Monster Energy® Kawasaki Sweeps the 450 Class at Washougal2019-07-29 07:57
Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac proved to be the only thing more captivating than the lush, green scenery in Washougal, Washington after a dominating performance once again with the overall win following pole position and a pair of moto wins at Round 9 of the 2019 AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Teammate Joey Savatgy had his best finish of the season and captured both holeshots to complete Kawasaki’s dominance of the 450 class. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo continued his podium presence with a second-place overall after going 3-2 for the day.
Tomac arrived ready to go at the Washougal National as he qualified first after setting a blistering 2:15.42 lap time to open the day, almost a full two seconds faster than any other rider on the track. Unknowingly, this would be another chapter in the ‘Book of Eli’ where fans in attendance got to witness another one of his mind-blowing come from behind dominant performances.
The first 450 moto of the day had every single fan in attendance on the fence line, cheering on their favorite riders as the top-7 riders traded positions the entire moto. Finding himself in seventh at the end of Lap 1 with all of his championship competitors ahead of him, Tomac put on another one of his well-known, charge-from-behind performances that will be forever remembered. Tomac began hunting down his competition and slipped past his teammate, Savatgy, into second place setting his sights on the leader. With the three laps remaining, Tomac made a minor mistake in a corner causing a small tip-over. After quickly remounting and catching back up to the leader, with one lap remaining Tomac and his competitor’s lines came together, propelling Tomac to the front and ultimately crossing the finish line in first place.
Not to be outdone by his first race performance, Tomac once again found himself buried off the start in the second 450 moto of the day. However, there was no stopping Tomac on this day as he spent nearly the entire moto blasting past his competitors and eventually left his rivals behind in the final laps to complete the moto sweep by 11.9 seconds. Tomac’s dominant performance of 1-1 scores earned him the maximum championship points possible on the day and further extended his lead in the 450MX championship points standings to 50.
Savatgy, a 450MX class rookie has been in search of a consistent weekend showcasing his talents and he was able to do just that this weekend in the Pacific Northwest. Savatgy, who has had success in the trees in years past, let it all hang out in both motos rocketing to the Motosport.com Holeshot in each race aboard his KX™450. Savatgy was able to gain invaluable knowledge throughout both races, as he was able to learn the pace of the leaders. Savatgy’s consistent 6-6 performance was strong enough to earn him a seventh-place overall finish on the day, and his best overall performance of the season.
With Tomac’s second 1-1 sweep of the season, he has now won the Washougal national the last three out of four years running, furthermore, the victory gives him sole possession of fifth on the all-time 450 Class wins list, with 21 motocross victories, breaking a tie with James Stewart.
#3 Eli Tomac
#17 Joey Savatgy
“Today was sweet. Days like today don’t come around easily and when they do you just have to cherish them. I made it more difficult on myself than it needed to be with my starts but once I found my rhythm I was able to just start clicking guys off. I can’t thank the entire Monster Energy Kawasaki crew enough for giving me such a killer motorcycle. Today, I never felt panicked or rushed, I was confident in my KX™ and knew I could just keep moving forward. We got a weekend off, but the work doesn’t stop, we are going to keep moving towards our goal and finish the season off strong.“
- Eli Tomac
“Today was a big step in the right direction. We have had some frustrating weekends the past few weeks so to get two holeshots and finish with two sixth-place finishes for seventh overall, I am pretty pumped. The goal is to be on the podium but today we showed we have the speed. Just need to clean up a few minor things and get adjusted to running the front runners pace and we will be good. I can’t wait to get to Unadilla in two weeks."
- Joey Savatgy
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