2018 Las Vegas Supercross 450 Class Photo Finish
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac grabbed his eighth victory of the season at the final round of the AMA Supercross series at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Tomac won his heat race, grabbed the holeshot in the main event, and led wire to wire to win the 21-lap race.
“The only thing you can do is not make those mistakes,” Tomac said. “I started with that at Anaheim 1 and it cost me. I was down 50 points right off the bat. In this series, with the caliber of riders, if you do that, you’re pretty much out of it. Once again, we got a lot of wins, but I have to fix those mistakes if we want to hold that big trophy.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin got off to a second-place start and trailed Tomac in the opening laps of the race, but fell back a few seconds and wasn’t able to make the pass and finished second on the night.
“I knew it was going to be a tough main event,” Musquin said. “It’s Vegas, it’s hard and slippery. My start in the main event was awesome, but Eli was a little bit better and we were first and second right away. My goal was to keep charging and keep pushing. We both made mistakes and we pushed hard. I made a mistake with the lappers in the rhythm before the finish and definitely lost the connect with Eli, and after that, the gap stayed the same. I gave my best, and on a track like that, I improved so much from last year and I’m really proud about it.”
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett put himself in third place off the start and remained there for the entirety of the race to take his second consecutive third-place finish and his fifth podium result of the season.
“I just couldn’t hang with the pace of [Tomac and Musquin],” Baggett said. “They were just going a little bit quicker than me every lap. I just tried to be consistent, keep it on two wheels, and get another third place. Of course I wanted to get a first or a second this season, but I came up short, so I’ll add another third to my list.”
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson rode consistently the entire main event to finish fifth, which was enough to wrap up his first 450SX championship and earn him the number-one plate.
“Today was really stressful, but I feel like I handled it really well and came out with the championship,” Anderson said. “I’m so excited. We put our whole lives into this, we’ve been riding dirt bikes for so long, and to win this championship, me and my team, it’s the most surreal moment of my life up to this point.”
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