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Eli Tomac during stop 5 of the 2017 Supercross season in Oakland, CA

Tomac and Hill double-up with Oakland Supercross sweep

Feb 062017

In a perilous and unpredictable sport such as Supercross the   shoots of momentum can still grow, and for Monster Energy Kawasaki pair Eli Tomac and Justin Hill the 2017 AMA series is beginning to yield signs of positive form and increasing confidence. Last weekend Tomac rode to his second win of the season and the second in a row after powering through from a midpack start in the confines of the Oakland Coliseum to pass champion Ryan Dungey and escape to the flag. Hill – on his Pro Circuit KX250F – went three on the bounce across a rough course that had been sprinkled by the continually unsettled Californian climate.

“It took me all day to really dial the track in and I truly believe the semi [final race] was my saving grace,” Tomac explained. “It allowed me to perfect my lines and get a good idea of how the track was going to deteriorate in the Main Event. I was feeling loose in the main, which allowed me to perfect my rhythm in the dragon-back section after the finish line. Overall, it was a good night and let’s keep the ball rolling.”


With Dungey in second, the final podium spot belonged to Yamaha’s Cooper Webb. The 2016 250SX Champion held a firm third place ahead of a tussle for fourth between Cole Seely and Jason Anderson and was thrilled with his very first top three celebration in his maiden 450SX term. “I definitely wanted to be on the podium, but Jason Anderson was coming and I knew he wanted it too,” Webb said.


“Tonight was crazy because the track was really rutted and if you lost focus for a second you could go off the track,” said Hill. “I was sick all week and didn’t ride. My team was great. They gave me the confidence I needed to get through this tough day.”


The West coast selective go on hiatus until the first week of April as Monster Energy Supercross begins a trail across North America and the East region kicks into play with round six in Arlington, Texas this coming weekend.