Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Eli Tomac grabbed the triple crown win at the weekend at Glendale, extending his championship lead.
Tomac started the day off second in qualifying behind his teammate and knew he had to execute three strong starts if he had a chance to back up his Anaheim 2 win. In the opening main event, the newest member of the Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team did just that with a huge holeshot to lead wire-to-wire for a great start to the night.
As the gate dropped on the second main event, the Coloradan proved his opening race wasn’t a fluke, grabbing another holeshot to once again lead the field from green flag to checkered. His goal of hitting all three holeshots wasn’t realized in the final race but still came out of the first lap in third. Tomac rode smart, knowing he had the overall secured if he brought it home in third, ending the night with a 1-1-3 result to take his second consecutive victory of the season.
“The win means a lot to me and puts us in a great spot for points position in the championship.’ said Tomac. “My motorcycle was just so good the whole day, especially in the first two mains.”
“My game plan was to go out and really just try to get the first race win and really set the tone for the night. It’s really important with the Olympic scoring that they use for these events. So in my mind, I knew I wanted to go out and win the first one and try to back it up. Obviously, we wanted to get all three, but I didn’t get the holeshot as I did in the others. I just felt good and had a good ride tonight in front of the home crowd. I’m not sure how many ended up down here, but we had a lot of people from my hometown, and of course, that makes it special.”