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.
If you look in the middle of this photo, you can see Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Nico Izzi going down hard. This was at the start of the first Lites heat. Izzi returned to the track for the LCQ, which he won, and went on to finish second in the main event after running third until Stroupe stalled his bike with six laps to go.