Monster Energy/Yamaha Star Racing confirmed today that Eli Tomac will sit out the final round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross this weekend in Salt Lake City due to a knee injury sustained in his heat race at round 14 in Atlanta.
Despite the injury, Tomac wrapped up his second career Supercross title last weekend at his home race in Denver.
Tomac was on the PulpMX Show on Monday and talked about the injury.
“So, I have a damaged MCL,” he said. “Nothing else is damaged or torn on the MRI, but my MCL is torn. I guess it’s the only thing in your knee that can heal itself so now I’ve gotta take the time and heal it and hopefully not tweak it again. But for now, it is getting better every day.
“Actually, the hardest thing to do is squeeze a bike because that’s the inside of your knee so that’s the point of contact and that’s the part that gets a little irritated. You know, I’m okay like in practice, then like I’m decent for a few laps but where it has been getting me is basically at the halfway mark in the main, and that’s exactly where I have been getting spit out the back. I mean you saw that in Boston and in Denver where I’m just kinda riding around. And it’s kinda effected the way I weight the bike too in the turns. So I’m hoping I can gain that strength back and that’s all I can do at this point. And looking to the future, I think I will be okay for outdoors to go ahead with it. As long as I don’t piss it off.”
Tomac will now turn his focus to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.
Jeremy Coker – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 450 Team Manager
“Obviously, with the title in the bag, it made the most sense for Eli to rest up and get back to feeling 100% for the outdoor season. It’s been an incredible year, and we look forward to celebrating this weekend with the fans.”
Eli Tomac – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
“Winning the championship at my home race was pretty amazing. I’d love to be on track this weekend, but we need to focus on rehabbing my knee and getting back to 100% for the outdoors. I’m looking forward to being in Salt Lake this weekend and celebrating our championship with the fans.”
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