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Rider Comments: Atlanta

Wil Hahn: “My practice, my heat, and the main all went well for me; just a great day all the way around. I am so happy with how everything went. There’s something about the vibes here. I’m not sure if it’s the win here last year, but every time I come here I have a great race. There must be something in the air here. I love this city.”

Justin Bogle: “This turned out to be a great day. It feels so great to finish on the podium when I wasn’t even sure I would race this season. I didn’t have the best start in the main, so I had to fight through and make some passes to get up front. Basically, I capitalized on some mistakes other guys were making and made it through the carnage. I raced a pretty smart race. I’m happy but not satisfied. I’m hungry for more and ready to move over on the podium towards that middle spot.”

Ivan Tedesco: “Rough night for me in that main. I got a bad start and was on the outside. I got arm pump like the 5th lap in and I was honestly struggling just to finish the race. I don’t know what happened, I just got tight. That’s about it, I finished 14th, pretty bad. Just going to move onto the next one which is all we can do.”

Cole Thompson: “Not my best night of riding, I finished 8th. I got a bad start and wasn’t really aggressive the first few laps. The track was tricky tonight and I just didn’t make things happen quick enough.”

Broc Tickle: “I’m looking forward to this week and riding the rest of the series. I’m pumped with the way I rode all night. My ribs and breathing were bothering me. Dr. G did what he could before the main, but I wasn’t feeling it like I had earlier in the day.”

Josh Hill: “Bad starts just hampered my night. It was hectic with people going down everywhere. By the time I got going, everyone was gone.”

Martin Davalos: “It’s an unbelievable feeling. It’s been a long time coming and I couldn’t have done it without everyone who has stuck behind me all this time. My family is here from Ecuador, which means the world to me. People don’t realize what I’ve done to commit to chasing this dream. I knew I had a good gap on Adam and didn’t want to take any chances. But I was cruising too much and just about went down! I’m happy to get this out of the way and continue this success each weekend.”

Adam Cianciarulo: “I made my first rookie mistakes tonight. I saw the flashing lights for the caution during the main and thought I had to roll the section. I lost a lot of time on Martin. I won’t be making that mistake again. But considering how the night started, I’m happy to be on the podium and stoked for Martin and the team.”

Ryan Villopoto: “My own mistakes cost me the win. It took us a little longer than we wanted to figure out the track, but we had the bike dialed for the night show. I came around the inside after the big double and just slid out enough that I couldn’t make the triple.”

Blake Baggett: “Tonight wasn’t what we wanted. That said I salvaged a good amount of points and have to look at it that way. We’re still sitting third behind Adam and Martin and we’ll be back next week.”

Ken Roczen: “It feels so great to get a win. Getting on the podium is nice, but to get a win is so much better. It proves that hard work pays off. I am so happy I was able to pull it off and so thankful to my team for being behind me and building me a great bike.”

Ryan Dungey: “It was great that the three of us were so close but the track got really rough at the end. I tried to take a few different lines to see if I could make up some time but the track was so rough it was hard. We work hard every week to make things better and we are ready to get on the top step of the podium.”

James Stewart: “I came across the start straight and lost the front end going into the corner. I’m bummed. I was riding good all day and felt great going into the Main Event, but you can’t win when you’re on the ground. I did my best to come back but the track was super-slippery, so the harder I rode, the slower I went. I was just happy to get back up and salvage as many points as I could. But I’m still confident and feeling good about my riding and I have to thank the Yoshimura Suzuki team for working so hard. We’re all disappointed but we’ll go back and get ready to come back strong for Indy.”

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