Long-time TransWorld Motocross test rider Tallon LaFountaine has signed up to to compete in the September 24th TransWorld SLAM, to be held during the annual SLAM Festival ride day, presented by MTA Distributing. Milestone MX Park is the place, and riders of all skill levels and abilities can come join in on the fun for a FREE ride day at SoCal's most-popular motocross track. For more information about the SLAM Fest, CLICK HERE!
The highlight of the TransWorld SLAM Fest, presented by MTA Distributing, is the pro SLAM race, which pits riders in a head-to-head, tournament-style competition on the Milestone Supercross track. The eight fastest qualifiers are put into four two-man, two-lap heat races. The winners move on to two two-man, two-lap semis, with the winners advancing to the SLAM Final. A third wild card rider – editor's choice – is seeded into the three two-lap, three-rider main events. The rider with the best overall score in the three finals is crowned the TransWorld SLAM Champion and takes home the entire $5000 purse, the coveted TransWorld SLAM Championship Belt, and a brand-new Traeger Grill. Past TransWorld SLAM winners include Dean Wilson, Wil Hahn, Justin Bogle, Matt Goerke, Josh Hill, and Vince Friese.
Readers of TransWorld Motocross will recognize LaFountaine as one of our main test riders, as he’s been helping us evaluate new bikes and products for three years now. In 2016, LaFountaine competed in selected rounds of the Amsoil Arenacross Series and earned his qualification points in the Ricky Carmichael Road to Supercross program. Come Anaheim 1 in 2017, LaFountaine will make his Supercross debut in the Western Regional 250 SX Championship.
“Earning my Supercross qualification points was a lot of fun this year, but it also got a little hectic because I crashed and fractured a vertebrae in my back halfway through,” says LaFountaine. “Fortunately I was able to heal up and earn the last few points before the series ended.”
The 18-year-old from Beaumont has, remarkably, been riding motocross for only a few years, but has shown exceptional speed and talent. This summer, LaFountaine traveled north of the border and competed in a few Canadian 250 Nationals, where he finished fourth at a couple of the rounds. “It was nice to race in Canada this summer, as that’s where my parents are from,” he says. “Any experience that I can get before making my pro debut next year will be helpful.”
“Being a TransWorld guy, I’ve seen the SLAM going on all these years, and I am excited to finally get to race in it,” he says. “I’m fairly comfortable on a Supercross track and I plan to spend a lot of time on the Milestone SX track in the weeks before the SLAM to get ready. It’ll be fun!”
LaFountaine credits Twisted Development, Yoshimura, BTOSports.com, Fox, 6D, Scott, ODI, SDG, Race Tech, Roy’s Cyclery and TransWorld Motocross as his sponsors.