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Eli Tomac Wraps Up the 2012 Lites West Championship

Published April 30th, 2012

Rice-Eccles Stadium was filled Saturday night for Round 16 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series in Salt Lake City, UT. It was an exciting night with GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac taking the win and wrapping up the Lites West Championship with one round still remaining. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton rode a solid Supercross race, finishing in fourth place to gain valuable points.

The Race

Brayton rode an impressive heat race aboard his factory CRF450R, finishing second after leading throughout the majority of the race. In the main, Brayton got a mid-pack start and spent the race charging forward through the pack to finish fourth.

“Today was a little frustrating for me. I had a hard time finding my rhythm on the track during practice but in the heat race things started to feel really good. I led the majority of the race but after a good battle, Millsaps got by me,” said Brayton. “In the main I got a bad start, which made it really tough to get to the front where I needed to be to battle with the leaders. After being on the podium so many times it’s hard not to be up there, and I’m determined to get on the top of the box. With one more round I am hoping to make it all count and take the win in Vegas.”  

After an impressive win in Seattle, Andrew Short finished a respectable seventh place aboard his new Chaparral Honda CRF450R.

In the Lites West class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac grabbed his fourth win of the season and wrapped up his first-ever Supercross title. Tomac got a mid-pack start in the main but quickly made his way through the field. Once in the lead, Tomac never looked back, checking out and taking the checkered flag. Both Tomac and teammate Justin Barcia will head into the final round in Las Vegas with the number one plates.

“This is an awesome feeling. Honestly, I didn’t even know I had won the championship at first. I came off the track and had no idea. Then when someone told me I couldn’t believe it. I have worked so hard this season, so knowing it has paid off is great,” stated Tomac.

Teammate Wil Hahn finished second in his heat, and a solid fourth in the main.

The Focus: GEICO

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