AMA Supercross 2021 Kicks Off Season in Houston

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX — January 16, 2021

With California under strict Coronavirus restrictions, the AMA Supercross series opened their season at NGR Stadium in Houston, TX. It was the first season opener to be contested outside of the State of California in 25 years.

250 SX East

Christian Craig(29) qualified first among the 250 SX riders and beat out RJ Hampshire 24 for the win in Heat 2 by a second and a half. Austin Forkner(38) was the winner in Heat 1.

In the Main Event, Hampshire rocketed out of the gate to take the holeshot. But, his lead was short-lived as Craig rode to the front and never looked back. A minor bobble at mid-race had Craig hitting a tuff block, he stayed upright and cruised the rest of the way for the win.

Forkner recovered from a poor start to take the 2nd spot, and Colt Nichols(64) worked his way through the field to earn a podium spot with his 3rd place finish.

Hampshire had a couple of incidents during the race with an early fall and a collision with Jett Lawrence(18) on the final lap of the moto. Lawrence lost control mid-turn and as he struggled to get his bike upright Hampshire ran over his ankle. Fortunately, Hampshire’s boot protected his leg, and he recovered to follow Hampshire (5th) across the finish in 6th place.

Jo Shimoda(30) finished in 4th on the night.

Round 1 250 SX East Results

 1 29 Christian Craig Temecula, CA Yamaha YZ250F 20 Laps
 2 38 Austin Forkner Richards, MO Kawasaki KX250 5.057
 3 64 Colt Nichols Murrieta, CA Yamaha YZ250F 6.665
 4 30 Jo Shimoda Menifee, CA Kawasaki KX250 19.522
 5 24 Rj Hampshire Minneola, FL Husqvarna FC 250 20.302
 6 18 Jett Lawrence Wesley Chapel, FL Honda CRF250R 30.11
 7 42 Michael Mosiman Menifee, CA GASGAS MC 250F 35.213
 8 49 Mitchell Oldenburg Aledo, TX Honda CRF250R 43.499
 9 115 Max Vohland Granite Bay , CA KTM 250 SX-F 46.638
 10 95 Joshua Osby Valparaiso, IN Honda CRF250R 19 Laps
 11 55 John Short Pilot Point, TX Suzuki RM-Z250 7.855
 12 241 Joshua Varize Perris, CA KTM 250 SX-F 10.364
 13 85 Kevin Moranz Topeka, KS KTM 250 SX-F 16.84
 14 76 Grant Harlan Justin, TX Honda CRF250R 24.434
 15 99 Hunter Sayles Chassell, MI KTM 250 SX-F 39.321
 16 773 Thomas Do Murrieta, CA KTM 250 SX-F 48.786
 17 88 Logan Karnow Amherst, OH Kawasaki KX250 18 Laps
 18 604 Max Miller Springfield, OR KTM 250 SX-F 3.968
 19 384 Lorenzo Camporese Campodarsego, ITA Kawasaki KX250 11.3
 20 116 Tj Albright Mount Marion, NY Kawasaki KX250 37.615
 21 122 Jeremy Hand Mantua, OH Honda CRF250R 14 Laps
 22 260 Dylan Woodcock Rayleigh, ENG Kawasaki KX250 7 Laps


450 SX

Defending Champion Eli Tomac(1) was eager to start the defense of his title. However, finishing 4th in his heat behind Justin Barcia(51), Ken Roczen(94), and Adam Cianciarulo(9) was just a precursor to the remainder of the evening.

Barcia made Supercross history winning the season opener for the 3rd year in a row. To make it more special, it was Barcia’s 100th Monster Energy Supercross start.

Justin Barcia starts 2021 with a victory at Houston / Photo Courtesy of

The Main Event saw Barcia jump out to an early lead and despite a charge from Roczen that had the riders side-by-side, Barcia prevailed. Marvin Musquin(25) finished 3rd.

Tomac dropped his bike in a collision and got booted off track later in the race. Vince Friese(40) was involved in both incidents with Tomac, who could only manage a 13th place finish. Defending 250 SX Champion, Case Sexton(23), riding in the 450 SX class for the 1st time finished 14th.

Local competitor, Broc Tickle from Holly, MI, finished 17th.

Round 1 450 SX Results

 1 51 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL GASGAS MC 450F 28 Laps
 2 94 Ken Roczen Clermont, FL Honda CRF450R WE 1.015
 3 25 Marvin Musquin Corona, CA KTM 450 SX-F FE 20.076
 4 9 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL Kawasaki KX450 22.281
 5 27 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL Yamaha YZ450F 24.399
 6 10 Justin Brayton Charlotte, NC Honda CRF450R 29.005
 7 14 Dylan Ferrandis Lake Elsinore, CA Yamaha YZ450F 30.39
 8 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH Yamaha YZ450F 32.385
 9 2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC KTM 450 SX-F FE 36.778
 10 16 Zach Osborne Clermont, FL Husqvarna FC 450 RE 37.172
 11 17 Joey Savatgy Clermont, FL KTM 450 SX-F FE 41.265
 12 15 Dean Wilson Murrieta, CA Husqvarna FC 450 RE 45.477
 13 1 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO Kawasaki KX450 48.863
 14 23 Chase Sexton Clermont, FL Honda CRF450R 27 Laps
 15 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM Husqvarna FC 450 RE 2.854
 16 40 Vince Friese Menifee, CA Honda CRF450R WE 6.879
 17 20 Broc Tickle Holly, MI Honda CRF450R 8.539
 18 36 Martin Davalos Tallahassee, FL KTM 450 SX-F FE 21.051
 19 11 Kyle Chisholm Valrico, FL Yamaha YZ450F 26 Laps
 20 722 Adam Enticknap Lompoc, CA Suzuki RM-Z450 25 Laps
 21 28 Brandon Hartranft Brick, NJ Suzuki RM-Z450 24 Laps
 22 83 Alex Ray Milan, TN Kawasaki KX450 19 Laps