Tomac, of Cortez, Colo., has had a terrific season on his Honda CRF450, winning his first 450cc race and finishing on the podium three times. He’s fourth in the points standings as the series nears its halfway point.
However, he had a difficult day in the first Atlanta race last weekend and has something to prove as the series heads to the Georgia capital for the second time.
“I am really wanting my win here in Atlanta,” Tomac said. “I was really feeling good all day last Saturday and felt like it was going to be my day to win it. I wasn’t able to execute in the main, so I plan on changing the result for this weekend.
“These supercross races aren’t easy to win, for sure, and the 450 field is pretty gnarly, but I know we have the bike and the team to win, and I have confidence in my riding, too.”
Tomac wasn’t feeling his best before Atlanta, and he left the Georgia Dome with a 20th-place finish, but the last time he had a tough race – when he was 20th in Anaheim, Calif. – he bounced back to win the following week in Phoenix.
“It would be nice for history to repeat itself,” Tomac said. “Last week I was a little under the weather before traveling to Atlanta, but I feel great now. I will be even stronger for this weekend and do not plan on leaving Atlanta without a win.”
Tomac is one of the most physically fit riders in the sport, having trained with his father, John, an elite mountain bike rider in his day. That fitness is helping get Tomac through a grueling schedule as he completes his first full supercross season.
“We’re almost midway through the season and it doesn’t get any easier,” Tomac said. “But this is why we work so hard in the off-season and during the season – to keep pressing forward, to keep improving. The challenge is great, but so is the reward.”