News 5 Sep 2016

Local hero Tomac dominant in MXGP of the Americas

A perfect day for the factory Monster Energy Kawasaki MXGP class guest.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

It was a perfect day for Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac at the MXGP of the Americas at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for round 17 of the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship.

Amongst a field of strong MXGP contenders, the local favourite qualified in pole position before putting together two dominant moto victories, which included an impressive winning margin of 22 seconds over second place in moto one.

Tomac enjoyed the all-new hybrid circuit and took on the challenge of unfamiliar contenders head first on his way to a career-first MXGP overall win.

“It was an awesome day,” said Tomac. “Already in practice I got some clean laps in, and did what I needed to in both motos. The race track was a kind of mixture between motocross and the Monster Cup, and it was a different challenge to be racing the guys I normally only see once a year at the Motocross of Nations.”

Although dominant, the Colorado native admits the Charlotte Motor Speedway circuit conditions were tough with afternoon sun and night racing conditions all part of the race day action.

“Conditions weren’t easy in either race,” he added. “We had the sun in our eyes in the first race and it was tough to see the ruts under the floodlights in race two. I almost tipped over on two laps in race two; it was a tough track to stay on.”

Tomac will now shoot for his second MXGP victory as the series heads to Glen Helen for the Monster Energy MXGP of USA on 11 September.