Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, BTO Sports KTM and the rest of the Talon supported riders and teams contesting Monster Energy Supercross returned to Angel Stadium this past weekend, to complete the third fixture on the 2016 calendar.
Qualifying got off to a brilliant start for our supported riders, as a majority of them filled the spots within the top ten in their respective classes. Christophe Pourcel again proved to have a tremendous amount of raw speed, as he jostled for the top spot and eventually settled for second in the 450SX class. His teammate, Jason Anderson, was fifth, with Davi Millsaps and Justin Brayton eighth and eleventh respectively. In the 250SX West division, Zach Osborne actually set the fastest time to lead the rest of the riders into the night show. His fellow Talon athlete, Kyle Cunningham, was tenth.
All six of those riders secured spots in the main events with relative ease, as you would expect, so the stage was set for some brilliant races! Davi Millsaps rocketed out to the early lead in the 450SX main and actually led the field for four laps, before he gave way to the defending champion. After showing potential all night long, he eventually settled for seventh. Jason Anderson passed Millsaps as he was moving through the pack after a bad start. The former series leader went from twelfth on lap one to fifth, to record his third consecutive top five finish and also solidify the fact that he is ready to contend for a title.
Justin Brayton was battling in the lower half of the top ten for all twenty laps of the main event and ended up one spot behind his teammate, Davi, in eighth. Christophe Pourcel was the victim of a bad start, unfortunately, as he clawed his way back through the pack after ending lap one sixteenth. The Frenchman eventually finished twelfth, which meant four of the top twelve finishers in the premier class were putting their faith in Talon wheels!
Zach Osborne rounded turn one inside of the top five when the 250SX main event fired into life, immediately finding himself in the thick of the action. ‘16’ ended up chasing the defending champion through the field and stole second with just three laps to go. Zach now occupies that position in the series standings too. Further down the order, Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki’s Kyle Cunningham finished seventh to record his best finish of 2016.
The Monster Energy Supercross series will now head north to Oakland for round four of seventeen this weekend.