Getting the Dirt on AMA Pro Motocross Racer – Wil Hahn
Total Pro Sports had a chance to talk with Wil Hahn this week about his new deal and his plans for the upcoming 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season. Last season Wil raced for MDK/Muscle Milk/KTM and finished an impressive fifth place overall in the east coast Lites class, including a very impressive second place finish at Jacksonville. Hahn is definitely a young, up-and-coming pro with lots of talent, tons of speed and a hunger for winning.
Here is what he had to say:
(TPS) So I hear your deal for 2010 is done. Tell us about it?
(Wil Hahn) – Yeah I just signed with Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull Honda.
(TPS) Have you had a chance to ride the new bike yet?
(Wil) – Yeah the last two days I got on a stocker. I’m stoked to be on the new team. Everyone is so positive and wanting to move forward, which makes it easy to do my part in working hard.
(TPS) How has the off season been? What have you done to step it up for this up coming SX season? What is your day to day training like, what does it consist of?
(Wil) – I never really stopped riding after steel city. I was injured towards the end of the outdoor season and came back late, so I was still wanting to ride an was not burnt out. So I took time off of training but kept riding so that was good. Then I got a call from my old team manager at MDK asking if I wanted to do the US OPEN, and I said yeah! Lets go for it! So I got ready and got to training. Danny and Merge racing got my bike dialed. I went to try out the 450 for the first time and was feeling really strong and confident, everything started out great. I was riding good, qualified fourth behind some really great riders and was pumped. I had some bad luck in my heat and semi. And in the LCQ I ended up getting in a bad first turn pile up and dislocated my elbow. So I went up to Dr. Ting in Northern California and got my elbow fixed. Five weeks later I’m on the bike and my elbow is strong, so now I’m just training hard for supercross, and looking forward to it. My training day consists of getting some good riding in the a.m. then go home get on my road bike then hit some core and push ups. Then relax an do it all again!
(TPS) East or West coast?
(Wil) – West Coast for sure!
(TPS) What are your self goals this SX season? Where do you want to be, and who do you think will be your toughest competition?
(Wil) – I want to be a podium guy. I can win races and be a contender. I’m strong this year and confident. Honestly I don’t know who will be racing the west coast lites class. So we will see at A1 (January/9/2010)
(TPS) From a pros perspective, what do you think of the 2010 Yamaha YZ450F? Do you think this is the future?
(Wil) – I honestly don’t know. I think after seeing Stewart ride it, it looks like a darn good bike.
(TPS) If motocross was not a career option for you. What could you see yourself doing?
(Wil) – I Would be in the industry somehow or working at specialized bicycles. That’s where I would want to be!
(TPS) I have seen you ride. You have great speed. Do you Think your ready to beat your older bro Tommy?
(Wil) – Yeah I think I can run with him, but Tom has some serious talent on a dirt bike. HE RIPS!
Thanks for you time Wil and Good luck in 2010!