Snapdragon Stadium, San Diego, CA — January 21, 2023
After the postponement of Supercross Round Two last weekend at Oakland, Round Three of Monster Energy AMA Supercross continues the California schedule with a visit to San Diego and Snapdragon Stadium, home of the San Diego State Aztecs. The 63rd different venue to host a Supercross race and the first since Atlanta Motor Speedway was added in 2021.
The San Diego Supercross was held in Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium 31 times from 1980-2014. The site has since been demolished. From 2015-2022 the series moved to PETCO Park, where there were eight races held. 2023 marks the 40th San Diego Supercross.
Tomac and Lawrence Off to Fast Starts
Eli Tomac led early in the 450 main during the 2023 Anaheim I. He dropped to fifth after a mid-race spill and recovered with a late charge to take his first win in a season opener. In eight previous attempts, Tomac averaged a 10th-place finish, including seventh and sixth in his title run campaigns.
Jett Lawrence rode away to victory in the Anaheim Opener for his eighth career 250SX Class victory. The 2022 Eastern Regional 250SX Class champion has his eyes set on becoming the fourth different rider to win a title on both coasts (Ernesto Fonseca ’99 & ’01; James Stewart ’03-’04; Grant Langston ’05-’06). He is tied for 22nd in 250SX Class wins with Keith Turpin, Denny Stephenson, Jake Weimer, and Dean Wilson.
250 SX Heats
RJ Hampshire(24) earned the holeshot in Heat One. But it was Enzo Lopes(56) that took the early lead. Cameron Mcadoo(48) went down on lap one and had to work his way up into a qualifying position. Lopes bobbled, and Hampshire grabbed the lead. However, it was all for naught as the red flag was displayed due to an issue among riders back in the pack.
Colby Copp(645) went down hard and had to be assisted off the track by the medical personnel. Because over three laps had been completed, a staggered start bunched the field in a straight line with Lopes back at the front.
The race restarted with 1:58 and a lap remaining in the moto. Lopes took advantage of the break and put some space between himself and Hampshire when the green flag dropped. He failed to hold the top spot again as Hampshire made the pass for the lead with just over a lap to go. McAdoo recovered to finish in the fifth position.
After posting the fastest lap to gain the first gate choice, Jett Lawrence(18) shook off a crash in qualifying to grab the holeshot at the start of Heat Two. Another wire-to-wire heat win served notice that Lawrence is the early favorite in the 250SX West division.
Levi Kitchen(43) and Pierce Brown(33) staged a torrid battle for second, with Brown ultimately taking the position.
Chase Sexton(23), Jason Anderson(21), and Eli Tomac(1) all drew Heat One in the 450SX class. Continuing his hot streak, Tomac went right to the front.
Sexton got crossed up out of the rhythm section on lap one and went down sideways. Aaron Plessinger(7) ran into Sexton’s bike while Fredrik Noren(47) rode over the top of the downed machine.
The damage to Sexton’s bike was obvious. When he tried to right his Honda CRF450R, oil came pouring out of the engine’s oil tank. Sexton will have to qualify out of the last chance qualifier(LCQ). Plessinger and Noren recovered to make the main event finishing sixth and eighth, respectively.
In Heat Two, Ken Roczen(94) led the entire race ahead of Adam Cianciarulo(9) and Dylan Ferrandis(14). But, it was Malcolm Stewart(27) who made a torrid charge through the field. He capped off the run with a last lap pass four corners before the finish to take the moto win.
After coming out of the gate, Sexton was fifth across the holeshot line. Riding unhurried, he worked his way to the top spot and easily advanced to the main event out of the LCQ.
250SX West Main Event
A major crash at the start sidelined a number of riders. Out front, it was Lawrence, Lopes, Phillip Nicoletti(69), and McAdoo pulling away from the pack on lap one.
Nicoletti fell off the pace and was replaced in the top four by Hampshire. McAdoo moved to second and began to eat into Lawrence’s lead. Hampshire passed Lopes into the third position as the race moved past the halfway point.
Ultimately, Lawrence pulled away for the win. Hampshire passed McAdoo for second on the next to last lap, giving the pair their second one-two finish in the first two main events of 2023.
250SX West Results
|1||18||Jett Lawrence||Honda CRF250R||Team Honda HRC|
|2||24||RJ Hampshire||Husqvarna FC 250 RE||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing|
|3||48||Cameron Mcadoo||Kawasaki KX250||Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki|
|4||56||Enzo Lopes||Yamaha YZ250F||Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha|
|5||33||Pierce Brown||GASGAS MC 250F||Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing|
|6||40||Stilez Robertson||Yamaha YZ250F||Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing|
|7||49||Mitchell Oldenburg||Honda CRF250R||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda|
|8||69||Phillip Nicoletti||Yamaha YZ250F||Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha, 6D Helmets, MotoSport, ORW|
|9||41||Derek Kelley||KTM 250 SX-F||AEO Powersports KTM Racing|
|10||83||Cole Thompson||Yamaha YZ250F||Team Solitaire Heartbeat Hot Sauce Yamaha|
|11||79||Dylan Walsh||Kawasaki KX250||Revo Grindstone Kawaski|
|12||42||Joshua Varize||KTM 250 SX-F||AEO Powersports|
|13||59||Robbie Wageman||Suzuki RM-Z250||BarX Suzuki, R-Jerky, Grindstone|
|14||508||Hunter Yoder||Kawasaki KX250||Partzilla, SOBMX, OGS, RynoPower, Ogio|
|15||111||Anthony Rodriguez||Honda CRF250R||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda|
|16||76||Dominique Thury||Yamaha YZ250F||Team Solitaire Heartbeat Hot Sauce Yamaha|
|17||102||Wilson Todd||Honda CRF250R||Firepower Honda|
|18||98||Geran Stapleton||GASGAS MC 250F||Geran Stapleton|
|19||85||Dilan Schwartz||Suzuki RM-Z250||Progressive Insurance Ecstar Suzuki|
|20||260||Dylan Woodcock||GASGAS MC 250F||Stunt Flying, California MX Holidays, Seven, Pod, Bell|
|21||43||Levi Kitchen||Yamaha YZ250F||Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing|
|22||84||Mitchell Harrison||GASGAS MC 250F||AJE Motorsport Overstock Vehicles.com GAS GAS|
250SX West Point Standings
|1||18||Jett Lawrence||Zephyrhills, FL||52|
|2||24||RJ Hampshire||Minneola, FL||46|
|3||48||Cameron Mcadoo||Sioux City, IA||42|
|4||56||Enzo Lopes||Chesterfield, SC||36|
|5||49||Mitchell Oldenburg||Godley, TX||35|
|6||40||Stilez Robertson||Bakersfield, CA||31|
|7||69||Phillip Nicoletti||Bethel, NY||30|
|8||41||Derek Kelley||Riverside, CA||27|
|9||79||Dylan Walsh||Wildomar, CA||24|
|10||83||Cole Thompson||Brigden, ON||23|
|11||33||Pierce Brown||Sandy, UT||18|
|12||34||Max Vohland||Granite Bay, CA||18|
|13||43||Levi Kitchen||Havana, FL||18|
|14||59||Robbie Wageman||Newhall, CA||18|
|15||111||Anthony Rodriguez||Tallahassee, FL||17|
|16||508||Hunter Yoder||Menifee, CA||15|
|17||42||Joshua Varize||Perris, CA||11|
|18||53||Derek Drake||Lake Elsinore, CA||11|
|19||76||Dominique Thury||Schneeberg, GER||7|
|20||162||Maxwell Sanford||Pasadena, MD||7|
|21||85||Dilan Schwartz||Alpine, CA||7|
|22||102||Wilson Todd||Barrine, QLD||6|
|23||98||Geran Stapleton||Clyde North, VIC||5|
|24||93||Jerry Robin||Hamel, MN||5|
|25||702||Hunter Cross||Discovery Bay, CA||4|
|26||260||Dylan Woodcock||Rayleigh, ENG||3|
|27||173||Hunter Schlosser||El Paso, TX||2|
|28||84||Mitchell Harrison||Leesburg, FL||1|
|29||55||Austin Forkner||Nevada, MO||1|
450 SX Main Event
As riders crossed the finish line at the end of lap one, Cianciarulo led Cooper Webb(2), Tomac, Anderson, Justin Barcia(51), and Roczen. Stewart crashed on lap two, taking him out of consideration for the win.
It did not take Tomac long to assert himself, passing Webb and Cianciarulo for the lead. Webb and Anderson separated themselves from the pack, locking down second and third. Barcia and Roczen staged a personal battle for fourth and fifth while Cianciarullo faded down the leaderboard.
Anderson crashed and dropped to tenth. Allowing Barcia, Roczen, and Sexton to move up to third through fifth. Webb kept Tomac in sight but could not cut into the three-second interval. The drama came down to who would take the final podium spot among the three riders fighting to claim it.
Barcia held off his challengers for the third position, and Tomac is off to the fastest season start of his career, going one-one in the first two races of 2023.
|1||1||Eli Tomac||Yamaha YZ450F||Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing|
|2||2||Cooper Webb||KTM 450 SX-F FE||Red Bull KTM|
|3||51||Justin Barcia||GASGAS MC 450F||Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing|
|4||94||Ken Roczen||Suzuki RM-Z450||Progressive Insurance Ecstar Suzuki|
|5||23||Chase Sexton||Honda CRF450R||Team Honda HRC|
|6||14||Dylan Ferrandis||Yamaha YZ450F||Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing|
|7||21||Jason Anderson||Kawasaki KX450SR||Monster Energy Kawasaki|
|8||9||Adam Cianciarulo||Kawasaki KX450SR||Monster Energy Kawasaki|
|9||7||Aaron Plessinger||KTM 450 SX-F FE||Red Bull KTM|
|10||17||Joey Savatgy||Kawasaki KX450SR||Rick Ware Racing|
|11||28||Christian Craig||Husqvarna FC 450 RE||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing|
|12||45||Colt Nichols||Honda CRF450R||Team Honda HRC|
|13||46||Justin Hill||KTM 450 SX-F||Team Tedder Monster Energy Mountain Motorsports|
|14||15||Dean Wilson||Honda CRF450R||Fire Power Honda|
|15||27||Malcolm Stewart||Husqvarna FC 450 RE||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing|
|16||12||Shane McElrath||Suzuki RM-Z450||Twisted Tea Suzuki Progressive Insurance|
|17||11||Kyle Chisholm||Suzuki RM-Z450||Twisted Tea Suzuki Progressive Insurance|
|18||519||Joshua Cartwright||Kawasaki KX450||Psychic Motorsports, T3 Civil, Ronnie Prado Company, Cardinal|
|19||47||Fredrik Noren||Kawasaki KX450SR||MaddParts.com, Big Buildings Direct, RPC Kawasaki|
|20||60||Justin Starling||GASGAS MC 450F||FXR, General Grind & Machine, JSR Motorsports|
|21||140||Alex Ray||Yamaha YZ450F||Swapmoto Live, ONEAL, Yamaha|
|22||73||John Short||Kawasaki KX450SR||MaddParts.com, Big Buildings Direct, RPC Kawasaki|
450SX Point Standings
|1||1||Eli Tomac||Cortez, CO||52|
|2||2||Cooper Webb||Newport, NC||46|
|3||23||Chase Sexton||Clermont, FL||39|
|4||94||Ken Roczen||Clermont, FL||37|
|5||14||Dylan Ferrandis||Tallahassee, FL||36|
|6||51||Justin Barcia||Greenville, FL||33|
|7||21||Jason Anderson||Rio Rancho, NM||32|
|8||9||Adam Cianciarulo||New Smyrna Beach, FL||29|
|9||7||Aaron Plessinger||Hamilton, OH||29|
|10||45||Colt Nichols||Murrieta, CA||28|
|11||17||Joey Savatgy||Clermont, FL||26|
|12||28||Christian Craig||Clermont, FL||22|
|13||46||Justin Hill||Yoncalla, OR||18|
|14||15||Dean Wilson||Menifee, CA||18|
|15||27||Malcolm Stewart||Haines City, FL||15|
|16||25||Marvin Musquin||Corona, CA||11|
|17||12||Shane McElrath||Oakland, FL||7|
|18||60||Justin Starling||Riverview, FL||7|
|19||11||Kyle Chisholm||Valrico, FL||6|
|20||78||Grant Harlan||Decatur, TX||6|
|21||47||Fredrik Noren||Indian Trail, NC||6|
|22||519||Joshua Cartwright||Fort Worth, TX||5|
|23||751||Josh Hill||Huntersville, NC||5|
|24||80||Kevin Moranz||Topeka, KS||3|
|25||140||Alex Ray||Milan, TN||2|
|26||73||John Short||Pilot Point, TX||2|
Next week the series heads back to Anaheim for A2. Can any other driver break the momentum of Tomac and Anderson? Tickets are still available.