Eli Tomac's Day At Thunder Valley Motocross | MX 2016

Eli Tomac went 5-2 for 3rd overall at round 3

Eli Tomac, Thunder Valley MX 2016
Eli Tomac came out in practice on a mission to capture the top qualifying position for the third week in a row at Thunder Valley. The Cortez, Colorado resident was flying around the track in the first practice.Photo by Rob Koy
Eli Tomac, Thunder Valley MX 2016
In the 2nd timed practice Eli was charging hard all practice, taking inside and outside lines searching for a line to keep his momentum up since the 6000 foot elevation at Lakewood takes away about 20% of the bike’s power. Eli turned a 2:08.608 on lap 2 then threw he a heater on lap 4 with a 2:07.828.Photo by Rob Koy
Eli Tomac, Thunder Valley MX 2016
Eli said he was looking for redemption at Thunder Valley this year after last year’s crash sidelined him for the year with double shoulder injuries. The Colorado resident felt that it was his race to win.Photo by Rob Koy
Eli Tomac, Thunder Valley MX 2016
Eli practicing his starting technique before going on his sight lap in Moto 1.Photo by Rob Koy
Eli Tomac, Thunder Valley MX 2016
Eli has struggled with his starts in the first two rounds and has been working on them all week leading up to Lakewood. Even with the first gate pick Eli once again struggled with his start. Eli was recorded in 17th place after the first turn and had to deal with the roost as he made his way though the pack in Moto 1.Photo by Rob Koy
Eli Tomac, Thunder Valley MX 2016
Eli crosses the finish line in 5th place in Moto 1.Photo by Rob Koy
Eli Tomac, Thunder Valley MX 2016
Eli scrubbing the jump before the big triple on the bottom section of the Lakewood track. He kept taking the inside line leading up to the triple. TOMAC-8 The Moto 2 start where Eli is getting pinched of by Justin Brayton and Andrew Short. Eli was in 14th place after the first turn and had to make his way though the pack again to work his way to the front.Photo by Rob Koy
Eli Tomac, Thunder Valley MX 2016
The Moto 2 start where Eli is getting pinched of by Justin Brayton and Andrew Short. Eli was in 14th place after the first turn and had to make his way though the pack again to work his way to the front.Photo by Rob Koy
Eli Tomac, Thunder Valley MX 2016
Eli had to take all kinds of lines to make his way up front. At the halfway mark Eli was the fastest rider out there, turning consistent 2:11’s while Ken Roczen was in the 2:12’s. By lap 9 Eli was in 2nd place and making time on Ken Roczen. Ken stepped his pace up to keep the gap between him and Eli at 10 seconds. Eli had to settle with a 2nd place in Moto 2.Photo by Rob Koy
Eli Tomac, Thunder Valley MX 2016
ET fly home! Thunder Valley is on the side of a mountain and the elevation change is big. Here Eli hits a double on the middle section of the track.Photo by Rob Koy
Eli Tomac, Thunder Valley MX 2016
Once again Eli is on the podium in 3rd place. If it wasn’t for his bad starts, Eli has the speed to contend with Ken Roczen for the win. Instead Eli went 5-3 for another 3rd place overall. Eli said he had a lot of fun on Saturday but he and the team have work to do during the off week. When asked what he had to work on he said, “Starts!”Photo by Rob Koy