INDIANAPOLIS (March 14) – The only 450cc racer who managed to pass race winner Ryan Dungey on Saturday night was GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda rider Eli Tomac.

Unfortunately for Tomac, it came late in the Monster Energy Supercross race in Indianapolis after he had rallied from a fall to unlap himself. Tomac finished 11th after being fast all day.

“I owe it to my team, my sponsors and myself to race to the end,” Tomac said. “I wasn’t trying to prove a point or anything like that. I was simply riding as hard as I could to the checkered flag to get the best result I could. Tonight, it was 11th.”

Eli Tomac IndyTomac was one of the fastest riders in Indianapolis all Saturday, as he was quickest in the combined practice with a 51.372-second lap. He then raced to a 2.9-second win in his heat race, beating Dungey and others.

But after a good start in fourth place, Tomac went down on the opening lap. By the time he got going again, he was in 22nd place.

Tomac didn’t give up and steadily moved up the chart, and by lap eight he was in 15th. On lap 12 of 20, Dungey got around Tomac to put him a lap down. Tomac, however, didn’t fade and hung with Dungey in the closing laps, getting by other riders as Dungey lapped them.

On the final lap, Tomac got back on the lead lap by passing Dungey.

Tomac, the Phoenix winner, remains in third place in the points standings.

“We were pretty fast today,” Tomac said. “Indy was pretty good to me last year, and we were hoping to get on the podium again, but that wasn’t in the plans this time around. We’ll try to get back on the podium in Detroit.”

The next round of Monster Energy Supercross takes place at Ford Field March 21.

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