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Yamaha Signing: Eli Tomac

Hardly surprising, but Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha just announced that they have secured Eli Tomac’s services for 2022 Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. Tomac is set to race a Yamaha for the first time, after six years with Monster Energy Kawasaki and six years with GEICO Honda. 2023 is not talked about in the official communication below, but it is thought there is an option for another year of racing.

Press Release

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing is pleased to announce the addition of Eli Tomac to the team for the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross seasons. The multi-time champion completes a powerhouse line-up, joining the newly crowned 2021 Pro Motocross champion Dylan Ferrandis. After campaigning for a supercross title in the 250SX class, Christian Craig will join the duo for the outdoor season aboard the Yamaha YZ450F.

Tomac brings with him a wealth of experience and is a proven championship contender. In addition to his three consecutive Pro Motocross 450MX titles from 2017 to 2019, he added the coveted 450SX championship to his resume in 2020. The Coloradan has amassed an impressive number of victories and is the winningest rider currently active in both premier class championships.

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The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 450 team is fresh off of a great debut in the premier class. After a solid start in Monster Energy Supercross with all three riders earning their first 450SX podium and finishing comfortably inside the top ten in the standings, the team had a stellar Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season. In addition to Ferrandis securing the title a weekend early, Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A. earned ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ honors. The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team was named ‘Team of the Year’ too. The series also awarded Jeremy Coker ‘Team Manager of the Year’ and the ‘450 Mechanic of the Year’ went to Ferrandis’ mechanic, Alex Campbell.

Jeremy Coker: “We are really happy to have Eli on board next season. He is a proven championship contender and an incredible athlete. Together with Dylan and then Christian joining us for the outdoor season, we have a great line-up and look to be fighting up front for the number-one plate in both championships. This year was a great first year in the premier class for the team and an absolutely incredible Pro Motocross season. We look to build on that and are really excited for the 2022 season.”

Eli Tomac: “I’m really excited about this next chapter of my racing career with the Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha team. With the recent success of the team, motorcycle, and crew members in place, I know we will be ready for the challenge of winning races. January cannot come soon enough!”

Words: Press Release | Lead Image: Yamaha Racing

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