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Eli Tomac of Cortez rallies to second overall in Minnesota motocross

Eli Tomac of Cortez, photographed last week in Southwick, Massachusetts, on Saturday finished second overall in Millville, Minnesota, after rallying in both motos.
Kawasaki rider charges from 14th place to finish third in Moto 1

Eli Tomac of Cortez finished second overall Saturday in the 450 Spring Creek motocross after a third-place finish in the first moto and a fourth-place finish in the second.

Justin Barcia took the overall victory in Millville, Minnesota, by winning Moto 1 and placing second in Moto 2. The victory lifted Barcia, of GasGas Factory Racing, into third place in the series standings, two points ahead of Tomac, 207-205.

Dylan Ferrandis of Yamaha, who finished third overall, continues to hold the series lead, ahead of Ken Roczen of Honda, 262-230.

Roczen, who crashed and did not finish in Moto 1, recovered to win Moto 2 and finish eighth overall.

Moto 1

Tomac, racing his last season for Monster Energy Kawasaki, got off to a slow start Saturday in the first moto, but rallied from 14th to place third, behind Barcia and Ferrandis.

Barcia took the lead at the first turn, and after Lap 1, was trailed by Adam Cianciarulo, Cooper Webb and Coty Schock. Ferrandis was fifth.

Roczen crashed in the first turn and did not finish the race.

Tomac finished the first lap in 14th place, but he quickly moved through traffic into seventh place by the end of Lap 5. He then posted the fastest lap of the race in Lap 6 – 2 minutes, 10.009 seconds – as he chased Webb for sixth place.

As Barcia and Ferrandis led the frontrunners toward the finish line, eyes turned to Tomac, who charged past Webb in Lap 8, Aaron Plessinger in Lap 9 and Christian Craig in Lap 10 to lock up a third-place finish with six laps to go.

He crossed the finish line 5.3 seconds off the lead.

Moto 2

Tomac again was slow out of the gate, but he rallied from ninth place in Lap 1 to fourth place in Lap 6.

Roczen, making a surprising recovery after a hard crash in Moto 1, led start to finish, with Barcia in tow. Chase Sexton raced from a sixth-place start to finish third, and Ferrandis made a supersized rally to finish fifth, after starting 24th.

What’s next

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series goes to Washougal, Washington, for the Washougal National on July 24 for the seventh of 12 races this season.