After a difficult start, Tomac charged to a second-place finish in the Daytona Supercross by Honda on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.
“It’s way better than last year,” Tomac said. “Last year I didn’t even make it to the night show. This year we had some good preparation. I stayed the week before in Florida here with Team Honda and got the bike pretty dialed in.”
Tomac didn’t make the best start (10th) and was eighth at the end of one lap, but then things began to click for the 450cc rider.
“It was a little bit of a bummer to be behind there at the start. I wish I could’ve given the front guys a little more of a run, but second place is better for me from my past experiences at Daytona. It was good to get up on the podium.”
Tomac methodically picked off rider after rider, getting help when a crash slowed others in front of him.
“The way my start was, I honestly thought I should’ve been dead last,” Tomac said. “But I came out inside the top 10. At that point, I was at the back of a big pack of guys. A couple of guys went down, and when those crossed-flags were out, it kind of bunched everyone up. You take it easy through there, but the guy behind can kind of sneak up. That did cause a big bunch-up.
“I wasn’t doing anything special. I just didn’t make any big mistakes and was able to sneak around a few guys.”
The runner-up finish was the second in a row for Tomac, following his Atlanta 2 result. He has finished on the podium five times in 10 races this year, including his first career 450 victory in Phoenix.