From Motorcycle Superstore – Round One of the OMA Nationals took place this weekend near Memphis, Missouri, and our Motorcycle Superstore / Bell Helmet support riders were back at work, doing what they do best – grabbing podium finishes. Maxxis/KLIM/DirtWise/KTM Race team rider Jason Thomas scored an impressive second place finish and Airgroup/Husqvarna’s Nick Fahringer finished a solid fifth in the Pro 1 class after battling with the leaders and then running out of gas and pushing his bike until he found some fuel relief.
Thomas was enthusiastic about his performance, saying, “The OMA’s are my focus for 2014 and this was a good way to start off the Championship. I had a great time riding with Whibley and Baylor today – it was like being out roosting with a few mates during a fun practice session. On the last lap while leading I took the wrong line on a nasty uphill and got stuck which let both of those guys get past. Once I got going again I quickly caught and passed Stu, then caught Whibs but just ran out of time to make a pass stick on him. This is going to be an exciting Championship battle and I’m ready for it!”
“The OMA season opener had perfect conditions with soft loamy hero dirt. I got a solid start and ran second while battling with Whibs and Thomas until I stopped early for fuel. I raced with Baylor to rejoin the pack until I ran my tank dry a mile before the white flag. I pushed the bike for a while until a spectator brought me some premix. I settled for 5th and look forward to redemption at Round 2 in Kentucky.”
From KTM – Factory FMF/KTM rider Steward Baylor earned a podium finish at the opening round of the OMA National Series despite a few set-backs at the end of the race.
Baylor jumped off the line to a great start and battled with Paul Whibley and Jason Thomas in the opening laps of the race. Track conditions and weather were perfect for the riders in attendance. Each of the top three riders held the lead at one point in their close battle for the overall win.
Baylor was leading the race until the final lap, when he stopped to pit for gas. “I didn’t realize it was the final lap and thought we had one more to go,” stated Baylor. “I stopped to re-fuel and let them by. At that point, I was too far back to make up the time lost with less than a lap remaining.” Whibley went on to take the win while DirtWise/KTM rider Jason Thomas finished 2nd and Baylor crossed the line in 3rd.