Courtesy of RacerX
March 20, 2018 4:00pm
by Kyle Scott
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s ELI TOMAC got the holeshot and took off in the main event Saturday in St. Louis. He was doing some things that not many were doing and was able to do them lap after lap, such as tripling before going across the start straight, quadding at the end of the first rhythm lane, and going 3-3-3 before the finish line. In the post-race press conference, Tomac was asked about pulling the quad on the first lap.
“You try to do your best to visualize that,” he said. “That just comes with confidence and just how kind of the day goes. You want to go in there with a level head, but at the same time, you want to visualize yourself going in there first. I just was feeling it. I knew if you did get those combos, you could make a little break like that. It ended up happening.”
The win was Tomac’s fifth of the season, which is most in the class, but he trails Jason Anderson by 60 points in the standings.
Despite his ever-growing lead in the standings, points leader JASON ANDERSON confirmed that he still wants to win races and doesn’t want to just “manage” the championship. It’s a tough position for Anderson to be in, as he admitted that he didn’t have anything for Tomac in St. Louis, but he still saw his points lead grow by two points over Marvin Musquin, who finished third. Sometimes managing a second isn’t a bad thing. Just ask Ryan Dungey.
“I really want to win some races before the season’s over,” Anderson said. “I don’t want it in my head to manage it at all. Tonight, I started out second right behind Eli and he had some of those sections, like that triple in the back and stuff like that that he was nailing every lap. He was nailing that quad and turn and three over. I honestly just didn’t have it in me. I felt like if I kept trying to do some of those lines, that it could bite me. This is one of those times to where sometimes you have to swallow your pride a little bit. But at the same time, Eli was just savage. He was crushing us. Hopefully come back next weekend and battle for that win again.”
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