Courtesy of RacerX
March 26, 2017 7:35am
by: Chase Stallo
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac has now won four consecutive races, and seven of the last nine, after Saturday night's win in Detroit, Michigan, site of round 12 of Monster Energy Supercross.
With his win, Tomac has cut Ryan Dungey’s points lead to just seven with five rounds remaining. After a bad start, Dungey finished third for the second-straight race.
Dungey’s Red Bull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin claimed second for the second straight week.
All three riders spoke with the media in the post-race press conference.
Racer X: Ryan, it took you a little while to get going early in the main. Had that battle with Broc Tickle. Went back and forth a little bit. What was it about tonight or the track or yourself that maybe held you back from getting through those guys a little faster?
Ryan Dungey: Just the track being slick. That was probably the toughest thing. It was a lot slicker in the main event than I guess it was really the whole day. Just trying to make the passes. I had a lot of them made and then coming in the corner too tight, they’d square it up and cut under me. It was kind of tough. Then with [Davi] Millsaps, I sat behind him for a while. He’s really good in the whoops. I’d get up on him in the whoops and then he’d go away from me again, so that was tough. But I was able to make the pass at the end for third. Just the track conditions being slick was the challenge.
Marvin, early in the main you had a lot of pressure from Davi Millsaps, and then it seems about halfway or so you found another gear. Did you make some kind of an adjustment or was it just the flow of the race that helped you get away?
Marvin Musquin: First, to get the holeshot tonight really helped me a lot. I was hoping obviously to get a good start, like every race. But tonight it was really, really important. Then I was second and Davi was really quick tonight, especially in the whoops and on and off that dragon’s back. I was a little bit off, but I was just trying to be consistent and trying to stay in second place. That was the goal tonight. I don’t know if I got better, but maybe I was a little bit tight, riding tight. The track was so slick and I was not comfortable. But at one point I gapped Davi and it was a little bit easier on me, less pressure. I was just trying to keep going and be consistent and stay second.
Eli, headed to the main event there was some gates open on the inside, but you chose to go outside of the box. After what happened in the 250 class and the pileup was there any concern that being out there might be in an area where something could go wrong? What went behind the decision to start outside?
Eli Tomac: Yeah, there was risk on either side of the dog house there. The inside I found out in the heat race that it would pinch really bad. It seemed like you had to be the guy on the inside if you were going to end up over there. So I took the gamble on the outside. I was in a position to where I actually wasn’t one of the first guys on the outside but enough behind I was able to sneak underneath there and come out second. Rolled the dice there and it worked. The gates were hammered again outside of the gates themselves. So you just had to go out there and really do it. It was another tough track, some tough racing. Fortunate to get it done.
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