Photo by: Simon Cudby
The eighth round of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series was also round two of both the Monster Energy Triple Crown series-within-a-series and the Eastern Regional 250SX Championship. The event provided six great Races in front of 62,105 fans inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Eli Tomac brought his Monster Energy Kawasaki team its fourth win of 2020, the 31st of his career, in typical Tomac style – a dramatic charge through the pack when everything was on the line. The night didn’t start out great for Tomac, finishing only fifth in 450SX Race 1; that Race was won convincingly by Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen, netting his fourth straight Monster Energy Triple Crown Race win after sweeping the 2020 Glendale round.
Tomac made his win in 450SX Race 2 look easy after nearly holeshotting behind Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM’s Blake Baggett then quickly pushing ahead and pulling out a comfortable lead. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson worked his way up from a seventh-place start to earn second place, which put him in the event’s points lead by one over Tomac. 450SX Race 3 was a barn burner; Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne grabbed the holeshot and led for seven laps with Anderson, Roczen, and Tomac all so close the four riders were all in the whoop section at the same time for a couple of laps. Tomac clawed his way to the front on Lap 13 and pulled a small lead. Anderson crashed late, giving second overall to Roczen but still grabbing the third overall position for the night.
The racing in the Eastern Regional 250SX Class was just as dramatic, with a great battle in 250SX Race 1 that saw Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s RJ Hampshire grab his first Supercross win. But it was the defending champion, GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton, who took 250SX Race 2 then brought home the overall win with a second place in 250SX Race 3 behind last weekend’s winner, Monster Energy/Star Yamaha Racing’s Shane McElrath. The win ties Sexton and McElrath in championship points after two rounds.
The series heads to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia next weekend.