2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross SeriesEli Tomac’s three race winning streak to open the 250SX West season for GEICO Honda in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series came to an abrupt end on Saturday night at Overstock.com Coliseum in Oakland.
Tomac fell twice in the opening laps of the main event, with the last fall occurring in the whoops section. Tomac sat on the side of the track for a moment. He was able to leave the track under his own power, but his bike was too damaged. Tomac wasn’t able to continue and carded a 20th place finish.Eli Tomac (GEICO Honda CRF250R Supercross) says: “It was a frustrating night, for sure. I didn’t get the kind of start that I wanted and wound up getting in a big pile up. I was able to get back up from that but a little while later I just lost it in whoops.”The bad night also cost Tomac his points lead, falling to third in the season standings. Tomac trails new leader Ken Roczen, who won Saturday’s race, by 15 points and second place Cole Seely by four points with five races left in the West season.Eli Tomac says: “The competition is so close in this class that you can’t afford to have bad nights like this. I’ll just head back, focus on my starts and get ready for next week. It’s a bump in the road, but there still time to come back and get the red plate back.”GEICO Honda’s second 250 rider Zach Osborne also had a frustrating night, finishing 10th after opening the season with steadily improving performances.Zach Osbourne (GEICO Honda CRF250R Supercross) says: “In the main, I got a really bad start, but was able to pull through to like fifth or sixth. After that we had a malfunction and lost ground. I’m still building on stuff and feel like my result tonight doesn’t reflect the progress I made.”Osborne maintained his fourth place position in the points. He’s 18 behind Tomac for third and six points in front of fifth place Jason Anderson.Zach Osbourne says: “Tonight was a little bit of a bummer, but we’re getting there. Everyone on the GEICO Honda team is working hard toward the same goal. The track tonight was softer and more technical but I’m feeling a lot better on the bike.“I think it’s only a matter of time before I land on the podium or get a win.”Up next for GEICO Honda is the Monster Energy AMA Supercross’ third trip to Angels Stadium of Anaheim this season. The racing gets under way on Feb. 2.
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.