Monster Energy Kawasaki Continues to Improve
January 25, 2016
Irvine, CA (January 23, 2016) – Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac put forth his strongest charge of the season Saturday night at Angel Stadium, for Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship. It showed right from the gate drop of his heat race, as he nearly earned the holeshot. Tomac kept strong pressure on the top two and ended up crossing the line third. Tomac backed up his heat race performance in the Main Event where he began carving through the competition from a tenth place start. In the first five laps, Tomac set the fastest main event lap time while quickly passing seven riders and methodically applying pressure for second place. Unfortunately, a last lap mistake caused Tomac to slip back to fourth place, his third consecutive fourth place of 2016. Teammate Wil Hahn had the opportunity to race a few extra laps as he qualified into the night show from the Last Chance Qualifier. Hahn showed his true heart and determination Saturday night as he fought from fifteenth to eleventh, another improvement from previous weeks for Hahn.
“We improved tremendously tonight and were fighting for second,” said Tomac. “Unfortunately, I made a small mistake on the last lap, which resulted in a fourth place finish again. I know I have the speed to win, I just need to stay focused.”
“I had huge improvements throughout the day,” said Hahn. “The team and I are making big leaps forward every race. Results take time, but I feel we’re on the right track for success. I’m looking forward to Oakland and building on tonight’s race.”
Kawasaki rider Jake Weimer continued to turn heads as he led several laps in his heat race and qualified directly into the Main Event. In the 450 Main, Weimer had a great start on his KX™450F coming around turn one in fifth. He gave 100% on the toughest track yet and took home an impressive top ten finish.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Joey Savatgy and Chris Alldredge were back to Angel Stadium of Anaheim, California for the third stop of the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship. Savatgy entered the weekend at the top of the charts by being fastest in first practice. That momentum carried through the rest of the day and into the beginning of the night show as Savatgy took his second heat race win of the season. Teammate Chris Alldredge headed into the night show in ninth, and ready to improve in his heat race. Alldredge did exactly that, riding smart and consistent in his heat to bring his KX™250F home in fourth. In the 250 Main Event Savatgy came out of the gate strong and was in first before the end of the first lap, while Alldredge claimed a top ten start. On lap six a downed rider at the end of the whoops section caused Savatgy to change up his line, resulting in a crash pushing him back to sixth. Savatgy, never one to throw in the towel, remounted, put his head down, and fought until the end making a last lap pass to take the checkers in fourth. Meanwhile, Alldredge rode smart and was poised to take a top ten early in the race, until a last lap mistake resulted in a 12th place finish.
“I made a lot of small improvements tonight,” said Alldredge. “I had the starts I needed, and felt good in practice. My pace was pretty good, and I carried the momentum into my heat were I came home in fourth. I made a few mistakes in the main, and didn’t end up where I wanted to be. I have the team and the bike to be up at the front and I won’t stop pushing until I’m there.”
“Overall it was an up and down day,” said Savatgy. “I was fast qualifier in first practice and ended third overall heading into the night show. My heat race went well, though I didn’t quite get the holeshot, I pushed into the lead right away and ended up taking the win in the second heat. In the Main Event I had another good start and was in the lead for a brief period, but made a small mistake and dropped back to second. Over the next couple laps I started to reel in first place, and was closing the gap well enough to where I knew in the next couple laps I’d be able to make the pass. I ended up having to change my line in the whoops because of a downed rider, I caught an edge, lost control and went down. I quickly got back up and was able to minimize the damage, then made a few passes back to fourth. All in all it isn’t the result I want, but we’ll get it. We’re getting faster, qualifying better, and we’re closer to the Main Event race pace.”