After a string of mishaps, Team Suzuki¿s Sean Hamblin is gaining momentum and confidence as the supercross series travels to the East Coast
Murrieta, Calif., (February 10, 2004) ¿ Sean Hamblin is no stranger to change and hardship. In the last two years, the 21-year-old Murrieta resident has experienced the proverbial tale of two cities, living life as both a struggling privateer and full factory rider in the sport¿s premier class.
¿I really don¿t stop and think about how far I¿ve come,¿ said Hamblin. ¿I¿m more focused on how far I have go. I guess if I stop and think about it, the path I¿ve taken is not the traditional one. There aren¿t many guys my age that ride in the 250 class, so I¿ve definitely done things a little differently.¿
2004 has been Hamblin¿s first full year on a 250, and his first races of the season have been a learning experience.
At the season opener in Anaheim, Hamblin got a top five start and passed Kawasaki¿s Michael Byrne for second place. Unfortunately on the fifth lap, Mach 1 Yamaha¿s Ezra Lusk clipped Hamblin and he fell in a turn, losing precious ground. He finished the race in 11th.
The Phoenix Round was much better for Hamblin. He transferred directly from his qualifier into the main. Although he only got an 18th place start, the Alloy-clad Suzuki rider was able to work his way up to a respectable eighth place.
The second Anaheim Round seemed to be a giant step backwards for Hamblin. He got the holeshot in his semi and led until the second lap when he fell in a turn. No. 36 crashed again in the second set of whoops and sustained a bruised lung and bicep and a dislocated jaw. Hamblin¿s injuries caused him to miss the San Diego Round.
The final Anaheim Round marked Hamblin¿s return from injury. But Hamblin¿s injuries were not limited to those sustained at the previous Anaheim race. He fell while practicing the week before Anaheim and stretched some ligaments in his thumb. ¿It wasn¿t a major deal, but let¿s just say I spent a lot of time at the doctor¿s office the week before Anaheim,¿ explained Hamblin.
Hamblin¿s bad luck continued at the races that week when he crashed and got run over in his qualifier. Luckily, he was able to regroup and qualify in his semi. Considering all of his injuries, Hamblin was able to post a respectable 12th place in the main event.
Last weekend at San Francisco was a turning point for Hamblin. He won his semi and finished sixth in the main ¿ his best finish this season. ¿My body felt a little better at the San Francisco race. After Anaheim 3, I could barely walk after being run over, but I definitely felt like things were starting to fall into place last weekend. I¿m really looking forward to riding in the East. I¿ve had some of my best supercross results there and I hope to improve this year. I want to prove to people that I¿m as good indoors as I am outdoors,¿ said Hamblin.
Sean Hamblin is 12th in the series with 47 points.
Sean Hamblin¿s sponsors include Suzuki, Alloy, Shoei, Alpinestars, Spy, Ogio, Kicker and DC Shoes.
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