In horrible conditions, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac has claimed the overall victory at round five of the AMA Supercross Championship.
All riders were limited to just one qualifying session on the day due to the nasty weather conditions, Tomac was able to qualify fastest heading into the night program. In Heat 2, Tomac quickly maneuvered his way to the front to capture the heat race win. With the muddy track drastically changing, Tomac used his gate pick wisely for the main event, where he was able to tuck inside on the first corner for a second place start. He would quickly make a pass into first place, and ride a smart and consistent race, leading every lap, and building a gap as high at 20 seconds to win the main event. Tomac leaves San Diego with the red number plate as the new 450SX points leader and a four-point gap over second place. San Diego Supercross would prove to be an extremely positive night for Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy as adversity was thrown at the rookie from every direction, and he handled it like a seasoned veteran. Savatgy jumped out to a great start in the 450SX Main Event aboard his KX™450, but a first lap crash would see him buried at the end of Lap 1. Savatgy put his head down, passing his competitors one by one, and was able to cross the finish line seventh place overall.
“Man, what can I say? Today was just insane with the weather conditions and the sloppy mud. For me, today was one of those days where I just felt on all day long. I had a few hectic moments in the main event, but we survived the mud, got our job done, and now we are leaving with the red plate which feels good. I am looking forward to racing back underneath a dome next week on a dry track in Minneapolis.” – Eli Tomac
Tomac’s overall victory now hands him the red plate as the Championship leader.
450 SX MAIN RESULTS – ROUND 5 MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS
1. Eli Tomac
2. Marvin Musquin
3. Ken Roczen
4. Justin Bogle
5. Chad Reed
6. Aaron Plessinger
7. Joey Savatgy
8 . Cooper Webb
9. Blake Baggett
10. Tyler Bowers