After a massive crash at last year’s Motocross of Nations, Team USA’s Eli Tomac is out to prove he can keep his GEICO Honda on two wheels in Latvia.
Once it was determined that the United States would field a team at the 2014 Monster Energy Motocross of Nations in Kegums, Latvia, the hottest topic of discussion was which rider would be appointed the Open class spot. For many, the two most obvious choices were between Eli Tomac and Trey Canard, former MXON competitors that would both be capable of carrying the team should the need arise. The decision to put Tomac on the team came as no real surprise, as the GEICO Honda rider claimed a number of race wins through the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and climbed back to fifth in the final standings in spite of missing the early portion of the season with injury.
We’ve spoken with Tomac a number of times since his return to the team was announced, and it’s apparent that he is eager to make up for last year’s loss. He is quick to jokingly bring up the massive crash that he suffered while battling with Ken Roczen, and feels that his second run at the Chamberlain Trophy should be much smoother.