AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series
Round 11: Lucas Oil Stadium
Courtesy of Feld Entertainment
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, MAR. 17, 2017
With his fifth win in the last seven races, Eli Tomac has closed to within 17 points of series leader Ryan Dungey in the championship, outscoring the champ by 12 points over the past month.
Tomac’s success can be directly attributed to his starts. He has become the best starter in the division, with a class-leading average of 5.1, compared to last season, when he posted a 7.6 starting average.
In contrast to Tomac, Dungey’s prowess getting out of the gate has dropped dramatically. The champ has fallen from a class-leading average of 2.2 six races ago to a 5.4 currently. He already has two starts outside the top 10, compared to zero last season.
Dungey’s ability to recover from his hard luck off the start is impressive. He passed 13 riders en route to a fourth-place finish in Daytona, and he has passed an average of three riders per race to maintain his incredible 2.4 finishing average.
In four 250SX-class starts at Daytona, Jeremy Martin has one win, three podium finishes, and a worst results of sixth. He earned his first career Supercross podium there and adds to his Daytona legacy with a runner-up effort in a memorable 450SX-class debut.
Illness has brought Marvin Musquin’s breakout sophomore season to a halt, leaving him outside the top 10 at back-to-back races after starting the season with eight straight top-10 results. His finishing average has dropped from 4.2 to 6.2, and he’s fallen from second to fourth in the points standings.
After winning three of his first five career Supercross starts, Adam Cianciarulo had to wait nearly three years to make his return to the top step of the podium, winning at his home event and the landmark 500th race in 250SX-class history.
With Joey Savatgy in second, the Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki team recorded its second one-two finish this season. The team has now grabbed the top two spots once in each regional championship, and has won six of 10 total 250SX-class races in 2017.
With his first finish off the podium in 2017, Zach Osborne’s lead in the championship sits at single digits over Savatgy (by six points) and Cianciarulo (by nine points) halfway through the title fight. Osborne showed his resiliency en route to finishing fifth at Daytona, saving valuable points.
Dylan Ferrandis’ first career Supercross podium finish came in just his fourth start. He’s already the eighth different rider in the East Region to finish on the box this season. The results vaulted him from eighth to fifth in the championship chase.
The 11th round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series will take place tomorrow night, March 18, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
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