DENVER (May 30) – GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda 450 racer Eli Tomac was minutes away from continuing his perfect start to the AMA Pro Motocross season when he went down in the second moto of the Thunder Valley National on Saturday.
Racing in his home state, Tomac extended his winning streak to five motos by leading 13 of the 16 laps in the first moto and winning by more than 14 seconds. He was nine seconds ahead in the second moto when the back end of his GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda came around, launching Tomac to the ground. He was unable to continue.
“Eli is receiving further evaluation following a dislocated shoulder in the second moto,” GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda team co-owner Jeff Majkrzak said. “The Asterisk medical team was able to put his shoulder back in place at the track, and Eli is otherwise just fine. We hope to have him back next week.”
Tomac, of Cortez, Colo., has been so dominant in the early portion of the outdoor season that he is still in second place in the 450 points standings despite not scoring in the second moto Saturday. He won both motos at the opener at Hangtown and again last weekend at Glen Helen to sweep the overall titles in each race.
Tomac then stormed to the front again in the first Thunder Valley moto, passing Supercross champion Ryan Dungey and Motocross champion Ken Roczen en route to the lead. His margin of victory was 14.5 seconds over Dungey.
“Man, once again, I was out pretty close to the front early on, which helped me get to the lead there,” Tomac said. “Had a good little battle with Ken there and snuck around him. Then at that point I tried to stay on two wheels because this track is really, really rutted today. It can come up and bite you. Thanks to GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda and everyone on the crew.”
Tomac made a terrific start in the second moto, going from fourth to first in one corner before pulling away. He led by more than nine seconds when he encountered trouble on a downhill section of the track about 15 minutes into the race.
The next race on the AMA Pro Motocross schedule is the Red Bull Tennessee National this weekend at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn. Catch the second 450 moto live on NBC starting at 2:00 p.m. ET.