Talon Report: Volume #1

With the season now in full swing, Talon wheels are being rolled onto tracks around the world each day. Yesterday, Sunday 20th March, was a particularly busy day, with the first round of the 2016 Maxxis British Championship taking place. The eleventh round of Monster Energy Supercross was held on the night before also, so there was certainly a lot to shout about. Here are some poignant points from the weekend that was.

Jason Anderson has put his faith in Talon wheels for quite some time now and has also put them on top of the podium on more than a few occasions. Saturday night was one of those times, as he claimed the second 450SX main event of his career. Hardcore fans will, of course, know that Jason originally ended second and was promoted to first due to the reigning champion Ryan Dungey being handed a penalty. But, hey, you have to be in it to win it!

Anderson’s 250SX teammate on the east coast, Martin Davalos, returned to racing and immediately got his title campaign back on track. Although a fifth place may not seem like much, thanks to other’s misfortune he gained crucial points on those ahead of him and is now back in this thing! The 250SX East class will take three weeks off now, however, so we’ll have to wait to see if ‘49’ can overcome the nineteen-point deficit.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Shaun Simpson began his MX1 British title defence. Although the Scotsman felt a little out of sorts all day, he still led laps and recorded a 2-2 scorecard to put himself in a great position. ‘You win titles on your bad days’, as the saying goes. Do you know that Shaun hasn’t finished outside of the top two in a British championship moto since September 2014? Shaun will now head to Valkenswaard next weekend, where he’ll be hoping to put his wheels on an MXGP podium for the first time this year.

In MX2, Martin Barr was the top Talon rider in fifth overall. Martin was actually set to finish much higher, but a crash and rear wheel puncture in moto two cost him a handful of spots. He still salvaged a twelfth in that one to finish fourth overall, which puts him right in the thick of the title hunt. Remember, the top two riders in that class aren’t contesting the full series.

Riders of all ages use Talon, hence why you would have found a lot of the wheels at the youth events that are dotted around the UK. Lewis Hall, for instance, took four out of five wins in his class at the first round of the Judd Racing Premier Cup.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Image: ConwayMX