LAS VEGAS (May 2) – The GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda team closed out the Monster Energy Supercross season in fine fashion Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium, getting podium finishes in the 450cc main event by Eli Tomac and in the 250 East/West Shootout by Malcolm Stewart and Matt Bisceglia.
Tomac finished second in the 450 main after being quick all day again. Stewart won his 250 heat race and finished second in the 250 main, with Bisceglia joining him on the podium in third. Teammate R.J. Hampshire had a solid day, too, and finished seventh in the 250 main.
For Tomac, his runner-up capped a terrific season in which he won three times and finished on the podium 11 times, including at the final six races.
“The highlight was getting three wins this season,” Tomac said. “Being consistent and staying healthy through the whole season was important, too. What a fun year. I’ve got to say a huge thanks to GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda and everyone on the team.”
Tomac and 450 Supercross champion Ryan Dungey battled in the opening laps after both made good starts, but while Tomac was charging to make a pass, a minor slip put his bike down for a few seconds, allowing Dungey to get away.
“That was a blast, for sure,” Tomac said of the 450 main. “It was set up perfectly for a great battle between Ryan and I, but I lost my front end there, unfortunately. At that point I had to settle into second because Ryan was setting such a quick pace.”
250 East Series champion Marvin Musquin set a fast pace all season, and Saturday was no exception. Stewart matched Musquin’s speed early in the 15-lap main, but admitted he got a little winded.
“We still had a good time in Vegas,” Stewart said. “We’re out here having fun and enjoying ourselves. We won the heat race and that was cool, but in the main event, I’m not going to lie, I got a little bit tired before the halfway point. Props to Marvin, though. He rode a great race and did what he had to do to keep me behind him.”
Stewart had four podium finishes this season, including his first career Supercross win in Oakland, Calif., earlier this year.
“Definitely the best moment was Oakland, getting that win and finally getting in the books with my brother,” Stewart said. “That’s awesome to me. Got to give it to my GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda team. For me to come in this season with no ride, definitely, God was going it. Thanks to him and to my whole GEICO team.”
Bisceglia’s third-place finish was his best of the season and matched his best career finish, as he was also third at this race last year.
“I just fought and never gave up this year,” Bisceglia said. “I had to do that in the main tonight, too. I was leading the heat race, but my front end washed out, so I had to get through the LCQ. I had a good start in the main, but got shuffled back in the second corner. I almost went down, but I said to myself, ‘I’ve got a lot of work to do to get on the podium.’
“I rode the rhythm section and the whoops well, and I started clicking off positions. Those were the important parts of the track for me, and I rode well through there, so that was good.”