Wil Hahn And James Stewart Best The Rest In Atlanta

Eight weeks into the season and it is still dishing up surprises, this time in the form of two new winners. James Stewart and Wil Hahn showed the field and a packed Georgia Dome how quickly a motorcycle could travel around the stadium floor, and both did it with ease and little in the way of direct competition. The ATL win was the first of Wil Hahn’s career, while the 20-lap wire-to-wire win by James Stewart was his first of the season.

250 East Coast Supercross Class

250 Heat One

Dean Wilson shot out of the gate and around the inside of the first turn to steal the holeshot from his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Justin Hill and MotoConcepts Racing’s Gavin Faith. With a clear track ahead, Wilson checked out and claimed the first win of the night.

The real action took place behind Wilson, as Hill, Faith, and Myplash/Metal Mulisha/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin all diced for the top-three spots. Hill would tip over in a turn and lose a spot to Martin, but the group of riders had such a gap on fifth place Oldenburg that there was no real pressure.

In the final turn, Cole Thompson attempted a last-ditch pass for ninth on Jesse Wentland, but it would go awry. The move would put both riders on the ground and allowed Kurtis McCabe to grab the final transfer to the main event.

1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
2. Gavin Faith (Hon)
3. Jeremy Martin (Yam)
4. Justin Hill (Kaw)
5. Steven Clarke (KTM)
6. Mitchell Oldenberg (Hon)
7. Vince Friese (Hon)
8. Lance Vincent (KTM)
9. Kurtis McCabe (Hon)

250 Heat Two

Geico Honda’s Zach Bell claimed yet another heat race holeshot in the second go, with Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin just behind. After his vicious crash and attempt to ride in Dallas, Bell has become popular with fans, and the Georgia Dome erupted in cheers as he led the field. As the race continued on, Bell’s teammate, Wil Hahn, began to close on the top-two and slipped around Musquin in one of the many hairpin turns. Hahn then mounted another charge and reeled in Bell on the final lap, and the two riders skied the wall jump before making contact in the following straightaway. This would kill Bell’s momentum and hand Hahn the lead and eventual win.

With Hahn in control, Musquin and Bell began to fight for second. Bell went for a charge down the inside line, but cased a double that led into a turn and went down. He would remount and finish fifth.

1. Wil Hahn (Hon)
2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
3. Blake Wharton (Suz)
4. Kyle Peters (Hon)
5. Zach Bell (Hon)
6. Jimmy Decotis (Hon)
7. Jackson Richardson (Hon)
8. Gareth Swanepoel (Kaw)
9. AJ Catanzaro (KTM)

250 LCQ

From the gate drop to the final jump, the 250 LCQ belonged to Cole Thompson. The Canadian rider has made a name for himself over the past two seasons with a series of impressive performances in the 250 class, and his precise laps in the LCQ distanced him from his mistake-prone competitors. The opening was filled with carnage, as riders hit the deck in multiple separate incidents, which shook the running order up drastically. Once the mayhem settled, the race for second place between Zack Freeburg and Adam Gulley began. Gulley batted down Freeburg’s advances and with that, the Missouri privateer was in the main.

1. Cole Thompson
2. Adam Gulley

250 Main Event

As the 250 field rocketed into the first turn, it was clear the Wil Hahn was already at the front of the pack. Despite the fact the entire East Coast was behind the Honda rider, Hahn remained calm and in control. It appeared that Dean Wilson was biding his time while running in second and setting up a late-race strike, but with every lap, Hahn inched further away. Marvin Musquin, the day’s top 250 qualifier, started the main event fifth, but quickly moved by rookie Justin Hill and Blake Wharton for third. With these three riders running 1-2-3, the stage for an unrestrained 250 main was set.

Yet, sadly, this never came to fruition. Hahn’s lead rose and dropped every lap; Wilson would close one lap, then Hahn would pull away on the next. In the final laps, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider increased his aggression, launched over the wall-jump single, squared-up turns, and scrubbed every section possible. He was within feet of Hahn in the final stretches, but Hahn ignored the pressure and claimed the first main event win of his career.

Main Event
1. Wil Hahn
2. Dean Wilson
3. Marvin Musquin
4. Blake Wharton
5. Jeremy Martin
6. Justin Hill
7. Gavin Faith
8. Kyle Peters
9. Vince Friese
10. Zach Bell
11. Mitchell Oldenburg
12. Lance Vincent
13. Cole Thompson
14. Jimmy Decotis
15. Steven Clarke
16. Gareth Swanepoel
17. Adam Gulley
18. AJ Catanzaro
19. Kurtis McCabe
20. Jackson Richardson
250 Class Championship Points Standings (After 2 of 9 rounds)
1. Dean Wilson (47pts/1 win)
2. Wil Hahn (45pts/1 win)
3. Blake Wharton (40)
4. Marvin Musquin (35)
5. Kyle Peters (31)
6. Justin Hill (31)
7. Gavin Faith (28)
8. Vince Friese (24)
9. Jimmy Decotis (20)
10. Lance Vincent (20)