Supercross stars set for action in Lone Star State

Photos by Jerry Jordan/Kickin' the Tires

By Jerry Jordan, Editor

ARLINGTON, Tx – Last week Ken Roczen lost the coveted red plate to Eli Tomac in Tampa, Fla., who garnered his 30th career win, and propelled him into the points lead of Supercross 450 Class.

Roczen stumbled during the main event and finished third but he still obtained his 41st career podium finish. Despite the bobble, Roczen powered back and said he is looking forward to Saturday’s Triple Crown event at Cowboy’s Stadium.

“Just landed and it’s super shiny right there, I lost the front end and was on the ground, unfortunately,” Roczen said. “But charged back and a podium is better than what we did last weekend, so I am, at least, happy with that.

“We had a good last Triple Crown, so looking forward to that one. Positive thoughts.”

Tomac, who ran second to Cooper Webb, laid in wait to take advantage of his strong run and pass his teammate, Adam Cianciarulo, for the lead about halfway through the race. The pass came in the sand as Tomac decided he needed to change his line if he wanted to have a chance. Tomas would go on to open up his lead before Cianciarulo had problems and Webb moved into the second spot.

“Just following Adam early there, we were both laying down a good pace and I tried to settle for a little while but then I was like, alright, it’s time to push there and change up the line in the sand because there still were many areas that I could be different than him,” Tomac told Kickin’ the Tires after the race. “So, I’m like give the inside a go and it ended up worked out because I was able to get the slingshot, you know, in the second turn with it. So, that was the key for me.”

Tomac said when he took the lead, he was as calm as he could be and never looked back to worry if any other riders were closing in behind him.

“Yeah, I felt really good,” Tomac said. “My heart rate was low. I was just like in maintain mode, so I was in a good spot.”

The action begins Saturday night at 7 p.m. CST on NBCSN and the NBC Sports Gold App as Tomac tries to hold on to the points lead.

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