Because the 2021 Lucas Oil AMA Professional Motocross Championship got here to a conclusion, so did Eli Tomac’s six-year relationship with Monster Power Kawasaki. Collectively, Tomac and Kawasaki produced a 450SX title and three 450 Class Professional Motocross Championships, and over two dozen wins individually in each SX and MX. Then for 2022, he made the stunning change to the Monster Power Yamaha Star Racing squad. And everyone knows how his 12 months went: 450cc AMA SX and MX champion (for the primary time in the identical 12 months in his profession), seven 450SX essential occasion wins, 5 450 Class Professional Motocross wins, and bringing the Chamberlain Trophy dwelling to the USA for the primary time in 11 years.
There are a number of storylines getting into the 2023 calendar 12 months and the AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships—in addition to the all-new three-round SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX) playoff finals and total championship. Tomac stays a type of storylines, as he re-signed a one-year, supercross-only cope with Yamaha for 2023. So with Tomac successful a lot in 2022, he must be a favourite for the inaugural SMX Championship, proper? Even with out racing Professional Motocross subsequent summer season, a robust season in AMA Supercross might discover Tomac inside the prime 20 seedings with the intention to qualify for the three SMX playoff rounds and a shot on the #1 450cc SMX plate (bear in mind, if a rider wins a supercross essential occasion OR a motocross essential occasion, they are going to routinely qualify for the SMX playoffs). Nicely, in the intervening time, that doesn’t seem like the case.
In an interview with play-by-play broadcaster Leigh Diffey posted on the Motorsports on NBC YouTube, Tomac defined his present state of affairs.
“I want I might say sure proper now, however greater than possible it’s a no, for now,” Tomac stated on racing the 2023 SuperMotocross World Championship.