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6/18/2020 4:04 PM

I don't understand how Eli could enter the corner last yesterday.
Did he make a mistake on the gate and just back off so he didn't get caught in a mid pack crash?
Surely his bike has the same if not more power than most the other riders on the gate.

I think with a better start last night he probably would be champ today.

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6/18/2020 4:09 PM

I would think he tried to get the jump but once he realized he wasnt getting the holeshot he just backed it down knowing he can cut through the pack

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6/18/2020 4:11 PM

KTMBRO362 wrote:

I would think he tried to get the jump but once he realized he wasnt getting the holeshot he just backed it down knowing he ...more

Yes that’s how he played it I believe as well.

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6/18/2020 4:13 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/18/2020 4:14 PM

Yup. 25 point lead. Was avoiding any chance of getting tangled up.

He was clearly towards front-mid pack when he backed down before corner one.

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6/18/2020 4:20 PM

Dirty Points wrote:

Yup. 25 point lead. Was avoiding any chance of getting tangled up.

He was clearly towards front-mid pack when he backed down ...more

That's what it looked like to me as well. As soon as someone started fading towards him he got on the brakes to avoid an Anderson esque destroying a front wheel incident.

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6/18/2020 4:25 PM

Looked like he got a little tangled up with Malcolm.

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If at first you don't succeed, then maybe you just suck. - Kenny Powers

6/18/2020 4:37 PM

Tomac,s starts... make more of the races fun to watch.

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6/18/2020 4:40 PM

Needs to start more in the middle...maybe next to the box. Hope he reads this!

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6/18/2020 4:53 PM

inthebadboycorner wrote:

I don't understand how Eli could enter the corner last yesterday.
Did he make a mistake on the gate and just back off so he ...more

He obviously didn’t want to get taken out so he just stopped. That guy can sleep walk now and get 5th-8th

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6/18/2020 5:02 PM

LastCall211 wrote:

Looked like he got a little tangled up with Malcolm.

Yes, once they banged into each other ET decided that was enough and let them go looking for the inside line.

This is probably what we will see Sunday too.

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6/18/2020 5:10 PM

I think that one was planned. He's leaving his competitors thinking he's still going for the holey but in reality, he's chilling.

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6/18/2020 5:26 PM

As mentioned above, he tangled up with Malcolm pretty good about 2/3 way down the straight. Still, as erratic as his starts have been in his career you have to wonder if the pressure got to him a bit. His initial jump was not very good at all, in either the heat or the main.

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6/18/2020 7:53 PM

Let's hope he can keep it together and hold that No1 plate high in the air.

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6/19/2020 10:02 AM

inthebadboycorner wrote:

I don't understand how Eli could enter the corner last yesterday.
Did he make a mistake on the gate and just back off so he ...more

Looking at some of the photos I had from the race, it looks like maybe he and Mookie banged bars out of the gate.

The interesting part to me is that it doesn't seem much like it matters. Maybe the difference between a win and a third, but as far as consistency? He seems to rip through the pack just fine.

I tallied up all the passes he's made through the races here in SLC, and over the six so far, he's +35.

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6/19/2020 10:08 AM

DPR250R wrote:

Tomac,s starts... make more of the races fun to watch.

Tomac's...

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6/19/2020 12:29 PM

GuyB wrote:

Looking at some of the photos I had from the race, it looks like maybe he and Mookie banged bars out of the gate.

The ...more

+35 along with how many people he has been passing in the first lap alone, which was nearly 10 riders on wednesday. Absolutely insane.

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6/19/2020 2:07 PM

inthebadboycorner wrote:

I don't understand how Eli could enter the corner last yesterday.
Did he make a mistake on the gate and just back off so he ...more

GuyB wrote:

Looking at some of the photos I had from the race, it looks like maybe he and Mookie banged bars out of the gate.

The ...more

I wonder who has the 2nd in passes over that stretch, and how many they have.

I’m trying to think of another rider who’s had lots of rough starts, and has passed a ton of guys, but I’m having trouble thinking of names. I can think of some guys who’ve done it once, or had a mishap, and moved through some guys, but no one else who’s done it with his consistency.

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6/19/2020 2:10 PM

inthebadboycorner wrote:

I don't understand how Eli could enter the corner last yesterday.
Did he make a mistake on the gate and just back off so he ...more

GuyB wrote:

Looking at some of the photos I had from the race, it looks like maybe he and Mookie banged bars out of the gate.

The ...more

he also mentioned he played defense in the presser.

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6/19/2020 2:39 PM

He will do the same thing Sunday but can just cruise around in 10th and take the tittle.

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6/19/2020 3:35 PM

I don't think he even clicks it into gear until Lil Deuce is over the gate...

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6/19/2020 4:08 PM

gt80rider wrote:

I don't think he even clicks it into gear until Lil Deuce is over the gate...

Yes. And he will have to watch out for Barcia and then if Webb is winning he may lap him.

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6/19/2020 4:18 PM

Dan Fahie should just send a truckload of clutch components to Cortez and pay Mike Alessi to live with Tomac for a few weeks and do nothing but starts. If Eli could get starts his life would be so much easier.

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6/20/2020 7:14 AM

RoflCopter726 wrote:

Dan Fahie should just send a truckload of clutch components to Cortez and pay Mike Alessi to live with Tomac for a few weeks ...more

Very true but I don't think it is possible at this point for him to become a good starter. You know he must have tried everything over the years to figure it out.

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6/20/2020 9:55 AM

Benefit of the doubt. Last race, very well played, the others not so much

Sunday I see same scenario off the start as this past Wednesday and takes the title home.

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6/20/2020 10:02 AM

a good start would make it a lot easier , but in this field he has nothing to worry when not . Tomac at moment has finally found his mojo , his speed and patience is a level above . He looks to be in total control and beside a bike faillure he has not much to worry about for the last race

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6/20/2020 10:10 AM

The dude needs 4 points, right? Just sit at the doghouse until the carnage in the first turn ceases, then go pass 5-10 riders while waving at the fans over the big jumps every lap. laughing

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Braaapin' aint easy.