Wil Hahn 2nd, Cole Seely 5th in Supercross Lites
Saturday was a big night for Wil Hahn, Cole Seely and the entire Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/ Honda team at round 3 of AMA Supercross Series in Anaheim, California. Hahn matched his career best finish with a second place in the main Lites event, Seely posted his best finish ever with a fifth and the race marked the first time the race team has been on the podium in AMA Supercross competition. Hahn’s finish also puts him in a tie for second place in the championship chase.
For the scrappy racer known as “Wilbur,” Anaheim was a huge confidence booster. His speed has never been questioned but until Saturday night he hadn’t pulled all the pieces together for a podium finish. After a solid third place in his heat race, Wil focused on getting a good start in the main event. After rounding the first turn in fourth he quickly shot into second behind race winner Jake Weimer. He rode an almost flawless race to the checkered flag.
“This feels so great,” said Hahn after spraying his champagne. “Everyone on this team has put in a lot of work and this makes it all worth it. I wanted to get on the podium so bad and it feels like I’ve got that monkey off my back now. Hopefully we can just keep finishing up here for the rest of the year.”
Cole Seely also impressed at Anaheim. The young rider just keeps getting better in this, his sophomore Supercross season. Cole finished second in his heat and was looking to improve upon his sixth place finish from last weekend in Phoenix. He started near mid-pack but quickly worked his way forward. By the halfway point in the race he found himself in fifth position, a career best. He settled into a good pace and once again achieved his goal of improving his best finish. Can he get a fourth in San Francisco next weekend? Don’t bet against him.
“I’m really happy with the way I rode tonight,” said Cole. “I keep setting new goals for myself and I keep reaching them; it’s pretty cool. I’m just going to keep working hard and hopefully I can get up on the podium with Wil before long.”
Making the night even more special was the presence of new team rider Ben Townley, having just flown in after winning the New Zealand Supercross title. Ben fits right in with the team and having him there Saturday was fitting. The team heads to San Francisco this weekend for round four in the AMA Supercross series.
The Troy Lee Designs Lucas Oil Honda race team would like to thank all of the companies that have supported our racing efforts over the years. They include Lucas Oil, American Honda, Red Bull, PPG, Wings for Life, Alpinestars, Avia, Couts Heating and Cooling, Dunlop, Epic Action Video Cam, Leatt Brace, McQueen Racing, Oakley, Pacific Collision, Pro Circuit, Rossignol, Santa Cruz, Selle Italia, Skullcandy, All Sport Dynamics, Cycra, Fasthouse, Flexfit, Hinson Clutch, Hot Wheels, Kahne Racing, Light Speed, Muc-Off, N Style, Nameplate, ODI, Primm, QTM, Renthal, RK Chain, Excel, Twin Air, Vasser Racing and VP Racing.
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