International competition in motocross was, once again, an extremely successful exercise for Talon this past weekend. What went on in Russia, Canada and the UK? Well, we’ll run through some of the most intriguing points.
- Those contesting the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series took advantage of a break in their schedule this past weekend, so all eyes were on the MXGP of Russia. Arnaud Tonus, of the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP team, was the sole Talon rider in attendance, as Shaun Simpson is still recovering from the hand injury that he sustained at the beginning of May.
- Arnaud Tonus got off to a brilliant start on the first day of racing, as he set the second-fastest time in free practice and then secured the fifth pick of the gates for the qualifying race. That heat was a spectacular affair; he started third, pushed into first position and then claimed pole position for the following day! That marked the second time this season that a Talon rider has been on pole.
- Rain battered the region prior to the two motos on Sunday, so the Grand Prix turned into more of a lottery. A poor start plagued Tonus in the first MXGP encounter, much to the dismay of his fans, but he did well to move onto the cusp of the top five. A crash and pit stop restricted him to ninth at the chequered flag, however.
- A much better start in the second moto helped Tonus, who is using Talon wheels for the first time, secure fourth and seventh overall on the day. ‘4’ has also moved into tenth in the series standings! Twenty-one points separate him from the rider in ninth.
- Some great news emerged straight after the MXGP of Russia; Shaun Simpson is back on a bike! Simpson, who has claimed three overall victories with Talon, has his sights set on a return at either the MXGP of Lombardia or Portugal. After missing the last three rounds, Simpson sits fourteenth in the series standings.
- Christophe Pourcel generated a lot of attention at the second round of the Rockstar Energy MX Nationals in Canada! ‘377’ followed up a second in the first moto with a win in the final race and claimed his second overall win in succession. He now leads the series by seven points.
- Back in Britain, Talon swept the top-two spots at the third round of the Michelin MX Nationals that was held at Hawkstone Park. Graeme Irwin won both motos, extended his series lead to twenty-four points and stood alongside Martin Barr on the overall podium. Jamie Law and Dan Thornhill ensured that there were four sets of Talon wheels inside of the top six in the premier division.
- Finally, we must acknowledge the fact that Jake Shipton took his Talon wheels to a popular victory at the Patchquick Trophy event on Wednesday night. Shipton (2-1-1) was consistent throughout the event and used that to his advantage. Congrats to Jake and everyone on the Crescent RHR Yamaha team!
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Yamaha Racing