Eli Tomac Earns His 1st 450SX AMA Supercross Championship

0
418

Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT — June 21, 2020

It’s Championship Sunday for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross riders. A beautiful day in Utah greeted the competitors with a fast track to race on. In the 450SX division, Eli Tomac is close to unseating last year’s champion, Cooper Webb. No mistakes, no accidents that would take him out of the event, and a 19th place finish will lock up Tomac’s first 450SX championship.

The 250SX East and West riders will be on the track to settle their points battles with a season-ending showdown.

250SX East Heat

Shane McElrath(12) led from gate drop to checkered flag in the 250SX heat. Defending champion and points leader Chase Sexton(1E) was in 9th after the first lap. Sexton rode up into the 2nd position setting up the battle for the East Championship in the Showdown.

250SX West Heat

Disaster struck Dylan Ferrandis(1W) in the West Heat as he crashed and got run over, only managing a 10th place finish, sending him to the last chance qualifier. While Ferrandis won the LCQ, it was just extra drama he did not need with a title at stake. Justin Cooper(32) won the heat followed by Christian Craig(62) and championship contender Austin Forkner(52) taking the 3rd spot.

250SX East/West Showdown

McElrath took the lead at the start of the Main Event and began to build on it. Cooper crashed pon the first lap and was out of the race. Forkner moved into the 2nd spot, Sexton was 7th at the start and Ferrandis 9th. A perfect scenario for upsets by the two guys 2nd in East and West points.

Forkner made a mistake and pitched forward over the handlebars face-first into the dirt. He lay in the fetal position on the track, apparently hurt badly. The race was red-flagged and a complete restart would be required, wiping away McElrath’s big lead.

Forkner was helped off the track but would not be able to ride in the restart. Allowing Ferrandis to cruise to the West Championship for the 2nd year in a row. Jett Lawrence(83) took the lead with McElrath in 2nd and a much better start for Sexton had the defending East Champion in the 3rd position.

McElrath caught Lawrence and got beside him. Lawrence would not let the lead go and fought back forcing McElrath to the outside of the track. Sexton took advantage and passed both riders for the lead. At that point, it was Sexton’s race to lose. He pulled away for a solid win and like Ferrandis, Sexton repeated as the 250SX East Champion.

250SX East/West Showdown Results

Position Number Rider Qualified Points
 1 1E Chase Sexton 4 26
 2 12 Shane McElrath 2 23
 3 28 Michael Mosiman 13 21
 4 1W Dylan Ferrandis 19 19
 5 83 Jett Lawrence 15 18
 6 30 Brandon Hartranft 20 17
 7 32 Justin Cooper 1 16
 8 84 Jo Shimoda 6 15
 9 57 Derek Drake 9 14
 10 40 Mitchell Oldenburg 11 13
 11 29 Cameron Mcadoo 7 12
 12 62 Christian Craig 3 11
 13 66 Enzo Lopes 12 10
 14 49 Chris Blose 14 9
 15 38 Kyle Peters 10 8
 16 26 Alex Martin 21 7
 17 43 John Short 16 6
 18 55 Martin Castelo 17 5
 19 352 Jalek Swoll 8 4
 20 159 Jace Owen 22 3

250SX East Final Points Standings

Position Number Rider Points
 1 1E Chase Sexton 218
 2 12 Shane McElrath 209
 3 84 Jo Shimoda 122
 4 36 Garrett Marchbanks 119
 5 66 Enzo Lopes 107
 6 6 Jeremy Martin 105
 7 352 Jalek Swoll 104
 8 38 Kyle Peters 94
 9 163 Pierce Brown 92
 10 24 Rj Hampshire 80
 11 13 Colt Nichols 74
 12 159 Jace Owen 69
 13 49 Chris Blose 65
 14 43 John Short 64
 15 39 Jordan Bailey 64
 16 54 Jordon Smith 48
 17 56 Justin Starling 46
 18 47 Lorenzo Locurcio 45
 19 175 Joshua Hill 43
 20 981 Curren Thurman 37

250SX West Final Points Standings

Position Number Rider Points
 1 1W Dylan Ferrandis 200
 2 32 Justin Cooper 180
 3 52 Austin Forkner 176
 4 30 Brandon Hartranft 158
 5 28 Michael Mosiman 139
 6 26 Alex Martin 124
 7 57 Derek Drake 120
 8 40 Mitchell Oldenburg 109
 9 101 Luke Clout 106
 10 83 Jett Lawrence 97
 11 45 Jacob Hayes 89
 12 29 Cameron Mcadoo 79
 13 55 Martin Castelo 75
 14 95 Carson Brown 74
 15 62 Christian Craig 68
 16 90 Killian Auberson 65
 17 72 Robbie Wageman 51
 18 108 Aaron Tanti 50
 19 106 Jay Wilson 45
 20 60 Mitchell Falk 41

450SX Heats

In Heat 1 for the 450SX riders, Broc Tickle(20) from Holly, Michigan earned the holeshot and led early. The only rider left with a chance to catch Tomac, defending champion Cooper Webb(1), did not get a great start and had to battle his way to the front. Knowing the importance of every spot, Webb recovered for a 2nd place finish behind Jason Anderson(21). Tickle held on for 5th and will get a decent gate choice in the Main.

In Heat 2, the championship leader, Eli Tomac(3) started back in the pack. He rode a smart race, avoiding trouble, moving forward when the opportunity arose and taking the 3rd spot to advance easily to the Main Event. Ken Roczen(94), eliminated from championship contention last Wednesday, earned the Heat win. Zach Osborne(16) finished second.

450SX Main Event

Tomac was 9th on the start and Webb went down in the first corner falling to the back of the pack. At the end of the 1st lap, Tomac sat 10th and Webb 14th. With Webb seemingly out of contention for the win, all Tomac had to do was stay out of trouble.

And that is exactly what Tomac did, riding to a fifth-place finish, he wins his first 450SX Championship. Zach Osborne(16) grabbed his first 450SX Main event win, cooper Webb finished 8th.

Broc Tickle finished in 6th and moved into the top 20 in the season’s standings. A good showing for someone who rode the Utah races with a broken hand.

450SX Results

Position Number Rider Qualified Points
 1 16 Zach Osborne 4 26
 2 21 Jason Anderson 1 23
 3 15 Dean Wilson 11 21
 4 27 Malcolm Stewart 12 19
 5 3 Eli Tomac 6 18
 6 20 Broc Tickle 9 17
 7 94 Ken Roczen 2 16
 8 1 Cooper Webb 3 15
 9 46 Justin Hill 16 14
 10 22 Chad Reed 18 13
 11 7 Aaron Plessinger 13 12
 12 10 Justin Brayton 7 11
 13 34 Tyler Bowers 15 10
 14 50 Benny Bloss 14 9
 15 64 Vince Friese 17 8
 16 4 Blake Baggett 10 7
 17 37 Martin Davalos 5 6
 18 11 Kyle Chisholm 21 5
 19 31 Fredrik Noren 20 4
 20 51 Justin Barcia 8 3
 21 61 Alex Ray 22 2
 22 69 Carlen Gardner 19 1

 

450SX Final Points Standings

Position Number Rider Points
 1 3 Eli Tomac 384
 2 1 Cooper Webb 359
 3 94 Ken Roczen 354
 4 21 Jason Anderson 287
 5 51 Justin Barcia 272
 6 16 Zach Osborne 252
 7 27 Malcolm Stewart 252
 8 15 Dean Wilson 239
 9 10 Justin Brayton 227
 10 46 Justin Hill 213
 11 7 Aaron Plessinger 207
 12 4 Blake Baggett 200
 13 37 Martin Davalos 178
 14 64 Vince Friese 155
 15 9 Adam Cianciarulo 129
 16 22 Chad Reed 113
 17 50 Benny Bloss 108
 18 34 Tyler Bowers 97
 19 11 Kyle Chisholm 85
 20 20 Broc Tickle 59