Eli Tomac has taken his time to gel with the works Monster Energy Kawasaki since going ‘green’ in the autumn of 2015 but the 23 year old finally showed his massive potential on the KX450F after a gate-to-flag maiden victory last weekend at one of the most iconic Supercross races of them all.
The vast Daytona Speedway housed the soft, rough and ‘motocrossy’ layout for the ninth round of seventeen and across the distinct black dirt ‘3’ was unbeatable to keep series leader Ryan Dungey in check and clasp his second podium finish of the season. The result closed Tomac up to within nine points of Jason Anderson and the top three of the 450SX championship standings. It was also a glimpse of the athlete that owned three rounds of the 2015 SX term and who ruled the opening motos of the AMA Pro National motocross campaign until a shoulder injury ruined his ‘outdoor’ title hopes last summer.
“This is something we’ve been working towards all season,” Tomac said. “For being off the bike for as long I was, I think I was expecting too much of myself right away. Daytona is a race I’ve been looking forward to all year and it’s an event everyone wants to win. I was feeling great all day and it showed as I qualified first, won my heat and capping it off with a Main Event win. I couldn’t be happier!”
Dungey continued his phenomenal podium streak with second place as Marvin Musquin ran to third and his second appearance on the box in a surprisingly strong debut term in the premier class. Yamaha’s Chad Reed could only take twelfth and was outspoken on what he felt was a ‘one line’ track with little passing opportunities. It helped that Tomac made a decent start, rounding the first corner aligned with Dungey. Reed and the likes of Ken Roczen were not so fortunate.
In AMA 250 motocross champion Jeremy Martin ruled the latest episode of the East Coast dispute. Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Arnaud Tonus posted a best SX result yet with sixth spot.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross jumps outside USA borders for the only time in 2016 this weekend with the Rogers Centre in Toronto set to stage round ten.