All Wil Hahn really wanted in 2013 was to contend for every podium and maybe break through with his first pro-level victory. When the dust settled on the year, all of Hahn's dreams had come true and then some.
"Everything you dream about as a kid happened in one year," Hahn said. "I didn't want it to end. It was special and it went by too quickly."
Hahn got his breakthrough Monster Energy AMA Pro Supercross 250SX East win in Atlanta and followed it up with another in St. Louis, all of which propelled him to the 250SX East championship, his first as a pro.
"Once you get that first win you really realize you can do it," Hahn said. "I was able to repeat (and win again in St. Louis), but after that I wasn't able to get back on top of the box again. I was thinking about the championship, yeah, but all I really wanted to do was win more races.
"That was the hardest part. I don't know if I was putting too much pressure on myself and got a little lost or what. I know that feeling of winning is irreplaceable and you definitely keep looking for it.
"Of course, winning the championship in the end was beyond description. I still can't believe it sometimes."
This year Hahn will be looking for wins in a new arena, as he graduates to a GEICO Motorcycle-sponsored Honda CRF 450 for his first campaign in Supercross' and motocross' premier class.
"Everything is going to be so different," said Hahn, who will ride alongside teammate Eli Tomac. "You are learning a different class, different riders, and a different bike, but the motivation is still the same. You want to go out and do your best every time you are on the track.
"I moved up for a reason and I know everyone on this team has confidence in me. I'm going to go out there looking to learn every weekend and try and become a better rider."
Hahn said he was blown away when he was asked to move up and be part of GEICO Motorcycle Honda's first effort fielding two 450 bikes in the same season.
"It was so surreal and so special to me," Hahn said. "Champion or not, that next step is always a question mark. You dream of being on a factory team. I always admired Kevin Windham (who retired in 2013) and knew how good the GEICO Honda team was.
"Rides are less and less available as guys move up. For the team to stick with me though all the injuries I had in the first two years with them means the world to me. They kept believing in me and we won a championship together. Now they are continuing to believe in me with the 450. They've stuck their necks out and I will do the same for them every time I get on my bike."
2013 Lucal Oil Pro Motorcross 250 Champion