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Eli Tomac wins heat race, places sixth in Massachusetts Supercross

Eli Tomac placed sixth in the 450cc Supercross Saturday in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Courtesy photo)
Cooper Webb ties Jett Lawrence for overall points after main event

Eli Tomac of Cortez placed sixth Saturday in the 450cc Supercross in Foxborough, Massachusetts, after a big win in his heat race in Round 13 of the championship series.

In Heat 1 at Gillette Stadium, Tomac quickly claimed the hole shot over Justin Cooper, Hunter Lawrence, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia to take a commanding lead around the first corner.

“That was flyin’ for Eli,” commentators said, adding that Tomac had said he was feeling “spicy” in practice.

“He came out to a huge crowd roar,” commentators said. “I think Eli’s got his mojo back.”

With 2½ minutes left in the race, Tomac led Cooper by 1.5 seconds.

At the finish line, Tomac led by nearly 10 seconds over Hunter Lawrence, who moved into second place after a knocked Cooper out of the race and into the last-chance qualifier. Roczen was third, and Barcia fourth.

In Heat 2, Webb took the whole shot from Jett Lawrence, with Jett Lawrence nearly crashing into the back of him around the first corner.

Lawrence took the second-place spot from Jett Lawrence, putting Jett Lawrence in third and Chase Sexton in fourth.

Right before the final lap of the race, Jett Lawrence passed Webb in the whoops for the first-place position heading into the main event.

In the main 450cc event, Webb took the hole shot, and Tomac and Jett Lawrence got caught back in the pack in eighth and 12th place, respectively.

Tomac’s wheel slid out from under him around a corner a few laps into the race, putting him in ninth place by the time he got back on his bike. While Tomac was originally ahead of Jett Lawrence, Jett passed Tomac as Sexton moved to third.

Soon, rain began to fall, making the track slippery.

Around the 8:30 mark in the race, Jett Lawrence nearly crashed, but managed to hold his position. Sexton and Roczen battled for second place, and Roczen hanged on until Sexton was able to pass him on the final lap.

Webb took first place, Sexton second, Roczen third, Anderson fourth, Jett Lawrence fifth and Tomac sixth.

With his win, Webb joined Jett Lawrence atop the series standings, both with 261 points, as they head into the final four races of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship series.

Supercross racers will race Saturday at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.