International competition in motocross was, once again, an extremely successful exercise for Talon this past weekend. What went on in the United States, Canada and the UK? Well, we’ll run through some of the most intriguing points.
- Another week, another overall victory in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross for Talon! Blake Baggett, of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM team, romped to the win in the premier class with a 3-1 scorecard. Baggett now sits third in the 450MX standings and fifteen points ahead of another Talon rider, Jason Anderson.
- Speaking of Anderson, he put his wheels up on the 450MX overall podium for the second consecutive week. Anderson finished a strong second in the first moto and then followed that up with a sixth in the final encounter.
- Although Baggett and Anderson were the best-placed riders with Talon machinery, they were joined by a whole host of other riders inside of the top ten. Dean Wilson (9-7) finished seventh overall, Justin Barcia (6-12) was eighth overall and Martin Davalos (10-11) rounded out the top ten. Half of the top ten put faith in Talon!
- Weston Peick (12-13) was twelfth overall, three spots ahead of Dakota Alix (13-14). Alix is racing in the premier 450MX class for the first time and steadily inching towards the top ten with his Talon wheels. Thunder Valley marked a career-best finish for the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM rider.
- Although Zach Osborne, who was battling an illness, failed to make it three in a row with his Talon wheels, he did still salvage a top-five finish. Two sets of wheels found their way into the top ten, in fact, as Michael Mosiman (12-10) crept in yet again.
- Osborne and Mosiman have a teammate, Christophe Pourcel, racing up in Canada. The first round of that series ran this past weekend and Pourcel put his wheels on top! A 3-1 scorecard was enough for ‘377’ to claim the overall victory and red plate at Whispering Pines.
- The domestic scene was a happy hunting ground for Talon riders also, as Liam Knight and Jake Shipton claimed victory in their respective classes at the Pirelli British Masters. Round four of that series was held at the sandy venue of Mildenhall on Sunday.
- Success was enjoyed by a majority of Talon riders this past weekend. That all pales in comparison to the devastating news that surfaced this morning, however, as Steven Lenoir sadly passed away following a crash in France. Lenoir put faith in Talon throughout the time that he spent in Britain and delivered countless noteworthy finishes. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and competitors at this extremely difficult time. Thanks for the great memories, Steven. You’ll be sorely missed by all of us at Talon.