After lining up at the starting gate for the opening race in Anaheim and the second race in Phoenix, GEICO Honda’s Kevin Windham decided to hang up his boots at the second Anaheim race after 17 seasons in the sport. Windham racked up 207 career starts, earned 18 Main Event wins and 75 podium finishes. Windham also left the sport being third on the all-time consecutive start list with 100.
Tonight, Windham accepted the “14” award in front of his friends, family and people who admire him in the industry. The 14 award is similar to a life time achievement award and was created to celebrate the 17 years that Windham wowed fans across the country during his professional supercross career.
“There are so many people I can sit here and thank,” said Windham. “I have memories with so many of you. Feld, thank you for giving us a platform for doing what we love. Thank you for all my sponsors getting me through this tough time. Thank you everyone.”
Red Bull KTM took home their first title in the Western Regional 250SX Class with Ken Roczen battling with the 2012 champion Eli Tomac throughout the entire eight race season. The battle for the coveted Eastern Regional 250SX Class title came all the way down to the Las Vegas race where GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn prevailed over Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin to take home the championship by a mere three points.
“Getting that championship last night was amazing,” said Roczen. “I didn’t lie on TV, I said I was going to get it in Vegas. I have to give it up for the team. It’s been an amazing year, besides last weekend we didn’t finish worst than second, I think that’s a great thing.”
“2008 when I started my career, it took me a lot to get here now,” said Hahn. “First and foremost, my family got me here. They have been there since day one, I will never forget that. The last couple of years with GEICO Honda, I made a lot of mistakes but these guys all made it happen and believed in me. Every single person on my team deserves recognition right now. I wanted to accomplish this a long time ago, but it was worth the wait.”