Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Finishes On the Podium at Season Opener
January 5, 2019 | Angel Stadium | Anaheim, California
Monster Energy® Kawasaki came into the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season opener in Anaheim, California feeling strong and confident. Eli Tomac came out swinging, picking up where he left off from the Monster Energy Cup, showing great speed on his KX™450 and perseverance all night. Despite the unusual weather and muddy track conditions, Tomac started the season strong on the podium with a third-place finish.
After months of build-up to the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium, not even a rare California rainstorm could turn away thousands of racing fans from all the exciting live action of the opening night.
Joey Savatgy proved to be a strong contender in his 450SX debut after qualifying directly through his heat race. Savatgy showed true grit as he was caught up in a first turn crash but continued to fight for a 16th overall finish.
Tomac raced to a brilliant come from behind performance where he charged from mid-pack to finish third overall, marking Tomac’s career-best, season-opening finish.
#3 Eli Tomac
#17 Joey Savatgy
“There were tricky track conditions due to the unusual amount of rain for Anaheim, but I managed to stay in good enough condition to keep jumping most of the lanes and pushing forward. I remained patient and controlled my pace throughout the Main Event, and although we’re always shooting for the top spot, I’m happy to kick off the season on the podium. The team and I are already looking forward to Glendale, let's get this season rolling!” – Eli Tomac
“I’ve been working so hard this off-season and feel really comfortable on the bike, but the weather made quite the challenge for us. I had a tip over on the bike and some issues with my goggles in the rain, but I remained focused on finishing the race to my best ability. We have a long season ahead of us, I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike and continuing to grow and improve.” – Joey Savatgy