Three Straight For Eli Tomac

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Eli Tomac won his third straight Monster Energy AMA Supercross race Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Feld Entertainment photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — A crowd of 60,216 cheered Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac’s third consecutive Monster Energy AMA Supercross victory Saturday night inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

While Tomac grabbed his sixth 450SX triumph of the season, Zach Osborne rode to his third win in four races in the Eastern Regional 250SX class.

KTM’s Blake Baggett racing to the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot over Tomac and Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey, the defending champion and points leader. Dungey seized the opportunity to move past his championship rival, Tomac, for second on the opening lap, but the Kawasaki rider responded a short time later to reclaim the position.

Tomac quickly applied pressure on Baggett for the lead, and took over the top spot on lap two. Dungey didn’t waste any time following through and moved into second not long after. The championship’s top two riders were separated by less than a second for several laps until Dungey bobbled in the whoops, allowing Tomac to pull out to an advantage of a couple seconds.

The leaders opened a large gap over Baggett in third at the halfway point of the Main Event, leaving the KTM rider to fend off Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin for the final podium spot. On lap 11 Baggett crashed out of third, handing the spot to Musquin before remounting in fourth. The Frenchman then set his sights on his teammate in second, inching closer lap by lap. Soon the KTM duo was separated by mere bike lengths, which allowed Musquin to apply pressure on Dungey. They battled over the course of a couple laps before Musquin successfully made the pass on lap 19.

Tomac went unchallenged over the final portion of the Main Event and crossed the finish line 5.8 seconds ahead of Musquin for his ninth career win. He became just the fourth different winner in nine races inside Lucas Oil Stadium. Dungey followed in a distant third, ending a three-year reign in Indianapolis.

“This [season] is everything you could ever dream of, other than winning the championship. Right now we’re winning races, so it’s pretty cool. I don’t know what to say, we’re rolling right now. This is good for us. We’re doing what we need to do, but we’ve got to keep doing it.”

Tomac closed his deficit to Dungey in the 450SX class standings to just 12 points with six races remaining.

“It was a little rough for us today. It’s just how it goes, and I can’t really explain why other times are harder than not,” said Dungey, who secured his ninth podium finish of the season. “We did our best tonight. In the Main Event we had the insight gate, and I was able to get out good and be right up front with [the leaders]. I was able to put pressure on Eli [Tomac] for a bit, and then I just fell off the pace. It’s plain and simple. I gave it my all.”