Foothill Ranch, CA (April 30, 2017) – Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac entered the final round of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross an FIM World Championship just nine points out of the championship lead.
As the gate fell for the final 450SX Main Event of the year, Tomac came around turn one in fourth with teammate Josh Grant in eighth place. Tomac wasted no time moving to the front, as he quickly put his KX450F up into the lead before the end of Lap Two. The action was just starting as Tomac and the current points leader traded paint several times throughout the 20-lap Main Event. On the final lap, Tomac made an aggressive pass that resulted in him surrendering the lead to finish second place, narrowly edging out Grant who claimed his first podium of the season in third. Tomac’s relentless effort guided him to second overall in the 2017 450SX Championship standings, while Grant finished a respectable 10th.
“We left it all out on the track tonight,” said Tomac. “Obviously, tonight didn’t go our way, but we did everything we could and held nothing back. Overall, 2017 was a really good year with nine wins. I think the team and I made a lot of progress this year and it showed. I can’t wait to start outdoors.”
“Heck ya!” said Grant. “What a night. I did everything I could tonight to help my teammate win, but it just wasn’t in the cards. I rode the best I have all year tonight and throughout the entire day, down to the checkered flag. Let’s keep this rolling into outdoors.”
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki came into Round 17 with the Western Regional Championship already wrapped up and only one point down in the Eastern Regional Championship. Fans were on their feet when the gate dropped on the 250SX Main Event and the fastest 250SX class racers from both coasts came together for the first time this season. Adam Cianciarulo captured the holeshot, while Joey Savatgy sat in second and Hill fourth. Unfortunately, Savatgy crashed at the start of Lap Two and remounted his Kawasaki in seventh place. There was no stopping the No. 36 machine of Cianciarulo Saturday night as he led wire-to-wire for his second victory of the season with a five margin victory over Hill. Savatgy finished 14th after a last lap collision while battling for the championship. Austin Forkner raced his KX250F to a 12th place finish after being involved in a first corner crash.
Cianciarulo finished second in the 250SX Eastern Regional Championship standings, while Savatgy finished third. Forkner finished an impressive sixth place overall in his rookie supercross year.
“Another fun night in the books,” said Hill. “Today was pretty relaxed for me. It was nice to already have the championship wrapped up and just enjoy riding my dirt bike. Looking forward to what the future holds next for me.”
“I felt good going into the main, “ said Savatgy. “I thought I could win before the track reached up and took me down. I don’t think I re-entered in the wrong place but after the officials’ decision I know what I have to do in Las Vegas.”
“Not the night we were hoping for,” said Forkner. “After getting caught up in the first corner crash, all I needed to do was salvage as many points as possible. Overall it was an alright night, but I’m happy to finish my rookie Supercross year strong and inside the top-10.”
“It’s unfortunate I keep making these mistakes,” said Savatgy. “We learned a lot this year and I’m looking forward to moving on and rebounding from this season.”