Eli Tomac (center), Dylan Ferrandis (right), and Chase Sexton (left) Eye Continued Success This Summer – Photo: Align Media
Following a historic seven-round stay in Salt Lake City to close out the 2020 FIM/AMA Supercross Championship, a trio of newly crowned titleholders will now set their sights on continued success in this summer’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, which will kick off in a matter of weeks, on July 18, with the Circle K Ironman National from Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
MX Sports Pro Racing, organizers of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, would like to congratulate Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac on his first career 450SX Class title, as well as Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis and GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton on successfully defending their respective 250SX Class regional crowns. The back-to-back championships by Ferrandis in the West Region and Sexton in the East Region signified just the second time in supercross history that the two regions have both welcomed consecutive titleholders, with Jeremy McGrath and Brian Swink last combining to accomplish this feat during the 1991 and 1992 seasons.
As the reigning three-time Pro Motocross 450 Class Champion, it was only a matter of time before the success Tomac has achieved in the grueling conditions of the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series eventually parlayed into a championship on the prolific stadium circuit. Tomac is now the winningest active rider in supercross, tied for sixth all-time with Ryan Dungey at 34 wins, and has been the dominant force in the discipline for several seasons. Despite all that success, a championship managed to elude Tomac, but as the 2020 season soldiered on, even withstanding a global pandemic, many of the lessons learned over the course of his Pro Motocross three-peat paid big dividends in his pursuit of a first supercross title. No matter where he started, Tomac found a way to overcome adversity and claw his way through the field, ultimately finishing no worse than seventh, with an average finish of 2.5, over the course of 17 rounds. His series-leading seven wins, including two in Salt Lake City, were more than enough to finally get the job done, making Tomac the 14th rider in the history of the sport to possess both a supercross and Pro Motocross championship. He’ll now shift his focus on making a clean sweep of both U.S. championships in a single season, something 12 others have done before him.
“Consensus around the world over the past several years has held Eli Tomac as one of the absolute best, if not the best motocross racer on the planet, which is attributed to all of the success he’s had across two distinctly different disciplines,” said Davey Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing. “While his journey to earn that maiden supercross championship was longer than expected, we all knew he was destined to win this championship as well. We in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship have bear witness to Tomac’s greatness en route to back-to-back-to-back 450 Class titles, and we’re delighted to see that he and Monster Energy Kawasaki have finally prevailed in supercross. While significant congratulations are in order for this accomplishment, there’s still more history to be made this summer, where Tomac is in a position to join Ricky Carmichael as the only riders in Pro Motocross history to win four in a row.”
More often than not, the supercross regional championships feature unpredictable, hotly contested title fights. This season’s championship battles were no different, with single-digit margins separating the title hopefuls in both the East and West regions coming into the finale. What followed was arguably the wildest round of the entire season, from which both Ferrandis and Sexton were able to secure rare repeats. While heartbreak befell one of the championship contenders, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner, both Sexton and Ferrandis answered the call, even though neither rider enjoyed a stress-free afternoon. Sexton overcame a crash in his heat race to grab the bull by the horns in the main event and storm to his fifth win of the season, clinching the title in emphatic fashion, while Ferrandis survived a trip to the LCQ to stay out of trouble and bring home a second championship.
As they make the transition to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, dramatically different opportunities await this duo. For Sexton, he’ll make an anticipated move up into the 450 Class, joining forces with former two-time champion Ken Roczen at Team Honda HRC. As for Ferrandis, he’ll enter his final season in the 250 Class as a major title favorite, following a breakout season in which he finished runner-up to 2019 class champion Adam Cianciarulo.
“There’s no doubt both Chase Sexton and Dylan Ferrandis are leaders of the sport’s bright future,” added Coombs. “We’ve been privileged to witness the growth of both riders into budding stars, and while they’ll be headed on different paths this summer, they both have the talent to carry the torch for years to come. We applaud them for fending off all challenges to once again prevail as supercross champions and look forward to seeing what they’ll accomplish during the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.”
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