New Points Leader After Indy Supercross

    Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN — March 11, 2023

    Round Nine of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season stops in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium. The first 450SX Class race held in Indianapolis was on March 21, 1992, at the RCA Dome, and Jeff Stanton won on a Honda. It was Stanton’s second of only three wins in the season, and he would win the title by only three points over Damon Bradshaw (331-328).

    The Eli Tomac / Cooper Webb battle for the top spot in 450SX points this year is tight. Tomac dominated Daytona but only added three points to increase his margin to five over Webb. And don’t count out Chase Sexton, who is only five points behind Webb in third.

    On a track that seems to develop deep ruts quickly, it may be survival of the fittest to determine who comes out ahead at the end of the evening.

    250SX Heats

    In Heat One, the veteran Chris Blose(57) took the lead early and looked like he might run away and hide from the field.  Jordon Smith(58) did not allow that to happen, but he was the only rider able to hang with Blose as they quickly separated themselves from the remainder of the riders. Smith passed Blose at the midway point to secure the victory.

    Haiden Deegan(238) continues his impressive rookie campaign with a third-place finish in Heat One.

    Hunter Lawrence(96) and Nate Thrasher(29) line up side by side for Heat Two of the 250SX bikes. But it was Anstie(63) that came away with the lead, and Lawrence settled into second, with Thrasher in fifth place.

    At the three-minute mark of the moto, Lawrence made the pass for the lead. Anstie was able to hold off Thrasher as the red flag was displayed with two minutes remaining for a crash by Larry Reyes(552).

    This bunched up all the riders for a single-line start. It was a big break for Thrasher as he was losing time to Lawrence while trying to get by Anstie. Immediately after the restart, Thrasher slipped by Anstie and took off after the leader.

    Lawrence pulled away for the win, with Thrasher and Anstie holding the next two spots to the checkered flag.

    Hunter Lawrence / Photo Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports

    450SX Heats

    Cooper Webb(2) did not have to contend with Eli Tomac(1) in Heat One of the 450SX bikes, and he rode away at the start. However, he did have to contend with Ken Roczen(94) and Justin Barcia(51) as both riders passed him by the mid-point of the moto.

    It was Barcia who showed the speed as he tracked down Roczen and blew past to take the Heat Win. Webb went down on the final lap, forfeiting third place to  Adam Cianciarulo.

    In Heat Two, Tomac clearly won the holeshot. On lap one, Aaron Plessinger(7), Chase Sexton(23), and Jason Anderson(21) ran three wide for second. Sexton edged out the other two riders, then managed to catch and pass Tomac.

    Plessinger was also able to work his way past Tomac into second place. By the time the moto finished, Anderson took down the points leader to finish third. It is a bit of a surprise to see Tomac surrender three positions when out to an early lead.

    250SX East Main Event

    Hunter Lawrence flew out of the starting gate to take the holeshot in the 450SX East Main. Nate Thrasher and Jordan Smith held podium spots early as Lawrence pulled away on every lap. Haiden Deegan hung around in fourth but has a lot of work to do to be competitive with the top three.

    No change in the top three as five seconds separated first to second and second to third. Jeremy Martin(6) moved past Deegan, who will not get his second podium of the season at Indy.

    The top three remained unchanged as the timed portion of the event expired. Deegan suffered a fall in the whoops that cost him two positions at the end of the race.

    250SX East Main Event Results

     1 96 Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF250R Team Honda HRC
     2 29 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
     3 58 Jordon Smith Yamaha YZ250F Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
     4 6 Jeremy Martin Yamaha YZ250F Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha
     5 63 Max Anstie Honda CRF250R Fire Power Honda
     6 57 Chris Blose Kawasaki KX250 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
     7 238 Haiden Deegan Yamaha YZ250F Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
     8 128 Tom Vialle KTM 250 SX-F FE Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
     9 67 Cullin Park Honda CRF250R Phoenix Racing Honda
     10 285 Coty Schock Honda CRF250R Phoenix Racing Honda
     11 62 Jace Owen Honda CRF250R Phoenix Racing Honda
     12 66 Henry Miller Honda CRF250R Ti-Lube, Storm Lake Honda, Innovation Concrete Inc, Rangeline
     13 460 Michael Hicks Honda CRF250R TiLube Honda Racing, Storm Lake Honda, FXR, 6D, X Brand
     14 50 Marshal Weltin Suzuki RM-Z250 Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki
     15 339 Talon Hawkins Husqvarna FC 250 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
     16 91 Jeremy Hand Honda CRF250R Valley Ford Truck, Dean Hushon Insulation, Wiseco, SKDA, 6D
     17 243 Caden Braswell Honda CRF250R Phoenix Racing Honda
     18 300 Lane Allison Kawasaki KX250 Cornerstone Builders, Pro Circuit, NoToil, Scott, ODI
     19 330 A J Catanzaro Honda CRF250R The Moto Academy, Honda
     20 247 Brock Papi Kawasaki KX250 Mosites Motorsports Makripodis Olive Oil Kawasaki, Oneal, LS2
     21 125 Luke Neese Honda CRF250R Red Research Group, Honda of Lynchburg
     22 99 Hardy Munoz Husqvarna FC 250 Namura, Invictus Speed Crew


    250SX East Points Standings

    1 96 Hunter Lawrence Wesley Chapel, FL 125
    2 63 Max Anstie Cairo, GA 103
    3 29 Nate Thrasher Livingston, TN 93
    4 58 Jordon Smith Ochlocknee, GA 92
    5 238 Haiden Deegan Tallahassee, FL 90
    6 6 Jeremy Martin Rochester, MN 90
    7 57 Chris Blose Phoenix, AZ 70
    8 128 Tom Vialle Murrieta, CA 68
    9 832 Chance Hymas Pocatello, ID 60
    10 285 Coty Schock Dover, DE 57
    11 31 Michael Mosiman Minneaola, FL 51
    12 67 Cullin Park Clermont, FL 51
    13 62 Jace Owen Mattoon, IL 51
    14 66 Henry Miller Rochester, MN 41
    15 339 Talon Hawkins Temecula, CA 39
    16 99 Hardy Munoz Kissimmee, FL 32
    17 91 Jeremy Hand Mantua, OH 31
    18 50 Marshal Weltin Ubly, MI 28
    19 460 Michael Hicks Fenton, MO 26
    20 243 Caden Braswell Shalimar, FL 20
    21 247 Brock Papi Clermont, Fl 19
    22 125 Luke Neese Jamestown, NC 15
    23 170 Devin Simonson Laurinburg, NC 12
    24 86 Josiah Natzke Hamer, SC 10
    25 330 A J Catanzaro Tampa, FL 9

    450SX Main Event

    With a rutted track and a full field, all looking to make a move on Eli Tomac, the 450SX Main should be a real battle over the 20 minutes plus a lap. Chase Sexton earned the holeshot with Ken Roczen right behind him. Tomac was out of the gate and across the line in eighth. Roczen moved to the lead as Sexton and Cooper Webb swapped the second spot several times early. Tomac dropped to 11th on the first lap.

    Sexton was the first contender to encounter trouble. Trying to catch the leader, Sexton came out of the whoops, caught a deep rut, and went down, dropping to 12th in the field.

    Webb had rut trouble of his own but stayed upright. It allowed Barcia to pass for the second spot, and he began to reel in Roczen. At the 10-minute mark, it was Roczen, Barcia, Webb, Plessinger, and Anderson in the top five. Tomac sat in seventh.

    Ken Roczen(94) and Justin Barcia(51) battle for the lead at Indy / Photo Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports

    Webb hung with Barcia, and their battle was the closest among all the top ten riders. With five minutes to go, positions remain the same at the front of the pack. Sexton was able to pick up two positions. He was the last rider on the lead lap running in tenth.

    With time running out, Barcia was able to put some space between himself and Webb while drawing closer to the leader, cutting the deficit to less than one second. Roczen held off the charge of Barcia to secure the win that was heralded by the Indy crowd.

    The victory was Roczen’s first Supercross win since the opener at Anaheim in 2022.

    Tomac dropped a position to eighth and gave up the points lead to Webb as the series heads to Detroit next Saturday.

    Just one point separates Webb and Tomac atop the standings at the halfway juncture of the season. Get tickets for next week’s hometown race online at Supercross Live.

    450SX Main Event Results

    1 94 Ken Roczen Suzuki RM-Z450 Progressive Insurance Ecstar Suzuki
     2 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing
     3 2 Cooper Webb KTM 450 SX-F FE Red Bull KTM
     4 7 Aaron Plessinger KTM 450 SX-F FE Red Bull KTM
     5 21 Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR Monster Energy Kawasaki
     6 9 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450SR Monster Energy Kawasaki
     7 28 Christian Craig Husqvarna FC 450 RE Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
     8 1 Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
     9 46 Justin Hill KTM 450 SX-F Team Tedder Monster Energy Mountain Motorsports
     10 23 Chase Sexton Honda CRF450R Team Honda HRC
     11 751 Josh Hill KTM 450 SX-F Team Tedder Monster Energy Mountain Motorsports
     12 15 Dean Wilson Honda CRF450R Fire Power Honda
     13 12 Shane McElrath Suzuki RM-Z450 Twisted Tea Suzuki Progressive Insurance
     14 11 Kyle Chisholm Suzuki RM-Z450 Twisted Tea Suzuki Progressive Insurance
     15 47 Fredrik Noren Kawasaki KX450SR, Big Buildings Direct, Ronnie Prado Company
     16 80 Kevin Moranz KTM 450 SX-F Tank Masters, Red Line Oil, Next Level KTM
     17 60 Justin Starling GASGAS MC 450F FXR, General Grind & Machine, JSR Motorsports
     18 78 Grant Harlan Yamaha YZ450F Rock River Yamaha
     19 519 Joshua Cartwright Kawasaki KX450 Psychic Motorsports/T3 Civil/Ronnie Prado Company, Cardinal
     20 68 Cade Clason Kawasaki KX450 Partzilla Prmx Racing
     21 848 Joan Cros Kawasaki KX450 Ronnie Prado Company, Bravo, Seagems, Euromoto85, Blud, LS2
     22 74 Logan Karnow Kawasaki KX450 Only Fans, Oneal, TCD, Rabbit Savior, Kennedy Cycles


    450SX Points Standings

     1 2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC 202
     2 1 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 201
     3 23 Chase Sexton Clermont, FL 189
     4 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 166
     5 94 Ken Roczen Clermont, FL 164
     6 51 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL 155
     7 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 154
     8 28 Christian Craig Clermont, FL 119
     9 15 Dean Wilson Menifee, CA 93
     10 9 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL 92
     11 46 Justin Hill Yoncalla, OR 87
     12 17 Joey Savatgy Clermont, FL 85
     13 45 Colt Nichols Murrieta, CA 84
     14 32 Justin Cooper Tallahassee, FL 76
     15 12 Shane McElrath Oakland, FL 63
     16 14 Dylan Ferrandis Tallahassee, FL 56
     17 751 Josh Hill Huntersville, NC 54
     18 44 Benny Bloss Oak Grove, MO 37
     19 11 Kyle Chisholm Valrico, FL 37
     20 80 Kevin Moranz Topeka, KS 33
     21 60 Justin Starling Riverview, FL 31
     22 78 Grant Harlan Decatur, TX 28
     23 519 Joshua Cartwright Fort Worth, TX 27
     24 47 Fredrik Noren Indian Trail, NC 23
     25 68 Cade Clason Cameron, NC 22