Tomac on Salt Lake City 1 – rues costly mistakes

The defending 450SX champion, Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac overcame his own challenges throughout the main event to earn a 10th place finish.

Picking up where he left off last year after earning his first 450SX title at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Tomac set the fastest time of the day in qualifying with a blistering time of 46.980, the only rider with a sub-47 second lap time.

As the gate dropped on 450SX Heat 2, Tomac shot out the gate guns blazing as he grabbed the holeshot aboard his KX™450. Unlike many riders on the track, the Colorado native seemed unbothered by the elevation as he continued to lay down fast laps and grab the checkers.

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The 450SX Main Event saw Tomac in eighth as the green flag waved, but on the third lap, he tipped over while pushing forward into the top-5. Quickly remounting in 10th place, Tomac continued to push forward and make up lost ground, eventually making a pass into ninth by Lap 7. Just as he began to gain momentum and make a pass for eighth, the reigning champion made another mistake that dropped him to 10th once again, where he would finish the race.

Eli Tomac: “Man, I was feeling so good on the bike all day long and I’ve been looking forward to coming back to Salt Lake City. I always enjoy riding here and felt confident heading into the main, especially after qualifying fastest and winning my heat race. Unfortunately, I made a few mistakes and ran out of time. I’m looking forward to coming back next weekend to finish out the season strong.”

Words and pic: Kawasaki