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GEICO Honda Rider Hahn Enjoys Best Race On 450; Osborne Finishes Fifth
Posted by: newsla on Jan 26, 2014 - 12:44 PM
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GEICO Honda Rider Hahn Enjoys Best Race On 450; Osborne Finishes Fifth


GEICO Motorcycle Honda rider Wil Hahn enjoyed his best race aboard a 450cc bike by finishing eighth in the Monster Energy Supercross event on Saturday night at O.co Coliseum.

 

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Teammate Zach Osborne, riding a Factory Connection 250cc bike, finished fifth in that class' Main.

Hahn advanced into the Main through his heat race for the first time in the 450 class. A rookie in Supercross' premier category, Hahn had a solid third-place effort in his heat before battling with the sport's top stars in the Main.

"The whole night was better," Hahn said. "My practices were better and my heat race was awesome. I got my starts better, and that was the main goal of the week. We did well there, and more than anything I was able to bring more speed. My riding was a lot more well-rounded."

The night started with solid practices, where Hahn was fifth and ninth. In his six-lap heat, he was at his best, crossing the line in fifth after one lap but charging hard to third place two laps later. He ended up third to automatically transfer to the Main, avoiding the semifinal race for the first time this season.

"That brought a lot of momentum for me," Hahn said. "I needed that. From the practice to the heat to the main, I had a lot more momentum on my side tonight."

Hahn was fifth after one lap of the 20-lap feature, but after contact with former teammate Justin Barcia on the fourth lap he fell back to eighth.

"I made too many mistakes in the Main," Hahn said. "I went backward and had to come back forward. Those first couple laps, those guys are firing and everyone's getting pushed around.
"(Barcia and I) just came together. That's how he rides, man. There's nothing wrong with it. It's just the way it is, and I put myself in that position."

Hahn rallied to seventh place before losing that position with two laps to go. Still, it was his second top-10 finish on a 450 and the best of his young career. He held on to ninth place in the 450 points standings after four of nine West races.

Osborne's finish helped him maintain the fourth position in the 250 West points standings.

"Good points," Osborne said. "It's not what I want, but I got to lead some laps (in the heat race) tonight and was really close to winning the heat race. In the main event I finally started up there, but I just didn't really make the most of my situation."

Osborne battled with Cole Seeley most of the Main, getting past Seeley on the second lap and holding that spot for five more laps when Seeley went back to fourth place.

Osborne then settled in that spot until the closing laps when he moved back in on Seeley. Osborne was within a bike length through the whoops section of the track, but while charging hard on Seeley he went down.

"I knew I had a good gap (on sixth)," Osborne said. "Obviously I didn't plan to wad it big, but I knew I had a big gap in case I came in hot and fell over or something. It was pretty spectacular."

Osborne was able to get up and finish in fifth. He was checked in the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center but was OK.

"I'm fine," Osborne said. "It was just a little mistake there on the last lap. I was going for fourth on Seeley down through the whoops. I missed a whoop and endo'd it pretty good."

Osborne had a solid day, getting the holeshot in Heat 1 and leading the first three laps before finishing in second to clinch a spot in the Main.


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