Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac grabbed his sixth 450SX class main-event victory of the 2018 AMA Supercross season at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field on a muddy and treacherous track. Tomac began the night winning his heat race by a 39-second margin over his nearest competitor, and in the shortened 12-minute-plus-one-lap main event, Tomac came around the first corner in third place. Shortly after, the Kawasaki rider moved into the lead on lap six when Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson made a small mistake and went down. Tomac would go on to take the checkered flag and achieve his sixth victory of the season.
“Today couldn’t have gone any better for us,” Tomac said. “This is motorcycle racing and we have to deal with the cards we’re given. Tonight were some of the craziest conditions I’ve had to race in, but I had a blast. I am pumped to get another win and now sit third in the points. I am looking forward to keeping the ball rolling into Minneapolis.”
Anderson began his day by clocking the fastest lap in the afternoon’s one-and-only qualifying practice and finished second in his heat race. Anderson led part of the main event before going down in the slick conditions. He remounted his FC 450 Rockstar Edition machine to finish second and maintain a 37-point lead in the championship standings over his nearest rival.
“The whole day was a little weird due to the delayed program,” Anderson said. “Practice went as well as it could have in the mud and I qualified first. I was up front in the heat race but was pushing too hard, so I pulled back. I ended up coming back to second. I was out front and riding awesome in the main, but had a bit of a hiccup. All in all, I did what I needed to do tonight, so it was good.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin was credited with the holeshot in the main event and rode a consistent race to finish third and round out the podium at CenturyLink Field.
“It’s not often that we have a muddy race like that in Supercross, but we have no choice,” Musquin said. “We have to go out and give our best. The conditions were pretty tough and the mud was pretty sticky for the main event. Honestly, I’m a little disappointed. I got a great start but the speed wasn’t there. I was too timid and too cautious. I should have taken more risks, but I was just trying to be consistent and stay on two wheels, and the other guys were just faster.”
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