The GEICO Honda team has just announced that Eli Tomac will be sidelined for the rest of the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. A pair of shoulder injuires suffered in a second-moto crash while leading the Thunder Valley National on Saturday will each likely require surgery, and end his season. This is certainly a shocking and quick end to what started as an incredible summer for Eli.
As we reported earlier today, Tomac dislocated his right shoulder in the crash, but damage to the left shoulder was actually more extensive, with a complete rotator cuff tear. Get well soon, Eli.
The GEICO Honda PR is below:
GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac out for the season
CORONA. Calif. (June 2) -- 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.