Eli Tomac’s 2018 race season has not gone the way many expected, as the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider crashed while leading the 450 Main Event at the 2018 Anaheim One Supercross and suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to pull out of the race. Initially said to be a contusion to the area by the team, Tomac stayed under the radar during the week between Anaheim One and Houston, but we know that he rode at least one time (Thursday) at Kawasaki’s private Supercross track in California.
Both the rider and team were hopeful that they could fight through the injury at the 2018 Houston Supercross, but Tomac was 10-seconds off of the pace of the front-runners during the afternoon’s timed qualifying sessions and announced in the afternoon that he would not race the night’s program due to the injury.
We spoke with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team shortly after Tomac announced his decision in Houston. At the time Dan Fahie, Team Manager for the factory operation, told us that the plan for the situation is to take it day by day and if they thought that Tomac couldn't have handled riding in Houston, they would not have made him try. In a press release issued by the team, Tomac is quoted saying, "We did everything we could this week to work through the injury but I didn't feel right on the bike and I wasn't able to ride at race speed. We have to think about the rest of the season so we're going to take it day-by-day and focus on getting healthy for Anaheim 2." There were no further details regarding the extent of the injury.
We have reached out to people close to the Tomac camp and have learned that Tomac intends to be on the starting line this Saturday. Sitting out Houston allowed more time to recover and with that, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider is set to race at round three of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series.
With only one championship point scored in the two races run so far this season, Tomac is ranked twenty-sixth in the championship standings and trails leader Jason Anderson by forty-eight points.