Toyota Yamaha JGRMX Team - Phil Nicoletti
SUPERCROSS / MOTOCROSSS
Phil Nicoletti #46
Phillip “Phil” Nicoletti is what many in the racing community consider a diamond in the rough. Nicoletti has been tirelessly working to earn a position on a top-tier team in the crucible that is racing. Showing your talent on a tight budget with sub-par equipment is challenging, but professional teams need to see results before investing. Believing in his potential, Thomas Fichter, CEO of N-Fab, and Dr. Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology have placed their support solidly behind Phil helping him debut in the premier class in 2013. In 2014 Coy Gibbs made room for the determined kid from New York with the JGRMX Team with support from Fichter and Maresca. Nicoletti was scheduled to contest six events, and be ready to immediately step in as a Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team rider in the event Josh Grant or Justin Brayton was unable to compete due to injury. Nicoletti came to the aid of the team on seven occasions ensuring two bikes were on the track for team sponsors. Nicoletti will race all 12 AMA Motocross Championship rounds and again substitute if needed during the AMA Supercross Championship.
|Motorcycle:||JGRMX Modified Yamaha YZ450F|
|Classes:||Supercross (Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship) 450 Class (Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship)|
|Birth Date:||March 4, 1989|
Nicoletti stepped in for the injured Josh Grant at round five of the AMA Supercross Championship. He made the main and followed making the next main as a substitute before his first scheduled event, the Atlanta Supercross where he again made the main. He followed with his best supercross result in Daytona where he earned 13th. He raced six of the 12 AMA Motocross Championship rounds earning two top-10s with his best finish an eighth at the Unadilla round. He was 15th in series points despite racing only half of the schedule.
Nicoletti debuted in the premier class riding for the N-Fab Ti-Lube Yamaha team with backing from his long-time supporter Dr. Maresca and N-Fab CEO Thomas Fichter. He struggled at first as many rookies do, but then strung off nine qualifying rides in a row. In motocross Nicoletti had two top-10 overall finishes, his highest a seventh at Southwick, the toughest course on the circuit. He had eight top-10 individual moto results and was only outside of the top-15 overall results three times.
Mechanical issues plagued Nicoletti at the outset of the 2012 supercross season. He was able to earn two top-five and one top-10 finish in 250SX East competition. As the issues with his equipment continued into the motocross season he and his team mutually agreed to part ways. Determined to succeed, Nicoletti showed up at the Southwick round on a year-old privateer machine and raced near the front of the field before another mechanical issue took him out of the moto. He rebounded with a 13th in the second moto. He then scored two back-to-back top-10 overall finishes at Unadilla and Steel City (both eighth overall).
Niccoletti secured a Monster Energy backed ride racing the Australian Motocross Nationals earning a solid third overall in the series. He may very well still have been in Australia to this day as he had offers to race there in 2012 but a miscommunication regarding his Visa caused him to be banned from visiting the country for three years.
Nicoletti raced 250SX West supercross earning three top-10 results and eighth in series points. He contested the 250 Class in motocross finishing in the points at five events with his best an 11th overall at the Pala round.
Nicoletti qualified for two rounds of 250SX East competition finishing 18th in both. He raced a limited motocross schedule with his best result a 20th at Steel City.
Raced limited number of 250SX East supercross with his best finish a 16th in Atlanta. Competed in the 250 Class in motocross earning points five times and an eighth overall at the Steel City round.