Tomac earns third victory with dominant performance in Minneapolis
Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac proved to be unstoppable Saturday night in Minneapolis, leading 24 laps en route to his third victory of the season.
Tomac rocketed out to a good start in the 450SX Main Event, only trailing KTM rider Davi Millsaps. He would use the opening two laps to track down Millsaps before making the pass stick. Ryan Dungey then made quick work of Millsaps for second.
This set up what appeared to be a Tomac vs. Dungey battle for the win, but it would never amount to anything as Dungey struggled with lapped riders throughout the 26-lap feature.
"That was a really tough race tonight. The track had a lot of crazy lines and was really tough. I felt like we did a lot of laps," said Tomac. "I'm glad to get back on our feet after last week [finishing 15th] and get back to where we were the weeks before that. This was the toughest race of the season so far."
Meanwhile, Arlington winner Marvin Musquin was putting down consistent laps and managed to catch his teammate. An aggressive move late in the race then moved Musquin into the runner-up position and dropped Dungey to third. The podium remained unchanged following Musquin's pass.
Jason Anderson finished behind his training partners in fourth with Cole Seely rounding out the top five.
Minneapolis proved to be a rough go for many of the factory riders, most notably the Yamaha duo of Chad Reed and Cooper Webb. A pair of crashes in the main relegated Reed to 16th while teammate Webb did not start following a heat race crash.
In the first Eastern Regional 250SX race of the season, it was Joey Savatgy picking up the win for Pro Circuit Kawasaki.
Savatgy hunted down TLD KTM's Jordon Smith and made the pass for the lead just before the halfway mark. He then led the final 10 laps to kickstart his 250SX championship bid with a win.
"I was able to start closing in on Jordon, and would have liked to make the pass [clean] to keep my flow going. But, we made pass and make it work from there," said Savatgy. "It wasn't a pretty Main Event by any means, so we still have work to do. It's good to start the season like this. I didn't ride my best, but we still got the win."
Zach Osborne rebounded from a treacherous start to join Savatgy and Smith on the podium.
The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross season continues next Saturday, February 25, with the eighth round from Atlanta's Georgia Dome. The championship's final visit to the famed venue will signify the inaugural MotoFest, featuring the first-ever doubleheader alongside AMSOIL Arenacross. Supercross can be seen live on FS1 beginning at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET.
1. Eli Tomac
2. Marvin Musquin
3. Ryan Dungey
4. Jason Anderson
5. Cole Seely
6. Davi Millsaps
7. Broc Tickle
8. Trey Canard
9. Blake Baggett
10. Mike Alessi
1. Joey Savatgy
2. Jordon Smith
3. Zach Osborne
4. RJ Hampshire
5. Adam Cianciarulo
6. Dylan Ferrandis
7. Anthony Rodriguez
8. Luke Renzland
9. Kyle Peters
10. Colt Nichols