Tomac claims third straight podium for GEICO Honda team
ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 5) -- Eli Tomac is having too much fun to take a week off.
Tomac, a Monster Energy Supercross Lites West rookie riding for GEICO Honda, finished second on Saturday night in his return to Angel Stadium to claim a third consecutive podium.
The Lites West riders give way to the Lites East pros next week in Houston, but Tomac is on such a roll he doesn't want to take a break.
"We've got the week off, but I got on the podium," he said. "I don't have to dwell on anything too bad. I'll be ready to go for San Diego."
Tomac staged a pitched battle with race winner Josh Hansen that electrified the sold-out crowd of 45,000 strong. Each time Tomac's GEICO Honda got within range of Hansen, the noise around the stadium doubled.
"I block-passed him and he block-passed me," Tomac said. "It was just good racing. I could hear everyone whooping and hollering. It was probably one of the best races of my life."
With each lap Tomac makes in the Supercross series, he gains more confidence.
"I'm starting to feel more comfortable with the tracks," Tomac said. "You've got to be smooth, but aggressive at the same time because everyone can make the same jumps. You've got to make up time in the corners."
Tomac finished second at Dodger Stadium and third in Oakland for his previous two podium finishes. He's now in third place in the series points, 22 behind Hansen and 14 in back of second-place rider Broc Tickle.
In the Supercross Main Event, Kevin Windham got bottled up at the start and picked his way through the pack to finish eighth.
"The field is so deep this year and there was a freight train of riders," Windham said. "Sixth through 12 got bottlenecked early on, some guys went down, then it was a fight for position the entire time. It's great for show, but it's horrible for getting to taste champagne."
During his heat race, Windham engaged in a long battle with Ivan Tedesco. On the last half of the last lap both riders touched and went down. Luckily both riders recovered in time to advance to the main without a trip to the Last Chance Qualifier first. Windham leaves Anaheim in eighth, but is only eight points out of sixth position.
GEICO Honda's other Lites West rider, Jimmy DeCotis, collected another 10th place finish. The rookie rider was in a little pain following the race after jamming his ankle during the Lites Main.
"I've been working real hard and trying to do too much, I think," he said. "I just get a little frustrated. I'm going to take a few days off, let my ankle heal. I know I can do this, I just need to put my head down."
The Monster Energy Supercross Series rolls into Houston's Reliant Stadium on Feb. 12 where Lites East riders Justin Barcia and Blake Wharton begin their seasons alongside Windham.
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