News 6 Mar 2017

Tomac continues to pressure Dungey with Toronto win

Osborne extends East Coast 250SX points lead in Canada.

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It was Eli Tomac who returned to the top step of the 450SX podium in dominant fashion at the Toronto round of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship over the weekend.

In a perfect round performance, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider topped the qualifying charts, lead his heat race from start to finish and then went on to win his fourth main event of the 2017 season over 14 seconds ahead of his closest competitor.

Tomac made his way past early race leader Blake Baggett on the opening lap before pulling a substantial lead over the remainder of the field as defending champion and series leader Ryan Dungey found himself buried in the field.

The Red Bull KTM rider would put on an impressive charge through the pack to claim the runner-up position as the chequered flag flew ahead of RCH Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Broc Tickle who made his way onto the 450SX podium for the first time in his career.

Australia’s Chad Reed was just outside of the the top three in fourth position aboard his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha followed by early leader Baggett who fell on lap four.

With his most recent victory Tomac now moves into second place on the championship ladder 24 points behind Dungey who continues to control the points chase. Frenchman Marvin Musquin now sits third with Cole Seely and Jason Anderson rounding out the top five.

In the East Coast 250SX category it was Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne who carried the momentum into Toronto following a career-first main event victory last weekend.

After following early leader Dylan Ferrandis and title rival Joey Savatgy during the opening laps of the race, Osborne made his way into the leader after mistakes from both riders.

The 250SX veteran quickly began to stretch out a substantial lead over former points leader Savatgy and continued to do so until the final lap where he crossed the line over nine seconds head of eventual runner-up Adam Cianciarulo.

While running in second position, Savatgy found himself on the ground on lap 14 allowing teammate Cianciarulo to move up the rankings and GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig also took advantage of a mistake from Colt Nichols to claim his first podium of the season in third.

With Nichols holding onto fourth position, it was Savatgy who rounded out the top five and lost valuable championship points to Osborne in the process.

The factory Husqvarna rider now leads the standings by 12 points over Savatgy with Jordon Smith a further six points back in third position followed by Cianciarulo and Nichols to round out the top five.

The 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship will now head to Daytona International Speedway for round 10 of the 17-round series on 11 March.