Eli Tomac has a chance for a rather rare result for the Yamaha factory Supercross team when the AMA dirt bike series makes its third and final appearance of the season Saturday night at Angel Stadium.
If he wins the main event in Anaheim, Tomac would become the first Yamaha rider to win three races in a row since James Stewart finished first in rounds two through eight in his title-winning season in 2009.
What would make this result even more impressive for Tomac is that it would only be his sixth race aboard his new YZ450F.
Tomac has been simply dominant in the last two events. When the series last took place in Anaheim two weeks ago, he won both his qualifying race and the main event. And last weekend in Glendale, Ariz., he won two of three motos in the three-crown race to claim the overall title at State Farm Stadium, giving him an 11-point lead in the rider standings over Chase Sexton. .
Tomac hasn’t finished worse than second in his last three starts, and the last time he was at Angel Stadium he had the fastest race lap.
Sexton is doing his best to keep the championship battle close. He won the final round last weekend in Glendale, Arizona, preventing Tomac from completing the sweep. Sexton placed third overall in the triple crown event, his sixth podium finish in 16 career starts.
When the series last visited Anaheim, Sexton was only a point behind rival Yamaha, and seven points separated first place from eighth, where Malcolm Stewart sat.
But after posting a career-best result last weekend, finishing second overall, the factory Husqvarna rider is in fourth place in the championship race. However, he is now 18 points behind Tomac. A victory on Saturday night, however, is worth 26 points and could predict who will be the champion.
This is the 14th time the series has held a third race at Anaheim, and nine times the runner who won the Angel Stadium final has won the No. 1 plate. Ryan Dungey was the last to do so in 2015 .