Eli Tomac will ride with a bit more red next week after taking his third win of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season on Saturday in Tampa, FL at Raymond James Stadium and moving past Ken Roczen for the 450 class Championship points lead.
Tomac has felt the weight of the Red Plate in the past giving it up rather quickly but the three-time Motocross Champion, who has yet to end a season atop the standings in the premier Supercross class, seems to have a different air about him this year as time will only tell. Tomac has finished in the Top 4 six times this year along with four podiums. His win in Tampa was also the 30th of his career.
Defending Champion Cooper Webb followed his first win of the season the week prior with a second place to help tighten the Championship race further. Webb lost some ground on Tomac but inched closer to Ken Roczen who finished third for his fifth podium on the season. Roczen falls to second-place four points behind Tomac and only seven in front of Webb.
And a welcome back to Broc Tickle who raced for the first time in nearly two years after being railroaded, I mean, suspended by the FIM for testing positive with a banned substance. Tickle finished a respectable 12th place.
Round 7 was Round 1 for the 250 East class as Shane McElrath led all 19 laps to take a convincing opening round win. Defending 250 East Champion Chase Sexton wasn't too far behind in second and in a most welcome back to the track Jeremy Martin finished third. Martin endured a season ending crash during the 2018 Motocross season which resulted in multiple surgeries to get back on the bike again. He was sidelined during the 2019 Supercross and Motocross seasons.
Supercross heads to Texas for Round 8 on Saturday in Arlington. Until then, check out all the action from Tampa. Photos by Ryne Swanberg.