Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Tomac Earns Second at RedBud National
Irvine, CA (July 4, 2016) – Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider of Eli Tomac was joined by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers aboard the KX™450F for Round 6 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Buchanan. Michigan. As part of an Independence Day tradition, the RedBud National marked the halfway point of the season. At the gate drop of Moto 1 Tomac came around the first turn in seventh and by the end of the first lap had raced up to third while Bowers sat 16th. With seventeen minutes remaining Tomac made the move into second place and started making up time on the leader with Bowers holding strong in 16th. After working the entire moto moving towards the leader, with two laps remaining Tomac stalled the bike and lost most of the time he gained. At the checkers Tomac crossed the line in second with Bowers finishing his first 450 moto in 16th.
At the start of Moto 2 Tomac screamed out of the gate rounding Turn 1 in second, and before the first lap was over put the No. 3 KX450F into the lead. At the end of Lap 1 Tomac led his first lap of 2016 with Bowers crossing the line in 13th. On the second lap Tomac made a small mistake and was unable to triple Larocco’s Leap, relegating him back to second. At the halfway point Tomac remained in second, well clear of third, as Bowers ran 16th. When the checkers flew it was Tomac going 2-2 for second overall and Bowers’ 16-20 earned a 20th overall.
“I was searching a bit during the motos today,” said Tomac. “I didn’t have my best jump out of the gate and was pushed around a bit on the first lap. I managed to play a bit of catch up to earn second place. From that point I did all I could to reel in the leader, but close to the end I stalled the bike and it almost cost me second. In the second moto I had a great start but I was passed and from that point out the leader was just on another level. Last week we fought for the win and next week we’ll be back there.”
“I’m really happy to be out here racing motos and even more for the Monster Energy Kawasaki team,” said Bowers. “I am still working on myself and getting to where I need to be, but I finished both motos strong and I’ll be even better next week at Southwick.”
The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Adam Cianciarulo, Arnaud Tonus, Austin Forkner and 250 series points leader Joey Savatgy lined up behind the gate at the RedBud National prepared to stake claim in the winner’s circle. Race day started off with Cianciarulo earning fastest qualifier for a second consecutive weekend. At the gate drop for Moto 1 it was the rookie Forkner earning the first holeshot of his career, with Savatgy in sixth, Cianciarulo in eighth and Tonus in 21st. Forkner would swap the lead a few times on Lap-1 while Savatgy pushed his way into third position. Five minutes into the moto Savatgy made the pass on Forkner for second place, while Cianciarulo sat eighth and Tonus 15th. At the halfway mark Savatgy remained engaged in a battle for the lead with Forkner third, Cianciarulo eighth and Tonus 13th. With just over seven minutes remaining Savatgy closed the gap to the lead to just over one second, while Forkner was pushed wide and relegated to fifth, Cianciarulo sat ninth with Tonus moving his way up to 11th. The last lap of the moto became an all-out battle for the lead but at the checkers it would be Savatgy second, Forkner and Cianciarulo sixth and seventh respectively and Tonus would bring it home in 11th.
In 250 Moto 2 Savatgy wasted no time at all jumping into the lead with Cianciarulo in eighth, Tonus in ninth and Forkner in 15th. Less than five minutes into the moto Savatgy made a mistake and went down, dropping back to fifth. At the halfway mark Savatgy ran fifth, with Tonus and Cianciarulo in eighth and ninth respectively while Forkner ran in 14th. With seven minutes remaining in the moto Savatgy made an error that resulted in a dramatic crash, pushing the No. 37 back to 19th place. After a brief stop in the pits to address the handlebars on his bike, Savatgy showed his true grit by rejoining the competition in 21st. When the two lap board came out Tonus and Cianciarulo sat sixth and seventh respectively, Forkner had worked his way up to 10th, with Savatgy up into 19th place. At the end of the day Cianciarulo’s 7-8 earned a sixth overall, Savatgy would fight back with all he had earning seventh overall with a 2-16, Forkner brought it home for eighth overall with a 6-10 on the day and Tonus would go 11-6 for ninth overall.
“I spent the time off working on my entire program as I have all season long," said Savatgy. "In the first moto I was close to taking the win towards the end and tried to make a charge but it didn’t happen for me this time. The track is really loamy so the smallest mistake takes a big chunk of time from you. Overall it was a good moto but I’m here to win.
“In the first moto I earned the first holeshot of my pro career which was great,” said Forkner. “I ran up front for a little bit and fought hard for the lead. The first 20-25 minutes I was in third, unfortunately towards the end of the race I was pushed wide and passed by two riders at once and I ended up bringing it home in sixth. In the second moto I struggled a little at the beginning of the race and it held me back. I still came back for 10th so I’m pretty happy with that. I’ll be working on my consistency and getting rid of a few mistakes and I’ll be up front and show these guys what I’ve got.”
“The weekend was a step in the right direction,” said Cianciarulo. “I’ve had good starts and been going fast lately but a few errors have hindered my results a bit. I was the fastest in qualifying again which is always good for my confidence and the motos were all about focusing on riding my race. I’m a little upset with my starts but this was a really good building week heading to Southwick.”
“This was my best weekend so far,” said Tonus. “Every weekend has been better than the last and I felt really good in the second moto today. I’m very happy with how I rode, I just need a little work on the starts and I’ll be at the front where I belong. There’s still work to be done but we’re moving in the right direction.”
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