A season that began in dominant fashion for Eli Tomac has come to an abrupt end.
After suffering injuries to both shoulders as a result of a brutal crash last weekend at Thunder Valley, Tomac is out for the remainder of the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the GEICO Honda team has announced. His right shoulder was dislocated in last weekend’s crash (although the medical team put it back into place at the track), his left shoulder suffered a rotator cuff tear, and he will likely need surgery on both.
Prior to the crash, Tomac had looked unstoppable. He won the first five motos of the season without facing much of a challenge – his smallest margin of victory was 14.5 seconds. Everything was coming together for a rider who was always full of vast potential.
Tomac looked like he was on his way to a sixth straight moto win on Saturday, leading the second 450 Class moto by a comfortable margin, when the crash occurred. He made no attempt to reenter the race, instead getting checked out by the medical staff immediately after. Just like that, the unbeaten streak, the points lead, the overall win at Thunder Valley – it all disappeared, and he will instead have to shift his focus to 2016.
With Tomac out of the running, the always-consistent Ryan Dungey has inherited the 450 Class points lead, and the rest of the field will be chasing him when the series resumes this Saturday at Muddy Creek Raceway. 450 Class rookie Blake Baggett is currently third in the standings, 29 points back of Dungey, and last year’s champion Ken Roczen is next in line, 35 points back. Roczen struggled early in the season because of a back injury, but has looked much better with each passing week and should be the biggest remaining threat to Dungey.