Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL — February 13, 2021
After and mid-day rain at the first outdoor venue of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season, the track at Camping World Stadium in Orlando was in fine condition to race on.
The 250 SX East riders wrapped up their early season and won’t compete again for 10 weeks in Salt Lake City. The 450 SX riders were just trying to slow down Ken Roczen(94) after three wins in a row at Indy.
250 SX East
in the 250 SX Heat 1 Colt Nichols(64), who has been on a bit of a roll himself, took the early lead and easily outdistanced Joe Shimoda(30) by nine seconds at the checkered flag. The moto was relatively uneventful.
Not so in Heat 2. Christian Craig(29), the 2nd placed rider in the 250 SX East standings chasing his teammate Nichols, saw disaster strike on the 2nd lap. Craig came off a triple jump and did not carry enough distance hitting the center of next hill. He lost control and a nasty crash threw him off the bike, injuring his right hand/wrist. Jett Lawrence(18) passed and rode away for the easy victory.
Craig was unable to finish his heat and had to rely on the last chance qualifier, if he was to make the main event. It was doubtful he would report to the starting gate. Gritting it out, Craig had his injury taped up and he won the LCQ to keep his chase of Nichols alive.
In the 250 Main Event it was Lawrence, Nichols, and Craig falling into line on the 1st lap. The moto ended in the same order as Lawrence won his 2nd heat of the year. Craig’s 3rd place finish cost him tow points to Nichols but kept him in striking distance for the 250 SX finals in Salt Lake.
Nichols leads Craig by an eight point margin 166-158. The next closest riders, Joe Shimoda at 138 and Jett Lawrence 128 are out of contention for the East title.
250 SX East Round 7 Main Event Results
|1||18||Jett Lawrence||Honda CRF250R||26|
|2||64||Colt Nichols||Yamaha YZ250F||23|
|3||29||Christian Craig||Yamaha YZ250F||21|
|4||30||Jo Shimoda||Kawasaki KX250||19|
|5||49||Mitchell Oldenburg||Honda CRF250R||18|
|6||241||Joshua Varize||KTM 250 SX-F||17|
|7||85||Kevin Moranz||KTM 250 SX-F||16|
|8||95||Joshua Osby||Honda CRF250R||15|
|9||193||Hunter Schlosser||Yamaha YZ250F||14|
|10||88||Logan Karnow||Kawasaki KX250||13|
|11||170||Devin Simonson||Kawasaki KX250||12|
|12||125||Luke Neese||Kawasaki KX250||11|
|13||124||Lane Shaw||KTM 250 SX-F||10|
|14||773||Thomas Do||KTM 250 SX-F||9|
|15||509||Alexander Nagy||KTM 250 SX-F||8|
|16||76||Grant Harlan||Honda CRF250R||7|
|17||441||Scott Meshey||Husqvarna FC 250||6|
|18||185||Wilson Fleming||Honda CRF250R||5|
|19||162||Maxwell Sanford||Honda CRF250R||4|
|20||384||Lorenzo Camporese||Kawasaki KX250||3|
|21||99||Hunter Sayles||KTM 250 SX-F||2|
|22||122||Jeremy Hand||Honda CRF250R||1|
250 SX East Points Standings
|1||64||Colt Nichols||Murrieta, CA||166|
|2||29||Christian Craig||Temecula, CA||158|
|3||30||Jo Shimoda||Menifee, CA||138|
|4||18||Jett Lawrence||Wesley Chapel, FL||128|
|5||95||Joshua Osby||Valparaiso, IN||103|
|6||42||Michael Mosiman||Sebastopol, CA||97|
|7||49||Mitchell Oldenburg||Aledo, TX||91|
|8||241||Joshua Varize||Perris, CA||81|
|9||773||Thomas Do||Murrieta, CA||74|
|10||76||Grant Harlan||Justin, TX||71|
|11||85||Kevin Moranz||Topeka, KS||70|
|12||88||Logan Karnow||Amherst, OH||61|
|13||122||Jeremy Hand||Mantua, OH||59|
|14||55||John Short||Pilot Point, TX||55|
|15||115||Max Vohland||Granite Bay , CA||46|
|16||99||Hunter Sayles||Chassell, MI||46|
|17||125||Luke Neese||Jamestown, NC||44|
|18||38||Austin Forkner||Richards, MO||40|
|19||170||Devin Simonson||Laurinburg, NC||39|
|20||185||Wilson Fleming||Jacksonville, FL||35|
Rookie 450 rider Shane McElrath(12) made his first start of the season after recovering from a shoulder separation he received preparing for Houston. The injury to last year’s 250 SX East Championship runner-up kept him out of the early rounds as he recovered from the mishap.
In Heat 1, McElrath took the early lead only to be caught by defending 450 SX champion Eli Tomac(1). Tomac passed McElreath with a lap to go to get the Heat win.
Heat 2 saw Michigan’s Broc Tickle(20) grab the hole shot, but Roczen quickly went to the front and dominated for the win. Tickle faded and faced the prospect of having to qualify via the LCQ.
Tickle’s start in the LCQ was far different as he was mired back in the pack. A furious ride brought him to 5th, but he missed the 450 Main for the 1st time this season.
In the night’s featured event, everyone was hunting Roczen to break his 3 race win streak. Zach Osborne(16) and Justin Brayton(10) shot off the line and into the early lead. Roczen and Cooper Webb(2) ran just behind. Tomac was caught back in the pack and sat 11th after the start.
Osborn got out of shape and the bobble cost him four spots as Brayton went to the front. Shorthly after that incident, Webb made the pass of the night shooting past Roczen and Brayton in a corner to take the lead.
At the 15 minute mark, Tomac had recovered to 7th. Dylan Ferrandis(14) crashed and dropped out of the race. With 10 minutes to go, Tomac was 5th and Webb was extending his lead.
Justin Barcia was making a late podium run when hit hit a tuff block costing him a position even though he kept the bike upright. Webb outlasted Roczen for the win, with Osborne making it onto the podium with a 3rd place finish. Barcia and Tomac finished 4th and 5th.
Webb cut Roczen’s point lead to 13 points, 161-148. Tomac sits 3rd with 132, trailing by more points than are available in a single event(26). Adam Cianciarulo(9) with 118 and Barcia with 115 are fading fast and need some help to get back into contention.
All through Tomac’s title run in 2020, it seemed he could recover from a poor start and still get to the checkered flag first. He will need to find some of that magic going forward if he is going to have a shot to defend his title.
Next up, Orlando again, then it’s on to Daytona.
450 SX Round 7 Main Event Results
|1||2||Cooper Webb||KTM 450 SX-F FE||26|
|2||94||Ken Roczen||Honda CRF450R WE||23|
|3||16||Zach Osborne||Husqvarna FC 450 RE||21|
|4||51||Justin Barcia||GASGAS MC 450F||19|
|5||1||Eli Tomac||Kawasaki KX450||18|
|6||7||Aaron Plessinger||Yamaha YZ450F||17|
|7||25||Marvin Musquin||KTM 450 SX-F FE||16|
|8||21||Jason Anderson||Husqvarna FC 450 RE||15|
|9||27||Malcolm Stewart||Yamaha YZ450F||14|
|10||9||Adam Cianciarulo||Kawasaki KX450||13|
|11||10||Justin Brayton||Honda CRF450R||12|
|12||15||Dean Wilson||Husqvarna FC 450 RE||11|
|13||17||Joey Savatgy||KTM 450 SX-F FE||10|
|14||37||Benny Bloss||Honda CRF450R||9|
|15||40||Vince Friese||Honda CRF450R||8|
|16||36||Martin Davalos||KTM 450 SX-F FE||7|
|17||12||Shane McElrath||Honda CRF450R||6|
|18||19||Justin Bogle||KTM 450 SX-F FE||5|
|19||11||Kyle Chisholm||Yamaha YZ450F||4|
|20||81||Justin Starling||KTM 450 SX-F||3|
|21||43||Fredrik Noren||Kawasaki KX450||2|
|22||14||Dylan Ferrandis||Yamaha YZ450F||1|
450 SX Points Standings
|1||94||Ken Roczen||Clermont, FL||161|
|2||2||Cooper Webb||Newport, NC||148|
|3||1||Eli Tomac||Cortez, CO||132|
|4||9||Adam Cianciarulo||New Smyrna Beach, FL||118|
|5||51||Justin Barcia||Greenville, FL||115|
|6||25||Marvin Musquin||Corona, CA||110|
|7||27||Malcolm Stewart||Haines City, FL||109|
|8||16||Zach Osborne||Clermont, FL||108|
|9||7||Aaron Plessinger||Hamilton, OH||99|
|10||14||Dylan Ferrandis||Lake Elsinore, CA||97|
|11||10||Justin Brayton||Charlotte, NC||86|
|12||21||Jason Anderson||Rio Rancho, NM||82|
|13||17||Joey Savatgy||Clermont, FL||77|
|14||20||Broc Tickle||Holly, MI||52|
|15||15||Dean Wilson||Murrieta, CA||46|
|16||36||Martin Davalos||Tallahassee, FL||44|
|17||40||Vince Friese||Menifee, CA||42|
|18||11||Kyle Chisholm||Valrico, FL||39|
|19||37||Benny Bloss||Oak Grove, MO||36|
|20||19||Justin Bogle||Edmond, OK||29|