News 15 Oct 2018

Tomac dominates Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas

Kawasaki ace earns Monster Million as Australia's Reed podium's in race three.

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Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac has become the third rider to earn the Monster Million after dominating all three main events at Saturday’s Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas, USA.

The opening encounter saw Kawasaki-mounted Tomac charge to a convincing three-second victory over 2017 Monster Energy Cup champion Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), who edged out Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing).

The top five was completed by Justin Barcia (Monster Energy Yamaha) and Joey Savatgy (Monster Energy Kawasaki), as Australia’s Chad Reed (Autotrader Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing) wound up in ninth.

Race two was once again a Tomac show as he blitzed the field by four seconds on this occasion, beating home Barcia and Josh Grant (Kawasaki), as Malcolm Stewart (Team MCR Smartop Bullfrog Honda) and Anderson rounded out the first five. Reed challenged for the lead, although a costly stall saw him salvage 16th.

Tomac was forced to overcome teammate Savatgy in the final 10-lap affair, which was somewhat controversial as the number 17 appeared to make it easy on him, allowing the newly-crowned Pro Motocross champion to clinch victory and the million-dollar prize purse.

Savatgy was second followed by an impressive ride from Reed in third, while the top five consisted of Anderson and Vince Friese (Team MCR Smartop Bullfrog Honda). Overall on the podium it was Tomac ahead of Anderson and Savatgy, with Barcia being credited fourth despite equalling on points for third. Reed was granted eighth overall as former champion Ryan Villopoto was 13th after coming out of retirement.

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