Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia in heated feud caught on camera after Atlanta

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Justin Barcia scored his best finish since the second week of the season. Eli Tomac passed more bikes at Atlanta than anyone.

But neither rider was happy at the end of Round 9 of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season. And a feud that started on the track with 17 minutes remaining in the main event boiled over in a confrontation at the foot of the podium (watch video of the argument above).

They parked their bikes beside each other and immediately began exchanging accusations and expletives.

“It was dirty,” Barcia, who finished second to Ken Roczen, said to Tomac while wagging his bloodied knuckles at the rival. “You can be aggressive, but it was dirty.”

“Have you ever passed anyone clean?” Tomac shot back. “Without touching someone? Clean? This year?”

Laughing at Barcia’s affirmative response, Tomac (who finished fourth) then said, “Hey, guess what, you’ve still got something to lose, too.”

With his fourth at Atlanta, Barcia is in third place in the points standings, 23 behind Roczen and Tomac, who are tied for first in the championship standings with 200 points.

Walking to the pits after the race, Barcia continued to steam while smiling when asked about his bloody hand: “Yeah, my friend Eli got me. He said earlier it was hard aggressive racing, but I beg to differ. I know dirty racing because I used to be a bit of an idiot.”

Known as ‘Bam Bam’ for his aggressive nature, Barcia went to Atlanta prepared to attack the race course if needed and competition if he got off to a bad start. He was mired in the field in the opening laps.

Tomac has struggled with his starts all season as well, and the two came together while battling just inside the top 10 for the eighth position. Barcia made a bold move past Tomac in the middle of a bowl berm, banging bars with the points leader. At the end of the next straight, Tomac retaliated and regained the position.

One lap after making the pass for eighth, Tomac set his sights on Blake Baggett and seventh. Barcia was hot on their tails. Tomac pushed into Baggett, and both hit the ground. Barcia clipped Baggett’s legs but remained upright and took the position.

Tomac stood his bike up and climbed back on. He dropped to 14th but charged back to fourth at the checkers. Barcia finished second to earn his third podium of the season and best finish since Anaheim 2.

“I made a good clean pass on (Tomac), and then he pounded into me,” Barcia said on NBCSN after the race. “Got me pretty good. I was not happy with that racing. But I put that aside. What a great race; charged through the pack.”

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Toyota No. 8 car wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans for third consecutive year

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LE MANS, France — Toyota Gazoo’s No. 8 car comfortably won the 24 Hours of Le Mans by five laps Sunday to secure a third straight victory in the prestigious endurance race.

It was also a third consecutive win for Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi and Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima driving. Brendon Hartley was the other driver, having replaced two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.

Buemi and Hartley sat on the side of the car as Nakajima drove toward the podium. Hartley won for a second time after tasting success with the Porsche LMP Team in 2017 before an unhappy season in Formula One.

The Swiss team’s Rebellion No. 1 featured American driver Gustavo Menezes and Brazilian Bruno Senna – the nephew of late F1 great Ayrton Senna.

It finished one lap ahead of Toyota Gazoo’s No. 7, with Rebellion’s No. 3 finishing in fourth place.

For much of the race it looked like Toyota’s No. 7 would win after leading comfortably from pole position. But late into the night the car encountered an engine problem and the 30-minute stop in the stands proved costly.

The race was first held in 1923. A total of 252,500 spectators attended in 2019, but there were none this year when the race started three months late because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We miss the fans,” New Zealander Hartley said. “I look forward to seeing all the fans again.”

In other divisions:

United Autosports won the LMP2 division with the entry of Filipe Albuquerque, Paul Di Resta and Phil Hanson.

–In LMGTE Pro, the victory was claimed by Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Maxime Martin, Alex Lynn and Harry Tincknell (who drives for Mazda in the DPi division of IMSA).

–TF Sport won the LMGTE Am class.

The Toyota No. 7 took pole after former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi narrowly edged out the Rebellion No. 1 team in qualifying.

In damp and humid conditions Mike Conway got away cleanly from the start, while Senna held off Buemi.

After nearly seven hours, Toyota’s No. 8 fell back after a 10-minute stop in the stands to fix a brake-cooling problem on Kazuki Nakajima’s car. Rebellion’s No. 1, driven by Frenchman Norman Nato, took advantage to move into second place behind Toyota’s No. 7.

Then came the decisive moment at 2:40 a.m. as the No. 7 – also featuring Argentine Jose Maria Lopez – encountered a turbo problem. When the car came back out it was back in fourth.

“We had a few problems early in the race,” Nakajima said. “Later they had a bigger issue than us.”

Rebellion’s No. 1 encountered a problem on the hood at around 9 a.m. and the change took six minutes, allowing the Rebellion No. 3 (Nathanael Berthon-Louis Deletraz-Romain Dumas) to close the gap.

It was becoming a tight battle between the two Rebellion cars behind Toyota’s No. 8.

At 12 p.m. Rebellion No. 3 with Dumas behind the wheel was only one second ahead of No. 1 driven by Menezes. Then both cars came in for a driver change with Deletraz swapping for Dumas on a lengthy stop, and Nato for Menezes as Rebellion No. 1 suddenly moved ahead of its team rival.

Dumas, a winner in 2016 with Porsche, appeared unhappy at the strategy decision to bring his car in first and the length of the stop. There were tense explanations in the team garage.

Colombian Tatiana Calderon, an F1 test driver with Alfa Romeo, was in the Richard Mille Racing Team in the LMP2 category. She was joined by German Sophia Florsch – an F3 driver – and Dutchwoman Beitske Visser. They placed ninth out of 24 in their category.