Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL — February 15, 2020
The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series made its first East Coast stop of the year in Tampa. The 250SX riders showed their eagerness to get on the track by being fast out of the gate. The 450SX points battle took a shakeup with Eli Tomac continuing his run of podium finishes.
In Heat #1 Shane McElrath(12) served notice he was the man to beat. Fast on the start, McElrath jumped out to a big lead and continued to grow it throughout the moto. The second heat had last year’s East Champion Chase Sexton(1E) taking the win. Sexton had to battle back from a poor start. He did not panic and rode through the field at a study pace. The moto featured a local Michigan rider. Metamora native Joey Crown(355), a rising star in the sport, finished 8th qualifying for the Main Event.
The 250SX Main looked the same as Heat #1, McElrath drove straight to the front never to be seen again by the rest of the field.
Sexton had to battle his teammate, Jeremy Martin(6) to earn the 2nd spot. Martin made the podium holding onto 3rd to the finish.
Michigan’s Joey Crown rode a solid moto and finished in the 8th spot in the main. We will be following his progress as the East Coast 250SX season continues.
250SX East Main Event Results
|1||Shane McElrath||19 Laps||49.884||Canton, NC||Yamaha YZ250F|
|2||Chase Sexton||+02.962||49.838||La Moille, IL||Honda CRF250R|
|3||Jeremy Martin||+07.263||50.146||Millville, MN||Honda CRF250R|
|4||Garrett Marchbanks||+12.535||49.948||Coalville, UT||Kawasaki KX250|
|5||Jordon Smith||+14.349||50.059||Belmont, NC||Kawasaki KX250|
|6||R.J. Hampshire||+33.208||49.740||Hudson, FL||Husqvarna FC 250|
|7||Kyle Peters||+42.132||51.970||Greensboro, NC||Honda CRF250R|
|8||Joey Crown||+45.003||52.033||Metamora, MI||Yamaha YZ250F|
|9||Jimmy Decotis||+46.181||51.955||Peabody, MA||Suzuki RM-Z250|
|10||Jo Shimoda||+47.256||51.874||Winchester, CA||Honda CRF250R|
|11||Jace Owen||18 Laps||51.999||Mattoon, IL||Honda CRF250R|
|12||Josh Hill||+01.572||51.959||Yoncalla, OR||Yamaha YZ250F|
|13||Cedric Soubeyras||+01.855||52.556||Entraigues Sue, France||Husqvarna FC 250|
|14||Nick Gaines||+07.700||52.233||Ringgold, GA||Yamaha YZ250F|
|15||John Short||+12.937||52.465||Pilot Point, TX||Honda CRF250R|
|16||Jerry Robin||+14.525||52.440||Hamel, MN||Honda CRF250R|
|17||Jordan Bailey||+31.805||52.741||Orlando, FL||Honda CRF250R|
|18||Hunter Sayles||+34.133||53.787||Merrill, WI||KTM 250 SX-F|
|19||Enzo Lopes||+35.617||52.503||Brazil||Yamaha YZ250F|
|20||Justin Starling||+56.570||53.889||Deland, FL||Honda CRF250R|
|21||Isaac Teasdale||17 Laps||53.616||Robbinsville, NC||Suzuki RM-Z250|
|22||Curren Thurman||3 Laps||57.130||Rosharon, TX||KTM 250 SX-F|
Results Courtesy of https://racerxonline.com/
Eli Tomac(3) continued his hot streak taking the Heat #1 victory over Malcolm Stewart(27) and defending 450SX Champion Cooper Webb(1).
Current Points leader Ken Roczen(94) won Heat #2 over Adam Cianciarulo(9). Setting up the battle in the Main Event with Tomac who trails by a single point in the season-long standings.
Vince Friese(64) grabbed the holeshot at the start of the 450SX Main, his lead was short-lived as Cianciarulo passed and Tomac followed shortly after. Cianciarulo was out front for 10 laps until Tomac worked his way past.
Ken Roczen(94) was making a move towards the front when he encountered trouble negotiating a turn and went down.
Trouble also bit Cianciarulo as he got tangled up with a tuff block just before the start/finish line jump. It took Adam some time to free himself and rejoin the race. The wreck proved costly as he could only manage a 9th place finish on the night.
Defending Champion Cooper Webb(1) stayed out of trouble and worked his way into the 2nd spot behind winner Eli Tomac. Roczen recovered from his incident to make the podium in the 3rd position.
450SX Main Event Results
|1||Eli Tomac||26 Laps||48.167||Cortez, CO||Kawasaki KX450|
|2||Cooper Webb||+07.290||48.888||Newport, NC||KTM 450 SX-F|
|3||Ken Roczen||+18.043||48.848||Mattstedt, Germany||Honda CRF450R|
|4||Justin Barcia||+24.117||49.412||Monroe, NY||Yamaha YZ450F|
|5||Justin Hill||+24.510||49.591||Yoncalla, OR||Honda CRF450R|
|6||Dean Wilson||+26.761||49.637||Scotland, United Kingdom||Husqvarna FC 450|
|7||Malcolm Stewart||+28.314||48.813||Haines City, FL||Honda CRF450R|
|8||Adam Cianciarulo||+28.968||48.518||Port Orange, FL||Kawasaki KX450|
|9||Justin Brayton||+31.812||49.335||Fort Dodge, IA||Kawasaki KX450|
|10||Jason Anderson||+31.813||49.304||Edgewood, NM||Husqvarna FC 450|
|11||Zach Osborne||+44.114||49.944||Abingdon, VA||Husqvarna FC 450|
|12||Broc Tickle||+44.644||50.153||Holly, MI||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|13||Vince Friese||25 Laps||50.140||Cape Girardeau, MO||Honda CRF450R|
|14||Martin Davalos||+00.313||50.150||Quito, Ecuador||KTM 450 SX-F|
|15||Tyler Bowers||+08.666||50.376||Danville, KY||Kawasaki KX450|
|16||Aaron Plessinger||+09.643||49.757||Hamilton, OH||Yamaha YZ450F|
|17||Kyle Chisholm||+25.006||51.291||Clearwater, FL||Yamaha YZ450F|
|18||Kyle Cunningham||+38.583||50.865||Aledo, TX||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|19||Chad Reed||+51.730||50.720||Kurri Kurri, Australia||Honda CRF450R|
|20||Ryan Breece||24 Laps||50.817||Coeur D’ Alene, ID||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|21||Adam Enticknap||+06.854||52.015||Lompoc, CA||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|22||Blake Baggett||DNS||Grand Terrace, CA||KTM 450 SX-F|
Results Courtesy of https://racerxonline.com/
With the win, Tomac passes Roczen in the points race. Webb lost ground, despite finishing 2nd and sits 11 back of Tomac. Adam Cianciarulo by virtue of his 9th place finish dropped to 5th in the standings, 28 behind the leader.
Next up is Arlington, Texas as the series pays a visit to AT&T Stadium, then it’s on to Atlanta for a February 29th Leap Year event.