TAMPA — Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, took over Raymond James Stadium for the first time in 19 years on Saturday night, with round eight of the season being held in front of 42,411 fans.
When all was said and done, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac earned his fourth victory of the season after a second-place start, ultimately leading 13 of the 26 laps.
“That was just a race that required patience,” Tomac said on the podium. “At first, I was a little bit off there and got passed by a few guys that were riding better than me early on, but I was able to get in the groove and just had fun riding my dirt bike.”
Tomac battled Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin back and forth for the lead with Musquin leading 12 laps before Tomac made the pass stick.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson started sixth and worked his way up to third, passing Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb, who started first but dropped to fourth by the finish.
Defending Western Regional 250SX Class Champion Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Justin Hill made his 450SX Class debut in Tampa and was running inside the top three until a minor mistake pushed him to sixth.
Of note, CR22’s Chad Reed succeeded in breaking the all-time 450SX starts record with 228. After the start, Reed was running down the top 10 — which would have been his best run of the season — but a mechanical error forced him out of the event.
Tampa marked round two of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class championship, and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner finally earned his first career victory after a second-place start.
Forkner went on to lead 19 of the 20 laps in the main event.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis finished second ahead of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne.
“I’m so stoked right now,” Forkner said on the podium. “This is my first podium of the season and first win ever. I’m super happy right now.”
CREDIT: Feld Entertainment