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Being The Early Leader Suits Geico Honda's Tomac Well
Posted by: newsla on Jan 15, 2013 - 06:38 PM
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Being The Early Leader Suits Geico Honda's Tomac Well


With two wins in the first two Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX West events of the 2013 season, GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac is enjoying the view from the top of the motorcycle world.

 

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"You couldn't ask for a better start," Tomac said. "I'm really comfortable with my riding and my fitness is there. I've been lucky to avoid any falls."

The defending West champ has built a slender six-point cushion in the early going, but is wary of the pitfalls that always seem to be waiting around the next turn.

"We saw a bunch of crazy things happening in Phoenix but I was able to avoid the carnage," he said. "Everyone is going for it in these early races, trying to make a mark, so it's important to get out front if you can so you have clear track ahead of you."

Tomac won the season opener at Angels Stadium at Anaheim two weeks ago, which is where Saturday's race was moved after Dodger Stadium started a major renovation earlier than announced. Ever the perfectionist, Tomac is always looking for areas to improve upon.

"If there's one thing I'm not happy with it's been my starts," he said. "I just can't seem to get a holeshot. I've been like fifth, sixth or seventh every time. That puts you in a place you might not want to be early in these races.

"I'm spending a lot of time on starts to try and get better. Hopefully it will come together for me at A2."

The early season has been slowly coming together for GEICO Honda's 450SX rider Kevin Windham.

"My confidence is growing every race. I've had a mental block ever since my get-off in Houston (last year) and I've had to get past it," Windham said. "My riding is fine; it's just getting the thoughts of danger out of my head and just going out there and riding like I know how.

"You'd think after 18 years you would be able to flip a switch but it's not like that. In fact, it's probably worse now because the ground is harder on a 34-year-old body than an 20-year-old body."

The popular veteran is tied for 10th place in the standings with Josh Grant.

"It'll be good to be back at Anaheim so soon after just being there," Windham said. "I had a clean race in the season opener, which helped a bunch. I think we can put together something a little better this time through and start earning more points.

"The field of riders is very hungry this year, like always, and it's been wild. I'm hoping that staying clean and healthy in these early races will pay off down the road."

GEICO Honda's second 250SX rider Zach Osborne is trying to get some health back after suffering a spill in practice last weekend in Phoenix. He was able to gut out a respectable ride despite the injury and hopes to be in better shape by Saturday.

"The most I can do this week is rest my body," Osborne said. "I've been really sore, mostly like the feeling of having something pulled in my back and shoulder. My fitness level is up there so I don't think that a few days off the bike will hurt me too much. I really don't have a choice because I have to just take it easy and recover."

Despite the bumps and bruises, Osborne has maintained a good spot in the season points - tied for fourth with Ryan Sipes.

"To be tied for fourth place is about as good as I can hope for," Osborne said. "I really didn't even know if I could ride in the heat race at Phoenix until it was time to go out there and try. I did the best I could, got some good starts and was able to salvage a decent finish.

"I know in my head I can compete with anyone out there. I just haven't been able to show it yet. It'll happen soon."

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