Words and Photos by Brendan Lutes
As the first true “east coast” race of the series, Atlanta is always a popular round with the fans and industry alike. This year, like always, the Georgia Dome stands were visibly packed if not sold out. But despite that, there was plenty of other news and happenings going down in Hotlanta. Lites class title contender Brett Metcalfe crashed and broke his collarbone in practice, James Stewart now holds onto the points lead in the SX class, and Christophe Pourcel knabbed his second win of the season, not mention much more. So without wasting anymore of your precious time, here’s Kickstart from the eighth round of the series.
Since the Georgia Dome is completely confined indoors—both the dome and the pits—sounds check was located outside. When we took this photo, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team was putting their bikes through tech. Since most teams use more than just one muffler for the day, they’re allowed to test multiple mufflers on one bike.