The Tomac Train is rolling into Atlanta Saturday night


2/28/2020

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Last weekend’s second of three Triple Crown events in Arlington, Texas confirmed a few things that we all pretty much already knew (and were maybe afraid to acknowledge).

 

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First things first: Eli Tomac is on a roll. Look out all you 450SX guys, because this Tomac is looking as good as ever. If he can pull off the overall in an event with three starts (which he’s been struggling with all year), then the competition is in for a world of hurt. Tomac provided the pain in Arlington, and it was real. Having won on tracks in a variety of conditions this season and with momentum on his side, let’s go ahead and call Eli the favorite for Atlanta this weekend. Oh, and Daytona after that.

 

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We can’t ignore Ken Roczen just yet, though. With some (very) bad luck on Tomac’s side, Ken is easily the ‘best of the rest’, especially after a couple of key riders sampled the dirt hard in Arlington (more on that below). Roczen rode two excellent and one so-so main to earn second overall, losing another 3 points to Tomac in the championship battle. It’s reasonable to assume that the title chase is now between these two guys. While we’re only entering the halfway mark of this 2020 season, these two have risen above the rest and, in Roczen’s case, particularly in the case of consistency. He needs to start beating Tomac before the lead is insurmountable, as he’s 7 points behind as we go to Atlanta this weekend. He’s certainly not out of it, yet.

 

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Two championship hopefuls – Cooper Webb and Adam Cianciarulo – both crashed on the same dragon’s back section with differing levels of severity. Webb ended up with a severely bruised tailbone while Cianciarulo unfortunately suffered a broken collarbone and will be out for several weeks. Webb is expected to practice in Atlanta, but tailbone injuries are a tough cross to bear when battling with riders at this level. Webb’s 19 points behind Roczen in third and can’t afford another mediocre result if he hopes to stay in the chase. But the No. 1 has proven before that he’s tough as nails. If anyone can rise to the occasion, it may be Cooper Webb. Atlanta is somewhat of a homecoming for the North Carolina native, so he has that going for him at least.

 

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A fresh face running up front last weekend in Texas that was long overdue was Zach Osborne. Even leading a few laps in the final main, Osborne may finally be emerging from his shell as one of the sport’s elites. He certainly is that, and it’s been a bit of a mystery why he’s been struggling all season. With a couple of vacancies up front now, we may see Zacho on the podium in what also must be considered his hometown race.

 

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Justin Barcia put in another solid top-five ride. To any other rider, they’d be happy. Barcia has proven that he belongs up front, but he can’t seem to buy a decent start this year (though he can certainly move through the pack when he needs to). Sitting fourth in points just one behind Webb, he’ll be looking to make a statement in what must too be considered somewhat of a hometown race.

 

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The 250SX East Class had it’s own drama, but it eventually all worked itself out. Despite some aggressive racing by R.J. Hampshire in a pass on defending champ Chase Sexton for the lead, Sexton was able to put his own moves on points leader and biggest title rival Shane McElrath to snag the overall victory.

 

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Sexton moved past pretty much every competitor with a legit shot at his title, including McElrath, and rode to a solid second place. After having gone down during the Hampshire incident, Sexton has re-established himself as a force to be reckoned with. That’s good because McElrath has been amazing thus far and seemingly in a league of his own.

 

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For only the second time, AMA Supercross will pay a visit to the fresh, incredible new Mercedes-Benz Dome in downtown Atlanta, Ga. With a regular race format, things are back to normal for the crews, racers and fans. The track features a wall–to-sand section that the riders don’t care for (read: heavy sand roost to face while cresting the wall), but that the fans and photographers absolutely love. Check out our photos on Facebook or on our Instagram (@amasupercross), as well as live timing and scoring right here on www.amasupercross.com.


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