Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Eli Tomac took the runner up place in the challenging conditions at saturday’s final stop at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Tomac had another good qualifying effort, coming just shy of fastest qualifier honors. He finished third in his heat race, and then got a good start in the main event and quickly made his way to second.

On the heels of his championship rival, the duo separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Tomac made a move to the front, but the competition countered. He kept pushing but lost a little time with a mistake in the whoops and went on to secure the runner-up finish to expand his lead in the championship to twelve points over second.

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“It was another good podium for us.” Said Eli. “It wasn’t a win, but I fought as hard as I could. I tried to take the lead early in the race and made a quick move on Jason (Anderson) for one jump, but he was able to get back right underneath me right away.”

“I was really strong in the whoops the first half of the race, and then I made one mistake and lost a little bit of my edge. That’s where I felt like I lost the ground tonight the whoops because it was my advantage. At the same time, once I made that mistake, I was like, ‘alright, maybe I need to back it down, too, and just stay consistent.’ It was a solid night on points, and I’m looking forward to going east.”