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Apr 28, 2019

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Earns Ninth Podium Finish of the Season in East Rutherford

The Kawasaki teammates kicked the day off with Joey Savatgy qualifying with the third fastest lap time and Tomac fourth. Tomac continued to ride up front, taking second in Heat 1. Savatgy made a mistake that threw him into the track netting in Heat 2, causing him to finish 10th and sending him to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). Savatgy took care of business as he won the LCQ to move into the main event.

The MetLife Stadium crowd was on their feet roaring as Tomac battled for the lead for nearly all of the 450SX Main Event. As the gate dropped on the 450SX Main Event, the Colorado native battled for the holeshot on his KX™450 and he made his way to the front of the pack by Lap 3, while Savatgy sat fifth. By the halfway point of the race, Tomac had continued his battle by swapping positions multiple times, but just as he began to build a small gap, he made a mistake in the whoop section and went down. Tomac quickly remounted in fourth as he began to hunt down the leader once again. Tomac put on a strong charge to get back to the rear wheel of the leader but another small mistake would seal his fate as he crossed the checkered flag in third.

The 17th and the final round of the supercross season is hosted at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada next weekend on May 4th, where Tomac and Savatgy will look to end the supercross season on a high note, with Tomac still in contention for the championship.

"I just have to chuckle about it right now. I made the same exact mistake in the whoops twice and although it's pretty frustrating, ultimately, I was still able to land on the podium. I gave it my all tonight and I feel proud of the way I rode my KX450. It's not over, that's why we line up each week; so we'll head to Vegas next week and I'll continue to give it my best effort."

- Eli Tomac

"It was nice to have the extra week to care for my shoulder, I feel it benefitted me this weekend. I made a mistake in my heat race, which caused me to have to race in the LCQ; it's never ideal to have to do that, but we lined up and got it done. After winning the LCQ, we just got back to our normal routine and I focused on running my race in the main. I chalk everything up as experience in order to continue learning and improving. We had great success at Monster Cup just a few months ago, so I'm looking forward to returning to Vegas and finding that podium!"

- Joey Savatgy

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner arrived in New Jersey unsure of what would happen or how he would feel while riding with a severely injured knee. After showing great tenacity and powering through the pain throughout the day, he impressively managed to still qualify third on the day as well as finish fourth in the 250SX Heat 2.

Martin Davalos rode consistently well throughout the day aboard his KX™250 as he grabbed an early lead in Heat 1, which he maintained for the first three laps before making a minor error and losing a position to finish second.

The 250SX Main Event marked Davalos' 100th career 250SX race as he set out to prove he is still a strong contender. Davalos shot out of the gate, almost grabbing the holeshot and quickly took over the lead for the first half of the race; yet again, he made another small error causing him to lose positions but still managed to finish fourth.

Forkner lined up for the main prepared to give it his all as he was determined to salvage points and fight for the championship. Unfortunately, he was only able to complete two laps before landing hard after a jump, causing him to pull off the track and out of the race. After controlling the 250SX Eastern Region Rider Point Standings all season by dominating five of the eight races, grabbing six holeshots, leading a total of 82 laps, and looked to be well on his way to winning the title, Forkner ends his season in heartbreak as he will be unable to compete at the final round in Las Vegas next weekend. The rest of the PC Race team will line up in Las Vegas for the final East/West Showdown looking to clinch the 250SX West Championship.

"I'm a bit frustrated with my results in the main tonight but only because I know I am capable of winning, and I expect to. I was running up front for nearly the entire first half of the race but I made some errors and allowed myself to get passed. I can't be too down about it though; my entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and I have really made so much progress and made many improvements throughout the season so I'm confident we'll wrap up the season next weekend back on top."

- Martin Davalos

"Obviously I'm just really disappointed right now. I gave it my all tonight and unfortunately this is something we all have to deal with at some point in this sport. It's frustrating to work so hard all season long and feel confident about the possibility of winning my first 250SX championship and then having that stripped from me because of a small mistake I made in a practice session; we were just so close! The entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and my family has been so supportive and I'm so thankful for them as I start my recovery process. I hope to get back to what I love doing as soon as possible, but for now I will be focused on fully recovering and come back strong."

- Austin Forkner

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