May 28, 2016 | Glen Helen Raceway | San Bernardino, Calif.
IRVINE, CA – May 30, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The Monster Energy® Kawasaki team of Eli Tomac and Josh Grant finished strong after a day of slow starts at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California this weekend for Round 2 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
At the start of Moto 1 fast qualifier Tomac crossed the line on Lap 1 in seventh with Grant in 15th. After five minutes Tomac had already moved into fifth position with Grant pushing forward into 10th. Ten minutes into the moto Grant had raced his way into ninth and Tomac up into fourth. Moments later the No. 3 made an impressive pass for third by railing the outside of a wide left handed berm earning the final podium position while Grant was able to cross the line in sixth.
The start of Moto 2 saw the No. 33 of Grant finishing the first lap in 11th with Tomac crossing the line in 14th. Five minutes into the moto Grant and Tomac latched together while they race towards the front, now in eighth and ninth respectively. With just over 20 minutes remaining the Kawasaki duo had worked up to sixth and seventh, this time with Tomac the frontrunner of the two. Just past the halfway mark Tomac placed his KX™450F on the inside of fourth place, took the position and began working on the final podium position. With eight minutes remaining he did just that with a strong pass through a rhythm section, followed by an inside line through the next right hander. Following suit Grant would make a pass late in the moto to move into sixth. At the checkers Tomac earned another podium position with a third place finish (3-3) and Grant’s 6-6 saw him end the day at his home track in sixth.
“The weekend went well,” said Tomac. “Practice started really well taking pole position. In the first moto I had a decent start and raced my way into third. In the second moto we made some small changes and it was an improvement. The score sheet said the same thing but I felt a lot more comfortable on my KX450F and I’m excited to bring that confidence and setup to Colorado next weekend.”
“Glen Helen went really well,” said Grant. “This is my local track and I always love it here. The track was pretty beat up today and it suited my style well. I’m really happy that I was able to come away with a 6-6 for sixth overall, and I’ve put myself in a good position in the championship heading into Colorado next weekend.”