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GEICO Honda Rider Tomac Continues Impressive Return To MX Action
Posted by: newsla on Jul 06, 2014 - 06:40 AM
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GEICO Honda Rider Tomac Continues Impressive Return To MX Action


Reigning 250 Motocross champion Eli Tomac may only be competing for the second time aboard a Honda CRF450R, but he already is making his presence felt on the AMA Pro outdoor series.

 

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Competing in front of a large and boisterous crowd, Tomac followed up last weekend's overall third-place debut by moving up a step on the podium to second on the strength of fourth- and second-place results Saturday at the RedBud National.

"Today went even better than last weekend in Tennessee," Tomac said. "First moto came around and I got a top-five start and was battling with (Ryan) Dungey, (Trey) Canard, and (Ken) Roczen the whole race. I passed Dungey at one point but he ended up getting around me, so I kind of settled into fourth. The main issue in that race was being able to see clearly as I actually ran out of tear-offs."

Despite his vision issues, Tomac liked the setup for his bike, although a few tweaks were made for the second moto to give Tomac the boost he was looking for against the top riders in the world.

"The second moto came around and I ended up battling with the exact same guys the whole race. This time I made a pass on Dungey and it stuck. I got pretty close to Trey when he actually tipped over. I was in second then and was making a push towards Ken, but he was riding so well that I just couldn't catch him.

"Hopefully, I will turn this progress into a first place next event. We made a few changes for the second moto, and we are extremely close to the bike being fully dialed in. I can't wait to be battling for first when that happens."

GEICO Honda welcomed Christian Craig to the team for a four-race stint at RedBud. Craig retired after a back injury in 2009 but decided to try a comeback on the team co-owned by his father-in-law, Jeff Majkrzak.

"It was a good day overall," said Craig, who went 14-14-14. "I ended up 14th in the first moto with a few of the typical tipovers and mistakes but worked my way up through them. In the second moto I was going a little better and running 11th but the laps started to wear on me and I ended up 14th again. I learned a lot today about what I need to work on for the next race.

"I haven't run a national event in more than two years, so today I was focusing on learning the bike and figuring out changes that need to be made. I definitely miss racing and have been wanting to get back into it, so I am very lucky to have this opportunity with GEICO Honda. I wanted a top-15 finish, but now I see that I should be top 10. That's my goal in these next three races."

Craig and Tomac will be back in action next Saturday for the GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National in Maryland.

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