Cooper Webb Wins Tampa Supercross, Tomac Barely Holds Onto Points Lead

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL — February 11, 2023

Eli Tomac led all 23 laps in Houston, even after his competition lined up right behind him due to a red-flag restart. His victory marked #47 in his 450SX Class career, #91 in his AMA career, and his 87th 450SX Class podium. This moves him one victory behind Ricky Carmichael in 450SX Class wins and ties Carmichael in 450SX Class podiums for fourth on the all-time list. Tomac also ties Andrew Short for 10th on the all-time 450SX Class starts list with 151.

Tomac will have the chance to tie Carmichael in Tampa, where Round Six takes place in Raymond James Stadium. The first 450SX Class race in Tampa Bay was on April 25th, 1987, in Tampa Stadium.

Tampa Stadium hosted Supercross events in all but three seasons from 1987-1998. In 1991 the series instead went 20 minutes south of Tampa Bay to the Florida SunCoast Dome in St. Petersburg. There were no Supercross races held in the area in 1995 and 1997 before returning one final time to Tampa Stadium in 1998.

The “Big Sombrero,” as it was nicknamed by ESPN’s Chris Berman, was demolished in 1999 after hosting nine Supercross races, and Raymond James Stadium was built. Raymond James Stadium hosted a Supercross that same year but did not host again until the 2018 and 2020 seasons. 2023 will mark the fourth time the series has visited Raymond James Stadium and the 14th time in the Tampa Bay area.

250 SX East Heats

Heat One for the 250SX East riders was total carnage on the first lap as riders were down all over the track. Nate Thrasher jumped to the lead and rode away from the pack. Jordan Smith(58) was one of the riders that went down on lap one. He got back up and was able to move to a qualifying position in the top nine. On the last lap, Smith rode into the second position with a solid series of passes through the field. Tom Vialle(128) finished third.

Nate Thrasher / Lasco Press Photo

Hunter Lawrence dominated qualifying. But got a poor start in Heat Two, hitting the first turn in the 13th position. Haiden Deegan(238) took the early lead. Lawrence quickly moved into the top nine and began picking off riders ahead of him lap after lap. Deegan stretched the lead over Chance Hymas(832) while Lawrence recovered to the fifth position at the end of the timed portion of the moto.

Deegan picked up the first heat win of his career, Hymas finished second, and Jeremy Martin(6) held off Lawrence to finish in third place.

450 SX Heats

Teammates Adam Cianciarulo(9) and Jason Anderson(21) battled for the lead on the first lap of Heat One for the 450SX bikes. It was Anderson that prevailed, and Christian Craig(28) put Cianciarulo in his sights as the top three moved away from the other riders. The trio finished in that order as the rain that was forecast began to soak the track at Raymond James Stadium.

Jason Anderson / Lasco Press Photo

Heat Two featured the 450SX fastest qualifier Chase Sexton(23), with the current points leader and defending Supercross champion, Eli Tomac(1). The pair ran one-two, with Sexton showing the speed he displayed earlier in the day. Aaron Plessinger(7) tracked down Tomac and took over the second spot at the midway point of the moto. Sexton pulled away for the win, with Plessinger and Tomac following.

Aaron Plessinger / Lasco Press Photo

250 SX East Main Event

Nate thrasher did it again, out front early after the gate drop in the 250 SX Main. Haiden Deegan ran third, but trouble in the sand cost him several positions. It was another poor start by Lawrence. Fortunately for him, the longer race gives him the opportunity to move through more riders.

At the mid-way point of the race, Trasher had built a four-second lead over Max Anstie(63). Lawrence was third and closing. Lawrence moved past Anstie as the skies opened up and the heaviest rain of the day began to fall. Thrasher still led Lawrence by the same four-second interval. Would changing track conditions be a factor at the finish?

With one lap to go, Lawrence had cut the lead to less than two seconds. Through the rhythm section, both riders worked through traffic. Into the sand, Lawrence caught Thrasher, and the two riders collided as they exited. Thrasher got straightened out first and looked as if he might hold on for the win. But Lawrence caught him on the final turn and surged ahead over the final jump to take the checkered flag.

Hunter Lawrence wins in Tampa / Lasco Press Photo

Anstie finished on the final podium spot, with Haiden Deegan taking the fourth position.

250 SX East Results

 1 96 Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF250R Team Honda HRC
 2 29 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
 3 63 Max Anstie Honda CRF250R Fire Power Honda
 4 238 Haiden Deegan Yamaha YZ250F Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
 5 6 Jeremy Martin Yamaha YZ250F Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha
 6 128 Tom Vialle KTM 250 SX-F FE Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
 7 31 Michael Mosiman GASGAS MC 250F Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing
 8 832 Chance Hymas Honda CRF250R Team Honda HRC
 9 62 Jace Owen Honda CRF250R Phoenix Racing Honda
 10 99 Hardy Munoz Husqvarna FC 250 Namura, Invictus Speed Crew
 11 285 Coty Schock Honda CRF250R Phoenix Racing Honda
 12 243 Caden Braswell Honda CRF250R Phoenix Racing Honda
 13 57 Chris Blose Kawasaki KX250 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
 14 66 Henry Miller Honda CRF250R Ti-Lube, Storm Lake Honda, Innovation Concrete Inc, Rangeline
 15 58 Jordon Smith Yamaha YZ250F Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
 16 125 Luke Neese Honda CRF250R Red Research Group, Honda of Lynchburg
 17 174 Luca Marsalisi Yamaha YZ250F Manluk Rock River Yamaha
 18 247 Brock Papi Kawasaki KX250 Mosites Motorsports Makripodis Olive Oil Kawasaki, Oneal, LS2
 19 339 Talon Hawkins Husqvarna FC 250 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
 20 170 Devin Simonson Kawasaki KX250 Partzilla Prmx Racing
 21 86 Josiah Natzke Kawasaki KX250 Partzilla Prmx Racing
 22 460 Michael Hicks Honda CRF250R TiLube Honda Racing, Storm Lake Honda, FXR, 6D, X Brand


250 SX East Point Standings

 1 96 Hunter Lawrence Wesley Chapel, FL 52
 2 63 Max Anstie Cairo, GA 44
 3 238 Haiden Deegan Tallahassee, FL 38
 4 6 Jeremy Martin Rochester, MN 36
 5 128 Tom Vialle Murrieta, CA 33
 6 31 Michael Mosiman Minneola, FL 33
 7 29 Nate Thrasher Livingston, TN 31
 8 832 Chance Hymas Pocatello, ID 30
 9 58 Jordon Smith Ochlocknee, GA 29
 10 62 Jace Owen Mattoon, IL 23
 11 57 Chris Blose Phoenix, AZ 23
 12 285 Coty Schock Dover, DE 23
 13 99 Hardy Munoz Kissimmee, FL 20
 14 66 Henry Miller Rochester, MN 19
 15 339 Talon Hawkins Temecula, CA 16
 16 67 Cullin Park Clermont, FL 14
 17 243 Caden Braswell Shalimar, FL 11
 18 247 Brock Papi Clermont, Fl 11
 19 125 Luke Neese Jamestown, NC 10
 20 174 Luca Marsalisi Cairo, GA 6
 21 91 Jeremy Hand Mantua, OH 5
 22 460 Michael Hicks Fenton, MO 5
 23 170 Devin Simonson Laurinburg, NC 5
 24 86 Josiah Natzke Hamer, SC 2
 25 330 A J Catanzaro Tampa, FL 1


450 SX Main Event

The rain subsided at the end of the 250SX Main, and a little track maintenance had the racing surface ready to go for the 450SX riders.

Chase Sexton got away clean to take the lead. He was followed by Cooper Webb(2) and Aaron Plessinger. Eli Tomac was stuck back in seventh. Jason Anderson went down on the first lap and fell to the rear of the pack.

Five minutes in, Sexton had built a two-second lead. Tomac was up to fifth and began putting pressure on Ken Roczen(94) for the fourth spot. Sexton bobbled at the end of the sand section, allowing Webb to close to a second behind the leader.

With five minutes to go, Webb had closed to the rear tire of Sexton. The intervals between the next three riders remained consistent.

With two minutes to go, Sexton went down at the end of the whoops allowing Webb to take over the lead. They were far enough ahead of their challengers that Sexton was able to get back on his bike and hold the second position.

Cooper Webb took the checkered flag, his first victory in 21 rounds. Sexton held second to cut into Tomac’s points lead. Plessinger finished third, Roczen fourth, and Tomac came in fifth.

Cooper Weeb wins in Tampa / Lasco Press Photo

450 SX Results

 1 2 Cooper Webb KTM 450 SX-F FE Red Bull KTM
 2 23 Chase Sexton Honda CRF450R Team Honda HRC
 3 7 Aaron Plessinger KTM 450 SX-F FE Red Bull KTM
 4 94 Ken Roczen Suzuki RM-Z450 Progressive Insurance Ecstar Suzuki
 5 1 Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
 6 21 Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR Monster Energy Kawasaki
 7 32 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ450F Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha
 8 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing
 9 17 Joey Savatgy Kawasaki KX450SR Rick Ware Racing
 10 28 Christian Craig Husqvarna FC 450 RE Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
 11 45 Colt Nichols Honda CRF450R Team Honda HRC
 12 9 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450SR Monster Energy Kawasaki
 13 46 Justin Hill KTM 450 SX-F Team Tedder Monster Energy Mountain Motorsports
 14 751 Josh Hill KTM 450 SX-F Team Tedder Monster Energy Mountain Motorsports
 15 15 Dean Wilson Honda CRF450R Fire Power Honda
 16 44 Benny Bloss Yamaha YZ450F Yamaha,Truck Central LLC, FXR, Arai, Alpinestars, Pod
 17 12 Shane McElrath Suzuki RM-Z450 Twisted Tea Suzuki Progressive Insurance
 18 80 Kevin Moranz KTM 450 SX-F Tank Masters, Red Line Oil, Next Level KTM
 19 11 Kyle Chisholm Suzuki RM-Z450 Twisted Tea Suzuki Progressive Insurance
 20 68 Cade Clason Kawasaki KX450 Partzilla Prmx Racing
 21 78 Grant Harlan Yamaha YZ450F Rock River Yamaha
 22 73 John Short Kawasaki KX450SR, Big Buildings Direct, Ronnie Prado Company


450 SX Point Standings

 1 1 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 113
 2 23 Chase Sexton Clermont, FL 111
 3 2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC 109
 4 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 93
 5 94 Ken Roczen Clermont, FL 92
 6 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 85
 7 51 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL 80
 8 9 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL 67
 9 17 Joey Savatgy Clermont, FL 67
 10 45 Colt Nichols Murrieta, CA 61
 11 28 Christian Craig Clermont, FL 59
 12 14 Dylan Ferrandis Tallahassee, FL 56
 13 15 Dean Wilson Menifee, CA 47
 14 46 Justin Hill Yoncalla, OR 40
 15 32 Justin Cooper Tallahassee, FL 32
 16 12 Shane McElrath Oakland, FL 28
 17 80 Kevin Moranz Topeka, KS 18
 18 60 Justin Starling Riverview, FL 18
 19 11 Kyle Chisholm Valrico, FL 16
 20 27 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL 15
 21 751 Josh Hill Huntersville, NC 14
 22 47 Fredrik Noren Indian Trail, NC 14
 23 44 Benny Bloss Oak Grove, MO 13
 24 68 Cade Clason Chesterfield, SC 12
 25 25 Marvin Musquin Corona, CA 11