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Eli’s Coming: Tomac heads into the Motocross season with momentum

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Eli Tomac ended the 2019 Supercross season with more momentum than any other rider, but he came up one position short of the championship. The unique thing about motorcycle racing, however, is that there is absolutely no time to rest on one’s laurels.

And for Tomac, that is a huge blessing.

As the series heads to Rancho Cordova, California and Hangtown we got Tomac on the line to discuss the end of Supercross and start of the outdoor season.

Over the final four Supercross races, Tomac won three times and swept the podium. The champion Cooper Webb had one win and an average finish of 2.25 to Tomac’s 1.5.

If that record looks eerily similar to last year, it’s because it is. In 2018 Tomac ended the Supercross season with three wins and two runner-up finishes in the last five races.

“The cool thing about our two seasons is that we’re racing the same guys,” Eli Tomac said. “We’re lining up against each other every week, so if you carry the momentum – this sport is very mental.

“In the mental game, it’s always good when you win the last race (of the season) when you’re racing against this competition.”

Tomac knows that to be true because after winning the final round of the 2018 Supercross, he stormed into the outdoor season with five straight wins and immediately established himself as the rider to beat.

The field couldn’t beat him and Tomac scored his second consecutive Motocross championship. With an average finish of 2.58 over 12 rounds, it was his best year ever.

“I feel like I’m ready again and don’t see why I can’t get another championship, the way that we’ve done the last two seasons,” Tomac said. “I don’t feel like there is anything holding me back coming into the season, so I’m ready to go and as confident as ever.”

But for all the success he’s  had, Tomac feels there is a gaping hole in his record. He has never finished worse than third in either Supercross or Motocross, but he’s missing that all important SX championship.

“This season I would say was successful, not to the point of being totally satisfied because the execution would be the championship, but we did have  good run at the end.

“And for me, looking back at it, I had to start the season with an injury that set us back a little bit. But we kept pushing forward and the positive outlook is that we made progress throughout the season and really started getting the wins toward the end while carrying that momentum.”

Would winning a third straight Motocross championship fill that void?

“I wish I could say it would, but ‘no,’ ” Tomac said. “It would be amazing to do a third one in a row, there is always going to be that empty spot until I get that Supercross title.”

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WATCH: Red Bull F1 team completes pit stop in zero gravity

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The Red Bull Racing pit crew may have already made headlines last weekend when it completed the fastest pit stop in Formula One history, changing Max Verstappen’s tires in 1.82 seconds, but the team’s most recent stunt took their skills to new heights – quite literally.

With the help of the Russian Space agency Roscomos, a group of the team’s mechanics completed the world’s first zero-gravity pit stop, on-board a IIyushin II-76K cosmonaut training plane.

Using a 2005 BR1, the team filmed the viral video over the course of a week, enduring seven flights and about 80 parabolas – periods in which the plane climbs 45 degrees before falling again at a ballistic arch of 45 degrees, creating a period of weightlessness for approximately 22 seconds.

With such a short time frame between weightlessness periods, the car and equipment had to be both quickly and safely secured before gravity once again took effect. Each filming lasted roughly 15 seconds, and the stunt was the most physically and technically demanding activity the live demo team had ever undertaken.

“It pushed us harder than I thought it would,” said Red Bull Support Team Mechanic Joe Robinson. “You realize how much you rely on gravity when you don’t have any!

“It challenges you to think and operate in a different way – and that was brilliant. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and honestly, I could have stayed and done it all month. It was amazing. I think it’s the coolest, most fun thing the Live Demo team has ever done with a show car.”

Though Red Bull was the first team to perform a pit stop in zero gravity, surprisingly Red Bull was not the first team to put a car through zero gravity. In 1999, McLaren driver David Coulthard and his car experienced zero gravity as part of a promotion for then-sponsor West Cigarettes.

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