Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship returned for Round 13 and the third round at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah with drastic changes, including sloppy track conditions after heavy rains fell and the temperature dropped 40 degrees from Round 12 on Wednesday night. Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac accepted the challenge as he captured his seventh 450SX win of the season and further extending his points lead to 26.
Due to the rainy weather conditions, only one qualifying session for each class was held, with Tomac claiming pole position as the only rider to break into the 57-second mark in the 450SX class.
Tomac lined up for Heat 2 and right out of the gate found himself mid-pack in 10th. Wasting no time, Tomac put his KX™450 to work as he began manoeuvring around his competitors and making his way to third with two laps remaining, where he would go on to finish.
As the gate dropped on the 450SX Main Event, Tomac launched out past the wet start straight and rounded the first lap in third place. For the first half of the race, the points leader carefully scouted for new lines in the technical track conditions, stalking the leader.
Around halfway, Tomac made his move into the lead but just as he looked to be in the clear, he got passed after getting held up by multiple lapped riders trying to manoeuvre their way through the slick track. Determined not to give up the win, Tomac began to play cat and mouse with the race leader, where the two riders kept an extraordinary pace in the treacherous conditions lapping contenders all the way up to fourth place. With only five laps remaining, Tomac took command of the lead by jumping a rhythm section that was deemed impossible in the conditions and held his position to grab the checkers.
Tomac’s seventh win of the season puts him sixth on the all-time 450SX race wins list, tied with Ryan Dungey at 34 wins.
“We had a pretty great battle going, but I did not want to let the win go. I ended up getting a triple combo at the end of that rhythm, which was the real make or break moment for me. That was a great battle and a lot of fun. The track had some great character and it was just a great day for the Monster Energy Kawasaki team.”