Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Tops Toronto
March 4, 2017 | Rogers Centre | Toronto
Foothill Ranch, CA (March 5, 2017) - Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac topped Toronto with the fastest time in qualifying, a heat race win and a flawless 450SX Class Main Event win at Round 9 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. Teammate Josh Grant qualified for the main with a third in Semi Race 2. In the Main Event, Tomac exited Turn 1 in third with Grant in 15th. Within moments the No. 3 KX™450F of Tomac was out front and began to distance himself from the field. Grant began racing his way towards the front and with nine minutes remaining had raced into 10th place while Tomac had opened up a gap of over 10 seconds on the field. By the time the checkers flew, Tomac claimed his fourth win of the 2017 season with a nearly 15 second margin of victory while Grant crossed the line in 11th.
"Tonight was great," said Tomac. "Obviously this is the result we want and the points we need. I felt really strong in the race, I'd look back here and there to see if I needed to pick up the pace or stay consistent and to have that control is a great feeling. The track was, once again, really tough and I'm really happy to come away with the win."
"Tonight was intense," said Grant. "The track really broke down throughout the main, so it was important to try and stay as consistent lap by lap. I had some ups and downs tonight but I moved forward from where I started in the Main Event and I'll take that and build off it for the next one."
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo arrived in The Great White North for Round 3 of the 250SX East Region Championship in Toronto, Ontario. As the 250SX Class Main Event gate fell Savatgy rounded Turn 1 in second place with Cianciarulo in fourth. The No. 17 KX™250F of Savatgy swapped positions with the leader multiple times on the first few laps until taking the position followed quickly by Cianciarulo racing into third place. With eight minutes remaining a small mistake by Savatgy relegated him to second place with Cianciarulo one spot behind. As the clock ran down to zero Savatgy came up short in a rhythm section and went down, with Cianciarulo moving into the runner-up spot, where he would remain until taking the checkered flag. Savatgy rejoined the race in fifth place and crossed the line in sixth.
"We need to eliminate mistakes," said Savatgy. "It's a bit frustrating to put in all the work during the week, prepare correctly and then have an issue in the race. It's little stuff, so it can be fixed, we just need to get it done. Now I'm just looking forward to getting some redemption."
"The podium feels good," said Cianciarulo. "I've had almost three years off the supercross track and I've been focused on getting my strength and speed back, and it's starting to show. I don’t feel as if my riding was where it needs to be just yet, but this is the first step and I'm happy with it."