The day started out on a good note for Tomac, who qualified second in the morning sessions. When the gate dropped for the first moto, he didn’t get the jump he was hoping for and came around the first turn in sixth. The points leader wasted no time racing to the front runners, moving into third on the second lap. Tomac took over the lead just three laps later and pushed the pace at the front. He was passed by his championship rival with a few laps to go but came out on top in an epic battle to score his 12th moto win of the season. Tomac’s second-moto start was much improved, and he came around the first lap in third. He put a charge to the front but ultimately made a small mistake that cost him a chance to stay within reach of the leader, finishing the moto second for second overall.
Craig continued to showcase his speed at Ironman, starting the day by qualifying third - his best result of the season. He was able to translate the great gate pick into his first holeshot of the season in Moto 1, riding into second at the end of the first lap. The Californian had a few more riders get by but settled into fifth around the halfway point and maintained that spot for the remainder of the moto. Craig got a decent start in sixth in Moto 2, working hard the whole race to move up. He never gave up and made the pass for fifth on Lap 14, giving him 5-5 for the day and fifth overall.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team will make their way back west for the final round of the season at Fox Raceway for Round 12 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Pala, California, on Saturday, September 3.