Round 13 of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship headed back east where the 250SX Eastern Regional Class had its fifth different winner in five racers.Earning his first win of his 250SX career was Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger, who was joined on the podium by the man who continues to lead the points, GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart, and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, Gannon Audette.
In his debut race at Indy 250SX with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX250F, Audette claimed his first SupercrossLive.com Holeshot award to start the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event, with Plessinger and Stewart not far behind.Plessinger quickly passed Audette on the first lap with Stewart doing likewise and was close behind in second. Audette settled into third, but would soon come under fire from Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Martin Davalos.Martin and Davalos got around Audette and set their sights on the leaders. Martin suffered a massive crash just past the halfway point in the race that took him out of position and the race as well. Davalos moved into third after Martin crashed, but only for four laps until he crashed while navigating through lapped traffic. Audette inherited third place position as a result of Davalos and Martin’s crashes.Plessinger went on a charge in the final laps of the race and opened up a 10 second gap on Stewart. He took the checkered flag and lit the candles to score his first 250SX main event win of his career. The Ohio native is the third first-time winner in the 250SX Class this season. It’s also the first time in the history of the Eastern Regional Championship that there have been five different winners in five races.“I can’t even tell you how amazing this feels. I’m speechless,” said Plessinger, whose hometown is just a short drive in Hamilton, Ohio. “These fans are crazy. I heard them every lap. I was so determined today, especially in front of my hometown crowd. I just put my head down and got the start. It wasn’t easy, but it was easier than my last races for sure.”Stewart entered the night as the points leader and his second place finish allowed him to retain control of his lead in the championship standings.“Hats off to Aaron. Now he knows what it feels like to win,” said Stewart. “I’m happy with second. I can’t take anything negative from this. I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully I keep the red plate [as the points leader] and win this championship. We only have four races left, so we’ll keep trying to get those points.”Audette rounded out the podium to score his first career podium result in third.Stewart’s lead in the 250SX East Region championship standings now sits at 10 points over Plessinger, who moved into second with the win. Davalos’ fifth place finish leaves him in third place in the championship standings, 25 points out of the lead.Photography by Simon Cudby
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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Hello and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!