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Tomac Finishes Third at Arlington Triple Crown

Tomac Finishes Third at Arlington Triple Crown

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Eli Tomac won the first of three main events at last night’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross Triple Crown at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The reigning 450SX Champion finished third overall in the challenging conditions with a 1-4-6 score and leaves with a two-point lead as the series approaches the halfway point. Rookie Justin Cooper earned another top-10 finish, ending the night ninth overall with an 11-9-9 tally.

Tomac had a good start to the day, qualifying fourth at the seventh round of the championship. He enjoyed a superb first main event, grabbing the holeshot and taking the win. The Coloradan didn’t get the start he was hoping for in the second main event, but he quickly made his way to third and ultimately crossed the line fourth. In the final race, Tomac grabbed his second holeshot of the evening and was looking to take another victory. Unfortunately, just before the halfway mark, he had a tip-over and rejoined in fourth. He then managed his race to secure a podium finish in the tricky track conditions, crossing the line sixth to finish third overall and maintain his spot on top of the points standings.
Cooper continued to make progress in his fourth race aboard the YZ450F despite challenging conditions at the AT&T Stadium. He qualified 14th but had a solid start in the first main event and was 10th after the first lap, crossing the line 11th. The New Yorker started the second main event in 11th and worked his way to ninth to improve his gate position. In the third main event, he got a great start in third but was shuffled back to seventh and ultimately finished ninth to end the night ninth overall.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team heads to Daytona Beach, Florida, on Saturday, March 2, for Round 8 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship and the SuperMotocross World Series at the iconic Daytona International Speedway.

 2023 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Arlington SX Results

2023 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Championship Standings

Eli Tomac

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing

“It was a mixed day. We went out there with a really good start in the first main and basically just rode a good race and led the whole thing. That was a perfect start for us. In the second main, I didn’t get the best start and struggled a little bit, and ended up fourth. In the third one, once again, I put myself in a great position and just made a small mistake on the back side of the tunnel jump and lost traction. It was a tricky track that way. It was a track that looked like it had good traction but, at the same time, could be slick. So I’m bummed to make that mistake but also happy to end up on the podium and still be in the points lead.”

Justin Cooper

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing

“It was another tough one for me, but we kept pushing and made some progress throughout the night. Ninth wasn’t the result we were looking for, but it was another good learning experience in tricky conditions. We’ll just keep working.”

Jeremy Coker

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 450 Team Manager

“It’s unfortunate that the result doesn’t show how he rode because all day was a really good day. Eli was riding well. The first main event was really good. In the second main event, we had a little bit of a struggle but recovered really well in that third main event. Unfortunately, the track was a little slippery, and the wheels came out from underneath us. After that, he just kind of took a second to regroup, but we still ended up on the podium and still have the points lead.”