Tampa’s spherical of Monster Power Supercross began with a narrative of Eli Tomac ready to tie Ricky Carmichael for third on the all-time supercross wins listing. Seeing as he is gained three of the primary 4 races of 2023, and final weekend’s race in Houston, a win definitely appeared doable.
Tampa did not roll his manner, although, as Tomac was uncharacteristically off the tempo in each his warmth race (he completed third) and the primary occasion (fifth). Tomac maintains the factors lead by two over Chase Sexton and 4 over Cooper Webb.
Right this moment Yamaha launched some data on the 450 workforce’s race weekend, together with Tomac’s experience for fifth, and Justin Cooper‘s experience for seventh. The Yamaha press launch is under.
Monster Power Yamaha Star Racing’s Eli Tomac scored a top-five end in difficult circumstances to carry onto his lead within the 450SX Championship
MARIETTA, Ga. – February 12, 2023 – Monster Power Yamaha Star Racing’s Eli Tomac secured a top-five end regardless of difficult circumstances 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 Sequence with the crimson plate nonetheless in his grasp. As soon as once more, rookie Justin Cooper put in a strong experience, incomes one other seventh-place end in his second outing within the premier class.
Tomac acquired the time off to begin and was third on the mixed timesheets, however it was a very totally different observe for the evening present because it began raining after qualifying. It regarded just like the rain was carried out for the day, however the skies opened up once more in the course of the second warmth race of the 250 class, making for difficult circumstances. Tomac completed third in his warmth race after which discovered himself seventh after the primary lap of the primary 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 circumstances made for a troublesome first 450 warmth race, however the 2021 250SX West Champion saved it on two wheels and completed seventh to advance to the primary occasion. Though he had a less-than-ideal 14th-gate decide, he acquired an important begin and was fifth. Cooper rode his personal race and finally crossed the road seventh to match his consequence from his debut race in Houston.
The Monster Power Yamaha Star Racing workforce heads again west for the rescheduled Spherical 2 of the Monster Power AMA Supercross Championship and the SuperMotocross World Championship Sequence on the RingCentral Colisuem in Oakland, Florida, on February 18.
Jeremy Coker – Monster Power Yamaha Star Racing 450 Crew Supervisor
“It was day, general, despite the fact that the outcomes don’t present it. The observe was robust with the sand, after which clearly, there was an additional component with the rain earlier than the evening present. It simply added just a little trickiness to it, and Eli wasn’t tremendous snug with the soil on the market. It’s simply a type of nights the place it was higher to not threat it and produce it house the place we did and preserve the factors lead. So, we’ll go to work this week and make some adjustments to the bike to get him just a little extra snug and are available again swinging for Oakland.”
Jensen Hendler – Monster Power Yamaha Star Racing 250 Crew Supervisor
“It was one other nice experience from Justin on the 450. He made progress all through the day and had a strong qualifying in sixth. The rain began once more in the course of the warmth races, and it was actually robust on the market, however Justin rode good. He acquired an important begin within the prime 5 in the primary occasion and completed seventh, which is basically spectacular for simply his second race in that class. We’re actually proud of how he’s progressing and can preserve engaged on attempting to get him a podium earlier than the out of doors season.”
Eli Tomac – Monster Power Yamaha Star Racing
“It was a little bit of an off day for my driving. I struggled with discovering a consolation zone in the course of the evening present, with the circumstances being on the sting of slick and first rate traction. General we discovered loads about these circumstances for the longer term, and I am glad to nonetheless have the factors lead.”
Justin Cooper – Monster Power Yamaha Star Racing
“It was one other strong day. I feel for my first two races to be inside the highest 10 – seventh in each predominant occasions – I can’t ask for far more than this. It’s a extremely good begin. These guys are actually quick, and I’m simply glad to be the place I’m at in my first couple of races. It’s undoubtedly one thing to be taught from and construct on for the longer term.
“The circumstances have been undoubtedly robust. Within the warmth race, it was raining, after which all the best way as much as the primary, it was sprinkling. Fortunately, it stopped for the primary, and the observe sort of acquired higher because it went on, and there was just a little bit extra traction, however the warmth was just a little bit scary. It was actually slippery. I used to be driving 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 experience like myself in the primary, although, and completed seventh.”