Josh Hill: “I need to stay off the ground. I was riding in a lot of pain and couldn’t push as hard as I wanted to when Wil went by. I’ll rest up and get back after it in Atlanta!”
Broc Tickle: “The main was tough. The track was chewed up, slippery and bumpy – very technical. I came around first lap in 8th and rode to a 7th. Best finish for me this year and I can keep building from here. I am looking forward to Atlanta and all the East Coast races.”
Blake Wharton: “It’s all about the starts. All three of us in this trailer were saying the same thing. I think that’s all we’ll be working on this week because it seemed like we all had the pace to run up front; we just didn’t have the starts we wanted, and that cost us.”
Matt Bisceglia: “I’m looking forward to coming back so much stronger in Atlanta. I usually take a day off after a race but I didn’t do that this week. I felt like I need to work. I’m going to practice my starts until my bike runs out of gas, since that was my weak point last week. And when it runs out of gas, I’m gonna fill it back up and practice some more. I won’t let my starts cost me again.”
Justin Bogle: “At this level, everyone is really good, especially the 22 bikes that make it to the main event. Even though every track is different, there generally are only maybe two or three spots where you can make clean passes, so if you get shuffled back at the start and have to pass a bunch of guys, you fall behind really fast because while you’re setting up for passes, the leaders have clean track in front of them and they are just flying. It’s very hard to make up that ground once it’s lost.
Dallas was tough because all day long we’re watching guys go down in that first turn, which is where you have to go for it in every race if you want to be out front. It was a situation where you had to gamble and at the same time make sure the guys around you weren’t going to take you out. You sure don’t want to have an injury in the first race of the year.”
Wil Hahn: “Today was a big question mark for me as to whether I would even ride or not. Luckily, with the great crew behind me with GEICO Honda, my team of doctors, my trainer, and my mom and dad, I was able to ride today. It’s been two weeks off the bike for me, which is a long time in the middle of a season. I took last week off because my hand just wasn’t ready. Two weeks without riding a dirt bike and then come in here and have the same finish I had in Oakland was pretty good considering the cards I’ve been dealt.”
Eli Tomac: “It was a little up and down once again for me. Practice was just so-so. I was pretty far off, really. When we got to the evening I felt like I did really well in my heat race and probably rode my best of the day in that race. Unfortunately, I ended up fifth, which was one off the transfer, so I had to go to the semi. I only got fifth in the semi, the last transfer spot, so I had a bad gate pick for the main.