Courtesy of RacerX
April 14, 2019 12:00am
by Jason Weigandt
It could be too little too late for Eli Tomac in the Monster Energy Supercross Championship, but that’s a topic for another day. Right now it’s just key for Eli to live in this moment, which is an unforgettable appearance in front of home-state fans, and dominant win, and a race he “won’t forget for a long time.”
Tomac won the race last week in Nashville, indicating he might have righted the ship after a series of sub-par weeks. He cautioned that he couldn’t be sure things were right until he did it again, though, and boy did he tonight in Denver. Even on a track most riders said was hard to pass on, Tomac made moves from about fifth to get into first place alarmingly quick. He reeled in race leader Marvin Musquin and made short work of him to take the lead and the win. It stayed exciting, though, because the crowd was going crazy the whole way.
“That was the loudest race I’ve ever been in, ever,” said Tomac, of Monster Energy Kawasaki. “Probably double the loud level.
“It was good, I felt good the whole main, I didn’t feel like I was just hanging on,” said Tomac, explaining that the issues that plagued him at mid-season appear to be gone. “But it was just the atmosphere. I mean, I took the lead halfway, so it wasn’t like it was some kind of barn burner, but the crowd was cheering the whole way. It was a great feeling. It would be rad to have that every weekend.”
So for Tomac all the news was good, although his hopes to make significant ground on series’ leader Webb didn’t come to fruition. As he has done all season, Webb made the most of his situation. Was he the second-fastest rider in Denver? Maybe, maybe not, but he still finished the race in second, meaning Tomac only made up three points. Webb and Tomac started side-by-side early in the race, but Tomac made quick passes on teammate Joey Savatgy and Justin Bogle, and then set sail after Musquin. It took Webb much longer to get going, and his battle with Savatgy was fierce. Once get got clear race track, he rode well and tracked Musquin down to take second.
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