DENVER SUPERCROSS HIGHLIGHTS: TOMAC CLINCHES AS ANDERSON FORCES A PACE THAT ELI CHOSE NOT TO MATCH
Eli’s curse of building an enormous points lead over his competition is that when he finally got to race in front of his loyal Colorado fans at round 16 of the 17-round 2022 AMA 450 Supercross Championship, he wasn’t free to show them what got him all of those points in the 15 previous rounds. Instead, Eli had to watch Jason Anderson ride off into the the bright Denver sunshine with the victory that would have been the icing on Tomac’s home town hero dreams. It’s not like Tomac didn’t try, as he got to the lead early and could have put the hammer down, but when Jason Anderson, paradoxically on the Kawasaki KX450 that Eli left to join Star Yamaha, suddenly blasted up to him. Eli chose discretion over bravery. In was, without a doubt, the worst racetrack, not just of the 2022 AMA Supercross series, but of almost every local racetrack in America, Eli added up the points lead that he had on Jason and realized that he could win the Championship without risking crashing, by going into granny mode. It worked—which is why he clinched the 2022 AMA 450 Supercross Championship with one round to go (Salt Lake City).