Monster Energy AMA Supercross is Back, Tomac Still on Top

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Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT — May 31, 2020

Motorsports are leading the way in the resumption of sporting events from the pandemic shutdown. It’s easy to social distance when you are wearing a helmet. Monster Energy AMA Supercross is the latest event schedule to resume fulltime.

Seven events remained for the 250SX and 450SX riders after the last race, Round 10, at Daytona International Speedway on March 7th. Following the NASCAR model of no fans in the stands and limiting the event locales, all remaining competitions will be held at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT. The schedule, including broadcast stations, is as follows.

Sunday, May 31 (3-4 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4-6 p.m. ET, NBC);
Wednesday, June 3 ( 10:00 pm – 1:00 am ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 7 (5-8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Wednesday, June 10 (7–10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 14 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Wednesday, June 17 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
Sunday, June 21 (3-4:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET, NBC)

250SX Main

Points leader Chase Sexton(1E) won the 1st heat of the 250SX riders and Shane McElrath(12), 2nd in the points, won the second heat. Apparently, not much changes, even after an 85-day layoff.

However, in the 250SX Main Event, it was all McElrath as he earned the holeshot and led every lap. Sexton made several runs at the leaders but could never get close enough to make a serious challenge. The short course at the University of Utah football stadium meant lapped traffic was an obstacle for lead riders to deal with all day long. Only five of the 22 riders finished on the lead lap.

McElrath’s win shaved three points off Sexton’s lead in the 250SX East points race.

250SX Results

Position Number Rider Qualified LAPS LED POINTS
 1 12 Shane McElrath 1 22 26
 2 1E Chase Sexton 2 0 23
 3 36 Garrett Marchbanks 5 0 21
 4 6 Jeremy Martin 4 0 19
 5 163 Pierce Brown 6 0 18
 6 38 Kyle Peters 12 0 17
 7 352 Jalek Swoll 10 0 16
 8 66 Enzo Lopes 7 0 15
 9 159 Jace Owen 14 0 14
 10 43 John Short 16 0 13
 11 39 Jordan Bailey 9 0 12
 12 49 Chris Blose 19 0 11
 13 59 Joshua Osby 15 0 10
 14 349 Grant Harlan 18 0 9
 15 13 Colt Nichols 3 0 8
 16 73 Chase Marquier 21 0 7
 17 77 Kevin Moranz 20 0 6
 18 332 Dustin Winter 13 0 5
 19 68 Nick Gaines 17 0 4
 20 67 Jerry Robin 22 0 3
 21 84 Jo Shimoda 8 0 2
 22 56 Justin Starling 11 0 1

 

250SX East Points Standing

Position Number Rider Points
 1 1E Chase Sexton 121
 2 12 Shane McElrath 114
 3 36 Garrett Marchbanks 100
 4 6 Jeremy Martin 84
 5 24 RJ Hampshire 80
 6 66 Enzo Lopes 66
 7 84 Jo Shimoda 62
 8 352 Jalek Swoll 58
 9 39 Jordan Bailey 53
 10 54 Jordon Smith 48
 11 175 Joshua Hill 43
 12 163 Pierce Brown 41
 13 159 Jace Owen 40
 14 201 Cedric Soubeyras 35
 15 38 Kyle Peters 34
 16 43 John Short 32
 17 355 Joey Crown 31
 18 68 Nick Gaines 28
 19 53 James Decotis 24
 20 349 Grant Harlan 24

 

450 SX Main

The same scenario held true with the 450SX riders. Points leader Eli Tomac(3) won the 1st Heat. Ken Roczen(94), also 2nd in the 450 SX points battle, took the win in Heat 2.

The Main Event featured some drama as Tomac rolled off 5th at the start and Roczen 10th. Blake Baggett(4) grabbed the holeshot win followed by Vince Friese(64) and Adam Cianciarulo(9).

Cianciarulo went down in the rhythm section on Lap 1, Tomac ran over Adam’s bike and defending champion Cooper Webb(1) ran over Cianciarulo. Adam managed to crawl off the track but sat dazed on one of the trackside tuff blocks.

Baggett built a three-second lead while Tomac and Webb were battling for 3rd place. Webb won the spot and Roczen had moved up to join the battle and he passed Tomac as well. Like many of his races this year, Tomac’s determination settled in and began to pick off the riders in front of him. One by one Tomac moved to the front, taking the lead on Lap 12.

Once in the top spot, Tomac moved away for the victory. Webb finished 2nd and Roczen 3rd, allowing Tomac to stretch his points lead to eight over Roczen. In an incident coming to the final lap of the race, Roczen landed a jump on the tuff blocks. Somehow he was able to remain upright and rode out the last circuit to the checkered flag. Cianciarulo never returned to the track and finished last.

450SX Results

Position Number Rider Laps Led Points
 1 3 Eli Tomac 18 26
 2 1 Cooper Webb 0 23
 3 94 Ken Roczen 0 21
 4 21 Jason Anderson 0 19
 5 16 Zach Osborne 0 18
 6 37 Martin Davalos 0 17
 7 4 Blake Baggett 11 16
 8 51 Justin Barcia 0 15
 9 10 Justin Brayton 0 14
 10 15 Dean Wilson 0 13
 11 27 Malcolm Stewart 0 12
 12 7 Aaron Plessinger 0 11
 13 50 Benny Bloss 0 10
 14 44 Kyle Cunningham 0 9
 15 11 Kyle Chisholm 0 8
 16 46 Justin Hill 0 7
 17 61 Alex Ray 0 6
 18 64 Vince Friese 0 5
 19 22 Chad Reed 0 4
 20 34 Tyler Bowers 0 3
 21 31 Fredrik Noren 0 2
 22 9 Adam Cianciarulo 0 1

450SX Points Standing

Position Number Rider Points
 1 3 Eli Tomac 252
 2 94 Ken Roczen 244
 3 1 Cooper Webb 220
 4 51 Justin Barcia 210
 5 21 Jason Anderson 189
 6 27 Malcolm Stewart 164
 7 46 Justin Hill 148
 8 10 Justin Brayton 143
 9 15 Dean Wilson 142
 10 7 Aaron Plessinger 136
 11 9 Adam Cianciarulo 129
 12 4 Blake Baggett 125
 13 16 Zach Osborne 123
 14 64 Vince Friese 113
 15 37 Martin Davalos 109
 16 34 Tyler Bowers 63
 17 22 Chad Reed 53
 18 11 Kyle Chisholm 52
 19 50 Benny Bloss 44
 20 44 Kyle Cunningham 32