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Eli Tomac sweeps Massachusetts motocross, closes in on series lead

Eli Tomac of Cortez on Saturday, July 9, won both 450cc motos at The Wick 338 in Southwick, Massachusetts, to capture the overall victory. It was his second consecutive sweep. (Star Racing Yamaha)
Yamaha ace from Cortez is one point behind Chase Sexton

Eli Tomac on Saturday came from behind to win both motos in Southwick, Massachusetts, and to pull within one point of the lead in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship series.

It was Tomac’s second consecutive sweep, coming one week after he won both 450cc motos and the overall victory at the Redbud National in Buchanan, Michigan.

The wins Saturday at The Wick 338 also gave Tomac his fifth consecutive moto since racing at High Point on June 18. He has won seven out of 12 motos so far this season.

Tomac, riding for Star Racing Yamaha, is now in second place after six races in the 12-race series. He trails Chase Sexton of Honda 268 to 267 points.

Sexton again was second in both motos. Aaron Plessinger was third overall, after placing seventh in Moto 1 and third in Moto 2. Ken Roczen and Christian Craig filled out the top five.

Tomac was the fastest qualifier Saturday morning, with a best lap of 2 minutes, 9.019 seconds. Max Anstie was second at 2:09.086, and Jason Anderson, Roczen and Sexton filled out the top five.

Moto 1

Tomac, starting from the pole position in the first moto, was in seventh place after the first lap while Roczen, Craig and Ryan Dungey raced in front.

Tomac passed Chris Canning in Lap 2, and with the fastest lap of the race, passed Joseph Savatgy in Lap 3 to move into fourth place behind Sexton. Craig also advanced in Lap 3, grabbing the lead after Roczen tipped over.

Tomac began his charge to the front in Lap 6, when he passed Sexton for third. In Lap 8, he slipped by Roczen and Craig for the lead.

Sexton advanced to second place in Lap 12, but Tomac was too far ahead. He led by 7.509 seconds in Lap 12 and by 10.096 seconds in Lap 14 before cruising to the finish line in Lap 16, 7.340 seconds ahead of Sexton.

Craig was third, 11.143 seconds behind Tomac. Dungey and Anstie rounded out the top five, more than 29 seconds off the pace.

Moto 2

Roczen again went to the lead early, with Craig and Plessinger trailing after one lap. Tomac was fourth.

Plessinger got by Craig for second place in Lap 2, and Tomac passed Craig after the two bumped in Lap 3.

Tomac bounced back in Lap 4 with his second-fastest lap of the race, then passed Plessinger for second place in Lap 7 and closed the gap to Roczen.

Tomac took the lead in Lap 8 and stretched out an 11.859-second lead in Lap 15 before crossing the finish line in Lap 16. Sexton, who had passed Roczen and Plessinger for second place, was 10.079 seconds back.

Plessinger was third, 15.511 seconds behind Tomac. Roczen and Anstie rounded out the top five, more than 28 seconds off the pace.

What’s next

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship next goes to Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, for the seventh round in the 12-round series.

2022 AMA Motocross standings
1. Chase SextonHonda268
2. Eli TomacYamaha267
3. Ken RoczenHonda227
4. Jason AndersonKawasaki207
5. Ryan DungeyKTM185
6. Christian CraigYamaha184
7. Justin BarciaGAS159
8. Aaron PlessingerKTM149
9. Joseph SavatgyKawasaki125
10. Shane McElrathHusqvarna118