2013 AMA Supercross 250 Championship Report
GEICO Honda rider Wil Hahn did exactly what he needed to do to wrap up the AMA 250SX East championship Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium, finishing one spot behind challenger Marvin Musquin to seal his first professional title by three points.
Teammate Eli Tomac did everything he could to match the feat in 250SX West action, but his fifth victory of the season wasn’t enough to pass Ken Roczen in the championship chase, with Tomac ultimately finishing two points back.
As for Hahn, he finished all East 250SX races on the podium.
Wil Hahn (GEICO Honda CRF250R Supercross) says: “This is dreamland for me. To win the title with the GEICO Honda team, my second family, and share the stage with my mom, dad and brother – it’s just beyond description.
“There have been times in my career when I doubted if this would ever happen but the guys on this team never gave up on me. Their faith in me pushed me to levels I didn’t think were even possible. I don’t even know what to say; this is like the best dream ever and I don’t want to wake up.”
Hahn showed incredible determination in earning his third-place finish. In the day’s final qualifying session he crashed hard in the whoops section, hitting his head and severely banging his right hand. Most of his time in between rounds was spent with the Asterisk medical team, who bandaged him up the best they could so he could continue.
Wil Hahn says: “I feel like I should dedicate my championship to the Asterisk people. I’m sure there’s something broken in my hand. It really hurts but I was going to race no matter what. I’ll get it looked at when I get home.
“The 6D helmets are built so well. Without them, I might not have gotten up from that get-off. Thanks also to Amsoil, Factory Connection, Skull Candy, Alias, Muscle Milk, Planet Fitness, DVS, Oakley, Pro Taper, Dirt Star, Alpine Star, Dunlop, DID, Vortex, Twin Air, Hinson, Yoshimura and Mototassinari. This is for all of us to share.”
For all the excitement experienced by Hahn, Tomac was equally exasperated after coming so close to defending his 2012 title. One thing that was to blame was his DNF at the Oakland round of Supercross.
Eli Tomac (GEICO Honda CRF250R Supercross) says: “Oakland cost me the championship. Not earning any points there killed it. I did all I could to catch back up but Roczen rode well almost everywhere and he got the title.
“I probably had one of the best races of my life tonight. I was shuffled back to fifth or sixth at the start and just told myself to go for it. I had nothing to lose. I started picking guys off and I got up to Roczen and managed to get around him. Then I went after Martin (Davalos) and passed him with like four laps to go.”
But for all of Tomac’s work, the title would still go to Roczen if he managed to also pass Davalos and move into second place, which he did near the start/finish area with one lap to go.
Eli Tomac says: “I’m pretty disappointed. I looked over on the last lap and saw Roczen had passed him. There was nothing I could do. That’s the way it goes in this sport some times. We had a great season, winning five times, and I feel really good about my riding. All we can do now is rest up and try to do some damage in outdoors.”
GEICO Honda’s other rider, Zach Osborne, was t-boned early in the 250SX West race, knocking him out of contest. He ended the 250SX West season in seventh place with one podium finish to his credit.
Everyone gets Mother’s Day weekend off before the start of the AMA Motocross season, May 18, with the Hangtown National in Sacramento, Calif.