SANTA CLARA, Calif. (April 18) — GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda racer Eli Tomac continues to roll, charging to a second-place finish in the 450cc main event Saturday night at Levi’s Stadium. He posted his fourth consecutive podium finish and ninth of the season, his first full year of Monster Energy Supercross competition.
Tomac had to work hard for his runner-up finish because he was eighth after the opening lap. He had to race in one of the 450 semifinals and didn’t have the best gate pick for the start of the 20-lap main.
“That didn’t help my start but that’s no excuse,” Tomac said. “(Eventual winner Ryan) Dungey got out there in the lead, but I was riding pretty hard trying to catch him. This was a tough track tonight, and I hoped I could get him but we ran out of time. A podium is great, of course, and we’ve had some success lately, so that’s been good.”
Tomac moved to fourth place by lap three and to third on lap seven. At the halfway point, he got into second place and began his pursuit of Dungey. Tomac was consistently quicker and had the gap under three seconds before the checkered flag waved.
Stewart has finished third and fourth in the two races since the 250 West Series returned to action. He was a victim of a massive first-lap pileup in the main event that left him barely inside the top 10. But like Tomac, Stewart continued to charge, getting within a challenging position for a podium finish until a lapped rider cost him crucial time and a shot at third.
“Tonight wasn’t the best, but it was better than Houston,” said Stewart, who was involved in several incidents last week. “My team continues to work hard and give me a good bike every week, and I’d love to get them another win before the year is out.
“But, yeah, that first turn was crazy. There were bikes everywhere. I got hit and went down and tried to get up and get going as quick as I could. I tried to get as many spots as I could the rest of the night, but fourth was about as high as I could go. Still, not bad.”
Bisceglia was in the first-lap melee, too, with more than half the field involved in the pileup. He was 18th after the first lap but made up 10 spots.
“It was a little bit of a rough day,” Bisceglia said. “I had a couple of crashes in qualifying, and then we probably had the gnarliest first-corner pileup I’ve ever seen. I got up and tried to get as many places as I could. I rode well, but I just didn’t do everything I needed to in the main.”