Eli Tomac Captures His Fifth Top Five of the Season
February 22, 2016
Irvine, CA (February 21, 2016) - The Monster Energy® Kawasaki team of Eli Tomac and Wil Hahn headed to Arlington, Texas this weekend for Round 7 of the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship. The team was poised to continue its trend of building on key milestones each week. Tomac transferred into the Main Event by taking his first trip into a semi while Hahn took his third LCQ win of the season. In the 450 Main Event, both Tomac and Hahn did not have great starts, however, by the halfway point Tomac had raced his way into fifth where he would remain until the checkers flew. Meanwhile, Hahn had an unfortunate crash while working through the field and would eventually cross the line in 15th.
“Considering how the night started, my fifth tonight wasn’t bad,” said Tomac. “Off the start I wasn’t where I’d like to be but I passed quite a few riders straight away and rounded out around seventh, then spent the rest of the race working up to fifth. I had the speed early on but couldn’t quite maintain it, so I’ll be working on that and I’ll keep working hard heading into the next round.”
“I didn’t have the night I wanted,” said Hahn. “Qualifying was good, I actually had pretty good speed all night, really everything we’ve been working on was better, I just didn’t ride the way I wanted too and the way I need too. We’ll go back home and keep working.”
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rolled into AT&T Stadium this weekend ready to perform. 250 West Points Leader Joey Savatgy set his sights on maintaining the red number plate while teammate Chris Alldredge focused on keeping the forward momentum built at San Diego II. Alldredge launched into Heat 1 by earning the holeshot and riding a smooth race to transfer directly into the Main Event. Savatgy headed into Heat 2 as the fastest 250 qualifier and carried that speed into grabbing the holeshot and through the race to take his fifth heat win of the season. Savatgy pulled into the lead of the 250 Main Event almost immediately and just as quickly tangled up with another rider in the whoops. As a result Savatgy would cross the line at the end of Lap 1 in 22nd. Never one to give up, Savatgy put his head down and began ticking off passes while teammate Alldredge began working his way into the top 10. By the time the checkers waved, Alldredge crossed the line in eighth and Savatgy battled his way through the pack to place his KX™250F in 10th.
“Tonight didn’t quite go as planned,” said Savatgy. “We got off to a great start, winning my heat and grabbing the holeshot in the Main Event. Unfortunately I came together with another rider in the whoops and went down. I managed to get back up and made enough passes to salvage a few points though. We’ve got a break now, which is nice and it will give the team and I a chance to work on a few things to come back swinging.”
“Today went pretty well,” said Alldredge. “I just couldn’t put everything together how I wanted to. In the heat I pulled a really good holeshot but unfortunately dropped back a bit. I ran the pace to be up front, but made a couple mistakes the first lap. When the Main Event came around I didn’t get off the line very well, but plugged away and got up to eighth. We’re going to start doing some outdoor training and I’ll be ready for Santa Clara in a few weeks.”