Four Different Main Event Winners in 2016 Highlight Monster Energy Supercross' Anticipated Return to Toronto


3/9/2016

The following is a press release from Feld Motor Sports... 


ELLENTON, Fla. (March 9, 2016) - Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, welcomed its fourth different 450SX Class Main Event winner last weekend when last year's championship runner-up Eli Tomac grabbed his first win of 2016 and his first with Monster Energy Kawasaki. The increased parity within the premier class is a complement to the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship, which has had two different winners in its first two races, and headlines Monster Energy Supercross' anticipated return across the border to Canada's largest city of Toronto and the legendary Rogers Centre this Saturday, March 12.
 
Saturday night's race will air live on FS1 and the FOX Sports Go app at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PST.
 
On Saturday, March 12, fans can log on to www.SupercrossLive.com to watch Race Day Live with Jim Holley and Andy Bowyer starting at 12:50 p.m. ET.
 
Some key insights to watch heading into this Saturday night's race include:
  • Eli Tomac earned his fourth career 450SX Class win and is now tied for 30th on the all-time wins list with Doug Henry, Donnie Hansen, Darrell Shultz, and Jimmy Weinert. Another victory would move him into a tie for 26th all time.
  • Tomac is the 17th different rider to win a 450SX Class race on a Kawasaki and now has victories on two separate brands (Honda and Kawasaki).
  • Tomac's win was the first for Monster Energy Kawasaki since Ryan Villopoto won the 2014 season finale in Las Vegas.
  • Ryan Dungey earned his 81st career podium in his 109th start in the 450SX Class, tying him with Mike LaRocco for fourth all-time. His career podium percentage of 74.07% is second to only Ricky Carmichael at 75.65%.
  • Dungey's top-five finishing percentage (88.89%) and top-10 finishing percentage (98.15%) are the best in the history of the sport. He hasn't finished outside the top five since the 16th race of the 2014 season and has finished outside the top 10 just twice in his 450SX Class career.
  • With his 25th consecutive podium finish, Dungey tied Chad Reed for the longest streak in history. Dungey also extended his current all-time record of top-two finishes to 20.
  • Marvin Musquin has finished outside the top 10 just once in 13 career 450SX Class starts.
  • Only Dungey, Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen, and Cole Seely have a top-10 finish in each race this season.
  • In addition to three career 250SX Class wins, Jeremy Martin has eight podiums and 16 top-five finishes in his 21 career starts. He has failed to qualify for one Main Event in each of the last two seasons.
  • Martin Davalos is the only Eastern Regional 250SX Class rider to finish on the podium in both races this season. A total of five riders already have a podium result in 2016.
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Tomac got his first 450SX win of the season at Daytona International Speedway. Photo Credit: Jeff Kardas

The 2016 season has produced mixed results for Tomac and his first year with the same Kawasaki team that won four consecutive 450SX Class titles with Ryan Villopoto. A major shoulder injury last season put Tomac a little behind in his preparations for Monster Energy Supercross and it's taken some time for the new pairing between he and Kawasaki to find its rhythm. Prior to his win in Daytona Beach, Florida, last weekend Tomac had just one podium result of third in 2016. However, he was the rider to beat all day at the famed Florida speedway and managed to fend off some late pressure from defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion and current points leader Ryan Dungey to give Monster Energy Kawasaki its first win since the final race of the 2014 season.
 
Tomac was the breakout rider of the 2015 season, winning three races, and many expected him to be one of Dungey's primary challengers for the title this year. His 20 laps led were his first of the 2016 season.
 
"This is something we've been working towards all season," said Tomac. "For being off the bike for as long I was, I think I was expecting too much of myself right away. Daytona is a race I've been looking forward to all year and it's an event everyone wants to win. I was feeling great all day and it showed as I qualified first, won my [Heat Race] and capped it off with a Main Event win. I couldn't be happier!"

The second place effort aboard his Red Bull KTM still allowed Dungey to extend his lead in the 450SX Class standings. It also signified his 25th consecutive podium finish, tying him with Monster Energy/360fly/Chaparral/Yamaha Factory Racing's Chad Reed for the longest streak in history. His 20th straight finish of first or second also extended the record he currently owns.
 
"Daytona is always a nasty one," commented Dungey. "But it's good to be on the podium and pick up some valuable points in the overall championship."
 
Dungey's Red Bull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin continued his recent surge as one of the hottest riders in the championship, rounding out the podium in third just one week after he nearly won his first career 450SX Class Main Event. The French rookie has three podium finishes in his last six races.

In the 450SX Class standings, Dungey has jumped out to a 39-point lead over RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's/Suzuki Factory Racing's Ken Roczen, who finished fifth in the Daytona. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Jason Anderson remains third, 50 points behind Dungey following a fourth-place effort last weekend.
 
The first two Main Events of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship have provided glimpses into how competitive this battle for the title should be. Through two races only one rider has finished on the podium in each Main Event, points leader and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Martin Davalos. In Daytona Davalos showed tremendous patience and it paid off with a third-place effort to complement his win two weeks ago in Atlanta.
 
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Jeremy Martin grabbed the victory in the 250SX East on Saturday. Photo Credit: Jeff Kardas

The rider who stood atop the 250SX Class podium was Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Jeremy Martin, who paced early race leader Malcolm Stewart on his GEICO Honda for 12 laps before making his move to lead the final three laps and take his third career win. Martin now has one win in each of the last three seasons.
 
"We worked a lot on bike setup and proper technique for supercross in the offseason because it's a whole different animal from outdoors [motocross]," said Martin. "I like to bulldog it, and you can't quite do that in supercross. We worked really hard this offseason and it's all paying off. To get this win is a big thank you to [my team]."
 
Following Martin in second was a hard-charging Justin Hill, who earned his first podium finish since joining Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM this season. Hill started sixth, but fought valiantly to give himself a shot at the win at the end.
 
"I felt really good all day, and think I could have had a chance for the win if I would have grabbed a better start," said Hill. "It's really awesome to feel this good and be right there in the championship battle."
 
Davalos made a pass on Stewart on the final lap to steal third and secure his position atop the Eastern Regional Championship standings. 
 
With back-to-back podium efforts Davalos holds a two-point lead over Martin in the standings. Stewart is third, five points back. Just nine points separate Davalos in first from Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Aaron Plessinger in fifth
 
The last time Monster Energy Supercross raced inside Rogers Centre was during the 2014 season. In the 450SX Class, Team Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's James Stewart enjoyed one of his most memorable rides with a come-from-behind victory in which he passed an incredible 10 riders after starting outside the top 10. In the 250SX Class, GEICO Honda's Justin Bogle earned the first win of his professional career en route to winning the Eastern Regional title.
 
Previous Race Results
Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, Fla.
March 5, 2016
 
450SX Class Results
  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
  3. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
  4. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
  5. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki
  6. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda
  7. Josh Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki
  8. Christophe Pourcel, San Antonio, Fla., Husqvarna
  9. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, S.C., KTM
  10. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda 
450SX Class Championship Standings
  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM - 213
  2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki - 174
  3. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna - 163
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki - 154
  5. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda - 145
  6. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha - 141
  7. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM - 134
  8. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, S.C., KTM
  9. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., KTM - 105 
  10. Jake Weimer, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki - 81 
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
  1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha
  2. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM
  3. Martin Davalos, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna
  4. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda
  5. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
  6. Arnaud Tonus, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Kawasaki
  7. RJ Hampshire, Brooksville, Fla., Honda
  8. Jesse Wentland, Elk River, Minn., Honda
  9. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki
  10. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM 
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
  1. Martin Davalos, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna - 45
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha - 43
  3. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda - 40
  4. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM - 38
  5. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha - 36
  6. RJ Hampshire, Brooksville, Fla., Honda - 29
  7. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki - 25
  8. Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., Yamaha - 18
  9. Arnaud Tonus, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Kawasaki - 17
  10. Jimmy Albertson, Shawnee, Okla., Suzuki - 16
  11. Dakota Alix, Jay, Vt., KTM - 16
Tickets are available at the Rogers Centre Box Office, charge by phone (855) 985-5000, or online at www.SupercrossLive.com or www.ticketmaster.ca. Practice and qualifying begin at 12:30 p.m. and the Main Event starts at 6:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets start as low as $10.

The entire 2016 Monster Energy Supercross Championship will air live on FOX Sports, including two races on the FOX broadcast channel. In addition, the authenticated FOX Sports Go app will live stream each race. 
 
As a precursor to the live television, don't forget to catch all of the pre-race coverage with Supercross Race Day Live presented by AMSOIL, which will stream on SupercrossLive.com from 12:50 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. local race time each Saturday during the season. Practice, qualifying, behind the scenes features, and key rider interviews will all be highlighted on the Supercross Race Day Live presented by AMSOIL webcast.
 
For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please visit www.SupercrossLive.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross. Follow Monster Energy Supercross on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
 
About Feld Motor SportsĀ®
Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports productions include Monster JamĀ®, Monster Energy Supercross, and AMSOIL Arenacross. Feld Motor Sports is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world's largest producer of live family entertainment. Official Monster Truck Series only at Monster Jam. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.
 
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