Coming off of a winning weekend in Anaheim, Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac placed his KX atop the podium once again with a dominant performance in the 450SX Main Event at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
After claiming the track to be one of the most technical this season, Tomac earned a transfer in 450SX Heat 1 with a solid third place finish.
As soon as the gate dropped in the 450SX Main Event, Tomac made it clear that he intended to get out front and stay there by taking the holeshot and quickly setting the fastest lap time of the event.
The Kawasaki rider continued to lead the field for all 23 laps until the chequered flag waved signifying a second win in as many weeks.
The victory brings 26 additional points for Tomac and the team, advancing to 10th in the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Rider Point Standings.
“Starts were a big push for us this week and I was happy to get out front,” said Tomac. “I was hitting every line today and the guys were still right on me, so I knew it was going to be a long race. I am really happy that we were able to run a clean race with as few mistakes as possible and take home the win. We have worked really hard to get as healthy as possible and I’m feeling really good about where we’re at.”
Fellow Kawasaki rider Josh Grant raced out of the gate in ninth before quickly passing three of his contenders. The #33 Kawasaki fought hard to hold off the pack, but just as he started to make his move into fifth, Grant had a slip-up in a corner allowing others to pass and would cross the finish line in 10th place. Grant has been consistently finishing inside of the top-10 at each of the first four rounds and is currently ranked seventh in the standings.
“I was able to ride well all day,” said Grant. “I made a few little mistakes in the main that caused me to give up my position, but we came out with another top-10 finish and will apply what we learn from this week at Oakland.”