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Tomac Tears Through the Pack en Route to Second SX Win

| 22 March 2015 3:42 pm

Monster Energy Supercross Series
Round 11: Ford Field

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Simon Cudby
DETROIT, MI, MAR. 21, 2015

Eli Tomac captured the 450SX main-event victory in Detroit.

Eli Tomac captured the 450SX main-event victory in Detroit.

GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac captured his second Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race win of the season at Ford Field, in front of 46,141 fans. GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle raced to his first Eastern Regional 250SX-class win of the season, leading all 15 laps of the main event.

BTO Sports/ KTM”s Andrew Short started the 450SX main event by winning the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Davi Millsaps and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey fought for the number-two position. On the opening lap, Dungey moved into the lead before being challenged by Tomac.

On lap one, Tomac moved into second place and set his sights on Dungey. Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely made his way around Millsaps on lap three to take over third place.

Tomac took over the lead on lap four, and by lap 12 he had established a 6.6-second lead. Tomac won by a margin of 11.89 seconds over Dungey, who finished second, and Seely, who finished third.

GEICO Honda celebrates Tomac’s 450SX main-event win.

GEICO Honda celebrates Tomac’s 450SX main-event win.

Dungey now has 11 podium finishes on the season and Seely has three.

“I have had so many up-and-down races this year, but I was able to put it together tonight,” said Tomac.

Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard, who is second in the season points standings, suffered a crash in qualifying and did not race in the main event. Dungey now has a 67-point lead over Canard.

“I got a good start tonight,” said Dungey. “He [Tomac] made a pass to get by me, and it was a solid pass. He is a good, clean racer.”

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Justin Bogle earned his first Eastern Regional 250SX-class win of the season.

Justin Bogle earned his first Eastern Regional 250SX-class win of the season.

In the Eastern Regional 250SX main event, Bogle jumped out to the early lead with the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award, and Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy pulled up on his rear wheel. Yamalube/ Star Racing/Yamaha’s Anthony Rodriguez settled into the number-three position.

Rockstar Energy/ Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Martin Davalos and GEICO Honda’s R.J. Hampshire collided on lap two, sending Davalos off the track. Hampshire remounted in nearly last place, and Davalos withdrew from the race.

On lap three, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin, who came into this night’s race with four wins, rebounded from a bad start to take over the number-three spot from Rodriguez.

Musquin made a move around Savatgy for second place on lap seven, but Savatgy answered back. Eventually Musquin took over the position and began to pull away.

“The bike is a rocket ship, and it got me off to a great start,” said Bogle. “We have to take every weekend with the same approach. It’s going to be tough, with two races left on the Eastern Regional 250SX-class schedule, but I am going to keep my head down.”

Musquin finished second for the second time the season, and Savatgy finished third for the second time this season.

The 250SX podium was comprised of winner Justin Bogle (center), runner-up Marvin Musquin (left) and third-place finisher Joey Savatgy (right).

The 250SX podium was comprised of winner Justin Bogle (center), runner-up Marvin Musquin (left) and third-place finisher Joey Savatgy (right).

“Once again, the start was key, and I didn’t get the start I needed,” said Musquin. “Second place isn’t bad, and I have the points lead still.”

Both Musquin and Bogle have been on the podium at every race this season. With the win, Bogle cut into Musquin’s points lead and now trails by 13 points.

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Racing will continue next Saturday night at St. Louis’ Edward Jones Dome.

For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossLive.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross.

Ford Field
Detroit, Michigan
Results: March 21, 2015 (Round 11)

250SX: 1. Justin Bogle (Hon); 2. Marvin Musquin (KTM); 3. Joey Savatgy (Kaw); 4. Jeremy Martin (Yam); 5. Anthony Rodriguez (Yam); 6. Colt Nichols (Hon); 7. Kyle Cunningham (Hon); 8. Mitchell Oldenburg (Yam); 9. James Decotis (Hon); 10. Jace Owen (Hon).

450SX: 1. Eli Tomac (Hon); 2. Ryan Dungey (KTM); 3. Cole Seely (Hon); 4. Chad Reed (Kaw); 5. Davi Millsaps (Kaw); 6. Josh Grant (Kaw); 7. Broc Tickle (Suz); 8. Blake Baggett (Suz); 9. Andrew Short (KTM); 10. Justin Brayton (KTM).

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings (after 5 rounds): 1. Marvin Musquin (144); 2. Justin Bogle (131); 3. Jeremy Martin (103); 4. Joey Savatgy (93); 5. R.J. Hampshire (84); 6. James Decotis (69); 7. Anthony Rodriguez (68); 8. Kyle Peters (65); 9. Martin Davalos (63); 10. Vince Friese (58).

Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings (after 5 rounds): 1. Cooper Webb (136); 2. Jessy Nelson (106); 3. Tyler Bowers (104); 4. Zach Osborne (102); 5. Shane McElrath (86); 6. Aaron Plessinger (81); 7. (TIE) Justin Hill (79)/ Josh Hansen (79); 9. Alex Martin (75); 10. Malcolm Stewart (69).

450SX Class Season Standings (after 11 rounds): 1. Ryan Dungey (271); 2. Trey Canard (204); 3. Eli Tomac (194); 4. Cole Seely (180); 5. Chad Reed (170); 6. Ken Roczen (156); 7. Blake Baggett (154); 8. Jason Anderson (145); 9. Andrew Short (136); 10. Broc Tickle (134).

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