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Anaheim Not Kind To GEICO Honda SX Team As Injuries Slow Progress
Posted by: newsla on Feb 02, 2014 - 07:39 AM
Anaheim Not Kind To GEICO Honda SX Team As Injuries Slow Progress

The GEICO Honda team is happy to put Angel Stadium of Anaheim in its rearview mirror for the 2014 Supercross season as the group lost another rider Saturday in Round 5 of the AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series.


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Zach Osborne, who leads the team with two podium finishes this year, was injured in the third round of practice, and although initial x-rays on his clavicle were negative, he was unable to ride in the evening program and his status moving forward is uncertain.

Teammates Wil Hahn and Eli Tomac were able to ride -- Tomac for the first time since getting injured in this same arena on Jan. 4 at the season opener -- but Hahn was limited by a hand injury suffered in the first practice session and Tomac wound up with a flat tire in the Main.

"I've always enjoyed Anaheim and the GEICO Honda team has won a bunch of races here over the years, but today I really couldn't wait for this thing to end," said Hahn, who finished 12th in 450SX action. "I had a spill in the whoops section earlier today and hurt my hand. I was doing as much therapy as possible between sessions, but it really started hurting by about Lap 15 in the Main. I was just counting down the laps from there.

"I was really expecting my best race of the year today. Training this week was awesome and I felt like I had some great momentum and confidence after Oakland (Calif.). I was ready to tear it up but I came off the bike and that changed the plans. Thankfully my hand's not broken, so I'm fortunate in that regard."

Tomac looked very strong in his first race of the season. He qualified for the Main in the first Heat race and was running ninth early in the race with room to advance. Unfortunately his rear tire went down and he was forced to abandon the race, officially finishing in 20th place out of 22 riders.

"Today I just wanted to get back in the groove as much as I could and learn things about the bike," Tomac said. "I was shooting for a top-five (finish) in the Main but I ended up getting a flat, which is something that is just so rare with these things. I can't even remember the last time I had a flat tire.

"Overall it was a good day of learning, and I did some stuff on the track that the other guys weren't doing so it was fun. I think my shoulder probably is 80 to 90 percent strength-wise. I did feel it getting a bit weak there in the Main before the flat, so I know I still need to build strength back so I can attack the whole time."

Osborne's crash was a doozy as he separated from his bike and landed hard in the home plate area of the arena. He immediately began favoring his left arm and shoulder and was rushed to the Asterisk medical trailer for evaluation and x-rays. Initial tests and images showed no breaks, although doctors on-site recommended he seek further tests at a full-service hospital. He was given a shot for pain and left early.

The team will now turn its attention to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego for next Saturday's race.

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