News 9 Sep 2022

Team USA victory high on 450MX champion Tomac’s agenda

Current Pro Motocross number one targets elusive MXoN crown.

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Victory with Team USA at the Motocross of Nations (MXoN) is high on the agenda for Eli Tomac as he turns his attention to RedBud after clinching a fourth 450MX championship.

2022 marks the US team’s return to the prestigious event following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic and Tomac is hungry to capture an elusive MXoN title with the country.

“I’m feeling good about it,” said Tomac. “Myself and Chase [Sexton] have been on another level this year, in my opinion, and we have Justin [Cooper] too, who has come on strong at the end of his season. I think we have a great shot.

“You could say that every year, but we really do, and we are at RedBud. Even if RedBud has changed, I feel like the way we raced it this year – maybe it has more sand in it – but we are used to it now, if you want to say that…

“They brought it in for the last MXoN. We are going to be ready this time, we’re fast, so got to be consistent and we have a great shot at getting the overall.”

The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing rider has competed at MXoN on three occasions, the most recent being 2018, also at RedBud, where Team USA finished fifth overall. The last time that Team USA was victorious was 2011, thanks to the efforts of Ryan Dungey, Blake Baggett and Ryan Villopoto.

For this year’s event, Tomac will line up in MXGP, joined by Chase Sexton (Open) – competing in his first nations – and Justin Cooper (MX2). Less than three weeks remain until the 75th MXoN takes place between 24-25 September.