Soaring through the skies of Southern California, a green tetrapod scopes its prey, looking for a place to settle as he descends. He begins to zero in on the competition, a heat-sensor effect if you will, until he chooses the target. Once locked and loaded, an attack is launched, victory is claimed, and the process is repeated.
Although constantly at work, Talon had a few minutes to spare this week. And we were fortunate enough to sit down with the young man, getting an inside scoop to what he’s all about.
What originally sparked your interest in motorcycles?
My dad had several in the garage and loved to race. I naturally wanted in and immediately took an interest in it.
Any memories from your first race?
You know it! My first race was at Starwest Mx for the Mx Racer series. I got third in the 50cc 4-6 and I still have the trophy and picture today. From there on, I was hooked!
What made you choose the number 71?
I wish there was a better story to this, but I got my number from the year my dad was born. Good old 1971!
You’re beginning to dabble into the Supermini Class; how has the older competition and faster bike treated you thus far?
It's been awesome! I love the power the bigger motor and wheels have given me! However, I like having a lot of control over the bike like on my 85s. I'm just starting to be able to throw my Supermini around so just wait until next year, I'm gonna blow your mind!
Freestone was a solid event for you; were you happy with how you rode in Texas?
I was happy, but I know that I have the speed and endurance to do so much better. Overall, I’m okay with my performance.
You’ve shown excellent speed at your area qualifiers; feeling strong coming into regionals this summer?
Absolutely! I feel more prepared than ever! I'm ready to show everybody what I'm made of. I'm excited for the next gate drop!
Tell us about your experience at the Junior Moto X Event; were you a fan of the indoor setup?
I love supercross, so I was pumped to be able to go to this event! I broke my right arm right after Christmas last year and wasn't able to race the Arenacross in Atlanta. I knew that this would make up for it. I was beyond stoked to get the win! My lap times were on point and overall I'm pleased with how I did.
What are your Goals/Plans for the rest of the year?
I’m looking forward to getting the regionals out of the way, so I can focus on Mammoth and Loretta’s. For both events, my goal is to podium overall. With the way I have been riding, I know it can happen.
Being from California, you have a plethora of tracks to ride on at any time; what’s your favorite local spot?
Honestly, the Deegan’s house and Pala Raceway are the best tracks around on any given day. They are great for training and fun to ride at the same time.
The videos of you flowing on the Supercross track are insane; does the jumping and timing come natural to you?
It’s so crazy, but yes, SX does come naturally to me. The flow and timing are what I love about riding! Coming over a huge jump, and throwing a nasty whip, is what I love about moto. Even though corners make up time, there is no feeling like jumping.
You’re coming up to the finish line of you’re very first Supercross win; what trick are we going to throw? Hands in the air? Heel Clicker? Fat Whip?
YOU KNOW THIS! The fattest, most steezy whip of all time, haha!
What do you like to do when you’re off the bike? Any activities you find fun other than riding? Looks like you’re a good surfer.
In all honesty, I’m a lousy surfer, but I do have a profound respect for the ocean. I still do enjoy paddling out. I also love mountain biking, skating, and snowboarding.
Any sponsors you’d like to thank?
Monsterenergy, Monsterarmy, Thor, Spy optics, Alpinestars, HLTN CO, Shoei helmets, Ryno power, Temecula Motorports, Protec, Flo Motorsports, Dunlop, Maxima oils, Korsair levers, Etnies, Split Designs, Pdajerky, Pro Circuit, Faster USA, Stroker Industries, Spec Bolt and everyone else, thank you so much!
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