Race Recap - Monster Energy Supercross Phoenix

Race Recap - Monster Energy Supercross Phoenix

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Race Recap - Monster Energy Supercross Phoenix

With only four races completed into the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac leads for the most drama created during the season.

After coming into the season as the favorite and main storyline, Tomac crashed in Anaheim 1, did not race in Houston and now goes back-to-back with wins in Anaheim 2 for the Triple Crown and this past weekend in Phoenix.

“That was a big, big push,” said Tomac. “The pressure behind me was there the entire time; you couldn’t miss a line. I nailed everything. That was just awesome. We put in a big effort all day and to go out on top was the best. To have back-to-back wins, it feels great and it gets us back into the leaderboard mix.”

Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia continues to be a championship factor as he rode his way to another podium finish. Barcia finished second on the evening and inched closer to the red plate lead with points leader Jason Anderson stumbling a little in the main event and finishing forth.

In the 250SX Class Main Event, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy and the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM ride of Shane McElrath, who both came into the race with red number plates and tied in points, ran wheel-to-wheel ahead of the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Aaron Plessinger after the start.

McElrath found an inside line on Savatgy, and took over the points lead for a few laps of the race until Plessinger found a way around both of them for the win and regained the red plate championship points lead.

450SX Class Results
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
2. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha
3. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
4. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
5. Marvin Musquin, Clermont, Fla., KTM
6. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki
7. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda
8. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha
9. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrance, Calif., KTM
10. Joshua Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (89)
2. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (80)
3. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (77)
4. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki (71)
5. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (70)
6. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda (68)
7. Joshua Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki (58)
8. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrance, Calif., KTM (57)
9. Marvin Musquin, Clermont, Fla., KTM (54)
10. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Co., Kawasaki (53)
Western Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
2. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM
3. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna, Fla., Kawasaki
4. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki
5. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda
6. Bradley Taft, Nixo, MO, Yamaha
7. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki
8. Mitchell Harrison, Tallahassee, Fla., Husqvarna
9. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha
10. Christian Craig, Orange, Calif. Honda
 
Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (92)
2. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (91)
3. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (87)
4. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna, Fla., Kawasaki (77)
5. Christian Craig, Orange, Calif. Honda (70)
6. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (69)
7. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Yamaha (58)
8. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki (58)
9. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha (53)
10. Bradley Taft, Nixo, Mo., Yamaha (51)

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