MOTOCROSSTIME - NEWS FROM MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
Fresh off of winning the 450MX AMA Pro Motocross Championship, Monster Energy® Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac persisted through heat, humidity and a rough track to finish 1-3 for second overall at Round 17 of the Monster Energy FIM World Motocross Championship. In three career MXGP starts, Tomac has won five of six MXGP motos.
After finishing 12th during Saturday’s qualifying race, Tomac knew he had to turn it around on Sunday. As the gate fell on MXGP Moto 1, it was the No. 3 KX™450F leading the field around Turn 1 as Tomac who quickly grabbed the lead. As the laps went on and the temperature rose, Tomac only got faster, setting a pace no one could match. Tomac went on to win MXGP Moto 1 by 28 seconds and captured his fifth straight MXGP moto victory.
Moto 2 saw Tomac briefly start back in fifth place and quickly move into third place on Lap 2. Tomac would attempt to catch the leaders, but with the track conditions deteriorating and the Florida heat hitting all time highs, he settled into third place until the checkered flag flew. Tomac finished 1-3 for second overall.
“It was a good day,” said Tomac. “I got a great start in Moto 1, found my groove early and settled into a nice pace. In Moto 2, I got off to another great start but just didn’t have it in me to run the pace of the leaders. I’m just happy to leave here healthy. We’ve had such a successful year and I’m looking forward to even more in 2018.”
With the motocross season coming to an end, Tomac looks forward to a well-deserved break from racing. Next on the schedule for the Monster Energy Kawasaki team is the Monster Energy Cup on October 14th at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Eli Tomac will look to defend his 2016 Monster Energy Cup championship and add another win to his impressive 2017 resume.
In the MX2 class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Justin Hill rode consistently after starting outside the top 20 to finish 18th in Moto 1. Hill was on his way to another top-20 finish before getting disqualified on Lap 8 for riding off course. Hill went on to finish 22nd overall. Teammate Adam Cianciarulo, was unable to compete after tweaking his knee during Saturday practice.
“It was a tough day for us,” said Hill. “I felt great at the start of both races, but the heat quickly got to me and effected my riding. I’m glad to finish the season and begin working towards supercross.”
Source : Monster Energy Kawasaki