Eli Tomac & His KX450F
In the world of Supercross and Motocross, the name Eli Tomac is feared and admired. This twenty-five year old from Cortez, Colorado and son of legend cyclist John Tomac, made a huge splash on the scene of the Motocross by winning his first professional race at Hangtown. It was a history maker.
Tomac went on to win his first Supercross championship in 2012, winning five out of nine races. That year he also came in 3rd overall in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season. In 2013, after a hard fought season, he finally got his first Lucas Pro Motocross championship.
In the 2018 season, Tomac has been plagued with lackluster outings and a shoulder injury earlier this year in Anaheim. Despite this setback Tomac has been known to find his footing even in a points’ deficit. Last season he was chasing Ryan Dungey in a points’ hole and came very close to beating out his competition for first overall in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season. But this season its Jason’s Anderson’s turn to be the prey Tomac is stalking for that first place title.
Anderson and Dungey couldn’t be more different. Dungey is the epitome of consistent solid riding but lacks the speed and aggression that Anderson has displayed this season. Dungey, for his consistency, seemed to edge out Tomac’s hopes of a championship year last year but Anderson is another matter.
All Tomac may need to get back in the game is Glendale and if Anderson makes any mistakes Tomac will exploit them in the points department. It will be interesting to see how Tomac fights to get that point deficit under control and rehab his injury to finish solidly in the next few races.
One of Tomac’s weapons as he competes this season is his Kawasaki KX450F. Kawasaki gave some specs concerning the bike he rides in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series. Dirt Bike Magazine was given an up close and personal look at his KX450F and here are some highlights from what Kawasaki revealed.
The Kawasaki KX450F
The KX450F Tomac is running this year is defined mostly by the fabrication elements to protect the bike’s components from rock damage and mud accumulation. It’s on everything from foot peg mounts and guards to Carbon Spider product protection on the skid plate, chain guide and water pump covers. There are also guards on the front and rear brake master cylinders to keep out flying debris that could interfere with braking as well.
Kawasaki is doing Tomac’s bike motor in-house with some interesting design elements on the head stays. Holes are in the center which allows for the team to change flex characteristics of his bike. KTM and Husqvarna have been looking at similar modifications on their teams’ bikes in this motocross season.
KYB is doing the #3 rider’s shock while X Trig Triple is providing the clamps mounted to the spring forks. Tomac’s preference for spring over air stocks is the reason for this change.
Sensors on the KX450F are on trend with how racing teams crave data from their bikes. Tomac’s bike can be acquiring data from the forks while still in use, giving the team more info on the bike’s performance.
Lastly, are the new adaptations to the holeshot device on the KX450F. There are two buttons on the device that have two adjustment features. These two adjustments can gauge the depth when going down on the forks during real time track conditions. With these innovations can Tomac reach his goal of another championship? Stay tuned to Glendale!
Sources: Eli Tomac official website
Dirt Bike Magazine “Inside Eli Tomac’s Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F” January 19, 2018
Racer X “Breakdown Title Town” by Jason Thomas January 23, 2018
Racer X “Ten Things to Watch: Glendale” January 26, 2018