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Eli Tomac Shoulder Injury Denies Motocross Title Hopes

Eli Tomac Shoulder Injury

Eli Tomac Shoulder Injury Denies Motocross Title Hopes
GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac

The only thing GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac wanted was an outdoor 450 Motocross title. The Colorado native was making this mission quite obvious as he dominated the opening rounds of the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

The CRF450R pilot stood at the top of the podium in the first five motos, but the unthinkable happened during his sixth moto – he crashed. While in the lead before a home crowd at the Thunder Valley National, Tomac lost the rear of his bike, crashing hard. Medics rushed Tomac Thunder Valley MX track, and he was initially diagnosed with a dislocated right shoulder.

But further testing showed that Tomac injured both shoulders, including a 100-percent tear of his left shoulder’s rotator cuff. This required immediate surgery, and the GEICO Honda team reports that Tomac also needs further surgery on his right shoulder.

Unfortunately, this means Tomac will be sidelined for the remainder of 2015 Motocross. Future plans for 2016 Supercross are currently questionable.

“Eli was understandably upset when we were talking a little while ago,” GEICO Honda team co-owner Jeff Majkrzak said. “Obviously, after the start he’s had, we were all hoping for a championship run. Injuries are an unfortunate part of this sport, and this one is very tough for all of us.”

To date, Tomac has won two championships – the 2012 AMA Supercross 250cc West title  and the 2013 250cc Motocross title. He has also finished runner-up in three championships, the 2011 and 2013 Supercross 250cc West series, and the 2015 450cc Supercross series.

Tomac has  collected 12 overall MX trophies on a 250, and three more on a 450. In Supercross, Tomac has won 11 races on a 250 and three more on a 450.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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