The Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, made its way back to the West Coast for Round 12 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. And after taking pole position in afternoon qualifying, Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac headed into the night show with the speed and confidence to be on the top of the podium.
Both Tomac and team-mate Josh Grant qualified out of the semi final races with Tomac finishing runner up in Semi 1 and Grant taking the win in Semi 2.
In the Main Event, Tomac and Grant would round turn one in 14th and 18th respectively. By the half-way point Tomac had raced his way into the top 10 and would eventually work his way up to a final seventh place.
Grant, who tangled with another rider early in the Main Event, carved his way through the pack and finished a hard earned 12th.
“We started off the weekend great after qualifying fastest in timed practice,” said Tomac. “My starts were what really hurt me tonight as both in my heat and in the Main Event I started outside the top-10. I know my speed is there which is a good feeling, we just need to keep working and moving forward for the next five rounds.”
“This weekend was good and I felt like I brought a different intensity,” said Grant. “I felt comfortable on the bike due to some changes made at the test track over the week and it paid off.
“I won Semi 2, which felt great, and I’m happy with the way I rode. In the Main Event I crossed bars with another rider and made a mistake before the first four laps were over. I came back to finish 12th and felt a lot more comfortable in the middle and later laps in the race. The track was very technical and difficult, so I’m happy that I was able to come from behind to finish where I did.”
450SX Class Results
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
- Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki
- Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
- Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
- Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda
- Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha
- Jake Weimer, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki
450SX Class Championship Standings
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 278
- Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki – 236
- Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna – 220
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 200
- Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM – 182
- Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha – 178
- Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda – 173
- Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., KTM – 136
- Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda – 120
- Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 105