Eli Tomac Regains Points Lead with Triple Crown Victory at Glendale

Jett Lawrence wins his first 250SX Triple Crown Event

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State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ — April 8, 2023

It’s another “Triple Crown” weekend on the AMA Supercross circuit as the series comes back after a one-week layoff. State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, hosts the riders for the seventh time.  Arizona has staged five races in Tempe, and 17 in Phoenix, in addition to the previous six in Glendale.

For the third time in a row, Glendale will be a Triple Crown event. The 2020 Glendale Triple Crown featured Ken Roczen pulling the only sweep so far of any of the 13 previous 450SX Class Triple Crown events. Eli Tomac won in 2022 with a 1-1-3 score. Glendale will join Anaheim and Arlington as cities to host three Triple Crown events.

Seattle Recap

Eli Tomac scored his 50th 450SX Class victory in Seattle, tying James Stewart for second on the all-time 450SX Class wins list. It was Tomac’s 158th start (10th all-time), 92nd podium (fourth all-time), 116th top-five (fifth all-time), and 143rd top-10 (fifth all-time).

He sits third all-time in Super Motocross (SMX) wins with 106. James Stewart (114) and Ricky Carmichael (161) are the only riders that are ahead of him. Eli sits fifth by himself with eight SMX titles (3 SX/5 MX), one more than Stewart. Ryan Dungey sits right ahead of him in fourth with nine titles.

Tomac and Cooper Webb are tied atop the 450SX standings. Tonight’s three-race format will break that deadlock and determine who leaves with the red plate.

Chase Sexton is third in the standings, 22 points back of the leaders. He could have made it a three-man battle for the top spot had he not thrown away yet another win with a wreck while leading in Seattle. He has done this while leading or contending in Tampa, Oakland, and Indianapolis as well. Additionally, he let a lapper take his Arlington Triple Crown overall away from him and was docked down to fourth-place points in his Detroit victory.

The 250SX West riders are at it again. Jett Lawrence completed a back-to-back weekend sweep with his brother Hunter of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class series when he nabbed his 11th career 250SX Class victory in Seattle. Jett has now tied a slew of riders for ninth on the all-time 250SX Class wins list: Carmichael, Villopoto, Webb, Jeff Matiasevich, Kevin Windham, Christophe Pourcel, Barcia, and Adam Cianciarulo.

250SX East Main One

Jett Lawrence(18) took the holeshot and moved away. Uncharacteristically he allowed Levi Kitchen(43) to make a pass for the lead. But not for long. Lawrence came back and moved to the front as Kitchen fell into the grasp of RJ Hampshire(24), who also made a pass for position.

Lawrence has never won a triple crown event. Kitchen and Hampshire each have one 250SX win on their resumes, both in triple crown races. Will tonight be the night Lawrence gets it done?

Hold on. Stilex Robertson(40) was involved in a nasty crash and had to be assisted by the medical crew. The red flag was displayed, and because three full laps were not complete, the race would go to a complete restart.

On the second gate drop, it was Kitchen who earned the holeshot and pulled away from Lawrence in second. Jett did not panic and methodically closed the gap and made the pass. And, just like earlier, Hampshire caught Kitchen and took over second.

That is the way they finished, and Lawrence has the first moto in the book and only needs to hold it together in the next two.

450SX East Main One

Eli Tomac / Photo Credit Feld Motor Sports

Eli Tomac(1) was the second fastest qualifier, behind Chase Sexton(23). Cooper Webb(2) was eighth in the lineup. However, at the start, Tomac powered away with Webb in second and Sexton well back in the pack.

Tomac slowly built the advantage, and Webb separated himself from Justin Barcia(51) in third. Webb made a couple of runs, but Tomac managed the race well and took the win. Ken Roczen(94) gave up fourth when Sexton moved past him on the final turn.

250SX East Main Two

Levi Kitchen / Photo Credit Feld Motor Sports

Kitchen again was out quickly, with Hampshire in second and Lawrence third. Max Vohland(34) surprised everyone shooting up to second.

When things settled out after the first couple of laps, it was Hampshire, Kitchen, Lawrence, and Vohland. Lawrence was six seconds back before he began to chew into the lead of the two riders in front of him.

Lawrence could not catch Kitchen, and Kitchen could not catch Hampshire. Going into the final, Hampshire leads the overall standings with three points (2,1), Lawrence is second with four points (1,3), and Kitchen sits in third with five points (3,2).

450SX East Main Two

Sexton and Tomac went one-two at the start, with Webb getting bogged down in sixth in race two. Sexton stalled and allowed Tomac to pass. Chase recovered quickly and, with a great run through the whoops, blew past Tomac to regain the lead.

Webb moved up to fifth but was three seconds behind Tomac in second. Roczen in third and Anderson in fourth separated Webb from the man he is chasing for points.

Webb tangled with Anderson, and Barcia passed, dropping Webb back to sixth. On the last lap, Webb got the position back, but it may be too little too late.

In the overall standings, Tomac leads with three points (1,2), Sexton is second with five points (4,1), and Webb is in third with seven points (2,5). Barring a complete turnaround, Tomac should leave Glendale in sole possession of the red plate as the points leader.

250SX East Main Three

Kitchen is the gate master. He takes the early lead with Lawrence right behind in second. Hampshire was stuck back in fifth when he needed to be out front.

Lawrence passed for the lead and was in complete control of the race. All he needs to do is avoid the big mistake. The gaps between each rider grew, and it looked as though Lawrence would get his first triple crown.

No problems and no bad luck for Lawrence as he gets the long-awaited triple crown win and leaves Glendale 26 points up over Hampshire in the standings.

Overall Results of 250SX West Triple Crown from Glendale

POS. # RIDER BIKE M1 M2 M3 POINTS TEAM/SPONSORS
 1 18 Jett Lawrence Honda CRF250R 1 3 1 26 Team Honda HRC
 2 24 RJ Hampshire Husqvarna FC 250 RE 2 1 3 23 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
 3 43 Levi Kitchen Yamaha YZ250F 3 2 2 21 Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
 4 33 Pierce Brown GASGAS MC 250F 4 4 5 19 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing
 5 56 Enzo Lopes Yamaha YZ250F 7 5 4 18 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha
 6 41 Derek Kelley KTM 250 SX-F 5 8 7 17 AEO Powersports KTM Racing
 7 49 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF250R 6 7 12 16 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
 8 34 Max Vohland KTM 250 SX-F FE 18 6 6 15 Red Bull KTM
 9 59 Robbie Wageman Suzuki RM-Z250 9 15 8 14 BarX Suzuki, R-Jerky, Grindstone
 10 52 Carson Mumford Kawasaki KX250 13 9 10 13 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
 11 83 Cole Thompson Yamaha YZ250F 8 10 15 12 Team Solitaire Heartbeat Hot Sauce Yamaha
 12 53 Derek Drake Suzuki RM-Z250 12 11 13 11 BarX Suzuki
 13 410 Brandon Scharer Suzuki RM-Z250 11 12 14 10 BarX Suzuki
 14 42 Joshua Varize KTM 250 SX-F 10 18 11 9 AEO Powersports
 15 84 Mitchell Harrison GASGAS MC 250F 20 14 9 8 AJE Motorsport Overstock Vehicles.com GAS GAS
 16 508 Hunter Yoder Kawasaki KX250 16 13 17 7 Partzilla Prmx Racing, SOBMX, OGS, RynoPower, Ogio
 17 173 Hunter Schlosser Yamaha YZ250F 15 16 18 6 Next Level Racing, Hugh Ridley, Next Level, FXR, Hole n One
 18 93 Jerry Robin GASGAS MC 250F 14 17 19 5 AJE Motosports
 19 89 Kaeden Amerine KTM 250 SX-F 17 19 16 4 Rocky Mountain ATV MC, Rides Unlimited Racing, Seven MX
 20 100 Matt Moss Suzuki RM-Z250 21 20 20 3 BarX Suzuki
 21 40 Stilez Robertson Yamaha YZ250F 19 21 21 2 Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
 22 636 Luke Kalaitzian Honda CRF250R 22 22 22 1 KBR, Honda, Mitchell Brothers Concrete

 

250SX West Points Standings

POS. # RIDER Hometown Points
1 18 Jett Lawrence Zephyrhills, FL 153
 2 24 RJ Hampshire Minneola, FL 127
 3 43 Levi Kitchen Washougal, WA 101
 4 48 Cameron Mcadoo Sioux City, IA 101
 5 56 Enzo Lopes Chesterfield, SC 100
 6 49 Mitchell Oldenburg Godley, TX 99
 7 33 Pierce Brown Sandy, UT 86
 8 34 Max Vohland Granite Bay, CA 85
 9 83 Cole Thompson Brigden, ON 71
 10 41 Derek Kelley Riverside, CA 70
 11 40 Stilez Robertson Bakersfield, CA 55
 12 59 Robbie Wageman Newhall, CA 55
 13 79 Dylan Walsh Wildomar, CA 49
 14 508 Hunter Yoder Menifee, CA 47
 15 69 Phillip Nicoletti Bethel, NY 44
 16 53 Derek Drake Lake Elsinore, CA 41
 17 111 Anthony Rodriguez Tallahassee, FL 40
 18 42 Joshua Varize Perris, CA 33
 19 84 Mitchell Harrison Leesburg, FL 32
 20 52 Carson Mumford Simi Valley, CA 28
 21 85 Dilan Schwartz Alpine, CA 22
 22 93 Jerry Robin Hamel, MN 17
 23 410 Brandon Scharer Gentry, AR 14
 24 173 Hunter Schlosser El Paso, TX 13
 25 162 Maxwell Sanford Pasadena, MD 12

 

450SX East Main Three

Tomac was the second rider across the holeshot line but took the top spot almost immediately. Sexton and Webb were back in fifth and sixth place.

Barcia held the second position as Sexton moved up to third. Anderson went down in the whoops allowing Webb to advance to fourth.

Only Barcia could keep Tomac in sight. Sexton and Webb continued to lose time. Even if Barcia catches and passes Tomac, Eli will still take the overall title.

Tomac adds to his impressive statistics with another victory. Webb held off Roczen for the fourth spot. However, Cooper drops seven points behind Tomac in the standings.

Overall Results of 450SX Triple Crown from Glendale

POS. # RIDER BIKE M1 M2 M3 POINTS TEAM/SPONSORS
 1 1 Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F 1 2 1 26 Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing
 2 23 Chase Sexton Honda CRF450R 4 1 3 23 Team Honda HRC
 3 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F 3 6 2 21 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing
 4 2 Cooper Webb KTM 450 SX-F FE 2 5 4 19 Red Bull KTM
 5 94 Ken Roczen Suzuki RM-Z450 5 3 5 18 Progressive Insurance Ecstar Suzuki
 6 9 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450SR 7 7 7 17 Monster Energy Kawasaki
 7 7 Aaron Plessinger KTM 450 SX-F FE 9 9 6 16 Red Bull KTM
 8 45 Colt Nichols Honda CRF450R 8 8 8 15 Team Honda HRC
 9 15 Dean Wilson Honda CRF450R 10 10 9 14 Fire Power Honda
 10 21 Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR 6 4 21 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki
 11 11 Kyle Chisholm Suzuki RM-Z450 14 12 10 12 Twisted Tea Suzuki Progressive Insurance
 12 46 Justin Hill KTM 450 SX-F 13 13 12 11 Team Tedder Monster Energy Mountain Motorsports
 13 12 Shane McElrath Suzuki RM-Z450 15 11 16 10 Twisted Tea Suzuki Progressive Insurance
 14 44 Benny Bloss Yamaha YZ450F 11 22 11 9 Yamaha,Truck Central LLC, FXR, Arai, Alpinestars, Pod
 15 751 Josh Hill KTM 450 SX-F 18 14 13 8 Team Tedder Monster Energy Mountain Motorsports
 16 47 Fredrik Noren Kawasaki KX450SR 17 15 14 7 MaddParts.com, Big Buildings Direct, Ronnie Prado Company
 17 78 Grant Harlan Yamaha YZ450F 12 20 15 6 Rock River Yamaha
 18 160 Cole Seely Honda CRF450R 16 17 20 5 Motoconcepts Racing, Troy Lee Designs, 100%, Alpinestars
 19 80 Kevin Moranz KTM 450 SX-F 19 18 17 4 Next Level Racing, Tank Masters, Red Line Oil, KTM
 20 111 Anthony Rodriguez Honda CRF450R 21 16 18 3 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
 21 519 Joshua Cartwright Kawasaki KX450 20 19 19 2 Psychic Motorsports/T3 Civil/Ronnie Prado Company, Cardinal
 22 60 Justin Starling GASGAS MC 450F 22 21 22 1 FXR, General Grind & Machine, JSR Motorsports

450SX Points Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN TOTAL POINTS
 1 1 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 274
 2 2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC 267
 3 23 Chase Sexton Clermont, FL 249
 4 94 Ken Roczen Clermont, FL 217
 5 51 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL 216
 6 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 212
 7 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 196
 8 28 Christian Craig Clermont, FL 150
 9 9 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL 139
 10 46 Justin Hill Yoncalla, OR 127
 11 15 Dean Wilson Menifee, CA 121
 12 45 Colt Nichols Murrieta, CA 99
 13 751 Josh Hill Huntersville, NC 86
 14 12 Shane McElrath Oakland, FL 86
 15 17 Joey Savatgy Clermont, FL 85
 16 32 Justin Cooper Tallahassee, FL 76
 17 44 Benny Bloss Oak Grove, MO 66
 18 14 Dylan Ferrandis Tallahassee, FL 56
 19 11 Kyle Chisholm Valrico, FL 55
 20 78 Grant Harlan Decatur, TX 52
 21 80 Kevin Moranz Topeka, KS 47
 22 519 Joshua Cartwright Fort Worth, TX 44
 23 47 Fredrik Noren Indian Trail, NC 43
 24 60 Justin Starling Riverview, FL 41
 25 68 Cade Clason Cameron, NC 34