ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 18) — GEICO Honda Supercross pros Zach Osborne and Wil Hahn had high hopes for Saturday’s second tour stop at Angel Stadium, so the mid-pack results they posted before the near-capacity crowd didn’t sit well with the popular riders.
Riding in the 250SX West class, Osborne had a third straight run-in with nemesis Dean Wilson. This time the Scotsman was just ahead of Osborne when he wiped out on the edge of the track. Wilson’s accident somehow flipped a Tuff Block directly into Osborne’s line, and with no time to react Osborne went over the top of the foam-filled marking device and came off his bike.
Although he quickly remounted and rejoined the race, Osborne had lost enough distance to the leaders to knock himself out of contention. He rode out the race and finished eighth.
“It was a bad deal, but I shouldn’t have been in that position to start with,” Osborne said. “I had another bad start and I don’t know why. I’ve done everything I know to do to get better. I guess I’ll just keep working hard and stay with the program.
“After the crash I didn’t ride well. I was tight and just let it get away from me. I didn’t have a great week leading into this race — I only rode one time — so maybe that hurt me. I’ll get back to the regular deal and just grit it out. That’s what I need to do.”
Although upset by the result, Osborne knows what he needs to do to get back on the podium.
“I have the speed,” he said. “I just need to put myself in position to be there at the end. You can’t start in eighth place or whatever and expect anything. The guys in this class are just too competitive. My starts will be better because they have to be. I feel like I have nothing to lose now, so I’ll be going for it next week, for sure.”
Hahn also struggled at the start of his 450SX race but then made some slick passes to push towards the leaders. However, a quick spill at the midpoint of the race cost him all the ground he had made up and he rode out to a 12th-place finish.
“I think I made a lot of progress tonight speed-wise, and even though the results didn’t show it, I feel like I fixed most of the little things I’ve been struggling with,” Hahn said. “I had another mediocre start but made some good progress up through the pack, but I went over at one point and lost some spots.
“I need to ride like I did last year when I won the championship. I really need to go back to having fun. I’m putting pressure on myself that just doesn’t need to be there. The sooner I get back to riding like myself, the results will come.”
The Monster Energy Supercross tour moves to Oakland, Calif., next Saturday for the fourth race of the year.