News 16 Jul 2022

Tomac the new 450MX points leader after Millville win

Double-moto victory sees him overtake Chase Sexton in the points standings.

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Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s Eli Tomac has claimed his fourth consecutive round win to take the 450MX championship lead after an entertaining round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at Millville.

Tomac won both races after heated battles with Chase Sexton (Team Honda HRC) to take the overall, with Sexton second and Craig Anderson (Monster Energy Kawasaki) completing the podium.

Tomac made it six race wins in a row after a good battle with Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton in the opening 450MX moto.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy scored the holeshot, but Tomac quickly jumped into the lead, with Ryan Dungey (Red Bull KTM) and Sexton third and fourth.

Sexton was able to capitalise on errors by Dungey and Savatgy to promote himself into second, then set off after Tomac.

At the mid-point of the race Sexton closed the gap and passed Tomac for the lead, but just as he began to check out, he crashed at bottom of one of the Spring Creek hills and let Tomac back into the lead.

Tomac went on to take a comfortable 14-second win over Sexton.

Jason Anderson (Monster Energy Kawasaki) held off Dungey for third, as Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s Christian Craig rounded out the top five.

Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas) and Aaron Plessinger (Red Bull KTM) crossed the line in sixth and seventh. Max Anstie (Fire Power Honda), and BBMX KTM riders Benny Bloss and Fredrik Noren completed the top 10.

Tomac claimed the second 450MX moto victory after a gritty battle with Sexton.

Savatgy again scored the holeshot with Sexton and Roczen right behind him.

Sexton, Roczen and Tomac quickly dispatched of the Kawasaki rider, before Tomac went into beast-mode, worked his way past Roczen on the third lap, then closing the two-second gap to Sexton.

A lap later Tomac surged into the lead and tried to sprint away, while behind them, Christian Craig ground away at Roczen, eventually taking P3 midway through the moto, before Anderson also found his way past the Honda rider a lap later.

Despite the laps wearing down, Sexton refused to give up and continued to bring the battle to Tomac, keeping the gap between one and two seconds for the rest of the race.

Tomac was able to keep Sexton at bay, though, and took the win, with the pair finishing more than 44 seconds ahead of Craig, with Anderson fourth and Barcia fifth.

Dungey, Plessinger, Savatgy, Garrett Marchbanks (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha) and Bloss rounded out top 10.

In the championship hunt, Tomac now holds a five-point lead over Sexton (317 points to 312 points), with Anderson moving up to third overall, a further 72 points adrift.

The eighth round of the Pro Motocross Championship will be held at Washougal next Saturday.

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