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GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac Captures First-Ever 450 Win in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships

July 21st, 2014 at 3:21 PM
By Wendy Black
GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac is definitely on a roll. After missing the first four rounds of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships due to a broken collarbone, Tomac returned to the series with a vengeance. The rookie 450-class rider picked up three overall podium finishes in three rounds and then swept both motos to take the overall victory at Saturday’s Spring Creek National in Millville, Minn.
 
"(Saturday) was my first 450 overall, so it's cool," Tomac said about his premier-class victory. "Not many guys get to say they've won a 450 outdoor national, so it's cool to be there. And I did it in one-one fashion, so that was awesome."
 
With Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, who won the overall at the High Point National, Tomac is the only other non-Red Bull KTM rider to win an overall so far this season. That said, the remainder of the podium did go to Red Bull KTM teammates Ryan Dungey in second and Ken Roczen in third.
 

The day’s opening moto actually saw Dungey get the holeshot while wheel-to-wheel with Roczen. The teammates battled it out for the first part of the 30-minute moto before Tomac entered the mix. He went on to get around Dungey, who finished third in that moto and then Roczen to take the moto win. Dungey went on to finish second in moto two and the combined results gave the Minnesota native second overall for the day.
“I’m glad to land on the podium at my hometown race,” Dungey said. “I felt really good today and am glad to be battling up front.”
 
Meanwhile Red Bull KTM’s Roczen found himself in unfamiliar territory. First the German-born rider lost the holeshot to Dungey in moto one and to Tomac in moto two. Then, this weekend was the first time this season that Roczen did not finish in the top three in both motos. He finished second in the first moto and fourth in the second moto, however, the results still handed him second overall for the day.
“It was great to battle with Eli again,” Roczen said. “I wish I had a little more for him at the end of the moto but I am happy to be on the podium.”
 
The final order for moto two was Tomac with the win, Dungey in second and Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard in third. Canard, who was fourth in moto one, finished fourth overall.
 
Going into next weekend’s Washougal National in Washougal, Wash., Roczen controls the points chase, while Dungey sits in second and Canard is third.

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Tags: Eli Tomac, GEICO Honda, High Point National, James Stewart, Ken Roczen, KTM, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships, Motocross, Motorsports, Red Bull KTM, Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, Yoshimura Suzuki

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