AMA Supercross

Eli Tomac grabs podium in Salt Lake City

Eli Tomac grabs podium in Salt Lake City

Monster Energy Kawasaki and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki excelled in the Utah altitude this weekend at Round 16 of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship.

Eli Tomac raced his way to an impressive second place finish, while teammate Tyler Bowers captured his third top-10 finish of the season. Adam Cianciarulo and Joey Savatgy battled hard to land their KX250F on the podium, finishing second and third.

Tomac set the tone early after qualifying on pole for the eighth time this season with a lap time nearly one-second faster than anyone else in the field. He carried that speed and intensity into 450SX Heat Race two and finished in second place, with Bowers in fifth.

As the sun began to set behind the Utah mountains, it was time to line up for the 450SX Main Event. When the gate dropped, Tomac and Bowers came around the first turn in 10th and 13th, respectively. Tomac quickly began charging through the competition with impeccable speed and put himself inside the top five by the halfway point of the race.

With five minutes remaining, Tomac crashed while attempting to pass for second place. He quickly remounted his KX450F and raced back up to the leaders making the pass for second place with two laps to go. Tomac held on to finish second, while Bowers rode strong and consistent to a 10th place finish.

“It took me a while to find my groove in the main,” said Tomac. “Once I found it I was able to make a lot of passes and catch the leaders. The crash was unfortunate, but I’m pumped to still finish second. Once again, the fans were awesome here in Salt Lake and I could hear them with every pass I made, that was so cool.”

“It wasn’t the best day for us, but it wasn’t the worst day,” said Bowers. “I struggled with traction all day today with the dirt being so rocky, but a top 10 is solid after a day like today. It was also good practice for Vegas conditions next week. I feel very comfortable on my KX450F right now and I’m looking forward to finish the season off strong.”