MECHANICSVILLE, Md. (June 22) – GEICO Honda motocross star Eli Tomac applied more pressure to points leader Ken Roczen Saturday with an overall second-place ranking at the Red Bull Budds Creek National. Tomac’s finishes of fifth and first in the day’s two motos allowed him to gain six points on the German rider with more than half the season left to be contested.
“If I could figure out how to have better results in the first moto every weekend I’d really be onto something,” Tomac said. “It’s ridiculous. I guess everyone is fresher in the first moto, and that makes it harder to pass people. Once the second moto comes around, then you see guys getting gassed and dropping off.
“I really learned some good lines in the first race and used those in Moto 2. I just had a real good flow and I was able to get out front early and just check out. I like to push early and get a big lead if I can so I can take it a little easier in the second half and limit my mistakes. It worked out great today.”
Returning to action for the first time since May 4 when he broke his hand at the Supercross season finale in Las Vegas, Wil Hahn looked sharp on his GEICO Honda CRF250R, earning the holeshot in both motos before logging finishes of sixth and fifth for an overall placement of fifth.
“I was surprisingly calm in both races and really felt good,” Hahn said. “The pace was really fast. I’m impressed with these guys; they are riding lights out. I did get a little tired at the end of both motos but that’s to be expected. It takes a few races at this pace to get back in race shape.”
Zach Osborne had a couple of get-offs in Moto 1 that hurt his positioning, but he rebounded to finish 17th in that race and then pushed hard for a fourth-place result in Moto 2 for an overall ninth-place ranking. He is now fifth in the championship standings.
“I’m pretty pleased with the day,” Osborne said. “I passed a lot of guys. I liked the lines I was taking and felt like I could ride with the top guys. I just got caught up early in the first race and that cost me. (Cooper) Webb went down right in front of me in the first turn and I didn’t have anywhere to go. The second moto was much better, obviously.”
Justin Bogle also wrecked in Moto 1 and was forced to pull off the track in the mechanic’s area to have his bike inspected for damage. But he rejoined the race moments later and rode from 40th place to finish 19th. Moto 2 went a little smoother and despite being banged up from his earlier accident, Bogle ended up eighth in the race and 14th overall.
“That was a big wreck,” Bogle said. “It really got me. Little things keep holding me back. It’s frustrating. The second race was good. All the good guys were right there in front of me, and we were turning the same lap times. That was encouraging.
“I came into this race feeling pretty weak. I’ve been out sick for like a week and a half. It was a struggle just to get going here. I probably only rode one day in the last two weeks.”
The series resumes next Saturday with the Moto-X 338 National in Southwick, Mass.