Proving that persistence pays off, Tomac and the entire Monster Energy Kawasaki team proudly wore No. 1 championship shirts as they celebrated on the podium at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Tomac lined up composed and prepared to fight until the chequered flag flew jumping out front early by grabbing a commanding holeshot in Moto 1 on his KX450F.
Sadly a victim of an untimely crash in the opening stages of the race, Tomac quickly remounted in sixth place and pushed hard to track down the competition. Unable to bridge the gap before the time ran out, the points leader was able to successfully pass one other rider, finishing in fifth place to maintain a 24-point championship lead.
As the final moto of the 12th and final round began Team Green fans lined the fence roaring for the No. 3 Kawasaki. After being wedged out as the gate dropped for Moto 2, Tomac rounded the first lap in 12th. Acknowledging he needed to play it safe and just finish the race in order to achieve his ultimate goal, Tomac rode smooth as he gradually made his way forward to finish an eventual sixth. With a 5-6 moto score and sixth overall for the day Eli Tomac secured his first 450MX Pro Motocross Championship and led Kawasaki to secure the Manufacturer of the Year award.
“It’s pretty unbelievable,” said Tomac. “It’s going to take a little more time to sink in, but it has been a long time coming! We have had to overcome a lot together and I just came in ready and fired up to get it done for the entire Kawasaki team.”
“This Manufacturer of the Year Award and championship means a lot to all of us,” said Kawasaki Senior Manager of Racing, Dan Fahie. “We do a lot of racing over the year and this weekend we got to bring home a championship. We have a lot of guys on the racing team that eat, sleep and breathe motorcycles as well as support from our entire Executive staff at Kawasaki USA including President, Yoshi Tamura and VP of Marketing and Racing, Chris Brull. We could not have accomplished this without everyone at Kawasaki and I’d like to thank everyone for their dedication."