The official Geico press release: Superstar motocross rider Eli Tomac will miss the rest of the outdoor season following a hard crash Saturday at the Thunder Valley National in Denver that injured both of his shoulders. The Geico Honda rider had won the first five 450cc class motos of the season and was leading the second race in Denver when he went down on his own in a difficult section of the track.
“Eli was understandably upset when we were talking a little while ago,” team co-owner Jeff Majkrzak said. “Obviously, after the start he’s had, we were all hoping for a championship run. Injuries are an unfortunate part of this sport, and this one is very tough for all of us.” Majkrzak reports that Tomac’s left shoulder has suffered a 100 percent tear of the rotator cuff, requiring immediate surgery. His right shoulder, which was dislocated in the crash and later put back into place by the Asterisk medical team, will most likely need surgery as well.
To date, Tomac has won two championships, the Supercross 250cc West title in 2012 and the 250cc Motocross title in 2013. He has also been runner-up to three championships, the 2011 and 2013 Supercross 250cc West titles and the 2015 450cc Supercross title. He has also collected 12 overall MX trophies on a 250 and three more on a 450. In Supercross, Tomac has won 11 races on a 250 and three more on a 450.