ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 26) – A testament to the growth of GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda’s Eli Tomac as one of the top 450cc riders in Monster Energy Supercross competition is his refusal to accept anything less than victory.
Tomac finished fourth in last week’s race in Oakland, Calif., but while many riders would be smiling with such a result, he knows he can do better.
And that’s what Tomac will be looking for in Saturday’s event at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
“Going to the third Anaheim race, I’ve been feeling pretty good, but it seems like when we get to some of the bumpier tracks, that is when I get a little bit tight,” Tomac said. “Once I get that figured out, hopefully we’ll be consistently getting first or second instead of third or fourth. That’s what I’m shooting for right now.”
Tomac scored his first career 450 victory two races ago on Phoenix, so he knows he can beat the best in a competitive Supercross class. He has finished third and fourth in the two races since and is in the thick of the 450 championship race.
He’s fourth in the standings, trailing Ryan Dungey by 18 points. With 13 races remaining in a grueling Supercross season, Tomac knows there is plenty of time to make up ground.
“It’s a long season,” Tomac said. “The points will take care of themselves as long as we’re performing at a high level and staying consistent.”
That’s what Tomac has been doing in 2015, save for a tough opening race in Anaheim when he fell and finished 20th. Only Dungey has scored more points since then as Tomac has become a threat to win each week.
Though he’ll race Anaheim for the third time this year, there is little to be gained from racing twice before in the same month.
“The layout completely changes every time,” Tomac said. “It might end up being wet this weekend from what I’ve seen on some forecasts, so it could be a really interesting race.”
Unlike many Supercross riders, Tomac welcomes the chance of rain.
“If it is muddy, normally I’m good in it,” Tomac said. “There are a lot of variables there, but normally it’s good for me.”