According to the team, Eli Tomac suffered a shoulder contusion (a bruise) last night at the opening round of Monster Energy Supercross.
Tomac jetted into the early lead on his Monster Energy Kawasaki and slowly began to distance himself from the field. He held the lead for the first seven laps of the 450 main event last night before crashing.
Tomac lost a few positions and then stopped on the track completely to fix his broken pants, which were nearly falling down. His bars were also bent. Most of all, though, his shoulder hurt.
After rolling around the track for a few laps, he eventually pulled off and went to the pits, his race was over. For the second year in a row, Tomac has the speed but will face a huge points deficit in the early season standings.
We'll provide an update as more information is known.
[Update: Friday, Jan. 12]
Jason Weigandt spoke with Eli Tomac's mechanic today in Houston and he said Eli rode yesterday (Thursday) and will be racing on Saturday.
[Update: Saturday, Jan. 13]
Eli Tomac, who entered the second round of the championship with a shoulder injury, pulled off early in both practice sessions this afternoon. We're still unsure of his status for tonight, but we will provide an update once we know.
Tomac riding off the track— Racer X (@racerxonline) January 13, 2018
Not sure on status for tonight but we’ve got to think it ain’t good— Racer X (@racerxonline) January 13, 2018
Eli Tomac will not race tonight due to a shoulder injury.
“As of now I’m out for the night and then we’ll be on a day by day basis to see if we can make it back for the next one,” Tomac said to Fox Sports’ Jenny Taft.