Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac has admitted he needs to work on his starts ahead of this weekend’s Orlando Supercross round.

The reigning champion again had to work his way through the pack after a bad gatedrop and then crashed when he hit the prone bike of Justin Barcia who had been in third but got tangled up with serial mobile chicane Vince Friese, eventually finishing seventh.

“I’m definitely a bit disappointed with how tonight went. I was feeling great on my KX450 and got a great start in my heat race, which helped me stay close to the leader for the entire race,” said Tomac.

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“In the main, I didn’t get the best jump and that hurt me. The field this year is stacked with talent and having to work my way from the middle of the pack up to third isn’t easy.

“It’s unfortunate to have a podium taken away from me because of someone else’s mistake, but with a good start I can avoid all that. I know what I need to work on this week to be fully prepared for the next round.”

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