Jett Lawrence Makes History in His First 450 SX Start at Anaheim

Jett Lawrence dominated the 450CC class in the 2023 Outdoor Season and won the first SuperMotocross World Championship. However, he had never competed in a 450 Supercross event. But he did what no other rider has ever done, win in his debut.

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Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA — January 6, 2024

Supercross is back! And the storylines are plentiful. The Lawrence brothers Jett and Hunter will both ride 450SX bikes this year. Eli Tomac is back from his season-ending injury to his Achilles. Supercross 2023 Champion, Chase Sexton looks to hold onto that number one plate.

As the 2024 season opener kicks off in Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the chatter has been shared among a top group of racers all in contention for a title run in the new year. Arguably one of the most competitive fields in history is headlined by Sexton, who enters Anaheim with a new look as he joins Aaron Plessinger on the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team. The target will be on Chase all season long, with riders looking to knock him off that perch.

Angel Stadium of Anaheim Supercross Track Layout / Graphic Courtesy of Feld Motorsports

New to the 450 Class, rookie sensation Jett Lawrence looks to build off his momentum after taking the inaugural SuperMotocross World Championship crown this past fall and the $1M cash prize. Look for Jett and Chase to push each other to the top of the leaderboard this season.

The unbreakable Eli Tomac will make his highly anticipated return to racing in Anaheim after rupturing his Achilles at Round 16 of the 2023 Supercross season, rendering him inactive for the rest of the year. The devastating injury cost Eli a Supercross title to Chase Sexton and eliminated his chances at the first SMX title.

A plethora of racers will be vying to crack the podium and top-5 finishes, all of which can be on the top step on any given night. Ken Roczen of Germany is coming off a stellar fall after taking second in the SuperMotocross World Championship. Hunter Lawrence, brother to Jett, moves into the 450 Class after taking the 250 crown in Supercross and Motocross in 2023, he’ll look to have a big rookie year. Aaron Plessinger, Malcolm Stewart, Adam Cianciarulo, Dylan Ferrandis, Justin Barcia, and Christian Craig are all expected to compete for valuable points and podium positions as they build toward the coveted SuperMotocross Playoffs and Final in September.

250SX West Heats

Jordan Smith(31) earned the holeshot, but it was Carson Mumford(41) who took the early lead on lap one. Jo Shimoda(30) went down on the first lap and dropped back into the field. By mid-race Smith had regained the lead with RJ Hampshire(24) running second and Nate Thrasher(57) passing Mumford for the final podium position.

With the clock running down in the final minute, Shimoda worked his way back to the ninth and final transfer position to the main event. Up front, Hampshire closed to the rear tire of Smith but could not make the pass. Jordan Smith takes the first win of the year in 250SX Heat One. Hampshire and Thrasher round out the podium in second and third.

In Heat Two, rookie Julien Beaumer(929) took the early lead, winning the holeshot and moving away from the pack. Max Vohland(20) and Levi Kitchen(47) ran second and third. However, just like Shimoda, Kitchen went down on lap one and dropped out of the top nine positions.

Garrett Marchbanks(26) took over the third spot when Kitchen went down with Mitchell Oldenburg(55) running in fourth. Vohland took the top spot two minutes into the moto, dropping Beaumer to second.

Vohland held on for his first 250SX heat win with the youngster Beaumer taking second. Marchbanks stayed in third and Kitchen advanced by fighting his way back to the seventh spot.

450SX Heats

The action developed fast in the first heat of the 450SX class. Hunter Lawrence(96) got pinched off as he rode into the first corner, went down, got run over, and took out Chase Sexton(1). Putting them at the back of the pack from the beginning.

Ken Roczen(94) took the early lead. Making a quick run to the front Aaron Plessinger(7) moved into second, with Malcolm Stewart(27) third and Eli Tomac(3) fourth. They rode in that order to the finish.

Sexton recovered to finish sixth, but Lawrence could not make up ground and will have to rely on the last chance qualifier to get into the main event.

Jett Lawrence(18) was first out of the gate but Cooper Webb(2) quickly passed for the lead. Jason Anderson(21), Dylan Ferrandis(14), and Adam Cianciarulo(9) rounded out the top five.

MXGP World Champion Jorge Prado(111) is racing in America for the early part of the season. He was making his first-ever Supercross start at Anaheim.

As the moto ran down to the final two laps Lawrence began to close on Webb. However, Jett got off course, hit a tuff block, and went over the handlebars. He quickly remounted and only dropped one position as Anderson took over the second spot.

The trio finished that way and Prado advanced with an eighth-place ride.

Hunter Lawrence got off to a terrible start in the 450 SX LCQ and almost went down in the first corner again. Two minutes into the five-minute timed portion of the moto, Lawrence sat 11th. Only the top four advance to the main event. With a minute to go, he had only advanced to seventh.

With one lap to go, Lawrence had only made it to the fifth position. He trailed Cade Clason(81) by two seconds. Lawrence pulled alongside Clason as they rode up to the finish line but could not pull ahead as the checkered flag waved. The elder brother of Jett failed to make the main event in his first 450SX event.

250SX West Main Event

Phil Nicoletti(36) qualified for the main event but never made it to the starting gate with engine problems sidelining him from the moto. As he did in his heat, Beaumer led early surviving a furious battle with Levi Kitchen.

RJ Hampshire passed both riders to take the lead three minutes into the race. Beaumer managed to fend off the challenge from Kitchen, who ended up in a fight with Jordan Smith for the final podium position.

Vohland, Thrasher, and Shimoda trailed the top four in the first final of the year.

With five minutes to go, Smith dispatched of Kitchen and made the pass on Beaumer to take over second. Vohland moved ahead of Kitchen and inherited third when Beaumer hit a tuff block and dropped back to sixth place.

Hampshire checked out on the field as Smith sat safely in second. Kitchen and Vohland continued the battle between teammates with Kitchen prevailing to take the final podium spot. Shimoda snuck up and moved ahead of Vohland for the fourth spot.

250SX West Main Event Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 24 RJ Hampshire Husqvarna FC 250 15 Laps Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
2 31 Jordon Smith Yamaha YZ250F 3.138 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
3 47 Levi Kitchen Kawasaki KX250 5.004 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
4 30 Jo Shimoda Honda CRF250R 5.241 Team Honda HRC
5 20 Maximus Vohland Kawasaki KX250 8.442 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
6 929 Julien Beaumer KTM 250 SX-F FE 20.232 Red Bull KTM
7 26 Garrett Marchbanks Yamaha YZ250F 22.651 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX
8 55 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF250R 41.915 Mitchell Oldenburg Racing
9 34 Ryder DiFrancesco GASGAS MC 250F 44.853 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
10 41 Carson Mumford Honda CRF250R 49.650 Carson Mumford Racing
11 100 Anthony Bourdon Suzuki RM-Z250 51.232 Bar X Suzuki
12 71 Cole Thompson Yamaha YZ250F 52.369 Cole Thompson Racing
13 85 Hunter Yoder Kawasaki KX250 01:19.7 Partzilla PRMX Racing
14 73 Robbie Wageman Yamaha YZ250F 14 Laps Robbie Wageman Racing
15 78 Joshua Varize GASGAS MC 250F FE 8.531 Josh Varize Racing
16 116 Tj Albright Yamaha YZ250F 32.122 TJ Albright Racing
17 135 Lance Kobusch Honda CRF250R 34.935 Lance Kobusch Racing
18 35 Talon Hawkins KTM 250 SX-F 35.697 AEO KTM Racing Team
19 500 Julien Benek Kawasaki KX250 12 Laps Julien Benek Racing
20 473 Lux Turner KTM 250 SX-F 9 Laps AEO KTM Racing Team
21 57 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F 8 Laps Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
22 36 Phillip Nicoletti Yamaha YZ250F DNS Muc-Off FXR ClubMX

 

250SX West Points Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN POINTS
1 24 RJ Hampshire Hudson, FL 25
2 31 Jordon Smith Belmont, NC 22
3 47 Levi Kitchen Washougal, WA 20
4 30 Jo Shimoda Suzuka, Japan 18
5 20 Maximus Vohland Sacramento, CA 17
6 929 Julien Beaumer Murrieta, CA 16
7 26 Garrett Marchbanks Coalville, UT 15
8 55 Mitchell Oldenburg Godley, TX 14
9 34 Ryder DiFrancesco Bakersfield, CA 13
10 41 Carson Mumford Simi Valley, CA 12
11 100 Anthony Bourdon Hossegor, France 11
12 71 Cole Thompson Brigden, Canada 10
13 85 Hunter Yoder Menifee, CA 9
14 73 Robbie Wageman Newhall, CA 8
15 78 Joshua Varize Perris, CA 7
16 116 Tj Albright Mt Marion, NY 6
17 135 Lance Kobusch New Florence, MO 5
18 35 Talon Hawkins Temecula, CA 4
19 500 Julien Benek Mission, Canada 3
20 473 Lux Turner Gardnerville, NV 2
21 57 Nate Thrasher Livingston, TN 1
22 36 Phillip Nicoletti Cochecton, NY 0

 

450SX Main Event

With the fastest 22 riders assembled for the 450SX Main Final, the sold-out crowd at Angel Stadium was anticipating a classic battle among the stars of the sport.

Jett Lawrence fired out of the gate and took the holeshot. Jason Anderson passed Jett briefly out of the first corner, but Lawrence regained the lead and quickly built an advantage.

Behind the front two, Cooper Webb, Chase Sexton, and Justin Barcia rounded out the top five. Dylan Ferrandis held down sixth, Aaron Plessinger ran seventh, Dylan Ferrandis held eighth, with Prado ninth and Tomac tenth.

At the mid-point of the race, Lawrence had built his lead to three seconds over Anderson. Webb, Sexton, and Plessinger completed the top five. Barcia, Ferrandis, Tomac, Prado, and Justin Cooper ran sixth through tenth.

With five minutes to go in the timed portion of the moto, Anderson had fought off two challenges from Webb and was closing on Lawrence. Jett responded and opened the interval to six seconds. Webb pulled even with Anderson as he was losing time to the leader. But, that battle ended with Webb miss timing a jump and going head-over-heels and landing ahead of his own front tire.

Lawrence cruised to the win, the first time a rider had ever won in his debut in the SX class. Anderson survived to take second and Chase Sexton inherited the third position after Webb’s troubles.

450SX Main Event Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 18 Jett Lawrence Honda CRF450R 20 Laps 01:02.2 Team Honda HRC
2 21 Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450 7.188 01:02.4 Monster Energy Kawasaki
3 1 Chase Sexton KTM 450 SX-F FE 13.815 01:02.5 Red Bull KTM
4 7 Aaron Plessinger KTM 450 SX-F FE 20.484 01:02.3 Red Bull KTM
5 14 Dylan Ferrandis Honda CRF450R 23.758 01:03.3 Phoenix Racing Honda
6 2 Cooper Webb Yamaha YZ450F 33.739 01:02.5 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
7 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F 35.798 01:03.1 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
8 32 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ450F 47.887 01:03.9 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
9 3 Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F 54.299 01:03.0 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
10 94 Ken Roczen Suzuki RM-Z450 01:05.4 01:03.4 HEP Motorsports
11 27 Malcolm Stewart Husqvarna FC 450 RE 19 Laps 01:04.1 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
12 9 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450SR 1.572 01:04.5 Monster Energy Kawasaki
13 111 Jorge Prado GASGAS MC 450F FE 2.595 01:04.3 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
14 46 Justin Hill KTM 450 SX-F FE 10.346 01:04.7 Team Tedder Racing
15 52 Derek Drake Suzuki RM-Z450 16.479 01:04.9 Bar X Suzuki
16 15 Dean Wilson Honda CRF450R 28.113 01:05.3 Firepower Honda
17 12 Shane McElrath Suzuki RM-Z450 30.296 01:05.7 HEP Motorsports
18 11 Kyle Chisholm Suzuki RM-Z450 44.051 01:06.1 HEP Motorsports
19 81 Cade Clason Kawasaki KX450 17 Laps 01:07.0 Cade Clason Racing
20 28 Christian Craig Husqvarna FC 450 RE 5 Laps 01:05.6 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
21 22 Freddie Noren Kawasaki KX450SR 2 Laps 01:05.7 International Supercross Race Team
22 125 Vince Friese Honda CRF450R DNF Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda

 

450SX Points Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN POINTS
1 18 Jett Lawrence Landsborough, Australia 25
2 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 22
3 1 Chase Sexton LaMoille, IL 20
4 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 18
5 14 Dylan Ferrandis Bedarrides, France 17
6 2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC 16
7 51 Justin Barcia Monroe, NY 15
8 32 Justin Cooper Cold Springs Harbor, NY 14
9 3 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 13
10 94 Ken Roczen Mattstedt, Germany 12
11 27 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL 11
12 9 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL 10
13 111 Jorge Prado Lugo, Spain 9
14 46 Justin Hill Yoncalla, OR 8
15 52 Derek Drake Lake Elsinore, CA 7
16 15 Dean Wilson Glasgow, Scotland 6
17 12 Shane McElrath Oakland, FL 5
18 11 Kyle Chisholm Tampa, FL 4
19 81 Cade Clason Medina, OH 3
20 28 Christian Craig San Diego, CA 2
21 22 Freddie Noren Lidköping, Sweden 1
22 125 Vince Friese Cape Girardeau, MO 0