International competition in motocross was an extremely successful exercise for Talon this past weekend. What went on in the United States and Germany? Well, we’ll run through some of the most intriguing points.
- Zach Osborne: The opening round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross gripped fans across the globe. Those who tuned in witnessed a Talon athlete, Zach Osborne, dominate the 250MX division. Osborne won both motos, led twenty-five of the thirty-two laps that were run on the day and holds an incredible lead of fourteen points entering the next round.
- Dean Wilson: The 450MX class was equally as exciting for those who put their faith in Talon. Dean Wilson, who is from Britain much like Talon, impressed en route to a fourth overall. A fourth in moto two secured him that finish, but his result in the first 450MX encounter may have been the most impressive. Wilson started twenty-fourth and pushed up to tenth.
- Wheels Everywhere: Two more Talon riders joined Dean Wilson inside of the top ten in the premier division. Blake Baggett and Justin Barcia finished sixth and ninth overall respectively. In fact, seven of the top twenty riders ran Talon wheels! An incredible statistic from across the pond.
- Hard Chargers: A tip of the hat to Weston Peick, who returned from injury after just a couple of weeks on a bike. A twelfth and eleventh left him in twelfth overall, just one spot ahead of Jason Anderson. Anderson failed to finish the first moto, because of an injured eye, but battled on to secure a sixth in the second encounter.
- Rising Stars: Talon do not just support the race winners though, as a pair of rookies embarked on personal journeys with the brand. Michael Mosiman, of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team, made his professional debut and secured a fourteenth overall (12-14). Dakota Alix, of the Rockstar Mountain ATV/MC KTM team, stepped into the 450MX class and crept into the top sixteen.
- Arnaud Tonus: Meanwhile, in Europe, Arnaud Tonus battled forward with the Talon-supported Wilvo Yamaha MXGP team. A ninth in the first moto, which was most impressive, was followed by a twenty-second in the final moto. Fifteenth overall on the day was his reward.
- The Wildcard: It was brilliant to see Jeremy Delince, of the KMP Honda Racing team, in action at a round of the FIM Motocross World Championship for the first time this season. Delince put a second set of Talon wheels in the premier class, but just missed out on points each time.
- Support Sweep: This report started with a Talon triumph, so why not end it in a similar fashion? Much like Zach Osborne in the United States, Brad Anderson swept the first round of the EMX300 class. Anderson led nineteen of the thirty-two laps that were run across the weekend at Teutschenthal.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Sean Ogden