Reigning Monster Energy Supercross king Eli Tomac has vowed to ‘come out swinging’ at tomorrow’s second Houston race after a disappointing first race on Saturday.

The works Kawasaki rider got a hefty shuffle backwards from the start and then tangled with Vince Friese twice before crossing the line in 13th. He was close to being lapped by Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen.

“Man, the first race of the season is always an interesting one. To be honest, I had a really great offseason with my entire Kawasaki team, and have just been loving riding my KX450 lately, but today was just not my day,” said Tomac.

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“I had a good flow throughout the qualifying sessions today, but in the heat race and main event tonight I got decent starts but got shuffled back in the first turn. With the way the track broke down tonight it became very one-lined and difficult to make passes.

“The competition this year is deeper than ever and what we learned last year is that you have to be consistent every race to be in the hunt at the end. The good thing about this new schedule is that we get to line up again in a few days, so we will regroup and come out swinging on Tuesday.”

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