The first round of the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross East Region Championship commenced this weekend at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. After seven West Region rounds, the east coast racers finally got their opportunity to get behind the gate and do some racing.In the main event, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s McElrath pulled the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award, but fell as a result of clipping a tough block a few jumps later.
Read 2016 Atlanta Supercross 450SX Results.Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Martin Davalos inherited the lead after McElwrath crashed, and GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart quickly worked his way into second place. Stewart pursued Davalos, but hit the dirt on lap eight after clipping McElrath’s downed bike. He remounted his Honda CRF250R, not losing any positions remaining in second place.Davalos led all 15 laps of the main event to take the first East Region main event win of the 2016 season and the third of his career.“This means a lot to me. The past few years have been tought for me,” said Davalos. “I signed with Husqvarna last year and got Epstein Barr. I decided to go change up my program and train with Timmy Ferry. He and his wife have been like family to me and I have learned a lot from them. I am blessed to be working with them.“I had a solid race and felt the pressure from Malcolm (Stewart) the whole time. I just wanted to put in consistent laps and I feel like I did that. At about lap ten, I got caught up with a lot of lappers. I am glad I kept it on two wheels and have achieved my first win for Husqvarna. I am really proud and have worked very hard. For those who are sticking behind me, thank you very much and I am going to make you proud.”Steward landed on the podium in second place while sophomore Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider Aaron Plessinger put his Yamaha YZ250F in third place. Behind him was his teammate, Jeremy Martin, while Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Justin Hill rounded out the top five in fifth place.GEICO Honda’s RJ Hampshire, The Viewing/Fasthouse/Pacific Coast Custom’s Darryn Durham, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Alex Frye, and Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki’s Jimmy Albertson rounded out the top 10, respectively.Photography by Simon Cudby
2016 Atlanta 250SX Results, East Coast Regional, Atlanta:
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!