Supercross Houston Round 2 Goes to Eli Tomac

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NRG Stadium, Houston, TX — January 19, 2021

Round 2 of the 2021 AMA Supercross season returns to NRG Stadium in Houston. Justin Barcia(51) is looking to back up his historic win on Saturday night. While Eli Tomac(1) wants to get his title defense on track after the disappointing 13th place finish he posted in Round 1.

250 SX

It did not take the 250 SX East riders long to mix it up in Heat 1 on their 2nd night of competition. Colt Nichols(64) launched out of the starting gate to take the holeshot. As Austin Forkner(38) was getting bumped off the track in the 1st turn, dropping his bike, resulting in starting the moto from the rear of the pack.

Forkner managed to work his way into the Top 9 to avoid the last chance qualifier, finishing 4th. Nichols could not keep the lead as Michael Mosiman(42) took the heat win.

In Heat 2, Jett Lawrence(18) grabbed the holeshot. Saturday’s 250 SX Main winner Christian Craig(29) settled into 2nd after taking an early run at the lead. Lawrence fought off the early challenge and slowly built his advantage, leading start to finish for his first AMA Supercross heat win.

250 SX Main Event

Jett Lawrence served notice that he is a rider to be reckoned with in the 250 SX East class this season. The 17-year old, in just his 8th AMA Supercross event, rode away from the field to capture his first win. Lawrence showed the aggressive riding form that generated so much buzz during 2020, coming back from his season-ending collarbone injury.

RJ Hampshire(24) and Forkner were battling for 2nd and 3rd when they collided halfway through the event. Forkner recovered to finish 6th, but Hampshire faded to 17th. Nichols finished 2nd and Saturday’s winner, Craig took the final podium position.

With his 3rd place finish, Craig maintained his points lead, Nichols is three points back in  2nd, and Lawrence moved into 3rd, one point back of Nichols.

250 SX East Main Event

Position # Rider Bike Interval
 1 18 Jett Lawrence Honda CRF250R 22 Laps
 2 64 Colt Nichols Yamaha YZ250F 7.855
 3 29 Christian Craig Yamaha YZ250F 13.303
 4 42 Michael Mosiman GASGAS MC 250F 18.843
 5 30 Jo Shimoda Kawasaki KX250 21.871
 6 38 Austin Forkner Kawasaki KX250 23.684
 7 49 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF250R 43.003
 8 115 Max Vohland KTM 250 SX-F 46.734
 9 95 Joshua Osby Honda CRF250R 21 Laps
 10 55 John Short Suzuki RM-Z250 4.62
 11 773 Thomas Do KTM 250 SX-F 20.836
 12 122 Jeremy Hand Honda CRF250R 22.822
 13 99 Hunter Sayles KTM 250 SX-F 24.669
 14 125 Luke Neese Kawasaki KX250 25.939
 15 76 Grant Harlan Honda CRF250R 28.538
 16 241 Joshua Varize KTM 250 SX-F 20 Laps
 17 24 Rj Hampshire Husqvarna FC 250 7.884
 18 88 Logan Karnow Kawasaki KX250 9.48
 19 260 Dylan Woodcock Kawasaki KX250 12.644
 20 170 Devin Simonson Kawasaki KX250 19 Laps
 21 87 Curren Thurman KTM 250 SX-F 3 Laps
 22 116 Tj Albright Kawasaki KX250 2 Laps

 

250 SX East Points Standings

Position # Rider Points
1 29 Christian Craig 47
 2 64 Colt Nichols 44
 3 18 Jett Lawrence 43
 4 38 Austin Forkner 40
 5 30 Jo Shimoda 37
 6 42 Michael Mosiman 35
 7 24 RJ Hampshire 32
 8 49 Mitchell Oldenburg 31
 9 115 Max Vohland 29
 10 95 Joshua Osby 26
 11 55 John Short 24
 12 773 Thomas Do 18
 13 241 Joshua Varize 17
 14 99 Hunter Sayles 17
 15 76 Grant Harlan 16
 16 122 Jeremy Hand 12
 17 88 Logan Karnow 11
 18 85 Kevin Moranz 10
 19 125 Luke Neese 8
 20 604 Max Miller 5
 21 260 Dylan Woodcock 5
 22 384 Lorenzo Camporese 4
 23 116 Tj Albright 4
 24 170 Devin Simonson 3
 25 87 Curren Thurman 2

450 SX

Marvin Musquin(25), looking to prove his 3rd place finish Saturday was no fluke, fired off at the gate drop in the 450 SX class Heat 1. Unfortunately, a red flag took the advantage away after a big crash in Turn 1. On the restart, Chase Sexton(23) nosed out front and rode away from Musquin in 2nd.

Sexton, last year’s 250 SX East champion, earned his 1st 450 SX heat win. Dylan Ferrandis(14), the 250 SX West champion in 2020, passed Musquin for 2nd place to give the big bike rookies a 1-2 finish.

Heat 2 had Barcia showing the form that resulted in his victory in Round 1. Leading from the start, Barcia took the checkered flag unchallenged. Local rider, Broc Tickle(20), ran in the 3rd position early. But trouble caught up with the Holly, MI native and he finished out of the Top 9 and into the 450 SX last chance qualifier. Tomac finished 4th but did not ride with the dominance expected from the defending champion.

Tickle fought his way into the Main Event with a 3rd place finish in the 450 SX LCQ.

450 SX Main Event

Chase Sexton powered to the early lead at the drop of the gate in the 450 SX Main. Saturday’s winner, Justin Barcia(51), got squeezed among several riders on both of the opening turns and had to back out of the throttle to avoid collisions. He could never recover and only managed a 9th place finish. Adam Cianciarulo(9), off to a good start settled into 2nd. While defending champion Tomac ran 3rd.

Problems vexed the leaders starting with Cianciarulo, who dropped his bike in the sand section of the track, costing him a chance to post in the Top 10. Two laps later Sexton got twisted up in the same area and was thrown off the bike landing hard on his back. The 450 SX class rookie was unable to continue but walked off the track in obvious pain.

After inheriting the lead, Tomac did what a champion must do. He ran a solid, mistake-free race. Zach Osborne(16) closed to within a second of the leader until going down in the last minute of the timed portion of the moto. He finished 10th.

Eli Tomac back out front in Round 2 / Photo Credit supercrosslive.com

Ferrandis outlasted the rest of the field and took the 2nd spot. Justin Brayton(10), grabbed the 3rd spot. Broc Tickle, coming out of the LCQ finished a respectable 13th.

Barcia barely held on to the points lead with a two-race total of 40. Ferrandis took over 2nd with 39 points. Brayton and Musquin are tied for 3rd at 38. Ken Roczen(94) and Tomac fall in line, each a point behind, in 5th and 6th respectively.

450 SX Main Event

Position # Rider Bike Interval
 1 1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki KX450 29 Laps
 2 14 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha YZ250F 4.976
 3 10 Justin Brayton Honda CRF450R 9.002
 4 2 Cooper Webb KTM 450 SX-F FE 10.305
 5 94 Ken Roczen Honda CRF450R WE 13.157
 6 25 Marvin Musquin KTM 450 SX-F FE 16.257
 7 27 Malcolm Stewart Yamaha YZ450F 24.019
 8 21 Jason Anderson Husqvarna FC 450 RE 24.343
 9 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F 25.708
 10 16 Zach Osborne Husqvarna FC 450 RE 26.13
 11 15 Dean Wilson Husqvarna FC 450 RE 28.437
 12 9 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450 37.351
 13 20 Broc Tickle Honda CRF450R 45.119
 14 11 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha YZ450F 28 Laps
 15 40 Vince Friese Honda CRF450R WE 7.453
 16 7 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha YZ450F 26.553
 17 28 Brandon Hartranft Suzuki RM-Z450 36.036
 18 83 Alex Ray Kawasaki KX450 26 Laps
 19 37 Benny Bloss Honda CRF450R 23 Laps
 20 36 Martin Davalos KTM 450 SX-F FE 20 Laps
 21 17 Joey Savatgy KTM 450 SX-F FE 7 Laps
 22 23 Chase Sexton Honda CRF450R 6 Laps

 

450 SX Points Standings

Position # Rider Points
1 51 Justin Barcia 40
 2 14 Dylan Ferrandis 39
 3 10 Justin Brayton 38
 4 25 Marvin Musquin 38
 5 94 Ken Roczen 37
 6 1 Eli Tomac 36
 7 27 Malcolm Stewart 34
 8 2 Cooper Webb 33
 9 9 Adam Cianciarulo 30
 10 16 Zach Osborne 26
 11 15 Dean Wilson 23
 12 7 Aaron Plessinger 22
 13 21 Jason Anderson 19
 14 20 Broc Tickle 16
 15 17 Joey Savatgy 14
 16 11 Kyle Chisholm 13
 17 40 Vince Friese 11
 18 23 Chase Sexton 10
 19 28 Brandon Hartranft 8
 20 83 Alex Ray 6
 21 36 Martin Davalos 5
 22 37 Benny Bloss 4
 23 722 Adam Enticknap 3