severe dehydration.
A moto win at a professional motocross event is a feat that the majority of professional motocross riders will never get to experience. Whether it’s lack of work ethic, unsatisfactory machinery, or just plain bad luck, there are countless things that can work against these racers as they take their shot at a moto victory. However, for some riders, it’s only a matter of time until they experience the sweet taste of success.
During this climb to the top it is extremely difficult to accept small improvements in the right direction, when a rider knows exactly what they are capable of. Because, “When the best is possible, better is not good enough.” Well Jessy Nelson, you proved the best most definitely is possible. And we are extremely stoked that you kept up the hard work and grabbed your first professional moto win last weekend at Ironman MX.
As if the playing field wasn't leveled enough at the brand new motocross facility in Crawfordsville, Indiana, the skies opened up before the first practice and turned a pristine course into a soupy mess. Mud is the great equalizer and as riders sloshed their way to the gate for the opening moto, it was anyone's guess who would win.
As the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues on to Indiana this weekend, the Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / MAVTV / Honda team will again be short the only 450 rider on the squad, Malcolm Stewart.
As the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Nationals hit the home stretch, the Unadilla Valley Sports Center was the next stop the schedule for the Team TLD crew. The iconic motocross facility in New Berlin, New York is rough, rocky, rutted and separates the men from the boys. While Malcolm Stewart continues to heal, the TLD team was represented on Saturday by Cole Seely, Jessy Nelson and Shane McElrath.