ATLANTA (Feb. 28) – GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda 450SX rider Eli Tomac returned to the podium with a hard-fought second-place finish on Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.

Tomac bounced back from a disappointing race in the first Atlanta event last week and was strong all day this time around.

“For me, now, it’s an improvement,” Tomac said. “I didn’t hit the dirt with my body, so that was nice. Three weeks in a row before this I went down, so I look forward to Daytona now.”

The podium was Tomac’s fourth of the season and his first since the Anaheim 3 race. He remains fourth in the 450cc points standings halfway through the Supercross season.

Tomac was fourth at the start of the 20-lap main event, but quickly worked his way into third. He batted Weston Pieck and then Trey Canard in an effort to work his way up the standings.

“That was a good battle,” Tomac said. “I felt like I should’ve been better when Trey was around me. I was in defense mode instead of attack mode, and I was thinking too much about him. I should’ve been charging. I’ve got to do better next time.”

But once Tomac got by Pieck, he picked up the pace and ran Canard down.

“I did regroup and put a little more pressure on him,” Tomac said. “I ran out of tear-offs, so I was a little bit bummed there, but I was feeling better.”

The sandy areas of the Atlanta track played havoc for riders Saturday night. Tomac looked like he had competed in a motocross race because of all the sand flying around.

“The lap before Trey made the bobble and gave me second, that’s when I ran out of tear-offs,” Tomac said. “There were some bad roosts and a lot of sand on the over-under.”

Still, Tomac now has some momentum as Supercross heads to Daytona International Speedway next weekend.

“I’m pretty happy with the bike,” Tomac said. “I only made a few changes all year, and I think I’m in a pretty good spot. I just need to improve myself and go get another win.”

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