Tomac Ready to Contend for 450 SX Title

December 30, 2014
Courtesy of Geiger Media
GEICO Honda 450cc rider Eli Tomac is ready to take the next step in his career: Contend for a Supercross championship.
That journey begins Saturday when the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season opens at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Tomac is fresh off two Supercross victories in Europe, having won in France and Italy. That continues his momentum from 2014, when he scored his first career victory aboard a 450 at a motocross event at Spring Creek.

“It seems like Anaheim can’t come soon enough for me,” Tomac said. “Every year it’s three solid months of Supercross when you’re working hard and training. That was the reason why I did the European races, just to burn up some of that time and go racing and just change it up a little bit. It’s easy to fry yourself at your practice tracks preparing for Anaheim. I’m more than ready.”

Tomac finished fifth in the outdoor points standings last year, and he followed that up with victories in Genova, Italy, and Lille, France.

“I got to race in France and Italy and ended up winning both of those events,” Tomac said. “For me, any time you race against a few of the best U.S. guys and some top Europeans and you beat them, it’s always a confidence-booster. Those were good for me, and it’s good to see our motorcycle is working well.

“I’ve enjoyed racing. It burns up some of the off-season time instead of spending lap after lap on the practice track for a full month. I enjoy those races.”

Despite missing a handful of Supercross races in 2014, Tomac still finished 11th in points. He finished on the podium twice, with runner-up finishes in Indianapolis and East Rutherford, N.J.

“My goals are to win and be in the championship fight by the end of the series. I also want to stay healthy and stay consistent and hopefully be battling for a points title by the end of the series.”

Of course, the 450 Supercross class is packed with talent, though Tomac is certainly among the best.

“There are a lot of good riders and a lot of guys who are healthy this year, so it looks like we’re going to Anaheim with a full-packed gate of awesome riders,” Tomac said. “It’s going to take good starts because you can’t start in the back of the pack now and expect to get to the front because everyone is so fast. Good starts, good bike setup, and also being strong and making it through those 20 laps.”