ATLANTA (Feb. 16) – GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda star rider Eli Tomac plans to arrive at the Georgia Dome for this Saturday’s Monster Energy Supercross race with an abundance of energy, which he hopes will lead to his fourth podium finish of the season and maybe even a second career victory in the premier 450cc class.
“I’m going to recharge my batteries this week and rest more than normal,” Tomac said. “I was a little down on energy in Texas, and I think it was a result of pushing too hard in practice leading into the race. There are always things you want to improve with your riding, but you have to remember it’s a long season and your body needs a break.”
Due to overwhelming demand in previous years, there will be two Atlanta races on back-to-back weekends in 2015. As the eighth and ninth races on the 17-event Supercross schedule, the two stops in the Peach State represent the halfway point of the season.
“The Atlanta race is always such a huge event because the energy from the crowd is just out of control,” Tomac said. “To have two races there is going to be really cool. The fans obviously love their Supercross and as racers we feed off them. It pushes you that much harder to ride well and try to win.
“Last year was my first on the big bikes, but I missed some races with injury, so I didn’t get the experience of what it’s like to work so hard for so many weeks in a row. I’m figuring that out now and learning from it. I want to be back on the podium this weekend, so I’m going to do everything I can to make that happen.”
After seven races, Tomac is fourth in the championship points. He trails third-place Trey Canard by 15 points, second-place Ken Roczen by 26 and leader Ryan Dungey by 38. All three men have won twice this year.
“The points are the furthest thing from my mind right now,” Tomac said. “I’m thinking about the next race, the next practice session. I need podium finishes every weekend. If I get enough of those, then we’ll be in the running for the championship at the end of the season. For now, I just want to win races.
“The GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda CRF450 is working really well and the team has been so solid. I’ve been able to run super-quick laps every weekend and we’ve got a handful of heat wins. There really isn’t much to change. We just need to stick to our program and the results will come.”
This Saturday’s race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 7 p.m. ET.