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Tomac Logs Sixth Straight Podium Finish For GEICO Honda Team
Posted by: newsla on Aug 10, 2014 - 06:15 AM
Tomac Logs Sixth Straight Podium Finish For GEICO Honda Team

Eli Tomac remains one of the hottest riders in Motocross with yet another overall podium finish Saturday at the Red Bull Unadilla National in central New York. He finished third in both of the day's motos to grab third place overall. Since returning from a collarbone injury that kept him out of the first four outdoor nationals, Tomac has finished on the podium at every event on the schedule.


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"Another good weekend that probably could have been a little better," Tomac said. "But we're running so strong and consistent overall it's hard to be too upset. The team did a great job and we made the necessary adjustments as the day went along to make it better for me."

The lengthy and hilly course at Unadilla quickly became rutted, offering very few areas for riders to pass. In the first moto, Tomac fell into third place behind championship rivals Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen and rode out the race in that position.

"I got up behind Roczen at one point and felt like I had the speed to pass," said Tomac, who carded the quickest lap of the moto. "But we got into some lapped traffic and the way it sorted out I fell back a few seconds. It was hard to make up time after that, so I just stayed safe and saved my energy for the second moto."

After a great start in Moto 2, Tomac was quickly out front and led the first four laps before fellow Honda rider Trey Canard made a nifty inside move to take the lead. Much later in the race, Dungey also managed to sneak past to take second, leaving Tomac in third.

"It was fun racing with Trey and great to see two Hondas up front there," Tomac said. "I didn't like eating his roost when he passed me, but Trey always races clean and it was a cool back-and-forth deal there for most of the race. I ended up missing a step-up near the end and Dungey closed right up on me. He had the late momentum and got around me there on the last lap."

Aside from the racing action, Tomac was officially named to the Motocross des Nations team that will compete in Latvia later this year. It's the second straight appearance for Tomac on Team USA.

"We have a score to settle," he said. "Second place last year didn't sit that well with us, so we'll go over there and try to bring it back to the USA. I haven't done much research yet but I hear the track we're racing over there is a lot like Millville (Minn.). I sure hope that's true because I love dirt like that.

"It's an honor to represent your country and I'm happy to be racing with Ryan Dungey and Jeremy Martin this year."

The tour now heads to Crawfordsville, Ind., for the Indiana National, Aug. 16, at Ironman MX Park.

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