Colorado’s Eli Tomac wins AMA national motocross championship

Eli Tomac, the rising AMA star from Cortez, won the 450 class title of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series Saturday in Crawfordsville, Ind. In the 12th and final race of the year, Tomac finished fifth and sixth in the two motos at the Christi Hubler Chevrolet Ironman National.

The 2013 champion in the 250 class, Tomac is just the 11th rider to win both titles in North America’s premier outdoor series. He entered Saturday needing 22 points to clinch the 450 title.

“We went out there and did what we needed to do,” Tomac, 24, told reporters. “This has been a long time coming and it feels amazing to finally accomplish it.”

Tomac’s career was sidetracked in 2015 at his home-state track, the Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Lakewood. He violently crashed while leading by 25 seconds in the second moto that day, and later required season-ending surgeries on both shoulders. He had won the first five motos of the 2015 season before that crash.

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