Catching Up With Wil Hahn
By Jordan Powell
We’re only two short weeks away from the start of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series! One rider that missed the whole Supercross season for 2011 is Geico Honda’s Wil Hahn. It might have been a rough year for Wil as injuries have kept him from competing during almost all of the races this year, but he’s ready to get back into the swing of things for 2012. In fact, we’ve been watching him at the local Supercross tracks over here in Southern California, and Wilbur is looking really comfortable and fast on his Honda. He’s excited, and he’s looking forward to the start of the season. So, we gave him a quick call to see what he’s been up to, and how everything has been going.
What’s up, Wil? How was Christmas for you?
Christmas was good! My birthday and Christmas is all around the same time, so I pretty much just enjoyed hanging out with my family.
Did you stay here in Southern California, or did you go back to Texas?
No. I grabbed a late flight out of Cali on the 22nd, and I just flew back to California today. It was only a few days with my family, but it was stilly really nice to get some time in with them before I had to fly back and get ready for Supercross.
Yeah, how has Supercross testing been going for you?
Unreal. You know, we have the same plan as last year, and I just hope that everything goes well. During the offseason, I got to focus on getting better after all of my injuries, and it’s been good. So, I’m getting back into the swing of things, and we’ve been testing a lot out in Southern California. Really, I can’t complain. We made the bike a lot better than it was last year, and last year’s bike was so comfortable and made me happy as it was. So, it’s hard to not be even more excited going into the first round.
I think that it’s been showing too because we’ve been watching you at the local Supercross tracks, and you look like you’re having a lot of fun out there.
Exactly. I think I’m in a good spot right now, and I can’t complain. The team has been awesome, and they’ve stood behind me the whole time, even though I only raced three times this year. So, that’s good to have such a great team supporting me. Plus, I’ve been testing a lot with all of my teammates, and I think that it’s been helping us all out a lot by doing that.
Has it been fun having a friend like Justin Bogle on the team with you, too?
Yeah, it’s been good. We’ve been giving each other enough crap for being like a family [laughs]. It’s always good to have a close friend like that because we’re able to help each other out. Plus, Bogle has a sick style, and I think he’s going to turn a lot of heads in his rookie season. I think the whole team is going to turn a lot of heads, to tell the truth. [Justin] Barcia is in a good spot and is riding really well, Eli [Tomac] is riding phenomenal, and [Jimmy] Decotis is riding really well. K-Dub is riding really well, too, but I don’t think people need to be reminded of that [laughs]. So, I think the five of us are going to surprise people once the season starts.
That has to be crazy to be a part of a team with that caliber. It’s probably good for you guys because you guys can feed off of each other, and push yourself to go even faster. Is that what you think?
Yeah, it’s been good. We’ve been doing race days together, and we’ve been helping each other as much as we can.
Are you getting excited for the start of the season? Are those butterflies hitting you yet?
Yeah a little bit because it’s been a while since I’ve raced my dirt bike! I’m happy about it though, and I just can’t wait to get back into the stadium.