Supercross Detroit Sees Jett Lawrence Take His Second Win of the Season

Ford Field, Detroit, MI — February 3, 2024

The 2024 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series visits Detroit this weekend for Round 5 of the indoor/stadium season of the 450CC Class. Crowd favorite Aaron Plessinger leads the points standings.

Last year in the Motor City, Plessinger was leading the 450SX Main when he fell on the final lap and failed to earn his first premium series win. He finally put his name in the victory column earlier this year at San Diego. Taking over the series points lead at the same time.

In the 250CC Class, Detroit serves as the official start of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship. Jalek Swoll and Evan Ferry will debut the new Triumph TF 250-X for the very first time.

Swoll and Ferry will be lining up against a stacked 250 field that includes the defending SMX 250 World Champion Haiden Deegan, veterans Austin Forkner, Max Anstie, Cameron McAdoo, Jeremy Martin, and 2x MX2 Champion Tom Vialle.

The first 450SX Class round held in the Detroit Market was on March 26-27, 1976, in the Pontiac Silverdome. The 1976 season held five rounds with 18 combined motos; with the three middle rounds of Houston, Irving, and Pontiac hosting two motos each on Friday and Saturday nights.

Pierre Karsmakers went 1-2 on Friday and won the first moto on Sunday, giving him the best chance to take the overall going into the weekend’s final moto. The Dutchman was holding a clinching position of third place when his pipe broke in half in the final moments of the race, losing four positions and the overall victory.

Marty Smith capitalized and won the final moto on a Honda, giving him the weekend’s overall with 4-1-2-1 finishes. Jimmy Weinert’s (2-4-4-6) third-place overall put him in a position to win the title four months later in the L.A. Coliseum finale.

Out of the gates at Detroit / Lasco Press Photo, Jessica Ten Hagen (JTH)

450SX Heats

Cooper Webb(2) grabbed the holeshot and the early lead as the 450CC riders hit the track first. Justin Cooper(32) and Aaron Plessinger(7) followed. At the midpoint of the heat, Plessinger took the second position and then the lead as Webb came off his bike in the sand section of the track.

Webb dropped to the eighth spot, and Justin Barcia(51) moved into the top three behind Cooper. Hunter Lawrence(96) occupied the fourth position.

Plessinger held on for the win, the first 450CC rider to win two heat races this season. Webb recovered to finish fifth and Eli Tomac(3) came in in the sixth spot.

Aaron Plessinger / Lasco Press Photo (JTH)

In Heat Two, Jett Lawrence(18) earned the holeshot. However, it was Jason Anderson(21) taking the early lead as Lawrence rode too hard into the first turn. The pair traded the lead, racing side by side for more than a lap.

Ultimately, Lawrence shot past and pulled away as Anderson fell into the grasp of a charging Ken Roczen(94) in third. Chase Sexton(1) sat in the fourth position.

Drama on the final lap of the heat race. Roczen drew even with Anderson through the whoops section and held the inside line into the final corner, making the pass for second place. The victory was the first heat race win for Lawrence in the 450SX division.

250SX East Heats

Haiden Deegan(38) is the rider everyone is watching as he makes his first start of the year after capturing the SuperMotocross World Championship in its inaugural season last year.

Cameron McAdoo(63) took the hole shot, with Chance Hymas(48) a close second. Hymas took the top spot away quickly as Deegan moved to third and Tom Vialle ran fourth.

McAdoo took advantage of a mistake by Hymas to catch and pass the leader, who made a mistake in the sand section on the next to last lap. Deegan closed and made his way around Hymas on the final circuit of the course. Almost catching McAdoo at the finish. Vialle took the final podium spot as Hymas faded to fourth under the checkered flag.

Veteran rider Jeremy Martin(6) suffered a wicked crash in the whoops and had to be assisted off the track by the AlpineStars medical team.

Heat Two featured the debut of the two Triumph team riders. Jalek Swoll(33) took his Triumph third across the holeshot line and ran with the leaders until being punted off the track by Pierce Brown in a high-banked turn.

Austin Forkner(64) was the early leader, followed by Daxton Bennick(59) making his first career start, and Seth Hammaker(35), taking over the third position from Swoll. Brown sat fourth.

Forkner took the Moto win. Brown passed Hammaker for third. Swoll fought back to the ninth position on his Triumph after being unseated early in the race. Swoll’s teammate Evan Ferry(751) finished 18th and will have to rely on the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) if he is to make the main event.

Austin Forkner / Lasco Press Photo (JTH)

250SX East Main Event

Evan Ferry shot out of the starting gate, grabbed the holeshot, and led start to finish in the 250SX LCQ to qualify for the main event. Putting both Triumphs in the featured moto.

Austin Forkner was quick out of the starting gate and took the early lead. A huge crash heading into the first turn collected a number of top riders, including Swoll, Deegan, McAdoo, Vialle, Hammaker, and Ferry.

Out front, Forkner held a narrow lead over Chance Hymas and Max Antsie.

Chance Hymas / Lasco Press Photo (JTH)

Swoll recovered to work his way into the top ten. Forkner took advantage of the decimated field and built his lead to five seconds over Antsie and eight seconds over Daxton Bennick, who moved past Hymas into the final podium spot. Swoll finished in sixth.

Jalek Swoll / Lasco Press Photo (JTH)

They finished in that order. Forkner did not make it into the first corner of the opener last year before suffering a crash that sidelined him for the season. He will have a nice advantage over some of his biggest rivals at the start of the East campaign, given the chaos that ensued at the start.

250SX East Results

1 64 Austin Forkner Kawasaki KX250 21 Laps 00:45.2 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
2 37 Max Anstie Honda CRF250R 2.557 00:45.4 Firepower Honda
3 59 Daxton Bennick Yamaha YZ250F 6.162 00:45.4 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
4 69 Coty Schock Yamaha YZ250F 21.884 00:45.9 Coty Schock Racing
5 39 Pierce Brown GASGAS MC 250F 24.562 00:46.3 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
6 33 Jalek Swoll Triumph TF 250-X 39.979 00:46.7 Triumph Racing
7 65 Henry Miller Honda CRF250R 45.324 00:47.5 Henry Miller Racing
8 83 Guillem Farres Husqvarna FC 250 RE 50.828 00:46.0 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
9 75 Marshal Weltin Yamaha YZ250F 20 Laps 00:47.2 Marshal Weltin Racing
10 48 Chance Hymas Honda CRF250R 8.911 00:45.2 Team Honda HRC
11 174 Trevor Colip Honda CRF250R 10.279 00:47.0 Trevor Colip Racing
12 86 Luca Marsalisi Honda CRF250R 14.831 00:47.9 Luca Marsalisi Racing
13 128 Preston Boespflug Suzuki RM-Z250 19.074 00:48.6 Bar X Suzuki
14 511 Nicholas Romano Yamaha YZ250F 30.207 00:46.2 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
15 63 Cameron Mcadoo Kawasaki KX250 37.212 00:46.2 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
16 38 Haiden Deegan Yamaha YZ250F 19 Laps 00:48.8 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
17 602 Gage Linville GASGAS MC 250F 16.086 00:48.2 Gage Linville Racing
18 16 Tom Vialle KTM 250 SX-F FE 18 Laps 00:46.8 Red Bull KTM
19 483 Bryton Carroll Yamaha YZ250F 16 Laps Bryton Carroll Racing
20 58 Cullin Park Honda CRF250R 6 Laps Cullin Park Racing
21 43 Seth Hammaker Kawasaki KX250 DNF Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
22 751 Evan Ferry Triumph TF 250-X DNF Triumph Racing

250SX East Points Standings

1 64 Austin Forkner Richards, MO 25
2 37 Max Anstie London, England 22
3 59 Daxton Bennick Morganton, NC 20
4 69 Coty Schock Dover, DE 18
5 39 Pierce Brown Sandy, UT 17
6 33 Jalek Swoll Belleview, FL 16
7 65 Henry Miller Rochester, MN 15
8 83 Guillem Farres Barcelona, Spain 14
9 75 Marshal Weltin Ubly, MI 13
10 48 Chance Hymas Dade City, FL 12
11 174 Trevor Colip Bowling Green, IN 11
12 86 Luca Marsalisi Cairo, GA 10
13 128 Preston Boespflug Battle Ground, WA 9
14 511 Nicholas Romano Bayside, NY 8
15 63 Cameron Mcadoo Sioux City, IA 7
16 38 Haiden Deegan Temecula, CA 6
17 602 Gage Linville Lake Park, GA 5
18 16 Tom Vialle Avignon, France 4
19 483 Bryton Carroll Vineland, NJ 3
20 58 Cullin Park Clermont, FL 2
21 43 Seth Hammaker Bainbridge, PA 1
22 751 Evan Ferry Dade City, FL 0

450SX Main Event

Local rider Mitchell Harrison(82) from Brighton, Michigan, led most of the 450SX LCQ and finished second to make it into the main event.

Jett Lawrence dominated out of the gate and took the holeshot easily. He was followed by Chase Sexton and Eli Tomac. Aaron Plessinger got a bad start and stood 15th across the timing line.

Dylan Ferrandis(14), Ken Roczen, and Jason Anderson ran fourth through sixth. Cooper Webb was seventh, and Plessinger sat eight in the first five minutes of the moto.

Lawrence grew the lead over Sexton to two and a half seconds, while Ken Roczen passed Tomac for third.

Past the midway portion of the race, Tomac had faded back to eighth, Plessinger was up to seventh, Ferrandis sat sixth, with Anderson in fifth, and Webb in fourth. All out of contention for the win.

Lawrence, Sexton, and Roczen held a firm grip on the podium spots as the clock ticked below five minutes.

Plessinger continued his drive to the front, passing Ferrandis for sixth. With the points as close as they are, the results as they stand will shuffle the standings in a big way.

Lawrence became the first two-time main event winner in the 450SX class this year.

450SX Results

1 18 Jett Lawrence Honda CRF450R 28 Laps 00:43.7
2 1 Chase Sexton KTM 450 SX-F FE 4.74 00:43.9
3 94 Ken Roczen Suzuki RM-Z450 14.709 00:43.4
4 2 Cooper Webb Yamaha YZ450F 21.42 00:44.6
5 21 Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR 27.501 00:45.2
6 7 Aaron Plessinger KTM 450 SX-F FE 28.382 00:44.7
7 14 Dylan Ferrandis Honda CRF450R 37.612 00:45.1
8 96 Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF450R 41.143 00:45.7
9 32 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ450F 49.231 00:45.6
10 3 Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F 27 Laps 00:44.5
11 27 Malcolm Stewart Husqvarna FC 450 RE 3.643 00:45.7
12 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F 4.184 00:45.7
13 28 Christian Craig Husqvarna FC 450 RE 26.355 00:46.8
14 12 Shane McElrath Suzuki RM-Z450 33.573 00:46.1
15 52 Derek Drake Suzuki RM-Z450 26 Laps 00:47.3
16 11 Kyle Chisholm Suzuki RM-Z450 17.976 00:46.9
17 15 Dean Wilson Honda CRF450R 33.849 00:46.5
18 82 Mitchell Harrison Kawasaki KX450 42.733 00:47.7
19 97 Tristan Lane KTM 450 SX-F 44.047 00:47.8
20 67 Benny Bloss Beta 450 RX 23 Laps 00:48.6
21 46 Justin Hill KTM 450 SX-F FE 20 Laps 00:46.4
22 22 Freddie Noren Kawasaki KX450SR 2 Laps 01:04.9

450SX Points Standings

1 1 Chase Sexton LaMoille, IL 98
2 18 Jett Lawrence Landsborough, Australia 97
3 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 96
4 2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC 92
5 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 84
6 3 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 82
7 94 Ken Roczen Mattstedt, Germany 77
8 14 Dylan Ferrandis Bedarrides, France 77
9 51 Justin Barcia Monroe, NY 59
10 96 Hunter Lawrence Landsborough, Australia 52
11 32 Justin Cooper Cold Springs Harbor, NY 49
12 111 Jorge Prado Lugo, Spain 45
13 12 Shane McElrath Oakland, FL 41
14 27 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL 37
15 9 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL 33
16 15 Dean Wilson Glasgow, Scotland 29
17 28 Christian Craig San Diego, CA 29
18 52 Derek Drake Lake Elsinore, CA 24
19 46 Justin Hill Yoncalla, OR 16
20 11 Kyle Chisholm Tampa, FL 15