Over the past few weeks Tomac has tirelessly worked on refining his starting technique, which paid dividends on Saturday night in Tampa. Nailing the start in the Main Event, Tomac settled into second place behind his team-mate Cianciarulo.
For the next several laps, Tomac would close the gap and begin hunting for places to make a pass for the lead. Tomac found that opportunity in the one section that separated riders all day long as he began to make the pass in the split-lane sand section and then slingshot his KX450 around the outside of the next corner completing the pass for the lead.
Tomac went on to build a nine-second lead over second place and go on to take the win.
The 27-year-old’s dominant win in the sandy soil of Tampa earned him the highly coveted red plate and a four-point lead in the 450SX championship point standings. The win marked Tomac’s 30th career 450SX win and became the fourth rider in history to win twice in Tampa.
“Today could not have gone much better,” said Tomac. “All day I felt comfortable on Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450 and it showed. Our starts tonight were as good as they have ever been, which put us in a good position right from the start of the race.
“I was able to follow Adam for the first part of the race and the difference maker for me and a lot of riders out there tonight was the sand section. It could either help you or hurt you depending on the lap or if there were lapped riders in the way. I was able to get through there cleanly one time to get past my team-mate and from there I was able to ride my own race. It is always nice to have the points lead, but we will not settle for anything less than wins from this point forward.”