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Eli Tomac becomes first repeat Monster Energy Cup Supercross champ, wins $1 million

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What happens in Vegas … well, in this case, $2 million didn’t stay in Vegas.

In Saturday’s Monster Energy Cup season finale at Sam Boyd Stadium, Eli Tomac went back to his Cortez, Colorado home with $1 million in his back pocket – the largest purse in Supercross motorcycle racing.

But that was only half of what happened. For the first time in the event’s eight-year history, one lucky fan, Jesse Hebert, of Greenbelt, Maryland, also took home $1 million after Tomac became the $1 million winner and the third athlete in history to claim the Monster Million.

The invitation-only, all-star event brought out the best of the best in motorcycle racing, all fighting for the coveted Cup. But it was Tomac, of the Monster Energy Kawasaki team, who became the first two-time champion in the history of the Cup series.

“I was just full on, that’s all there was to it,” Tomac said on the podium. “It was just wide open; I was making the passes, and then it was just all the way ’til the end. This is just insane. Unbelievable.”

Eli Tomac celebrates his big win and payday.

Tomac was definitely in a zone: he won all three, 10-lap main event sessions on a hybrid-styled Supercross track designed by five-time champion Ricky Carmichael.

Jason Anderson and Joey Savatgy rounded out the overall Cup Class podium with a (finished 3-5-4 in the three rounds) and (5-6-2), respectively.

In the Supermini class, KTM’s Max Vohland dominated both Main Events going (1-1) ahead of KTM’s Kaeden Amerine who finished second with a (3-2) and Kawasaki’s Chance Hymas rounded out the podium with a 5-4.

Todd LeDuc does a first-ever backflip. Photo: Steve Cox.

In the Amateur All-Star class, Honda’s Jo Shimoda took the overall win (1-3), Husqvarna’s Jalek Swol was second (3-2) and KTM’s Derek Drake finished third (6-1).

Fans in attendance also witnessed the first-ever backflip on a Monster Energy Cup track from two-time Monster Jam World Finals champion Todd LeDuc.

Here are the final results of the Monster Energy Cup Class championship battle: 

  • Eli Tomac, Cortez, Co., Kawasaki (1-1-1)
  • Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (3-5-4)
  • Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (5-6-2)
  • Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (4-2-7)
  • Malcolm Stewart , Haines City, Fla., Honda (7-4-6)
  • Joshua Grant, Wilomar, Calif., Kawasaki (8-3-8)
  • Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda (10-7-5)
  • Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki (9-16-3)
  • Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM (13-8-10)
  • Blake Baggett, Grand Terrance, Calif., KTM (11-10-11)

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F1: Fernando Alonso gets special livery for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Fernando Alonso will sport a special livery for his final Grand Prix this weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Reflecting his blue, yellow and red paint scheme of his helmet colors, the car will pay tribute to his home region of Asturias in northern Spain.

“We’re incredibly pleased and proud to be able to race a special one-off livery for Fernando in Abu Dhabi this weekend,” McLaren CEO Zak Brown said on the team’s web site. “We want his last grand prix to feel special in every way, and this was just one of the ways we could reflect that.

“We worked closely and collaboratively with Fernando, and then with the FIA and Formula 1 to make the change for this one race, and they were all hugely supportive of the move.

The special livery will highlight the end of Alonso’s 18-year stint in Formula 1 – a career marked by 32 wins in 311 starts (a winning percentage of 10.3%).

This will be the first time since the 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix that McLaren has run a special paint scheme. That season, they sported a special yellow-branded car for Keke Rosberg.

“Hopefully, this will give Fernando’s fans a little something extra to look forward to at what is bound to be an especially emotional weekend.”