Tomac and Cooper on Tampa

Tomac and Cooper on Tampa

Monster Power Yamaha Star Racing’s Eli Tomac secured a top-five end regardless of difficult situations final evening on the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. With the massive image in thoughts, the reigning 450SX Champion rode good to maintain it on two wheels and go away the fifth spherical of the Monster Power AMA Supercross Championship and SuperMotocross World Championship Collection with the pink plate nonetheless in his grasp. As soon as once more, rookie Justin Cooper put in a strong journey, incomes one other seventh-place end in his second outing within the premier class.

Tomac obtained the time without work to a very good begin and was third on the mixed timesheets, nevertheless it was a totally totally different monitor for the evening present because it began raining after qualifying. It regarded just like the rain was finished for the day, however the skies opened up once more through the second warmth race of the 250 class, making for difficult situations. Tomac completed third in his warmth race after which discovered himself seventh after the primary lap of the principle occasion. Undeterred, he superior to fifth, the place he would end to salvage factors and go away with a two-point benefit within the championship. 
Cooper continued to make progress all through the day and was sixth in qualifying. The slippery situations made for a tricky first 450 warmth race, however the 2021 250SX West Champion saved it on two wheels and completed seventh to advance to the principle occasion. Though he had a less-than-ideal 14th-gate choose, he obtained an important begin and was fifth. Cooper rode his personal race and in the end crossed the road seventh to match his end result from his debut race in Houston.
The Monster Power Yamaha Star Racing staff heads again west for the rescheduled Spherical 2 of the Monster Power AMA Supercross Championship and the SuperMotocross World Championship Collection on the RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, California, on February 18. 

Tomac: “It was a little bit of an off day for my using. I struggled with discovering a consolation zone through the evening present, with the situations being on the sting of slick and respectable traction. General we realized lots about these situations for the longer term, and I’m completely happy to nonetheless have the factors lead.”

Cooper: “It was one other strong day. I believe for my first two races to be inside the highest 10 – seventh in each principal occasions – I can’t ask for way more than this. It’s a extremely good begin. These guys are actually quick, and I’m simply completely happy to be the place I’m at in my first couple of races. It’s positively one thing to be taught from and construct on for the longer term.  The situations have been positively robust. Within the warmth race, it was raining, after which all the best way as much as the principle, it was sprinkling. Fortunately, it stopped for the principle, and the monitor form of obtained higher because it went on, and there was a bit of bit extra traction, however the warmth was a bit of bit scary. It was actually slippery. I used to be using fairly timid on the market, and I used to be simply grateful to get by means of that one clear. I used to be in a position to journey like myself in the principle, although, and completed seventh.”

Jeremy Coker: ““It was a very good day, general, regardless that the outcomes don’t present it. The monitor was robust with the sand, after which clearly, there was an additional factor with the rain earlier than the evening present. It simply added a bit of trickiness to it, and Eli wasn’t tremendous comfy with the soil on the market. It’s simply a kind of nights the place it was higher to not danger it and convey it dwelling the place we did and hold the factors lead. So, we’ll go to work this week and make some adjustments to the bike to get him a bit of extra comfy and are available again swinging for Oakland.”

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