News 28 May 2012

Freestone win a special one for Tomac after clean-sweep

GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac made his greatest turnaround in his career, sweeping the 250 class at the 2012 Freestone Raceway AMA Motocross round in Texas over the weekend.

Eli Tomac had a perfect day in Texas, taking 1-1 moto finishes in the 250 class. Image: Simon Cudby.

GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac made the greatest turnaround in his career, sweeping the 250 Class at round two of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Freestone Raceway in Texas over the weekend.

Tomac was completely broken by the grueling Texas heat in 2010, admitting he was beaten both physically and mentally for the season remainder.

The Colarado native now feels a weight has been lifted from his shoulders, redeeming himself in Texas and taking his first win outdoors since his 2010 Hangtown victory on debut as a rookie.

“Man, this is the greatest turnaround in my dirt biking career,” Tomac said. “This track did in my 2010 season both mentally and a little physically. It seems like it’s taken two years since I’ve been able to get my crap together.

“I’ve got podiums here and there since my first win in Hangtown, to not get a win has been really annoying. Today feels like a weight is off my shoulders.”

Tomac believes that good starts are vital and experience on the tracks is beginning to pay off.

“My starts this week were good enough,” Tomac said. “I got a little balled up in the first corner in both motos which cost me a couple of positions. After that, my pace was good all day. I had a really good flow around the track and could hop, skip and jump the bumps really well.

“It just takes some time and experience at these tracks and it’s really paying off now.”

Tomac now sits third overall in points, 15 points behind series leader Blake Baggett after two rounds of racing.