A record crowd of more than 56,000 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle joined hundreds and thousands more racing fans around the United States and the world in keeping a careful watch on what is happening with 2017 AMA Supercross and round fourteen of seventeen produced another twist/turn in a gripping campaign. Marvin Musquin triumphed on the west coast but Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac survived a mediocre start in the Main Event and also a small crash to fly back to second place and tie on points with defending champion and standings leader Ryan Dungey (fourth in Seattle).
Tomac will hold the red plate for the first time in his career in what is just his second term in the 450SX division courtesy of his eight victories in 2017 and with only fixtures in Salt Lake City, New Jersey and Las Vegas to go.
“That was a bit chaotic,” said Tomac after the latest fantastic chapter of this season’s supercross tale and after having closed a deficit of 29 points earlier in the campaign thanks to grasping 194 out of a possible 200. “I didn’t have the best start but I found a bunch of rhythm combinations early in the race that were vital to me moving through the pack. Once I made it up to about fourth, it was difficult to keep my momentum going and unfortunately I went down. Luckily I was able to get back up and everything was good on the bike. I have the red plate now and we’ll just keep doing what we’ve been doing.”
Dungey was mired in a first turn crash that left him at the back of the pack but showed remarkable resilience to reach fourth and keep his quest for a third 450SX title in a row in check. Props went out also to 450SX rookie Cooper Webb who ran in the podium positions until a mistake dropped him to eighth and just in front of Yamaha teammate Chad Reed.
Full point standings HERE.
Seattle saw the resumption of duties for the 250SX West Region and while Aaron Plessinger controlled proceedings, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Justin Hill rode to second place for yet another appearance in the top three and protected a margin of 18 points over his Yamaha rival with one round and the Vegas Shootout to go.
“The track was pretty crazy tonight,” said Hill. “I fell into my groove and did what I needed to do to stay safe. I was a bit more conservative than I probably had to be, but I doubt that increasing the risk would have benefitted me. I have an 18-point lead in the championship now with two races to go, so I’m happy with where we are."
For the first occasion since the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season started at the beginning of January the series will take a break next weekend and before the journey to the Rice Eccles Stadium – for the first time in four years – in Salt Lake City.
Full point standings HERE.