Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Gannon Audette Captures his First Podium in Indianapolis
Irvine, CA (April 10, 2016) - Saturday night played host to Round 13 of the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, and FIM Championship in Indianapolis. The Night Show wasn’t one to miss as Monster Energy Kawasaki riders Eli Tomac and Josh Grant both qualified straight out of their Heat Races and set their sights on the Main Event. Tomac would rocket out of the gate on his KX™450F at the start of the Main Event, coming around Lap 1 in third. Tomac began putting in strong and consistent laps all but solidifying third place, until a lapper caused Tomac to check up on the face of a jump, resulting in a minor crash. Tomac remounted inside the top ten and at the checkers would cross the line in ninth with his fellow Kawasaki teammate Grant in 12th.
“You always have to expect the soft dirt and ruts in Indy,” said Tomac. “My heat race went well, as I qualified straight into the Main Event. I got off to a great start in the main and had second for a bit until I settled into third. With just a few laps to go I came up on a couple lapped riders and had to check up before a double and ended up crashing.”
“Tonight’s track might have been the most technical I’ve raced in my entire career,” said Grant. “I was pumped to make it straight out of my Heat Race and into the Main Event. I got off to a good start in the main and after a few crazy opening laps, I settled down and rode my own race. I was able to pass a lot of riders in the second half of the race and finish 12th. Looking forward to climbing into the top-10 next weekend.”
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Tyler Bowers and the team’s newest rider Gannnon Audette started their nights out well as both Kawasaki’s punched their ticket to the 250 Main Event, qualifying third and seventh respectively. When the gate dropped for the Main Event, it was the No. 61 of Audette on his KX™250F grabbing the holeshot and leading the opening lap. Audette would fade back to fifth as the laps ticked off, but the fire would reignite in the Kawasaki rider as he caught back up to fourth and began knocking on the door of a podium position. On the final lap, Audette raced his way into third and put his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX250F up on the podium. While teammate Bowers would ride smooth and consistent to an eighth place finish.
“Today was awesome,” said Audette. “The track was really fun tonight and I finished seventh in my Heat Race. I ended up starting pretty far outside of the gate but my Kawasaki hooked up great and I ended up getting the holeshot. I put in 15 solid laps and ended up with a podium. It was an awesome weekend.”
“Indy is always a technical track where you have to accept the deep ruts,” said Bowers. “My heat race went great with a third place finish and I was looking forward to the main event. Unfortunately, I spun off the gate and came around Turn 1 near the back of the pack. I put my head down and began making passes and came home with an eighth place. I’m Looking forward on improving next week.”