Honda’s Tomac Eyes 250 AMA Motocross Title
2013 Spring Creek National
With a double moto win day marked off his Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship season checklist, GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac now has his sights set getting the red leader’s plate on his bike for the first time this year.
Last week, Tomac pulled to within one point of 250cc class leader Ken Roczen. This Saturday at the Red Bull Spring Creek National, Tomac is hoping to pass Roczen.
Eli Tomac (GEICO Honda CRF250R Motocross) says: “Washougal (Wash.) was a huge turning point for me. It thought it would be an easier place for other riders to go fast. Spring Creek is set up similar to the practice track near my house, so I feel real good about my chances there.
“Spring Creek’s dirt is more sand than a clay mix, so it’s a bit looser. There are two big roller sections where you have to keep a good flow going to keep your rear wheel driving. I’ve got both of those things at my house.”
Tomac’s confidence and riding have been building to a peak, and he feels good now that it has all come together.
Eli Tomac says: “My starts have been a lot better lately and just more consistent. That’s what I’ve needed to be able to get out early in motos and build a nice gap on the field.”
Starts have not been an issue for Wil Hahn since he came back from wrist surgery. The current leader of the 250cc Motorcycle-Superstore.com Holeshot Championship, Hahn is four points ahead of teammate Zach Osborne in the standings (every rider in the GEICO Honda stable has at least one holeshot this season).
Hahn is going to focus on transforming those good starts into podium finishes.
Wil Hahn (GEICO Honda CRF250R Motocross) says: “The starts are awesome and I’ve got to keep doing that. I’ve got to use my head a little better during the race and stay up front. My results might not be reflecting it right now, but I’m feeling really at home on the bike. I’ve just got to make it happen and get on the podium.”
Justin Bogle’s confidence got a shot in the arm last weekend with a holeshot and a season-best fourth overall finish.
Justin Bogle (GEICO Honda CRF250R Motocross) says: “This was my first race back from injury last year. I like this track; it’s fun and the dirt’s cool. After last week, training has been a lot easier, and I really want to get up on the podium.
“Momentum means a lot in this sport. With a couple of pretty good starts and back-to-back solid motos last week, it’s helped my confidence a lot.”
Osborne, who finished sixth last weekend and solidified his hold on fifth in the standings, is looking for another solid race as he tries to track down Blake Baggett for fourth.
Zach Osbourne (GEICO Honda CRF250R Motocross) says: “I’ve never raced at Spring Creek as a pro, but I did race there once as an amateur. I think the track really suits my style. If the track has changed since I raced there, I have always been pretty good at adjusting to new things. I am feeling real positive about this weekend and I’m looking forward to what happens.”
Practice for the Red Bull Spring Creek National gets under way at 8 a.m. CDT on Saturday from Spring Creek MX. Opening ceremonies will be at 11:40 a.m. FUEL TV will air the first motos live starting at 1 p.m. EDT. The second 250 moto will air on NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m.