DETROIT (March 21) – The Motor City? How about the GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda City?
Eli Tomac and Justin Bogle swept the Monster Energy Supercross races on Saturday night at Ford Field, with Tomac scoring a dominant win in the 450cc class and Bogle going to victory lane in 250cc for the first time this season.
The victory was the first time since April 19, 2008, that the Factory Connection team swept both Supercross races. That night, in St. Louis, Trey Canard won in Supercross Lites while Kevin Windham won in 450.
Tomac secured his second career victory with a dominating performance, winning by more than 11 seconds over 450cc points leader Ryan Dungey and the rest of the field.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Tomac, who last won in Phoenix in February. “It was just a day that was clicking for me from the beginning. I was fastest in qualifying – didn’t win the heat race and qualified for the main.
“Ten rounds is a long time between wins when you want something so bad. It’s nice to get it.”
Tomac has been plenty fast this season, as highlighted by his five podium finishes, but the second-year 450 pro from Cortez, Colo., expected more victories.
“There have been multiple races where I’ve been the fastest guy for one lap or in the heat race,” Tomac said. “But for the main events, I’ve struggled, and Dungey’s been the fastest for the 20 laps. For me to finally put all 20 laps together and click those fast laps off, it’s refreshing.”
Tomac made a decent start, in third, but quickly moved his way into second place, chasing none other than Dungey. On the fifth lap, Tomac made his move and pulled away.
“I got onto Dungey there and made the pass over the big quad,” Tomac said. “I was able to get on the inside and do a standard block pass and just threw it down from there.”
The quad jump was something Tomac didn’t do until the main event.
“I never did it in practice, so it was something I had to pull during the night show, which is always a little bit hairball,” Tomac said. “We saw Weston Peick do it in practice, and when you see a guy do it you’re like, ‘Hey, I can go bust that thing, too.’ ”
After making the pass, Tomac was never challenged, winning by 11.897 seconds.
“This was a track that was good for me, good for my motorcycle,” Tomac said. “My bike was awesome in the whoops. I love the sand, too. I wish we had a big sand turn like that every race; I’m just a sand guy. It was a track I liked.”