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Hahn On A Mission As Season Enters Stretch Run; Tomac Questionable For Toronto
Posted by: newsla on Mar 18, 2014 - 08:38 PM
Hahn On A Mission As Season Enters Stretch Run; Tomac Questionable For Toronto

For the most part, GEICO Honda rider Wil Hahn's first season at the top level of Supercross has been a success. He's solidly ranked as one of the top-10 professionals in the world and half of his starts have resulted in top-10 finishes. He has also stayed relatively healthy, missing just one race with a hand injury.


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Yet the reigning 250SX East champion from Denton, Texas, wants and expects more from himself, and with just six races left in the 2014 season he feels perfectly positioned to make a charge down the stretch.

"It's a tremendous transition when you first race a 450," Hahn admitted. "You line up to race and there's a multi-time champ on one side of you and another one on the other side, and you realize you're about to bang bars with guys that have been your heroes.

"It definitely took me a few races to mentally realize I earned my spot here and that I belong at this level. Then you start to see your results and you see your lap times, and it dawns on you that you can do it."

Once Hahn cleared that first mental barrier, he has been steadily making his way through the pack toward the front. He has gone from thinking about his place in the sport to focusing on how he takes the next step forward towards his ultimate goals of winning races and contending for championships.

"It's obvious to say but the starts are so important," Hahn said. "It's the most crucial thing in the race if you want to be up front. Other things are always going to happen -- you're gonna crash, you're gonna get caught up behind people at times -- but if you get those starts and ride out front, you decrease your chances of bad things happening.

"I feel good. I know I've got the pace. It's just a matter of executing and limiting mistakes. I'd love to put it all together this weekend in Toronto and find the podium; that's the plan."

The much-anticipated 450 debut of teammate Eli Tomac has been hampered by injuries, which have limited the Cortez, Colo., resident to five main event starts in the first 11 races of the year. He has shown flashes of brilliance, racing to a runner-up result in Indianapolis, but he re-aggravated his left shoulder in Daytona and remains a question mark for this weekend's race in Toronto.

"We're taking it day by day," said John Tomac, Eli's father. "We're in California training and doing all we can to get Eli back on the track. We'll probably make the call about this weekend on Thursday. We'll just have to see how the next few days go."

FOX Sports 1 will carry the Toronto round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series live beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, from the Rogers Centre.

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