Foothill Ranch, CA (April 2, 2017) – Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac rode his KX450F to a fifth consecutive Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship win in St. Louis, Missouri. Tomac began the day inside The Dome at America’s Center with the fastest time in qualifying aboard his No. 3 KX450F. As the gate dropped on the 450SX Class Main Event Tomac rounded the first turn in second place with teammate Josh Grant in sixth. By the third turn, Tomac had pushed his Kawasaki to the front of the pack and began distancing himself from the field. While Tomac set the pace at the front, Grant battled throughout the main, racing into fifth place with just under two minutes remaining, where he would remain until the checkers. At the checkered flag Tomac earned his fifth consecutive victory, the first to repeat this accomplishment since Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto in 2013
“Today surprisingly wasn’t my best,” said Tomac. “The results don’t necessarily show it but I didn’t feel great most of the day. It’s all about not giving up though and we got it done in the main, where it really counts. I figured out my start, made an early pass and then just pushed until the end. It’s a great feeling.”
“I’m really happy with our results tonight,” said Grant. “I had a great start in the main, rode well and had some good battles. To walk away with a top five is definitely a step in the right direction and where I feel I belong. I’m looking forward to building off this momentum next week.”
Joey Savatgy of the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team carried the championship points leader red number plate into the seventh round of the 250SX East Region Championship. Savatgy put the field on notice by setting the fastest qualifying time and winning Heat Race 2. Teammate Adam Cianciarulo punched his ticket for the 250SX Class Main Event with a third place in the second heat. As the Main Event began, Savatgy rounded Turn 1 in third with Cianciarulo in seventh place. By Turn 2 Savatgy had raced the No. 17 KX™250F into the lead while Cianciarulo pushed his way into fourth before the end of the first lap. With just over eight minutes remaining Savatgy made a mistake, relegating him to second place, where he would pressure the leader until the checkers, while teammate Cianciarulo crossed the line in sixth.
“We rode well tonight,” said Savatgy. “We executed off the start, put ourselves in a good position and started to pull away. I can’t really explain the mistakes right now, I’m pretty frustrated with the little mistakes but at the same time the bike is great, we’ve got the points lead and I’m happy with the current situation. We will put in the work during the break and come out swinging when we come back.”