Will Eli Tomac win the 250 West title?
Will Eli Tomac win the 250 West title?
Will Eli Tomac win the west?
Matthes- Right now there is no rider hotter in the 250 west region than GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac. With his dominant win in San Diego and his four podiums in a row, Tomac has moved to within 13 points of leader Josh Hansen and is certainly on so much of a roll, you could call him butter right now. In fact, Swizcore will probably bust out the term butter at any moment here.
Ping thinks Eli will win the title and Swizcore will just go along with his hero Ping in any argument so just remember that when he makes his impassioned plea for all of you to drink his Kool-aid. I just don’t think that Eli has it in him right now to capture this crown although he’s going to give it a good run, no doubt about it.
With seven weeks off until the next west race, Tomac’s momentum will come grinding to a halt right now and there’s nothing that he can do about it. With one of the upcoming races Seattle or Salt Lake City sure to be a mudder and with Broc Tickle and Josh Hansen ready to go, I can’t see Eli gaining enough points on those two to make it to the end. Sorry about that tenth at A1 Eli, it’s a real bummer.
Swizcore- Wow, that was some Kenny Watson quality posturing for a future backpedal and retort when Eli Tomac does indeed win the West title.
Eli Tomac is a different cat than the young guns we’ve seen come into the pro ranks of late. One of his biggest assets is being able to maintain as much normalcy as he can while moving to California- continuing to live with his parents. Now I don’t know how they roll (mmm butter, ching!) up in Canuckia but around the states, as we’ve seen time and time again, especially in moto, when little Johnny Treadhead vacates the family nest, focus and good decision making skills get a little blurry. By bringing Mom and Pop along as his roomies, Eli maintains his program and the sense of comfort and focus which yielded his impressive entrance into Pro racing.
Let’s not forget the ability he has shown to learn at a fast pace from both his mistakes as well as his triumphs week in and week out. Sure he started out slow but there’s just something about this guy that makes me think we’re destined to see something A1 made seem like an impossibility.
Matthes- Ok Swizcore, so the dude is going to win the west coast because his biggest asset is, according to you, the fact that he lives with his mom and dad? Wow, that’s a solid theory for sure. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Swizcore the man that can, apparently, take copious amounts of drugs and still type.
Tomac is certainly destined to be one of the good ones but he’s going up against a veteran of over 50 250F starts in Josh Hansen, a guy who’s in his fourth or fifth year in the class (Broc Tickle) and the guy right behind him in the points is the career leader in Lites races (Ryan Morais). In short, he’s surrounded by experience and savvy. Plus add in one fact that for sure, without a doubt, we’re going to see a mud race and with that probably a great finish by your lover Tickle and things look bleak for Tomac.
I also think that Kenny Rocz is going to be on the box a few times, he’ll step it up and Morais is finally healing up and practicing during the week. In seven weeks, we’ll start this whole thing again and it will be a whole new ballgame.
And it’s one that won’t see Eli on top unfortunately.
Swizcore-Yup, call me old fashioned or sentimental or, sure you can say I’m coked out of my gourd; but I believe the fact that Eli maintaining the structure he’s been comfortable with his whole life holds more importance than it gets credit for. Don’t get it twisted, I’m not implying it alone can account for a title but it is a major piece of that puzzle.
You know as well as anyone, racers at this level are head cases. We’ve heard it a million times, one little piece of their routine skips a beat and they are mentally defeated. From one seemingly
inconsequential program hiccup, cracks in the foundation and it’s curtains from there.
Eli has lessened the possibility of a detrimental shock to his program by following a tried and true rule- if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
I’ll bite on your stink bait. Following the west coast break we’ll see a still less than 100% Hanny, a BT20 who has been playing it smart instead of aggressive and that new number hasn’t brought Mo the luck many, including myself were hoping it would. All the while Eli is improving weekly, coming off a win and yes, hanging with Mom and Dad.