AMA Supercross Points Leaders Unable to Clinch at Salt Lake City

Championships in all classes will be decided during the series final next Saturday, again at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City

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Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT – April 24, 2021

The 2021 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series winds up with its final two events from Salt Lake City. The 250 SX East riders are back on the track to sort out their points championship. Cooper Webb tries to lock up the 450 SX class over Ken Roczen.

250 SX

With their final ride before next week’s East/West Showdown, the East Championship is still up in the air with Colt Nichols(64) leading Christian Craig(29) by 8 points.

Nichols took care of business in Heat 1 pulling away from the field. Craig came to the gate in Heat 2 hurting from a brutal crash during qualifying earlier in the day.

Craig rolled through the gate drop, but it was obvious he would not be able to ride competitively. Pulling off the course, Craig’s title hopes disappeared when his team announced he would not report for the start of the LCQ as he was done for the evening.

Jett Lawrence(18) rode to the win in Heat 2. Unfortunately for Lawrence, he trails Nichols by too wide a margin and is out of contention for the title.

250 SX East Main Event

Colt Nichols played it super safe at the start of the 250 SX Main, checking up in the first corner and starting in 10th position. Joe Shimoda(30), who will inherit 2nd place in the points with Craig out of this event, took the early lead.

Shimoda fought off a challenge from Michael Mosiman(42) mid-race, while Lawrence ran 3rd and Nichols had worked his way up to 4th. Lawrence joined the battle for the lead with under five minutes to go passing Mosiman, Nichols also got by when Mosiman hit a Tuff Block.

Joe Shimoda got his first career Supercross win, Lawrence finished 2nd, and Nichols 3rd. Shimoda’s win kept Nichols from clinching the East Championship, at least until next week.

250 SX East Main Event Results

Position Number Rider Bike Interval
 1 30 Jo Shimoda Kawasaki KX250 19 Laps
 2 18 Jett Lawrence Honda CRF250R 1.15
 3 64 Colt Nichols Yamaha YZ250F 3.05
 4 42 Michael Mosiman GASGAS MC 250F 21.717
 5 773 Thomas Do KTM 250 SX-F 52.011
 6 241 Joshua Varize KTM 250 SX-F 18 Laps
 7 88 Logan Karnow Kawasaki KX250 12.251
 8 914 Geran Stapleton Honda CRF250R 15.574
 9 193 Hunter Schlosser Yamaha YZ250F 18.052
 10 55 John Short Suzuki RM-Z250 29.006
 11 125 Luke Neese Kawasaki KX250 34.562
 12 170 Devin Simonson Kawasaki KX250 42.565
 13 621 RJ Wageman Yamaha YZ250F 45.288
 14 509 Alexander Nagy KTM 250 SX-F 17 Laps
 15 162 Maxwell Sanford Honda CRF250R 0.668
 16 57 Justin Rodbell Kawasaki KX250 6.638
 17 185 Wilson Fleming Honda CRF250R 14.086
 18 625 Jonah Geistler KTM 250 SX-F 18.017
 19 974 Brian Marty Husqvarna FC 250 34.034
 20 597 Mason Kerr Kawasaki KX250 49.540
 21 124 Lane Shaw KTM 250 SX-F 16 Laps
 22 95 Joshua Osby Honda CRF250R 15 Laps

250 SX East Points Standings

Position Number Rider Hometown Points
1 64 Colt Nichols Murrieta, CA 187
 2 30 Jo Shimoda Menifee, CA 164
 3 29 Christian Craig Temecula, CA 158
 4 18 Jett Lawrence Wesley Chapel, FL 151
 5 42 Michael Mosiman Minneaola, FL 116
 6 95 Joshua Osby Valparaiso, IN 104
 7 241 Joshua Varize Perris, CA 98
 8 773 Thomas Do Murrieta, CA 92
 9 49 Mitchell Oldenburg Aledo, TX 91
 10 88 Logan Karnow Amherst, OH 77
 11 76 Grant Harlan Justin, TX 71
 12 85 Kevin Moranz Topeka, KS 70
 13 55 John Short Pilot Point, TX 68
 14 122 Jeremy Hand Mantua 59
 15 125 Luke Neese Jamestown, NC 56
 16 170 Devin Simonson Laurinburg, NC 50
 17 115 Max Vohland Granite Bay , CA 46
 18 99 Hunter Sayles Chassell, MI 46
 19 193 Hunter Schlosser El Paso, TX 44
 20 185 Wilson Fleming Jacksonville, FL 41

450 SX

Points leader Cooper Webb(2) easily took the win in Heat 1, setting up his confrontation with Ken Roczen(94) to settle the 450 SX championship points race. Roczen trails by 16 points and can’t afford to give away any more points with just two races to go.  Ken Barcia crashed and damaged the radiator forcing him out and into the last chance qualifier. Michigan’s Broc Tickle finished in 6th, qualifying for the Featured Main.

Heat 2 was not as easy for Roczen, bottled up with a bunch of riders in the first corner he was 8th at the start. Eli Tomac(1) grabbed the lead early and held it to the finish. Roczen recovered to finish 3rd.

Barcia got the job done in the LCQ leading from start to finish to avoid missing out on the 450 SX Main.

450 SX Main Event

Ken Roczen shot out of the starting gate to grab the early lead in the 450 SX Main Event. Cooper Webb could only manage a 10th place start. Roczen built a three-second lead over Marvin Musquin(25) as Jason Anderson(21) ran 3rd.

By the 10 minute mark, Webb had moved up to 4th and was putting pressure on Anderson. Facing a challenge himself from Malcolm Stewart(27), Webb managed to get make the pass into 3rd and give himself some room.

Roczen went down in the corner entering the whoops section and dropped to 5th place. Webb closed on the new leader Musquin, his teammate.

Musquin fought off the challenge to take the win, Webb ran 2nd, and Malcolm Stewart earned the first podium of his 450 SX career in 3rd.

Marvin Musquin captures the win at Salt Lake City / Photo Credit Feld Entertainment

Roczen finished a disappointing 6th, losing more points to the Championship leader. He now sits 22 points behind Webb. Defending Champion Eli Tomac finished 10th and was officially eliminated from any chance at a repeat. Broc Tickle finished in 12th place.

450 SX Main Event Results

Position Number Rider Bike Interval
1 25 Marvin Musquin KTM 450 SX-F FE 25 Laps
 2 2 Cooper Webb KTM 450 SX-F FE 0.326
 3 27 Malcolm Stewart Yamaha YZ450F 10.463
 4 14 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha YZ450F 15.705
 5 23 Chase Sexton Honda CRF450R 17.099
 6 94 Ken Roczen Honda CRF450R WE 18.387
 7 21 Jason Anderson Husqvarna FC 450 RE 24.117
 8 7 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha YZ450F 26.831
 9 15 Dean Wilson Husqvarna FC 450 RE 44.487
 10 1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki KX450 46.242
 11 17 Joey Savatgy KTM 450 SX-F FE 48.503
 12 20 Broc Tickle Honda CRF450R 49.183
 13 34 Max Anstie Suzuki RM-Z450 24 Laps
 14 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F 24.920
 15 44 Tyler Bowers Kawasaki KX450 35.789
 16 37 Benny Bloss Honda CRF450R 23 Laps
 17 280 Cade Clason Kawasaki KX450 7.090
 18 28 Brandon Hartranft Suzuki RM-Z450 8.748
 19 81 Justin Starling KTM 450 SX-F 10.681
 20 70 Henry Miller KTM 450 SX-F 15.148
 21 43 Fredrik Noren Kawasaki KX450 22 Laps
 22 519 Joshua Cartwright Kawasaki KX450 21 Laps

450 SX Points Standings

Position Number Rider Hometown Points
1 2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC 362
 2 94 Ken Roczen Clermont, FL 340
 3 1 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 312
 4 51 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL 273
 5 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 249
 6 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 236
 7 27 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL 230
 8 14 Dylan Ferrandis Lake Elsinore, CA 218
 9 25 Marvin Musquin Corona, CA 208
 10 17 Joey Savatgy Clermont, FL 190
 11 15 Dean Wilson Murrieta, CA 153
 12 23 Chase Sexton Clermont, FL 141
 13 36 Martin Davalos Tallahassee, FL 124
 14 16 Zach Osborne Clermont, FL 123
 15 20 Broc Tickle Holly, MI 121
 16 9 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL 120
 17 10 Justin Brayton Charlotte, NC 96
 18 40 Vince Friese Menifee, CA 94
 19 11 Kyle Chisholm Valrico, FL 80
 20 19 Justin Bogle Edmond, OK 78