Eli's Ride tonight

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1/18/2020 11:15 PM

10th on the first lap, to the lead in 7 laps,

is this not one of his best rides ever? and up there with Stew in Toronto for blitzing through the pack?

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1/18/2020 11:21 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/18/2020 11:22 PM

Standard Tomac when he's on. See Oakland 2017, Salt Lake 2017, and a bunch of others I'm forgetting over the past 3 years. The ones I remember more are A1 2015, Atlanta 1 2015, A2 2017, NJ 2017, A1 2018, Oakland 2018, Indy 2018, Dallas 2019, Minnesota 2019, A1 2020. The ones where he makes a big mistake or worse yet rides around confusingly average.

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Old MXer turned Superfan.

1/18/2020 11:33 PM

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1/18/2020 11:34 PM

3rd

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1/18/2020 11:42 PM

scott_nz wrote:

10th on the first lap, to the lead in 7 laps,

is this not one of his best rides ever? and up there with Stew in Toronto for blitzing through the pack?

Not even close to his most dominant ride. When Eli is at his best...he is on the level of Stew at his best. Eli is just not as his best often enough.

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1/19/2020 12:04 AM

For a few races in the 2015 MX series Tomac was the fastest I’d ever seen. Then he blew out his shoulders in that Thunder Valley MX crash. Sometimes he uncorks that speed. When he does I’m glad to have seen it.

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1/19/2020 12:13 AM

Wether it was his best ever or not, Tomac just decimated the deepest and most talent filled 450 class in history (in my opinion). Doesnt matter if its 2015 or 2020, indoors or outdoors. When Tomac is "on", he's untouchable. It's a shame he has never been able to be "on" consistently, but it's still awesome as F to behold when he is.

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1/19/2020 12:16 AM

Not his best ever ride but this was one of those nights when Eli is unstoppable. The question is how many more of these is he able to crack out and will he be able to limit the damage the nights he is off to get the title?

This could become a great season!

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1/19/2020 12:25 AM

Love him, or hate him. I don’t know how any moto fan could watch rides like this, and not enjoy watching them.

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1/19/2020 12:44 AM

I didn't expect him to win, but I'm glad he proved me wrong. The track was great and allowed for more passing, instead of a follow the leader type like the last two IMHO.

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There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear.

1/19/2020 1:11 AM

Tomac whooped some serious ass last night , like we know he can .unreal how much faster he can go when he feels it , too bad its only a few times a season butthe big question is what about the next race ?
Roczen takes red plate and Webb solid points and rebound after last week

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1/19/2020 1:12 AM

Tomac is incredible when he's on. He can make the field look slow.

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1/19/2020 1:37 AM

He did much better slicing through the field this week. He didn't get hung up pussyfooting around behind one or two riders for like 6 laps like the last few weeks, but if he'd just get better starts he'd make his life so much easier.

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1/19/2020 1:44 AM

RoflCopter726 wrote:

He did much better slicing through the field this week. He didn't get hung up pussyfooting around behind one or two riders for like 6 laps like the last few weeks, but if he'd just get better starts he'd make his life so much easier.

True, it is a wonder there aren't more Ferrandis type incidents with the way so many tracks seem to have one main line.

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1/19/2020 2:10 AM

Man amongst boys tonight. Looked so much stronger than the other guys and coasted it home.

He's definitely the weirdest SX superstar ever.

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1/19/2020 2:13 AM

Looked fantastic all night. Once he's on a high he gets the ball rolling.

On a side note the whoops were savage tonight lots of riders struggling, Tomac always seems to excel when the track gets tough.

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If talk is cheap, silence must be expensive because nobody can afford it!

1/19/2020 2:30 AM

Tomac is like a box of chocolates. When he’s “on” he’s untouchable, when he’s not...he’s average. Last night he was incredible to watch. His last pass on Roczen was a thing of beauty...without being overly aggressive. He deserved the W.

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1/19/2020 3:18 AM

He’s looked like he’d just come in from warm-up post race. Unbelievable

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1/19/2020 4:07 AM

hamncheeze wrote:

Standard Tomac when he's on. See Oakland 2017, Salt Lake 2017, and a bunch of others I'm forgetting over the past 3 years. The ones I remember more are A1 2015, Atlanta 1 2015, A2 2017, NJ 2017, A1 2018, Oakland 2018, Indy 2018, Dallas 2019, Minnesota 2019, A1 2020. The ones where he makes a big mistake or worse yet rides around confusingly average.

Not a tight track......

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1/19/2020 5:41 AM

There’s no stopping Tomac when he’s on that kind of form, if you’re one of the other guys you just have to kind of hold your hands up and accept that you’re racing for second that night. His early race pace was outstanding, but I was just as impressed with how well he managed the race after that. A lot of times when Tomac on fire like that he’ll keep pushing and try to crush the field by 10-15 seconds. Last night once he got 5 seconds in front he just kept a steady pace and managed it very well. Next step for him is to find a similar level each week

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1/19/2020 5:43 AM

RG1 wrote:

There’s no stopping Tomac when he’s on that kind of form, if you’re one of the other guys you just have to kind of hold your hands up and accept that you’re racing for second that night. His early race pace was outstanding, but I was just as impressed with how well he managed the race after that. A lot of times when Tomac on fire like that he’ll keep pushing and try to crush the field by 10-15 seconds. Last night once he got 5 seconds in front he just kept a steady pace and managed it very well. Next step for him is to find a similar level each week

For some reason he doesn’t do good on tight tracks. Apparently AC is starting off being a tight track guy!

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1/19/2020 5:59 AM

RG1 wrote:

There’s no stopping Tomac when he’s on that kind of form, if you’re one of the other guys you just have to kind of hold your hands up and accept that you’re racing for second that night. His early race pace was outstanding, but I was just as impressed with how well he managed the race after that. A lot of times when Tomac on fire like that he’ll keep pushing and try to crush the field by 10-15 seconds. Last night once he got 5 seconds in front he just kept a steady pace and managed it very well. Next step for him is to find a similar level each week

kkawboy14 wrote:

For some reason he doesn’t do good on tight tracks. Apparently AC is starting off being a tight track guy!

When Tomac is at his best everything flows, he rails the turns and links the track in a very fluid way. I think that is more difficult when the track is tighter/less grippy.

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1/19/2020 6:53 AM

Eli looked really good last night. He is obviously amazing and will have those rides where he looks like the clear cut best. But we all know a few uninspiring 7th place finishes is coming up.

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1/19/2020 6:59 AM

agn5009 wrote:

Eli looked really good last night. He is obviously amazing and will have those rides where he looks like the clear cut best. But we all know a few uninspiring 7th place finishes is coming up.

Yes, but hopefully he got those out of the way the first 2 rounds.

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1/19/2020 7:08 AM

Compare last night to a week ago, doesn't even look like the same person. Unfortunately the guy from last week will probably be back in Glendale since there is no time for a bad start in 10 laps. That is why Cooper Webb will be a 2 time champion this May.

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1/19/2020 7:55 AM

For sure you can put this ride up against any other. I think we as a community unfairly punish people in our minds when we think of amazing come from behind rides if they do the work quickly. Stewart in 07 Indy and 16 Toronto and even Tomac himself at Salt Lake in 17 are remembered because they take awhile and we see them move through the pack. Passes for the lead generally occur near the last fourth of the race. Not this one. Bad start. 15th I believe. Blew through everyone in 8 minutes. Wins comfortably. He’d just get to the rear wheel of all the top competitors and make the pass within a section or two and then he was gone to the next guy. I guarantee you in 5 years we won’t remember this one the way we do those other 3 I mentioned, but it was just as good and you could even argue it was better.

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1/19/2020 7:57 AM

agn5009 wrote:

Eli looked really good last night. He is obviously amazing and will have those rides where he looks like the clear cut best. But we all know a few uninspiring 7th place finishes is coming up.

wolf918 wrote:

Yes, but hopefully he got those out of the way the first 2 rounds.

Going off of Eli's SX history, I highly doubt it. Unfortunately hes probably going to have a few more bonehead moments.

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1/19/2020 8:12 AM

Reminds me of A3 in 2001 when RC came from mid pack to track down and beat McGrath with 2 laps to go. Eli has that kind of speed but every week? Fun to watch though.

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1/19/2020 9:15 AM

What is most impressive about this ride is the control Eli had...He got out to about five seconds then mark Roczen..you could see him glance over to keep the gap the same...If he needed to he could have blown this one out...

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1/19/2020 9:32 AM

Wonder if they made some changes to the bike or is it just one of those nights he was feeling it? Only reason I think they may have made some setup changes is because he looked like a completely different rider than he did at the first two rounds.

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