Eli Tomac is Charging Through Supercross in 2011

Eli Tomac is Charging Through Supercross in 2011

GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac is racing in first season of professional supercross in 2011. Saturday night in San Diego, at round 7 of the AMA Supercross Series, Eli won his first ever AMA professional supercross event by dominating the 15 lap Lites Western Division Main Event.

Eli had a prolific amateur career, and in his first professional AMA outdoor motocross race (round 1 of the 2010 AMA MX Series in Hangtown), Eli shocked the world by winning the overall in the Lites class.

Eli is currently third in the supercross point standings, as the “West” region now takes a break from racing and the “East” region returns to action.

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Eli On His Season So Far, and His First Supercross Win

“That very first professional supercross race at Anaheim 1, I had some nerves to deal. But now I am getting much more comfortable. Going into the Los Angeles race at Dodger Stadium I was bummed about my first two finishes of the season. As a team, we figured out that my biggest issue so far was my starts, so I really had to work on my starts.

Once I got my starts dialed in, then I started getting more comfortable on the bike and on real supercross tracks. I am pretty sure that has been the key to getting on the podium – being more comfortable on the bike and on the track.

The last race at Anaheim I was really close to getting that “W”, but Josh Hansen was a little bit smarter out there.

Now in San Diego, I’ve finally done it. Got the “W”.

The first five laps I just put my head down and pulled away. It was kinda’ crazy. The track was really tricky and slippery. I got a little nervous out front, but I have learned a lot this season and I’ve gotten better. I got a great start in the main – I was able to pull a good gap over everyone. I caught lapped traffic pretty fast and that made the race interesting. The conditions were tough. It was slick out there and it was very much a one-line track. It feels amazing to get my first win and I hope to get many more wins in the future.

Winning my first supercross in San Diego, it’s just the best feeling. I’ve been working so hard all season to get here and I’m just really happy I finally got my first supercross win.

This is number 1 to me. Winning a supercross is every kid’s dream. 



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Eli on How Tough Racing Motocross and Supercross Is

“You definitely have to be ready for the heat of the moment racing. And I do not like to ride dirty, but in supercross you really have to make those “blunt” passes if you want to make that pass stick. That is something you have to learn and get good at.

It definitely gets you fired up, when you are in those corners racing, you can hear that crowd screaming, and it just gives you that extra spark when you are out there in the race to stay aggressive.

When I first got on the bigger bikes I started having issues with sleeping and my ears ringing, so I started to use ear plugs. I actually think that using ear plugs has helped me to be calmer on the bike, because I am not hearing a bunch of extra noise, so I am more focused.”



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Eli On Home and Family 

Eli and his family live in southwestern Colorado. His dad John Tomac, is a retired professional bicycle racer, who was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1991. Eli’s brother is training to be a pilot in the United States Air Force. Eli’s mom is ‘SuperMom‘, who takes care of them all.




“We do live in a small town compared to living in a big city. We have about 700 acres at home, so life is very different out in Cortez (Colorado). Instead of walking outside and seeing concrete, you see the countryside.

It is a very different lifestyle out in the country, but I definitely have a lot of fun out there. We have deer on the property so we do some hunting. Of course, we do have a motocross track. The entire family is pretty active and we keep very busy. There is a mountain bike trail right across the street and that is cool.

There is also an alfalfa ranch on the property. It is only a portion of the property, but we have a farmer out there that takes care of the crops, irrigates the land, cuts it, bails it, and we sell it to agriculture places that have horses and cows.

What I admire the most about my dad is that he has “been there and done that”, and had a professional career. He knows what is going on, so I look up to him for what he has done. He definitely has led me down the right path and I am very thankful for that.

My mom does so much for the entire family, she is a great cook and pretty much takes care of everything. I wouldn’t be living as well and doing the things in life that I’m able to do if it wasn’t for her.

My brother is in the US Air Force and right now he is training to be a pilot. He has another month and then he will be assigned to a plane, so he is definitely achieved a lot, and I think that is very cool. 



Eli Finishes by Talking About His Team, GEICO Honda 




“This year I got a new mechanic, Brian Kranz. He has been a really good guy and he previously worked with Brett Metcalfe. We are both kind of quiet, so I think we work well together.

Obviously the Team owners and managers are awesome guys. Justin Barcia, Wil Hahn and Blake Wharton are my team mates. The team is really great and I think the team works well together. Even the engine guy is awesome, so I am very happy to be on the GEICO Honda Team.

The whole team is like a family and we all get along great. Justin actually got me into RC car racing, so we have been hanging out racing those RC cars and Blake Wharton (is the guy with the crazy hair). My whole GEICO Honda team is awesome, they’re the coolest guys out there.”

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Eli at Hangtown 2010



Eli talks to Tiffany just a few hours before winning the San Diego Supercross Lites West Main Event

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Eli Tomac, San Diego Supercross, 2011

Contributors: Angela Hall, GEICO Honda, Factory Connection, Gerald Geronimo, Tiffany L


Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Rattray and Tickle Back on Podium

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Rattray and Tickle Back on Podium

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Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray and Broc Tickle found their way back to the podium during a muddy race at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Rattray, who did not race Anaheim 2 due to a back injury, came back strong to finish as the runner-up, while Tickle finished just behind in third. Teammate Josh Hansen put in a solid ride to retain his points lead in the championship standings as the AMA Supercross Lites Western Region takes a seven-week break while the series heads east.

Once able to get back on the bike, Rattray put in a solid week of training, eager to get back on the podium. The rain seemed to work to his advantage and he put in a steady ride to finish second.

“I feels really good to not only be back, but back on the podium,” said Rattray. “I feel like I’ve had to overcome a lot already this year with my wrist and then my back, it’s definitely nice to go into the break with a good finish.”

Moving himself closer to the points lead, Tickle gained five points with his third-place ride over his teammate Hansen.

“I have been looking for my second win, but right now my main focus is to constantly put myself in a position where I can be there at the end for the championship,” said Tickle. “I felt good tonight, but the track was very technical with the mud and rain. I’m just glad I was able to get on the podium and gain some good points on Josh.”

Despite riding injured the past two races, Hansen still has managed to maintain the points lead he started at the opening round in Anaheim. The conditions in San Diego didn’t help him out, but he held onto a solid sixth in the main event and goes into the break with the points lead.

“For me, I knew tonight was going to be about getting through 15 laps on two wheels and try to work through the pain for that short time,” said Hansen. “Now we have a long break and I can focus on getting my hand back to normal. I won’t be relaxing during the break, but I want to come back stronger.”

The next event will bring the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team to the East Coast at Georgia Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The eighth round of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM Championship, will bring back Dean Wilson and Blake Baggett for the next seven races for the AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Region.


Honda Red Riders Victorious at San Diego Supercross

For the second week in a row, the Honda Red Riders dominated the AMA Supercross an FIM World Championship competition, winning both the San Diego Supercross and Supercross Lites West classes. In torrential weather conditions TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed won the Supercross event, taking his first victory of the season aboard his Honda CRF450R, while GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac recorded his first-ever win in the Lites West series aboard his CRF250R.

Heavy rain and strong winds invaded San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday, February 19 creating a mud filled round seven Supercross event. Despite the conditions, American Honda Racing’s Trey Canard put in a solid performance aboard his Honda CRF450R finishing second in his heat race before going on to finish one spot shy of the podium in fourth in the main event. Canard started quickly in the main and moved into the number two spot behind Reed on the opening lap. On lap three, Canard made a pass on Reed that stuck moving him into the lead. On lap six, however, Canard slipped in the wet, handing the lead back to Reed. Losing several spots in the fall, Canard retaliated working his way back up to second by lap 15 only to be tripped up in the mud the following lap. Relinquishing three spots this time, Canard kept chipping away right up to the checkers, regaining a spot to finish in fourth.

“I’m bummed yet happy all at the same time,” said Canard. “I bummed because I really thought I was going to win the race tonight yet happy with my bike set-up and the way it handled tonight in the incredibly wet and slippery track conditions. It was definitely gnarly out there—big ruts and very slippery. I’m also pumped that I managed to get a great start and be among the top five rounding the first turn. I put myself in a good position from the start to be up front. My fourth place result doesn’t really reflect how hard I worked tonight and how well I actually rode. But considering I fell twice, I’m happy with fourth.”

After grabbing the holeshot, Reed rode a smart race out front, leading 17 of 20-laps aboard his CRF450R en route to capturing his first victory of the season for his TwoTwo Motorsports team. Reed’s win was his sixth San Diego Supercross victory and he now takes over first on the all-time win list in San Diego, surpassing Supercross legend Jeremy McGrath’s five win record.

“In the main I got the holeshot and put myself in the right position to take full advantage of my start,” said Reed. “I was riding a little tight, a little bit conservative, when Trey passed me. He showed me some decent lines to follow while out front and I took it from there once he went down. It was a shame that Trey crashed because it would have been great to see Honda go one-two on the podium tonight. Still, it’s a great feeling to get this win; I’m proud to have pulled this victory off.”

GEICO Honda’s Kevin Windham had a tough night, colliding with another rider and suffering damage to his front brake caliper that knocked him out of the race.

In the Supercross Lites West competition, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac took it to the top to score his first-ever Supercross Lites win after coming close on several occasions this season. Aboard his Honda CRF250R, Tomac nailed the holeshot and pulled away to a commanding lead early on. By lap five, the Supercross rookie had already begun to lap riders and by the race’s end had established over a 10 second lead on the second place.

“I got a great start in the main,” said Tomac. “I was able to pull a good gap over everyone during the first five laps and it wasn’t long until I was lapping riders. The conditions were tough; it was slick out there and it was very much a one-line track. It feels amazing to get my first win and I hope to get many more wins in the future.”

Teammate Jimmy DeCotis put in a solid performance aboard his GEICO Honda CRF250R scoring his best result of the season in fifth overall. Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oils/Honda’s Cole Seely was among the top contenders all night, and he finished just shy of the podium in fourth.

Supercross Lites West Main Event


1. Eli Tomac (Honda)


2. Tyla Rattray


3. Broc Tickle


4. Cole Seely (Honda)


5. James DeCotis (Honda)


6. Josh Hansen


7. Ken Roczen


8. Ben Evans


9. Ryan Morais


10. Kyle Cunningham

Supercross Lites West Points (after 6 of 9 rounds)


1. Josh Hansen 128


2. Broc Tickle 125


3. Eli Tomac 116


4. Ryan Morais 96


5. Cole Seely 88


6. Ken Roczen 83


7. Tyla Rattray 80


8. Martin Davalos 69


9. James DeCotis 67


10. Kyle Cunningham 60

Supercross Main Event


1. Chad Reed (Honda)


2. Ryan Dungey


3. James Stewart


4. Trey Canard (Honda)


5. Davi Millsaps


6. Andrew Short


7. Ryan Villopoto


8. Brett Metcalfe


9. Mike Alessi


10. Justin Brayton

Supercross Championship Points (after 7 of 17 rounds)


1. Ryan Villopoto 146


2. James Stewart 143


3. Chad Reed 130


4. Trey Canard 130


5. Ryan Dungey 123


6. Andrew Short 95


7. Brett Metcalfe 93


8. Davi Millsaps 78


9. Justin Brayton 76


10. Ivan Tedesco 66


Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto Fights To Hold Points Lead in San Diego

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto Fights To Hold Points Lead in San Diego

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Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Villopoto Fights To Hold Points Lead in San Diego


Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto made the most of difficult conditions, coming from last to finish seventh despite a deteriorating track from a rain-filled day at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. His impressive ride helped him maintain his points lead, now ahead by three. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders also conquered the tough track with Tyla Rattray and Broc Tickle finishing on the podium in second and third, respectively. Teammate Josh Hansen retained his points lead going into the seven-week AMA Supercross Lites Western Region break after finishing sixth. Interim rider Fabien Izoird finished 13th in the supercross class.

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Full of Heart


The conditions and circumstances in San Diego did not go his way, but Villopoto pulled together a huge come-from-behind ride. On the first lap, he collided with a pack of riders, damaging his bike. He was forced to pull into the mechanic’s area to remove a dangling rear fender. He was over a half a lap down in 20th, but steadily picked off riders in his path and finished the night in seventh.

“I didn’t get a good start and I ended up getting hit from both sides on the first lap,” said Villopoto. “I came in since my rear fender was hanging and went out in 20th. I did what I could to make up time and just put in solid lap after lap. I knew I wanted to push as hard as I could to make up as many points as possible.”

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Back on the Box


After a one-race hiatus from racing due to a back injury, Rattray found his way back to the podium for the second time this season. He put in solid rides both in his heat and the main event, and now will use the break to try and build momentum towards a Supercross Lites win.

“I’m glad to be back healthy and on the podium,” said Rattray. “I just hope that I can stay healthy over the break and come back strong in Seattle. I’ve already got a third place and second place, now I just need to get that win. I’ve seen the racing from Seattle and I think I can do well there.”

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Moving Closer


Tickle has been attempting to go after his first title and closed the gap once again on his teammate Hansen. His steady performance in San Diego put him only three points out with three races to go.

“I definitely want to win, but my main focus is to do what I can to go after the championship,” said Tickle. “I’ll be staying focused during our break and hopefully I can get another win before the season is over.”

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Points Before The Break


Hansen had to use the one-week break to let his broken hand heal up as much as possible before the race in San Diego. Despite being off the bike for almost two weeks, Hansen transferred straight to the main and finished the night, salvaging sixth place.

“My hand wasn’t feeling that great and the rain didn’t exactly help me at all,” said Hansen. “I had to hold on a little bit harder than normal because of the rain, but I’m glad to go into the break with the points lead.”

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Getting Into A Rhythm


Facing his first rain race of the season, Izoird came back from a tough race in Houston to finish 13th in San Diego. He qualified straight to the main, got a good start, and rode a steady race in the harsh conditions.

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Rain, Rain, Rain


All day, the racing was constantly threatened by rain on the radar that lurked over the San Diego area. With showers coming in and out of the area, the racing became slippery and technical.

“During the first half of my heat race, the track was actually pretty good, but then the rain came and it became a skating rink,” said Villopoto. “Rain really keeps you on your toes and I’m really glad I made it out of here so we can go back east to the domes.”

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Back To The East


The next race of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM Championship will bring back the AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Region riders for the next seven weeks. Dean Wilson and Blake Baggett already kicked off their season on the podium last weekend in Houston and are now looking to continue a streak on the podium and bring home a championship of their own.

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Red Clay


The supercross points leader Villopoto is looking forward to going back east and getting inside the domes.

“I am pretty excited to go back east and get to the stadiums that are inside,’ said Villopoto. “Other than Jacksonville and Daytona, we don’t have to worry about the weather inside the stadium. I have always like the dirt in Atlanta and I’m really looking forward to going there.”

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Results


AMA Supercross Series


Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, Calif.


February 19, 2011

AMA Supercross Class Results


1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda


2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki


3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha


4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda


5. Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha


6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM


7. RYAN VILLOPOTO, POUSLBO, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI


8. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki


9. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM


10. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha

AMA Supercross Lites Results, Western Region


1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda


2. TYLA RATTRAY, WILDOMAR, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI


3. BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI


4. Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda


5. James Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda


6. JOSH HANSEN, ELBERT, COLO., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI


7. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM


8. BEN EVANS, GARDEN CITY, IDAHO, KAWASAKI


9. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki


10. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha

AMA Supercross Class Point Standings


1. RYAN VILLOPOTO, POUSLBO, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 146


2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 143


3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 130


4. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda, 130


5. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 123


6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 95


7. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 93


8. Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 78


9. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 76


10. IVAN TEDESCO, MURIETTA, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 66

AMA Supercross Lites Results, Western Region Point Standings


1. JOSH HANSEN, ELBERT, COLO., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 128


2. BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 125


3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 116


4. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 96


5. Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda, 88


6. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM, 83


7. TYLA RATTRAY, WILDOMAR, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 80


8. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha, 71


9. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki, 69


10. James Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda, 67


Team Rockstar Energy Suzuki Scores a Top Ten at a Wet San Diego Supercross

Team Rockstar Energy Suzuki Scores a Top Ten at a Wet San Diego Supercross

Team Rockstar Energy Suzuki scored a top ten finish in the sixth round of the 2011 AMA/FIM Supercross Lites West Championship season Saturday night at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA. Ryan Morais rode a strong race in the wet conditions, powering his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z250 to a ninth-place finish. Teammate Martin Davalos had a tough night, finishing 12th in the 15-lap lites main event.

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Photographer: Jake Klingensmith

After a delayed and shortened practice and qualifying, Morais had a decent ride on his RM-Z250 in his heat race, finishing fifth. A mid-pack start in the main put Morais tenth after the second lap. An incident on lap two sent him to the back of the pack, but Morais dug deep and his RM-Z powered him through the pack to a ninth-place finish.

“I just didn’t get a good start in the main,” said Morais. “After that, I was trying to make something happen in the first couple laps and ended up crashing. I got back up nearly last but I put my head down, felt pretty good, and clicked off some pretty good laps on my Suzuki RM-Z and ended up finishing ninth. I’m not real happy with the result but I felt I actually rode pretty well. I plan on working hard over our break and come back to Seattle strong.”

Martin Davalos started his day with a decent time in practice and qualifying. After a problem in his heat race, his Suzuki RM-Z250 powered him to a win in the last chance qualifier. In the main, the Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider had a tough start and ended up on the ground a couple times before crossing the line in 12th place.

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Photographer: Jake Klingensmith

“I started out decent in practice,” said Davalos. “But I made a couple mistakes in my heat race and ended up having to go to the last chance qualifier, which I won. I crashed twice in the main event, struggled a bit, and ended up 12th. I’m going to go back home to Georgia over the break and try to get ready for the last three rounds. I really want to win and I know I can put my RM-Z on top of the box.”

The 2011 Rockstar Energy Suzuki team’s next event is Saturday, February 26th, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. You can meet the Rockstar Energy Suzuki team riders on Friday, February 25th, from 6 to 7 PM at Freewheeling Suzuki, 6408 Fairburn Road, Douglasville, GA.

San Diego Supercross Lites Class Results:

1.  Eli Tomac


2.  Tyla Rattray


3.  Broc Tickle


4.  Cole Seely


5.  James Decotis


6.  Joshua Hansen


7.  Ken Roczen


8.  Ben Evans


9.  Ryan Morais


10. Kyle Cunningham


12. Martin Davalos

2011 Supercross Lites West Standings:

1.  Joshua Hansen – 128


2.  Broc Tickle – 125


3.  Eli Tomac – 116


4.  Ryan Morais – 96


5.  Cole Seely – 88


6.  Ken Roczen – 83


7.  Tyla Rattray – 80


8.  Kyle Cunningham – 71


9.  Martin Davalos – 69


10. James Decotis – 67


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