GIECO Honda Signs Malcolm StewartWith the start of the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series quickly approaching, the vaunted GEICO Honda team has added Malcolm Stewart to its 250SX West lineup.
Stewart ended last year’s 250SX West action in sixth place with three podium results and just one finish outside the top 10, showing he has the skills it takes to be a winner at the professional level.“I’m excited for this opportunity,” the brother of two-time AMA Supercross Champion James Stewart said. “Obviously, the GEICO Honda team is a top-tier group that is always in contention. I think my previous experience in the 250 class, especially in 250SX West, will help make this transition easier and get us off to a fast start.“I’m hoping to start the year off strong and get the results I think we are capable of achieving.”GEICO Honda team manager and past series champion Mike LaRocco feels the addition of Stewart to the team will give an added veteran boost to the entire Supercross season, not just the West races.“We like to put our best foot forward on the West Coast,” LaRocco said. “Not only is the majority of the industry located in this region but the West riders kind of dictate the rest of the racing. The other riders really get to build some momentum off the West guys if they’re running well, and that’s what we like to try to ensure.“Running in both the 450 and 250 classes, we like to keep a good balance of experienced riders and rookies on the team. We think Malcolm will help bring that balance. The kid’s got speed and hopefully, in the right environment, we can get some podium results out of him.”Stewart will make his debut with the team Jan. 3 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
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Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!