FOOTHILL RANCH, CA – June 1, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Round 11 of the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship returned in Salt Lake City, Utah after 85 long days with new rules, no fans in attendance, but the same goal to finish this extraordinary season with the title. Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac wasted no time showing the break did not disrupt his tempo as he earned the 450SX victory, while Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Garrett Marchbanks returns with a 250SX podium-finish in third.
Tomac and his teammate Adam Cianciarulo kicked the day off by picking up right where they left off, qualifying 2-3, respectively. 450SX Heat 1 saw Tomac grab the holeshot aboard his KX™450 to lead every lap to the finish line for the first victory of the day. Cianciarulo also rode impressively in the second heat after shooting out in second, where he would stay for the remainder of the race.
As the gate dropped on the 450SX Main Event, Tomac charged the dusty track in fourth. Just nearly missing his teammate who went down right in front of him, Tomac was able to stay steady and advance to third by Lap 2. Just as he began to build momentum, Tomac was passed by the two other title contenders on Lap 6, but he persisted and began to maneuver his way to the front passing each of them one-by-one. Before the halfway point of the race, Tomac had reached the front, leading the remaining 18 laps and grabbing the checkers to extend his points lead to eight over the competition. Cianciarulo lined up excited to compete in the 450SX Main Event after the long break but unfortunately crashed out of the race due to an early-race mistake.
The Monster Energy Kawasaki and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teams followed new safety guidelines such as wearing Kawasaki branded face masks and staying six feet apart at all times, which made for a much different mechanic’s area and a challenge to communicate with riders as they waved their pit boards from what seemed to be too far away from the track, 10 feet from the traditional barriers they normally hang over.
Coming off of his first professional career win in Daytona Beach, Florida, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Marchbanks returned to the series with a newfound confidence as he qualified in fifth.
The Utah native lined up for 250SX Heat 2 and proved to have put in the work over the break as he shot out in fifth and quickly made his way around two of his contenders by the second lap. Marchbanks held his position throughout the race to finish third.
Marchbanks represented Team Green well as the 250SX Main Event saw a similar story to the heat race. Marchbanks fired out of the gate aboard his KX™250 in fourth and made quick work to pass for third, where he would go on to cross the finish line for a podium position, moving himself into third in the 250SX East Championship point standings.
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