Tomacs Hot Streak Continues in Southwick
Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Eli Tomac continued his winning ways at the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Southwick National, earning victories in both motos, which brought him within one point of the 450MX class championship lead. Christian Craig enjoyed a good day at The Wick 338 in Southwick, Massachusetts, running up front during the first moto before finishing out the day with a 3-8 for fifth overall.
The day started out positive for Tomac, who qualified on pole for the second-straight round aboard his Yamaha YZ450F. When the gate dropped on the first moto, Tomac found himself shuffled outside the top five in seventh. He steadily picked off the competition and eventually made it within striking distance by the seventh lap, passing two riders during Lap 8 to take over the lead. Tomac would keep pushing to have a seven-second gap by the checkered flag. The second moto was a close copy of the opening moto, making his way from fourth to first by the eighth lap and taking his fifth-straight moto win by 10 seconds. His 1-1 effort pulled him within just one point of the championship standings as the series just crossed the halfway point in the season.
For a track that Craig generally doesn’t jive with, he showed he was not going to let that define his day. After qualifying eighth, the Californian got a great Moto 1 start in second and took over the lead just three laps into the race. He maintained the lead for nearly half the race before a few mistakes pushed him back to third, where he ended the moto. In the second moto, Craig got another great start in second, but the punishing conditions took their toll, and he ultimately finished eighth to score fifth overall.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team heads to Millville, Minnesota, for Round 7 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Spring Creek MX Park on Saturday, July 16.
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