GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac News
Despite a subpar result at Saturday’s season-opener in Anaheim, Calif., GEICO Honda 450 rider Eli Tomac is motivated to rebound and resume his quest for the championship this weekend at Chase Field.
“I’m really happy with the way the bike feels,” Tomac said. “It just feels right. Everything I tried to do with it (in Anaheim) was very effortless. I was able to totally concentrate on the lines I wanted to run and nothing else. It’s a nice advantage.
“I was quickest in two of the three practice sessions and second-quickest in the other one, so my speed was there. Then I had a bit of a race in my heat and had to pass a few guys to get to the front, but I was able to do that fairly early and just rode out from there. I couldn’t have felt any better going into the main.
“Things got hectic in the main. I almost had the holeshot, but some guys pushed in from the outside and bunched us all up. I was settling in and starting to work my way up but had a spill. I got up and rode hard to regain positions and fell again. That was about it for me. That’s racing. Our margin for error definitely shrunk a little but we’ll be OK.”
Hailing from Cortez, Colo., a city located in the far southwest portion of the state, Tomac has extra motivation at the second Supercross race on the 2015 schedule. Being so close to home home, Tomac will have plenty of extra support in the Arizona desert.
“Being from Cortez,” Tomac said, “Phoenix is like a home race for my family. That makes this weekend special. I know we’ll have a lot of friends and family there, and you always want to do well when you have people that are close to you in the stands.
“No plans to change anything we did besides our final results. I just need to keep the bike on two wheels and we should be in great shape.”
Live coverage starts at 9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 from Phoenix.