Foothill Ranch, CA (January 15, 2017) – Round 2 of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship kicked off with a military appreciation celebration at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Eli Tomac and Josh Grant prepared to race aboard their KX™450F motorcycles adorned in special camouflage graphics in support of the military. Tomac started off the night finishing second in 450 Heat 1 while Grant transferred to the Main Event finishing second in 450 Semi 1. As the gate fell for the 450 main Tomac rounded Turn 1 in fifth with Grant in 15th. Tomac fell back to eighth but immediately raced back up to fifth within the first thee minutes. At the halfway mark Tomac passed for fourth with Grant racing towards the top ten in 11th. As the race ran on, Tomac dropped back to sixth where he would remain until the checkers, with teammate Grant finishing 11th.
“The day started off well,” said Tomac. “I had a great start in Heat 1 and lead for the majority of the race. My jump out of the gate in the main was great but I let off early and came around Turn 1 inside the top 10. I quickly made my way into the top five but just hit a wall around the halfway mark and lost my momentum. Overall we learned a lot tonight and it’s only the second race, lots more to come.”
“The weekend isn’t exactly what we wanted, but there are still a lot of positives to take out of it,” said Grant. “I went down in the first heat but bounced back with a solid second in my semi. In the Main Event I started 15th and worked hard to get up to 11th, which is really all the track would allow for. It was really difficult for anyone to make up a ton of time on this track.”