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GEICO Honda Rider Osborne Has Strong Return; Tomac Remains Solid
Posted by: newsla on Apr 06, 2014 - 06:20 AM
GEICO Honda Rider Osborne Has Strong Return; Tomac Remains Solid

A comfortable fifth-place result Saturday night at NRG Stadium for GEICO Honda rider Zach Osborne helped the Virginian move up to eighth place in the 250SX West championship standings. If not for two races lost to injury this season, Osborne, who hasn't finished lower than eighth in the five races he has started, would most likely be in the top three.


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It's a similar story for 450 rookie Eli Tomac, who posted a decent ninth-place finish in Houston. Due to a variety of niggling injuries, the reigning 250 outdoor world champ has missed a total of seven of the 14 races the bigger bikes have run this Supercross season. Had he managed to contest all of the events, his slot on the standings certainly would be much higher than his current 16th-place perch.

"Tonight offered a lot of positives, especially being my first race back from injury," Osborne said. "To finish top five, when you look at it, is pretty decent. Even so, I don't feel like that finish really shows how well I feel like I was able to ride. It seems like I deserved to be up front, but I struggled just enough in the whoops to kill my chances.

"The main thing is that, physically, I'm 100 percent. Everything is working fine and I didn't experience any pain or weakness in my shoulder, so thumbs up there, for sure. I'm ready to keep racing and I'm looking forward to Seattle."

The series will resume in one week at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Both Osborne and Tomac will again be representing the GEICO Honda team.

Like Osborne, Tomac was mildly pleased with Saturday's race but still felt he could have done more.

"This day was pretty much like the whole season has been going for me," Tomac said. "In practice we were consistently top three or four in every session, maybe just a few tenths (of a second) off the lead, so I felt pretty comfortable.

"The heat races have been a bit of a struggle. I've been struggling myself and we've struggled with the bike just a bit. It was no different here. We did make a change for the semi, and I rode really well there and almost won it but ended up second, so that put us in a fairly good spot for the main.

"I was on the outside for the start, but a few of us over there still managed to get pretty good starts. The field kind of shuffled up front from there, and I think I was like in a group around sixth, seventh, or eighth. I rode all the way up to fifth at one point, but on Lap 10 I cased a jump pretty hard and that kind of knocked the wind out of my sails and I fell back to ninth.

"I'm actually feeling really good about the setup we have now, and we'll go to Seattle and try all over again."

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