In front of a boisterous hometown Colorado crowd numbering in excess of 40,000, Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Eli Tomac wrapped up the premier 450cc class Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship, his second overall career title, with a 5th place main event finish at Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High on Saturday. Tomac won the championship one race early in the 17-round season despite a valiant effort from Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson, who dominated Denver, winning his 4th main event in a row and sixth on the season.
Tomac, who grew up in nearby Cortez, Colo., was elated on the podium. Cheered on massively by friends and family who turned out in numbers enough to fill an entire seating section at Empower Field, home of the NFL’s Denver Broncos, Tomac hoisted the AMA No. 1 plate and championship trophy aloft as the place went berserk.
“This is truly unbelievable,” said an elated Tomac. “It’s been in my dreams to make this happen. I messed up my knee in Atlanta, so that’s why my racing was subpar the last few rounds. But we were able to make it happen. Thanks to my team, Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha, my family, my friends, and the fans. … I LOVE YOU DENVER!”