to the rest of the bike to make sure he feels good. He’s
looking for a lot of bottom-end power for Supercross. We
focus a lot on having a direct connection between turning the throttle and getting power to the rear wheel.
WHY IS ELI RACING WITH KAYABA
SUSPENSION? Eli rode Kayaba suspension on the
Honda last year and found comfort with it. We wanted
to bring KYB with us so that we could be a step ahead
when Eli got on the Kawasaki. That way he knows the
feeling of it. We were able to bring our suspension technician with us, and it made things easier for our transition.
IS TOMAC HARD ON PARTS? As fast as Eli rides,
he’s actually pretty easy on the equipment. A lot of
guys peel graphics off the bike and ruin plastics, but he
doesn’t do that. If I had to choose one thing he’s hard on,
it would have to be the brakes. He carries so much speed
into corners that he gets heavy on the brakes. Eli will
also go through a clutch here or there, depending on the
HOW MUCH HAS ELI CHANGED SINCE YOU
STARTED WORKING FOR HIM SIX YEARS AGO?
Eli and I are very comfortable together, and it has always
been that way. The biggest change I have seen is how
he has matured over the years. He was a kid when I
started working with him, and now he’s a man. Initially,
he was very shy and didn’t like talking. Now he knows
what he wants on a motorcycle and will speak his mind
when he needs to.
MECHANICS TO THE STARS