Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Earns Ninth Podium Finish of the Season in East Rutherford

2019-04-29 08:04
Round 16 of Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship returned to the East Coast in East Rutherford, New Jersey for an exciting nail-biter as Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac rode to a third-place finish and his ninth podium finish of the season with an up-and-down 450SX Main Event.

The Kawasaki teammates kicked the day off with Joey Savatgy qualifying with the third fastest lap time and Tomac fourth. Tomac continued to ride up front, taking second in Heat 1. Savatgy made a mistake that threw him into the track netting in Heat 2, causing him to finish 10th and sending him to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). Savatgy took care of business as he won the LCQ to move into the main event.

The MetLife Stadium crowd was on their feet roaring as Tomac battled for the lead for nearly all of the 450SX Main Event. As the gate dropped on the 450SX Main Event, the Colorado native battled for the holeshot on his KX™450 and he made his way to the front of the pack by Lap 3, while Savatgy sat fifth. By the halfway point of the race, Tomac had continued his battle by swapping positions multiple times, but just as he began to build a small gap, he made a mistake in the whoop section and went down. Tomac quickly remounted in fourth as he began to hunt down the leader once again. Tomac put on a strong charge to get back to the rear wheel of the leader but another small mistake would seal his fate as he crossed the checkered flag in third.

The 17th and the final round of the supercross season is hosted at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada next weekend on May 4th, where Tomac and Savatgy will look to end the supercross season on a high note, with Tomac still in contention for the championship.

#3 Eli Tomac
3rd Place
#17 Joey Savatgy
7th Place

“I just have to chuckle about it right now. I made the same exact mistake in the whoops twice and although it’s pretty frustrating, ultimately, I was still able to land on the podium. I gave it my all tonight and I feel proud of the way I rode my KX450. It’s not over, that’s why we line up each week; so we’ll head to Vegas next week and I’ll continue to give it my best effort.”

- Eli Tomac

“It was nice to have the extra week to care for my shoulder, I feel it benefitted me this weekend. I made a mistake in my heat race, which caused me to have to race in the LCQ; it’s never ideal to have to do that, but we lined up and got it done. After winning the LCQ, we just got back to our normal routine and I focused on running my race in the main. I chalk everything up as experience in order to continue learning and improving. We had great success at Monster Cup just a few months ago, so I’m looking forward to returning to Vegas and finding that podium!”

- Joey Savatgy


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