There has been plenty of speculation on Eli Tomac’s status for the 2018 Houston Supercross in the wake of his crash at the opening round and after the first timed qualifying session in Texas, there is even more to discuss. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider failed to long a quick lap (he was ten seconds off of the pace of top qualifier Jason Anderson) and withdrew from the session after an extended period of time in the mechanic’s area.

Per the Monster Energy Kawasaki team, Tomac suffered a contusion to his shoulder in his crash at the 2018 Anaheim One Supercross 450 Main Event. He reportedly put in a practice session with the team during the week.

UPDATE 4:25 PM: Tomac rode the final practice session in Houston, but like earlier, failed to post a competitive lap time and pulled out early. His best time would put him around thirtieth overall in the final combined qualifying results. We have heard from multiple sources that he will sit out the night’s race, although Monster Energy Kawasaki has not yet confirmed the news.

We will update this post as we learn more.