2014 AMA SupercrossWhile many people are counting down the days until Christmas, GEICO Honda riders Eli Tomac and Wil Hahn are eagerly counting down the days until the season opener of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series season and the start of their careers in dirt bike racing’s top class.
And like a kid impatiently waiting for a visit from Santa, the days aren’t going by quick enough for 250 champions Tomac and Hahn.Eli Tomac (GEICO Honda CRF450 Supercross) says: “I’m excited as can be to race this 450 CRF-R. I was ready to make the step up and now I’m here and ready to go.”Hahn said he too is getting the itch to start racing again.Wil Hahn (GEICO Honda CRF450R Supercross) says: “I’m as ready as I always am this time of year. I’d definitely be fine if we raced tomorrow. It’s kind of a tough time of year because you are ready to roll but you know you probably need to back it down a little so you are fresh for the first race of the year.”Tomac said the off-season has been filled with his normal testing and training routine along with the pictures and commercial shoots that are as much a part of winter as anything else.Eli Tomac says: “It’s been super busy. I’ve been running around like a headless chicken. I like being busy though. Overall it’s been fun. This is why I’ve wanted to ride dirt bikes my whole life.”Hahn said GEICO Honda team manager Mike LaRocco has come up with a series of team scrimmages that have included the team’s 250SX riders in order get everybody in game day shape.Wil Hahn says: “The whole team gets together and we’ve been doing scrimmages and really pushing each other. It’s been a great simulation of race day. It’s the best way we all can get our heart rates up like it would be on a race weekend.“It’s a full-race scenario. It’s also awesome to have all our teammates around. You can go out and do 20 laps by yourself if you want, but if you do 20 laps with your teammate pushing you it raises the bar for everyone involved.”Tomac said those scrimmages have been extremely helpful.Eli Tomac says: “I feel like we’re all pretty dialed in. You never really know exactly where you stand until you race. My whole program is going good, my starts, my motos and everything that goes along with it. We should come out swinging.”The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Season gets under way on Jan. 4 from Angels Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif.
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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 email@example.com 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!