Thomas Sticks It Out in Ohio

October 10, 2011 4:20pm
Podium Finish for FAR Husqvarna's Jason Thomas at Powerline Park GNCC

Corona, CA - It was no surprise to see Jason Thomas and his TXC250 take the early lead in the XC2 class on his FAR Husqvarna at the Power Line Park GNCC in Ohio. But it was unexpected when he became firmly stuck in a mud hole on the first lap and spent a full two minutes trying to free his bike from the mud.

Thomas put his head down and charged to eighth place by the end of the first lap, and was steadily gaining ground. The FAR team's pit strategy allowed Thomas to only pit once throughout the race, and helped him push all the way back up to a podium position. Thomas had closed to within one minute of second place, but ran out of time and had to settle for third on the day.

"I made a big mistake that cost me the race today," Thomas lamented. "I rode hard today just to get third."

With just two races remaining in the series, Thomas still sits second in the XC2 Pro Lites championship, and is looking forward to pushing hard through the end of the season.

"Jason and the FAR Husqvarna team have been working hard and it shows," commented Husqvarna National Marketing Manager Corey Eastman. "Although third place isn't what they were looking for, we're all really proud of their 'never quit' mentality - that's what wins championships."