2018 Monster Energy Cup Photo Finish

The top 10, in photos, from the 2018 Monster Energy Cup

Eli Tomac
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac became the first two-time winner of the Monster Energy Cup and captured the Monster Million by sweeping all three races.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac became the first two-time winner of the Monster Energy Cup and captured the Monster Million by sweeping all three races at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“This is crazy,” Tomac said. “To become the first two-time winner of the Monster Energy Cup and winning the Monster Million is just insane. My 2019 KX450 was running so well all night, our starts were dialed, the suspension was perfect; it all just came together. I couldn’t be happier right now. It was a great team win tonight. To also have a fan defy the odds and win a million bucks because I won is just insane!”

Jason Anderson
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson didn’t have very much seat time leading into the Monster Energy Cup, but still managed to finish in the runner-up spot.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson claimed the runner-up spot with 3-5-4 finishes in the three 10-lap races.

“The night went pretty well,” Anderson said. “I haven’t had a lot of time to prepare and today was pretty much my first day testing. I had two days on the supercross track then came here and was able to get second. I did a lot of battling, but I feel like I still did really well and I rode my best.”

Joey Savatgy
In his debut race with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team, Joey Savatgy finished third overall.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy finished third overall in his debut 450 race. Savatgy’s finishes were 5-6-2.

“Man, I am so pumped,” Savatgy said. “I am so thankful to be a part of this Monster Energy Kawasaki team. It truly feels like family over here and I am excited for what 2019 has to offer! My KX450 was a rocket ship all night long and helped put me on the podium.”

Justin Barcia
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia went 4-2-7 for fourth overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Malcolm Stewart
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Malcolm Stewart rounded out the top five.Brown Dog Wilson
Josh Grant
Josh Grant finished third in the second race and ended up sixth overall in Vegas.Brown Dog Wilson
Vince Friese
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Vince Friese improved as the night went on with 10-7-5 race finishes.Brown Dog Wilson
Chad Reed
Autotrader/Yoshimura/JGR/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Chad Reed finished third in the final race, which gave him eighth overall at Sam Boyd Stadium.Brown Dog Wilson
Jordon Smith
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith went 13-8-10 for ninth overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Blake Baggett
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett rounded out the top 10 on his 450 SX-F.Brown Dog Wilson

2018 Monster Energy Cup Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 1 1 1 3 |  
2 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 3 5 4 12
3 Joey Savatgy Kawasaki 5 6 2 13
4 Justin Barcia Yamaha 4 2 7 13
5 Malcolm Stewart Honda 7 4 6 17
6 Josh Grant Kawasaki 8 3 8 19
7 Vince Friese Honda 10 7 5 22
8 Chad Reed Suzuki 9 16 3 28
9 Jordon Smith KTM 13 8 10 31
10 Blake Baggett KTM 11 10 11 32