MILLVILLE, Minn. (July 27) – GEICO Motorcycle Honda rider Eli Tomac won both 250cc motos at the Red Bull Spring Creek National in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday and took advantage of a lucky break to assume control of the class championship lead.
“It was an all-round awesome day,” Tomac said. “The starts weren’t there, but the rest of it was there for me for sure. The track at my home is a lot like this one, so I think that was a big key today.
“We’re leaving here with the red (leader’s) plate, so it’s awesome.”
The turning point came during Moto 1. Tomac had an average start and was quickly working his way toward the front as Ken Roczen, who came into the day leading the 250cc standings by a point, was running in the top three.
Roczen had a cushion around him but encountered trouble and was thrown from his bike at nearly full speed in the sand section. His bars hit him in the chest and knocked the wind out of him. Roczen pulled off the track as Tomac, who was running sixth at the time, continued his charge to the front.
“I tried to make my passes early just so I could get it done,” Tomac said. “I’ve been on the podium every race this season, and I really want to stay up there.”
Tomac would end up winning the moto with ease and get max points over Roczen. Tomac went into Moto 2 with a 24-point lead, which he would stretch to 27 points with another resounding win in Moto 2. It’s the first time since 2010 that Tomac has held the 250cc points lead during outdoor season.
There are three stops left on the season schedule.
GEICO Honda teammate Justin Bogle had another strong afternoon, turning in moto finishes of fifth and sixth to finish sixth overall on the day.
“I rode well,” Bogle said. “I got started around fifth or sixth and stayed there the whole time. I was battling the while time, just not moving forward. I felt like I rode really well, so I can’t be bummed.
“It took me a while to get going today. For some reason I was really slow in practice, but once the gate dropped I figured it out. My teammate Wil Hahn is killing those starts. I’d love to get some of that magic.”
Hahn did indeed continue his streak of top-flight starts by winning both holeshots and taking an eight-point lead over second place in the 250cc class of the Motorcycle-Superstore.com Holeshot Championship. Hahn has earned the holeshot in seven of the 10 motos he has raced in this season.
“It seems to be the highlight of my weekend,” Hahn said. “I’m not getting the results I’m looking for after leading as many laps as I have. I am making progress, but man I want to be on that podium. I keep getting better, but I still need to work on a few things.”
As for the finish, Hahn collected a pair of eighth-place finishes to finish seventh overall on the day.
Zach Osborne had moto finishes of 11th and ninth to finish 10th overall.
“I felt really good in practice this morning,” Osborne said. “I just struggled with the track today and just couldn’t find the speed. It was one of those days. I was prepared for the track to be different than it wound up being. It’s disappointing, but we’ll regroup during this break and come back stronger.”
Up next for the GEICO Motorcycle Honda team is the Aug. 10 Built Ford Tough Unadilla National in New Berlin, N.Y.