Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Tyler Bowers Finishes Inside the Top-10 in Atlanta
March 1, 2016
Irvine, CA (February 28, 2016) - Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac launched out of the gate on the Atlanta red clay in Heat Race 1 to grab the holeshot and early lead. Tomac rode smart and stayed near the front to transfer straight into the Main Event. Tomac entered the Main Event with confidence, expecting another great start on his KX™450F, however, this time he would round turn one inside the top ten. Tomac wasted no time slicing through the competition within the first few corners. An aggressive pass at the end of Lap 2 would result in Tomac going down, falling back as far as 20th. Tomac, being the warrior he is, began his charge back towards the front of competition and after 20 laps would cross the line in 11th.
Unfortunately, Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Wil Hahn was taken out of competition early in the night as he was involved in a first lap crash in Heat 2. Hahn would walk away from the incident on his own power but would not compete for the rest of the night. He is currently undergoing medical evaluation.
“I was in a decent position at the start of the Main Event but came together with another rider in the opening laps.” said Tomac. “I felt like I fought back pretty well for 10-laps, but reached a point where everyone was too far apart for me to make up enough ground. We’re still making improvements and we’ll continue to take it race by race.”
Saturday night marked the beginning of a new championship as we traveled east to Atlanta, GA for Round 1 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, and FIM Championship East Coast 250SX Series. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers and Arnaud Tonus made their return in Heat 1, with Bowers getting off to a great start on his KX™250F in the top three with teammate Tonus in tow. Bowers rode strong and made an early pass to qualify second while teammate Tonus would take a dominating win in the LCQ. At the start of the Main Event, Bowers would position himself in fourth and quickly begin putting pressure on third place. Within a few laps, Bowers would capitalize on a mistake and take over third place, but when the halfway flag flew he began to make mistakes himself and quickly began slipping back into the field. After 15 long laps he would cross the line eighth place, while teammate Tonus would struggle all night on the red Atlanta clay, coming home with a 19th place finish.
“I didn’t quite feel comfortable all day.” said Bowers. “The team and I found a suspension setting before the Main Event that I liked. Overall, it’s good considering we’re coming back from surgery and a year away from competition.”
“The heat didn’t go how I wanted but I took the win in the Last Chance Qualifier,” said Tonus. “In the main I climbed up to 10th but made a mistake and finished 19th. It felt really good to get back into competition and begin working towards our goal.”
The halftime show Saturday Night was one of a kind, as NASCAR star and former Kawasaki Team Green rider Clint Bowyer swung his leg over a KX250F for the NASCAR Holeshot Challenge. When NASCAR star Danica Patrick turned the 30-second board sideways and the gate dropped, it was Bowyer on his Kawasaki blasting out of the gate. He bravely held the throttle wide open into the first corner to win the first NASCAR holeshot challenge, but when it came time to stop, the NASCAR star went barreling into the tough blocks. Bowyer bounced right back and began dancing to celebrate his win. Bowyer was stoked to add this to his long list of wins.