Tomac wins Anaheim 2 Triple Crown | Mellross 7th

Tomac wins AII Triple Crown

Tomac goes 5-1-2 at Anahaim 2

Chad Reed 14th overall at A2

Roczen struggles to 11-12-4

Savatgy wins 250 with a 1-2-1

Hayden Mellross scores 7-10-8 for 7th overall

Anaheim 2 was a historic Triple Crown event

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Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac captured the overall event win at Round 3 of the series. The Triple Crown, which was introduced in 2018, is a three-city showdown starting at Anaheim 2 where both the 250SX and 450SX Classes compete in three Main Events.

Eli Tomac chased by Cole Seely
Eli Tomac chased by Cole Seely

Meanwhile Aussie Chad Reed took 12th, 17th and 16th across the three main events to finish 14th overall for the event.

Chad Reed
Chad Reed

In the first 8-minute 450SX Class Main Event, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely captured the lead on the first lap ahead of Justin Brayton while KTM’s Blake Baggett climbed up to third and Tomac was fifth.

450SX Main Event 1 – Top 3

  1. Cole Seely
  2. Justin Brayton
  3. Blake Baggett
    …12. Chad Reed
Justin Brayton and Cole Seely fired out of the blocks hard at A2
Justin Brayton and Cole Seely fired out of the blocks hard at A2

In the second 12-lap Main Event, Tomac captured his first lead and win ahead of Seely and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson.

450SX Main Event 2 – Top 3

  1. Eli Tomac
  2. Cole Seely
  3. Jason Anderson
    …17. Chad Reed

In the third 15-minute Main Event, Anderson ran away with the win, holding on to his points lead, with Tomac in second and Brayton in third. Tomac, who finished 5-1-2, was awarded the overall win with the lowest combined score.

450SX Main Event 3 – Top 3

  1. Jason Anderson
  2. Eli Tomac
  3. Justin Brayton
    …16. Chad Reed

Tomac thus captured the first Monster Energy Supercoss Triple Crown overall victory with a 5-1-2 score. 

Eli Tomac – P1

“My shoulder made huge improvements over this last week,” said Tomac. “We came into this weekend looking to be consistent and I knew we’d be able to be competitive. To leave here with the win feels amazing. I can’t thank the team enough for everything they have done and continuing to believe in me. I’m looking forward to keeping the ball rolling.”

Eli Tomac
Eli Tomac

Jason Anderson’s 7-3-1 for third overall extended his lead in the overall 450 championship standings. Anderson now enjoys an 11-point lead over Honda’s Cole Seely while Yamaha’s Justin Barcia is a further two-points down in third. 

Jason Anderson – P3

“My practices were pretty mellow, but the rest of the day was crazy. I had to make some chaotic moves in the back during the first Main Event, but I was able to battle my way to seventh. I was third to last in the second Main Event and was able to get to third, then was finally able to get a good start in the last Main Event and checked out to get the win.”

Jason Anderson
Jason Anderson

Despite some poor starts and less than expected results at A2 Honda’s Ken Roczen is still firmly in the championship hunt, only a single point away from third placed Barica in the series standings. 

Ken Roczen battling with Chad Reed at A2
Ken Roczen battling with Chad Reed at A2

After sustaining a shoulder injury that hindered him from racing just one week ago in Houston, Marvin Musquin came into the weekend with uncertainty about his condition. The Frenchman began the day positively as he qualified 2nd overall in the timed sessions, placing him into the Main Event format with ease.

Marvin Musquin
Marvin Musquin

However, in the Main Events, Musquin wasn’t able to get the starts he was looking for, which made it difficult to climb through the pack with the shorter race times. As a result, Musquin was only able to score 9th and 11th place finishes in the first two races of the night. Musquin struggled the most during the third and final race, where he ultimately pulled off after four laps of racing.

Chad Reed is still struggling from his ankle surgery and carded 12-17-16 results for 14th overall
Chad Reed is still struggling from his ankle surgery and carded 12-17-16 results for 14th overall

Chad Reed is still struggling from his ankle surgery and carded 12-17-16 results for 14th overall and is now 16th in the championship points chase.

Broc Tickle, too, experienced a tough night in Anaheim as he ultimately finished 16th overall for the evening.

450SX Class – Anaheim 2 2018 – Results

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (5-1-2)
  2. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (1-2-7)
  3. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (7-3-1)
  4. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda (2-6-3)
  5. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki (4-9-5)
  6. Joshua Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki (6-4-8)
  7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrance, Calif., KTM (3-10-6)
  8. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (8-5-9)
  9. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (11-12-4)
  10. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (10-7-11)
    …14. Chad Reed, Husqvarna
450SX Class - Anaheim 2 2018 – Results Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (5-1-2) Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (1-2-7) Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (7-3-1)
450SX Class – Anaheim 2 2018 – Results
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (5-1-2)
Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (1-2-7)
Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (7-3-1)

450SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (70)
  2. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (59)
  3. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (57)
  4. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (56)
  5. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki (54)
  6. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda (52)
  7. Joshua Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki (45)
  8. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrance, Calif., KTM (43)
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., KTM (37)
  10. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (37)
    …16. Chad Reed (24)

Western Regional 250SX Class

Joey Savatgy took the 250SX win at the Triple Crown at Anaheim 2, on the merit of his two wins and a second place.

Aussie Hayden Mellross is getting stronger and placed seventh overall after carding 7-10-8 place finishes from the three races. 

Hayden Mellross #63 was in the mix at A2
Hayden Mellross #63 was in the mix at A2

In the first 6-minute 250SX Class Main Event, Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy lead from the start ahead of GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig while Yamaha’s Mitchell Oldenburg made his way up to third by the flag.

250SX Main Event 1 – Top 3

  1. Joey Savatgy
  2. Christian Craig
  3. Mitchell Oldenburg
    …7. Hayden Mellross

In the second 10-minute Main Event, the KTM of Shane McElrath stayed wide open out front ahead of Savatgy and Craig.

250SX Main Event 2 – Top 3

  1. Shane Mcelrath
  2. Joey Savatgy
  3. Christian Craig
    …10. Hayden Mellross
250SX blasts off the line for A2
250SX blasts off the line for A2

In the third 12-minute Main Event, Savatgy remained up front while Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo held onto second ahead of GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton in third. Savatgy’s 1-2-1 was good enough for the overall win.

250SX Main Event 3 – Top 3

  1. Joey Savatgy
  2. Adam Cianciarulo
  3. Chase Sexton
    …8. Hayden Mellross
#63 Hayden Mellross in action at A2, seen here chasing Mitchell Oldenburg
#63 Hayden Mellross in action at A2, seen here chasing Mitchell Oldenburg

Joey Savatgy’s 1-2-1 scores put him earned him the overall victory, five-points ahead of second place.

Joey Savatgy

“Starts were pretty critical with this format and we were able to get three really good ones. The win feels really good. It’s been a long road to get back here and we’ve put in a lot of work. I’ve been in this position before (holding the red plate) and I just need to find a flow and focus on staying consistent.”

Joey Savatgy battles here with Christian Craig
Joey Savatgy battles here with Christian Craig

Shane McElrath had a successful experience with the first of three Triple Crown events as he came away with 2nd overall for the night where he sits tied at the top of the 250SX points standings after three rounds.

Shane McElrath
Shane McElrath

Cianciarulo had a good start to the day, qualifying second. Even with a crash in practice he lined up ready to collect a solid finish. Like his teammate, he got off to some great starts, including in Main Event 1. He ran with the front runners and finished fourth.

250 blasts off the line at Anaheim II
250 blasts off the line at Anaheim II

In Main Event 2, Cianciarulo had to come through the pack and finished the race in fifth. The final and longest main event of the evening was Cianciarulo’s best. Even after starting outside the top five, he charged to the front and finished the 12 minutes plus one lap race only 0.2 seconds behind Savatgy.

Adam Cianciarulo – P4

“It was a rollercoaster day, but I’m glad I was able to put in three solid motos. I finally started feeling really good in that third moto and chipped away at the lead. I was so close to getting on the podium, which is great after having a rough practice session with the crash.”

Adam Cianciarulo chasing Christian Craig and Joey Savatgy at A2
Adam Cianciarulo chasing Christian Craig and Joey Savatgy at A2

Western Regional 250SX Class Results

  1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (1-2-1)
  2. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (5-1-4)
  3. Christian Craig, Orange, Calif. Honda (2-3-5)
  4. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna, Fla., Kawasaki (4-5-2)
  5. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Yamaha (3-6-6)
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (6-4-7)
  7. Hayden Mellross, Clermont, Fla., Yamaha (7-10-8)
  8. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (15-8-3)
  9. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., Suzuki (8-7-11)
  10. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki (11-9-9)
Western Regional 250SX Class Results Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (1-2-1) Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (5-1-4) Christian Craig, Orange, Calif. Honda (2-3-5)
Western Regional 250SX Class Results
Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (1-2-1)
Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (5-1-4)
Christian Craig, Orange, Calif. Honda (2-3-5)

Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (68)
  2. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (68)
  3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (66)
  4. Christian Craig, Orange, Calif. Honda (57)
  5. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna, Fla., Kawasaki (56)
  6. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Yamaha (34)
  7. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (51)
  8. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki (42)
  9. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha (39)
  10. Hayden Mellross, Clermont, Fla., Yamaha (34)