AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series
Round 6: AT&T Stadium
Courtesy of Feld Entertainment
ARLINGTON, TX, FEB. 11, 2017
Over the past two weeks, Eli Tomac has posted back-to-back wins, raised his season finishing average two position, and climbed from fifth to second n the championship points standings.
Tomac’s triumphant effort in Oakland saw him pass seven riders on his way to the front of the field after starting in eighth. That’s the most riders passed since Jason Anderson passed six riders to claim his first career 450SX-class win at the Anaheim opener last season.
Ryan Dungey led 16 laps in Oakland but was forced to settle for second place. That’s the most laps he’s led without winning since the Detroit round last season, when he led 18 laps and crossed the finish line first, only to later be penalized two positions.
Dungey’s class-leading starting and finishing average – both of which are more than two full positions better than those of his closest competitors – have allowed him to be the only rider with a podium result at each round so far, culminating in a 17-point lead.
Rookie Cooper Webb showcased his potential in Oakland, posting the fastest lap in qualifying, winning his first heat race, and earning his first podium result. He also jumped from 10th to seventh in the 450SX-class standings.
Under the new timed main-event format, the 450SX class is averaging 21.6 laps per race and has failed to break the old 20-lap mark just once this season, at the Anaheim opener.
Justin Hill became the first Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki rider to win three consecutive main events since Christophe Pourcel and Jake Weimer did so during the 2010 season. He also took over control of the championship with his Oakland win.
Despite losing hold of the red number plate, early points leader Shane McElrath remains the only rider in the division to finish on the podium at every race thus far. He has had to transfer into the main event through the last-minute qualifier each of the last two weeks.
Hill and McElrath are separated by just one point in the championship standings, and both riders now share the best finishing average in the division, at 2.0. While McElrath has been statistically more consistent, Hill’s extra win has given him a slight edge.
The 250SX class is averaging 16.4 laps per main event under the new timed format, failing to surpass the old 15-lap mark just once, at the opening round. The new format has provided added drama in the closing laps at virtually every round.
The sixth round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series will take place tonight, Saturday, February 11, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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