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Eli Tomac places 7th overall in Indianapolis triple crown

Eli Tomac placed in the top 10 in all three races at the triple crown Supercross series in Indianapolis on Saturday. (Courtesy Photo)
Tomac places fourth in the first of three Supercross races

Eli Tomac of Cortez placed seventh overall Saturday in the 450 Supercross triple crown in Indianapolis.

In the first of three races at Lucas Oil Stadium, Ken Roczen got the hole shot with Jason Anderson and Jett Lawrence not far behind. Within the first lap, Lawrence took a chance to swing around Roczen to take the lead, which he held for the remainder of the race.

Tomac, riding for Star Racing Yamaha, had a solid race, finishing fourth as the winner, Lawrence, Roczen and Chase Sexton.

In the second race, Lawrence claimed the hole shot right out of the gate with Aaron Plessinger and Roczen on his heels. Roczen, who won the triple crown last year, raced closely behind Lawrence before taking the lead.

While Roczen led the way, Lawrence and Plessinger battled behind. Around the seven-minute mark, Tomac was in seventh place as Lawrence claimed the lead back from Roczen to place first in the second race of the triple crown.

Behind Lawrence, Roczen placed second, Sexton third and Plessinger fourth. Tomac was seventh.

In the third and final race, Roczen took an early lead while Lawrence and Sexton battled for second. In the first few minutes of the race, Tomac rode in 10th place before moving up to ninth.

Roczen and Lawrence rode neck and neck, nearly riding into each other multiple times as they both fought for the lead. The electric anticipation of the crowd could be heard as the two racers went back and forth from first to second and back again.

Finally, Lawrence passed Roczen to secure the lead with Sexton passing Roczen in the final minutes of the race to claim second place.

Lawrence won the third race to clinch the triple crown victory and created an even larger lead in the overall point standings. Sexton placed second, Roczen third and Cooper Webb fourth. Tomac crossed the finish line in 10th place.

The triple crown overall results had Lawrence in first, Roczen second, Sexton third, Anderson fourth, Webb fifth, Plessinger sixth, Tomac seventh Justin Barcia eighth.

The next race is Saturday, March 23 in Seattle at Lumen Field.