After winning over 10 Off-Road Titles in 2016, ARC-equipped Monster Energy/Pro Circuit racer Justin Hill brought us our first for 2017 with his third place ride on Saturday, where he clinched the SX West title. His ARC-Memlon riding teammate Austin Forkner got the holeshot, followed by Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger and TLD/KTM’s Shane McElrath. Plessinger moved to the front and was pulling away, when he took a serious digger in the whoops. McElrath took over the lead, and never looked back. His teammate Mitchell Oldenburg followed, with Hill running in third with a lock on the Championship. Behind him, Husky’s Martin Davalos was coming on strong, and nearly took Hill out on the last lap. In the end, all of the top 10 riders were on ARC Levers.
In the 450’s, it was the Dungey and Tomac story, as both of them were tied coming into the night. Dungey holeshotted the main on his ARC Levers, while Tomac was buried DEEP in the field out of the gate. With every lap, though, Tomac dug deep and hard and moved through the pack, dicing with Dungey near the end of the race. He finally was able to make the pass, and that’s all she wrote. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac had taken the lead in the Championship by the end of the race, with only two rounds to go. Following him were training partners Dungey, Anderson and Musquin, in that order, with Tomac’s teammate Josh Grant finishing fifth. As in the 250’s, all of the top 10 riders were on ARC Levers.
Dungey rode great tonight, but Tomac rode better. Tomac caught the back of Dungey and then settled in for about two laps. Tomac showed Dungey a wheel after whoops and really dove inside, but knifed the front a bit and couldn’t make it stick. Then on the following lap in the corner after the first rhythm Tomac made his move. There was some contact and Tomac got office balance and couldn’t do the rhythm. Dungey doubled out and Tomac singled which gave Dungey the lead back. Tomac regrouped and then charged by Dungey in the whoops and made it stick. Tomac with another impressive ride and a three point lead over Dungey heading into New Jersey.