Jason Thomas on Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence, & Extra From 2023 Anaheim 1

The gates have dropped and the 2023 Monster Vitality AMA Supercross Championship is in full swing! With numerous storylines coming from the Anaheim 1 Supercross over the weekend, we fired off a number of inquiries to former long-time professional racer Jason Thomas.

Discuss concerning the insane monitor circumstances, particularly the hardest areas and what that results in with the dynamics of the race.

With a lot rain main as much as the occasion, the bottom soil was totally soaked merely from a scarcity of drainage. Fortunately, Feld Motor Sports activities had gotten the monitor crew inside Angel Stadium early sufficient to construct and canopy the jumps, defending them from the deluge. The powerful a part of that’s the transition between the comfortable base soil and the place it meets the dry, arduous jumps. A ledge varieties at that transition level and riders typically check with this as a “g-out.” These “g-out” sections have been the offender for many of the errors we witnessed all day and night time. There’s merely nothing that may be executed aside from continuous monitor work when attainable. Riders will typically stiffen their fork setting to compensate for the cruel influence of the ledge however when making an attempt to seat bounce triples, a stiffer setting will solely assist a lot.

Eli Tomac crashed and nonetheless gained on the brand new Yamaha YZ450F. Does this imply he is good to go?

He was wildly spectacular. Bear in mind, he had by no means gained Anaheim 1 and in some way solely had one podium in 9 earlier makes an attempt. To see him on the entrance all afternoon, win his warmth race, and win regardless of a crash needed to be troubling for his rivals. He’s often a “begin gradual after which slowly ramp up” man. Being that good this early is a scary proposition.