News 24 Apr 2017

Tomac strikes again for ninth win in Salt Lake City

Hill clinches Western Regional 250SX title with a round to spare.

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Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac has taken control of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, points-lead following a come from behind win in Salt Lake City.

Tomac, who passed nine riders and overcame Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey late to capture his ninth 450SX Class win of the season and assume sole possession of the championship lead.

While Tomac starred and Dungey’s runner-up sees them separated by just three points with two rounds remaining, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson finished third.

The showdown between the championship’s co-leaders brought the crowd to its feet. On lap 17 Tomac used extra momentum to dive inside Dungey in a corner, drawing slight contact between the two. On the following lap Tomac’s quicker line through the whoops positioned him to make another inside pass on Dungey, which stuck.

Once in the lead Tomac never looked back, leaving Dungey in his wake. The Kawasaki rider led the final nine laps of the Main Event to take the win by 6.3 seconds over Dungey.

In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath took his third victory of the season, but it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill who celebrated clinching the championship.

McElrath won from teammate Mitchell Oldenburg in a KTM 1-2, however it was third position for Hill that enabled him to secure the number one plate with a round to spare – Pro Circuit’s remarkable 20th title victory.

Of the Australians this weekend, Chad Reed rode his factory Yamaha to sixth in the main event, while in 250SX Dan Reardon (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) was seventh and Hayden Mellross (51FIFTY Yamaha) finished directly behind him in eighth.

The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross season will continue this Saturday, 29 April, for the 16th and penultimate round of the championship in East Rutherford, New Jersey.