Eli Tomac Captures Inaugural Monster Energy Supercross Triple Crown Win in Anaheim

Eli Tomac Captures Inaugural Monster Energy Supercross Triple Crown Win in Anaheim

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Eli Tomac Captures Inaugural Monster Energy Supercross Triple Crown Win in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, CA – In front of a second straight Angel Stadioum sell-out crowd of 45,050 fans, Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, hosted the first-ever Triple Crown Event in Anaheim on January 20 for Round 3 of the 2018 season.
As announced last year, the 2018 season would feature a new format for points and some races throughout the season. The Triple Crown format featured three main event races rather than the standard one timed main event as done for the previous seasons. Similar to the Monster Cup format, the races featured the same riders that qualified earlier that day.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac captured the overall event win at Round 3 of the series.

“To come back and put down some great racing felt great tonight after the week we had after not racing last weekend,” said Tomac.
Tomac who crashed hard in the first race of the season in Anaheim did not race in Houston last week.
“To come back and get healthy and compete for the podium was the goal,” said Tomac. “Winning is always the goal and that is what we accomplished tonight.”
The three main event races unfolded as follows.
In the first 8-minute 450SX Class Main Event, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely captured the lead on the first lap ahead of Smartop/MotoConcepts Racing’s Justin Brayton while the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC/KTM/WPS ride of Blake Baggett climbed up to third and Tomac was fifth.
In the second 12-lap Main Event, Tomac captured his first lead and win ahead of Seely and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson.
In the third 15-minute Main Event, Anderson ran away with the win, holding on to his points lead, with Tomac in second and Brayton in third. Tomac, who finished 5-1-2, was awarded the overall win with the lowest combined score.
In the 250X Class, it was Joey Savatgy who was the only multiple main event winner of the evening to capture to overall win.
“I had not achieved any of the goals I had for myself this season until tonight,” said Savatgy. “I felt like my off season program was the strongest ever and I just didn’t have the results to show from it. Tonight we put it all together as a team and this is the race we can build on moving forward.”
The three main event races for the 250X Class unfolded as follows.
In the first 6-minute 250SX Class Main Event, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy lead from the start ahead of GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig while the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha of Mitchell Oldenburg passed up to third by the checkers.
In the second 10-minute Main Event, the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM ride of Shane McElrath stayed wide open out front ahead of Savatgy and Craig.
In the third 12-minute Main Event, Savatgy remained up front while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo held onto second ahead of GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton in third. Savatgy’s 1-2-1 was good enough for the overall win.
450SX Class Results
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (5-1-2)
2. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (1-2-7)
3. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (7-3-1)
4. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda (2-6-3)
5. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki (4-9-5)
6. Joshua Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki (6-4-8)
7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrance, Calif., KTM (3-10-6)
8. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (8-5-9)
9. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (11-12-4)
10. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (10-7-11)
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (70)
2. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (59)
3. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (57)
4. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (56)
5. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki (54)
6. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda (52)
7. Joshua Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki (45)
8. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrance, Calif., KTM (43)
9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., KTM (37)
10. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (37)
Western Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (1-2-1)
2. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (5-1-4)
3. Christian Craig, Orange, Calif. Honda (2-3-5)
4. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna, Fla., Kawasaki (4-5-2)
5. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Yamaha (3-6-6)
6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (6-4-7)
7. Hayden Mellross, Clermont, Fla., Yamaha (7-10-8)
8. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (15-8-3)
9. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., Suzuki (8-7-11)
10. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki (11-9-9)
Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (68)
2. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (68)
3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (66)
4. Christian Craig, Orange, Calif. Honda (57)
5. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna, Fla., Kawasaki (56)
6. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Yamaha (34)
7. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (51)
8. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki (42)
9. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha (39)
10. Hayden Mellross, Clermont, Fla., Yamaha (34)

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