2018 Monster Energy Cup Results

Steve Cox | October 14, 2018

2018 Monster Energy Cup Results: When you consider how motocross and supercorss are often described in eras named after dominant racers, like “the Carmichael era” or “the McGrath era”, the Monster Energy Cup has somehow avoided having a repeat winner for the first seven years of the race’s existence. But it did. That is until tonight, when Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac not only won the event for the second time in his career, but he managed to win all three main events to take the Monster Million home to Colorado.

2018 Monster Energy Cup Results

2018 Monster Energy Cup Results
Eli Tomac (3) won all three main events. Here, he leads Chad Reed (22) and the rest of the field off the start of the second main event of the night. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX

Tomac was dominant in the first two of the three main events, passing his new teammate Joey Savatgy early in the first main to take the win, then leading every lap of the second main event to take his second win of the night. Then, with the pressure on going into the final main event of the night, off the start, Tomac got pinched off in the final main event and rounded turn one mid-pack. With each main event being only 10 laps, Tomac started pouring the coals onto the fire right away. At the halfway point, he was fifth, and he fought his way into second, behind his teammate Savatgy, with four laps to go, but Savatgy had a gap that Tomac had to absorb. On the final lap, Tomac was within striking distance when Savatgy moved over and let his new teammate by.

Truth is, Tomac likely would have passed Savatgy down the final sand straight to take the win, and he seemed somewhat perturbed that Savatgy moved over for him. In the end, though, Tomac would’ve won the Monster Energy Cup for the second time in his career regardless of whether or not he passed Savatgy, but the pass on his new teammate brought him $1 million instead of the $100,000 he would’ve gotten for merely winning the overall.

2018 Monster Energy Cup Results

2018 Monster Energy Cup Results
Marvin Musquin (1) tangled with Chad Reed (22) under the tunnel during the second main event, and their motorcycles were literally stuck together, essentially ruining both of their nights. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX

Reigning 450cc Supercross champ Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) ended up second overall with a 3-5-4 score, highlighted by his fifth place in the second main event that came after his bike stalled on the starting line and the rest of the field took off without him. Savatgy made a fantastic 450cc debut, ending up third overall, one point behind Anderson, with a 5-6-2 score.

Defending Monster Energy Cup champ Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM) finished second in the first main event, then got hung up with Yoshimura/JGR Suzuki’s Chad Reed under the track’s tunnel in the second main and ended up 9th in that main. Musquin dropped out of the final main event at the very start.

2018 Monster Energy Cup Results

2018 Monster Energy Cup Results
Jo Shimoda (47) won the Amateur All Star overall. Here, he celebrates winning the first moto in front of last year’s class champ Seth Hammaker (510). PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX

Factory Connection Racing’s Jo Shimoda took home the Amateur All Stars event at the Monster Energy Cup with a solid 1-3 score, beating out Jalek Swoll (3-2), Derek Drake (6-1) and last year’s champion Seth Hammaker (2-5).

2018 Monster Energy Cup Results

2018 Monster Energy Cup Results
Max Vohland (711) absolutely dominated the Supermini class at the Monster Energy Cup. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE COX

The Supermini class was absolutely dominated by Max Vohland, son of AMA and GP racing veteran Tallon Vohland, who qualified first overall in his class and then went 1-1 in the two motos.

2018 Monster Energy Cup Results

2018 Monster Energy Cup Results

2018 Monster Energy Cup Results

2018 Monster Energy Cup Results

2018 Monster Energy Cup Results

2018 Monster Energy Cup Results

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