GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac looks to continue building his 450cc resume with another solid ride in this weekend’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross race at Lucas Oil Stadium.Tomac is coming off the best finish of his brief 450cc career last weekend, where he rode the GEICO Honda to a fourth-place result at the tough Daytona track. Tomac and the Supercross series return to a more familiar indoor track after racing outdoors at Daytona International Speedway.
Eli Tomac (GEICO Honda CRF450R Supercross) says: “Indy will be cool. It’s another place where I’ve never raced and it’s always fun to visit a new facility. This also is my last race on a 450 this Supercross season so I want to make the most of it. I’m ready to have some fun.”Tomac, second in the West Series 250cc points standings, is riding a 450 in AMA competition for the first time this season. Daytona was his third race on the bigger bike, and he learns every lap how to ride it better.Eli Tomac says: “Daytona was a good ride for me. It was a race where I finally felt like I rode to my abilities. Plus, the bike was set-up exactly how I like. It took some time to get comfortable on it but I totally felt that way in Florida.“This is a tough deal at the top level. There are champions all around you every weekend. Nothing is easy, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.”Wil Hahn, meanwhile, has been having a career year on his 250, which has led to his perch atop the East Series standings in the class. He’s finished on the podium in all four East races, winning two and finishing second in Daytona.Wil Hahn (GEICO Honda CRF250R Supercross) says: “Indy’s a fun place to be at. It’s an awesome dome, and we’re back in a stadium. For me, it’s mainly a matter of continuing to have fun every race and to wear that red plate with pride.”Hahn will again carry the red plate on his GEICO Honda as the points leader, something he garnered with his win in St. Louis. Currently five points ahead of Dean Wilson, Hahn continues to think about points as he races for the East title.Wil Hahn says: “For sure, I want to win and stretch out that lead, but I have to be smart, too. The championship would be a huge deal for me, my family, the team, everyone. I’m going to do everything in my power to make it happen.”Teammate Zach Bell, like Tomac, continues to learn in his rookie season aboard a 250 bike. Bell has shown speed at times this season, and now he hopes to build some consistency as the East Series returns indoors.Zach Bell (GEICO CRF250R Supercross) says: “Daytona was a hard race for me. I had a couple more spills. I just haven’t stayed on the bike for a whole race enough times. Hopefully we can go to Indy, ride fast and smart and get on the podium.“I’m trying to keep it on two wheels. I’m doing my best and trying to have fun out there at the same time. The team has been awesome to me and has been 100 percent behind me.”
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!