That’s it, with Salt Lake City concluded, only two more rounds are left in the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship! After not hosting a supercross for a few years, the return to Salt Lake City was very epic, and the great racing leaves all fans eagerly anticipating the conclusion of the series.
Eli Tomac picked up in Salt Lake City right where he left off in Seattle: extremely dominant. The results show Tomac winning by 6 seconds, but this doesn’t show how well he rode. Tomac started in basically dead last, was 10 seconds and 10 people behind Ryan Dungey and one point, but yet flew through the pack and into the lead with time to spare. This type of racing is truly phenomenal, and no doubt leaves Tomac as the favourite to win the championship now that he has the solo points lead for the first time this year.
Ryan Dungey did everything he needed to do except for win. He got a great start, moved into the lead immediately, and rode well the entire race. However, he just wasn’t fast enough, and it cost him the points lead.
The 250 West race proved just how quickly things can turn around in this sport. Plessinger was out in front leading comfortably, and looked to gain upwards to 9 points to make this thing closer heading into Vegas. However, a crash in the whoops caused him to DNF, handing over the championship to Hill. Hill just needed to finish on the podium to clinch, and it looked like it was going to happen until Martin Davalos passed with him two corners left. However, Hill didn’t give up, and repassed in the final corner to finish 3rd. All said and done, Justin Hill is your 2017 250 West Monster Energy AMA Supercross Champion. Congrats!
Amidst all the drama, Shane McElrath rode home with his 3rd win of the season, despite riding with a fractured hip from his practice crash in Seattle. Following him was his teammate Mitchell Oldenburg, who came out of nowhere late in the race to finish a career-best 2nd. It also marks the 2nd race in a row where he has finished on the podium, and in both races he had to come from behind. Needless to say, Oldenburg is riding really well right now.
Austin Forkner looked to be in contention for his first ever race win. He was in 2nd and closing in on McElrath before also crashing in the whoops.
Here are the official results:
My Opinion: Two phenomenal races in a row now. Honestly, this entire supercross season has been extraordinary! So much excitement.
Wow, even though I was watching from home, I feel honored to have seen Eli Tomac’s ride. This guy is incredible!!! There’s no way he was going to come through the pack and catch all the way up to Dungey. Tomac made the rest of the competition look like fools as he flew by them. No one was even close to him.
It’s really hard to put how crazy this race was into words. Truthfully, it left me speechless, but I tried to cover my hysteria over Twitter afterwards:
In other words, sucks to be Plessinger and Forkner (both crashing out and losing potential wins), but HUGE congrats to Justin Hill! Well deserved championship, and I’m glad to see Pro Circuit back on the top after a major draught.
Onto East Rutherford!
Cover photo from Supercross LIVE