Hahn put together a great race in moto 1. Battling his injury, the excessive heat and humidity, and the other racers, Hahn got a mid-pack start and powered through the field to a sixth-place finish. Picking riders off right and left, Hahn was impressive on the track. "My bike setup was so good today. The bike is just awesome," Hahn said after the race. "I started the first moto mid-pack and worked up to sixth. I was happy with that."
Knowing he has the power and the speed to be a front-runner in the class, Hahn set his sights on the second moto. As the gate dropped for the second time in the 450 class, Hahn worked his way toward the front of the pack again by picking off riders and selecting the best lines on the track. He was in third and looking like he was going to move into second place when a punctured tire hampered his efforts. On the next lap, Tommy was forced into the mechanic’s area to replace the tire. By the time he got back into the race, he was no longer in the top 20. Although the end of the moto was disappointing, Hahn walked away knowing he has the skill and talent to run up front of the highly competitive class.
"In the second moto, I just put my head down and focused. I was trying to be smooth and fast, and it worked," Hahn said. "I was making good progress until I got a flat front. I had the podium wrapped up, but there’s nothing I can do about it now. I just have to focus on next week. I have the speed to be up there, and the work I’m doing at home is good, and I hope everyone sees that through the bad luck I’ve been having lately."
Jarred Browne, who’s filling in for the injured Jake Moss, took the team’s other RM-Z450 onto the track at Spring Creek. While his first moto was over before it began as he was held at the line until he was able to install the mandatory "Eject" safety device in his helmet, he concentrated on making up for it in the second race. He managed to stay on the right side of mid-pack for the entire moto and finished 16th, putting him in 20th overall for the day. In the 250 class, Chris Johnson filled in for the team. He finished inside the top 20 in the first moto but succumbed to bad luck in moto 2 where he finished 36th.
Look for Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Tommy Hahn to be at the front of the pack in Washougal and battling for a podium finish. Round 8 of the series takes place on Saturday, July 24th.