American Eli Tomac rides in the US 250cc class for the Geico Powersports Honda factory racing team. He shot to prominence at aged 17 when he became the first rider ever to win a pro motocross debut, the 2010 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season opener at Hangtown. During his rookie season, he went on to earn ten top 10 finishes in 12 starts.
Since that debut win, Eli’s progress has been impressive. In 2012 he captured his first Supercross championship, winning five out of nine races in the 250SX West Region and only once finishing outside the top four. The same year, he won four times in motocross, and finished third in points behind Blake Baggett and GEICO Honda teammate Justin Barcia. In 2013 he was named AMA 250 National Motocross Champion.
Eli, who lives in Cortez, Colorado, is the son of road racing and mountain biking legend John Tomac, and was destined to ride bikes from a young age. He was taken out on trail rides before getting his first bike at the age of four, and he went on to compete in his first race in Mancos, Colorado on a PW50 at the age of just five.
Now 20, Eli has already become one of the fastest riders in motocross. His future in the sport looks bright, and he gives a lot of the credit to his team. “The GEICO team is an awesome team,” he says. “We all get along well. It’s like one big family. Everyone’s comfortable with everyone else, so it helps the chemistry.”
- Age: 21
- Height: 1.75m
- Weight: 68kg
- Nationality: USA