News 3 Oct 2020

Tomac leads Monster Energy Kawasaki 1-2 at Thunder Valley

Championship leader Osborne maintains control in 450MX standings.

Image: Octopi Media.

Reigning Lucas Oil Pro Motocross title-holder Eli Tomac is back, leading a Monster Energy Kawasaki 1-2 at Thunder Valley in the penultimate round of the 2020 series.

After qualifying on top of the charts, Adam Cianciarulo (Monster Energy Kawasaki) won moto one of 450MX this afternoon, jumping out front from the outset with his seventh holeshot in a row and going on to win by 2.620s.

Training partner Chase Sexton (Team Honda HRC) was able to maintain pressure on his fellow rookie, but didn’t get close enough to attempt a pass, while defending champion Tomac crossed the line third after a charge down the stretch.

It was a relatively quiet race for red plate-holder Zach Osborne (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) in a distant fourth, ahead of Justin Barcia (Monster Energy Yamaha).

Next was Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM), from Christian Craig (Team Honda HRC), Blake Baggett (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS), Max Anstie (Twisted Tea HEP Motorsports Suzuki) and Broc Tickle (Monster Energy Yamaha). Non-finishers included Joey Savatgy (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki).

The second moto was a convincing one for Tomac, charging to his first moto and overall win since Ironman in what is his home round of the season.

It was Musquin who took the holeshot, before Cianciarulo quickly attacked and took his turn at the front with title rival Osborne in tow.

However, Tomac made his way to the front of the pack by lap six and went on to win by 8.983s, handed the overall when a mistake from Cianciarulo allowed Osborne to go through for P2, which is how they would finish – Tomac ahead of Osborne and Cianciarulo.

Clutch dramas slowed him in the middle stages, but they fixed themselves and he could ride away to the end. In fourth was Craig from teammate Sexton, followed by Anstie, Benny Bloss (KT Tape Husqvarna), a fading Musquin, Bogle and Jake Masterpool (Invictus Speed Crew Husqvarna) inside the top 10.

Both Baggett and Savatgy sat out the second moto today. For the round, Tomac won ahead of Cianciarulo in a Kawasaki 1-2, with Osborne maintaining his points-lead by finishing third overall.

Entering the Fox Raceway finals next Saturday, 10 October, Osborne holds a 24-point lead over Cianciarulo, with Musquin and Tomac still mathematically within reach with one round remaining.

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