Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac achieved his second victory of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at Ford Field in Detroit. He passed 10 riders to take the first main event win and carried that momentum to cross the line first in the second main event as well. In the final 450SX race of the night, he suffered from a bad start and achieved a sixth-place result, which was enough to award him with the Triple Crown victory.
“Today was just one of those days where everything clicked, starting in practice and qualifying with having the fastest times in both sessions,” Tomac said. “In the main events, I was able to go forward through the pack the whole time, which was good. Other than my start in the third main event, my whole Monster Energy Kawasaki team and I put in a lot of good work this week and it paid off. I am really pleased with how tonight went. We gained some valuable championship points and will continue to keep charging forward.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb fought for a top-five position through the first half of the first main event, but he ultimately finished sixth. In the second race, he captured the holeshot. He led for the first five laps before engaging in battle with Tomac. Despite his efforts, he wasn’t able to catch Tomac for the lead, slotting him into second place. In the third and final main event, Webb got a top-five start and moved into third early on. He stalked the front-runners for a few laps before capitalizing on their mistakes to claim second. From there, he challenged for the lead and eventually overtook the position with six laps to go. He was able to hold off Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett late in the race to take the race win and claim second overall for the night.
“Today didn’t start off the best,” Webb said. “I was struggling with the track earlier in the day and qualified ninth. I went to the main event with not-the-best gate pick for the Triple Crown, but I got a good start in the first one. I just made a lot of mistakes and didn’t ride that well, but we, as a team, regrouped and figured out some things to get better. Looking back, I wish I would have done a little better in the first one and I could have potentially gotten the overall, but that’s racing. It’s good to be on the podium with a second place, and to get another main event win is nice.”
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Chad Reed had a season-best result in Detroit. His 3-5-7 main event finishes gave him third overall in the Motor City, his 132nd podium of his career. The 36-year-old Australian sits in eighth place in the point standings.
“We had a really successful day of testing last week, which carried into the weekend,” Reed said. “My single lap speed wasn’t great, but I felt race ready. I entered the night program feeling quite good, knowing that a good start was what I needed. I almost got a holeshot. Finishing third in the first main was a great step. I was super excited to get back on the podium, which was my 132nd top three finish. I’ll take the small wins from the weekend. My top priority is to continue improving in those areas, so I can have a shot at winning one of these things!”
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen and Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett rounded out the top five, respectively.