Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan, February 23, 2019
Triple Crown night in Detroit provided fans at Ford Field an exciting night of Monster Energy AMA Supercross racing. Eli Tomac(3) was the man winning the first two 450SX mains and taking the overall. In the SX250 mains, Austin Forkner(24) continues his domination of the East Coast circuit.
250SX Main Events
Forkner continued his domination of the 250cc class walking away with wins in all 3 main motos. It will be interesting to see what happens next week at Atlanta when the West riders join the fray for a combined East-West main. Atlanta marks the halfway point of the season. Forkner’s triple was the first by a single rider in pro competition.
Jordan Smith(28), second in points, went 2-2-4 and continues to lose ground to Forkner. The top three now sit with Forkner at 78 points, Smith 13 back at 65, and Justin Cooper(32) in 3rd with 63 points.
250SX East Points Standings
450SX Main Events
Tomac’s gritty performance started with a poor break from the gate in the first main. Yet he fought his way through the field and overtook Justin Brayton(10) during the closing laps. Brayton finished 2nd, with Chad Reed(22) capturing the final podium position. Points leader Cooper Webb(2), had difficulties in practice and problems continued in the race. He could only a 6th place finish in the first main.
Webb got things sorted out for the 2nd main, capturing the holeshot and leading early. However, Tomac was able to track him down and pass for the top spot. Webb held on for 2nd with Joey Savatgy(17) placing 3rd in what was the highlight of an off night for him. Savatgy went 8-3-11 on the evening, finishing 8th overall.
Main 3 belonged to Webb. He started 5th out of the gate but consistently worked his way into the lead. Tomac was off the course early but fought back for a 6th place finish. Good enough to earn the top spot and the 26 points that go with the win. Blake Baggett(4), by virtue of his holeshot, lead early until he was passed by Justin Barcia(51). They fought it out with Baggett eventually taking 2nd, while Barcia came in 3rd.
Tomac’s big night tighten the gap from 1st to 4th in the standing down to 13 points. Tomac sits 4 with 160 points. Marvin Musquin(25) is 3rd at 161. Ken Roczen(94) is 2nd, 6 points behind leader Webb at the top with 173 points.