Eli Tomac Wins St. Louis Supercross, His First Victory of the Season

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The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, MO — March 30, 2024

Last week, Cooper Webb earned his 24th 450SX Class victory (10th all-time) and third of the season with a nail-biter in Seattle. He now has 43 AMA wins, moving him past Jeff Emig and Mark Barnett for 15th on the all-time list. Webb’s 0.592-second victory over Sexton was the seventh closest Premier Class race in the 4-stroke era. Webb is responsible for four of the seven closest wins of the last 21 seasons, including the closest of all-time in Arlington 2019 (.028 win over Ken Roczen).

Levi Kitchen earned his third career 250SX Class win and second of the season. It was his first non-Triple Crown victory, and he will hold the red plate going into the St. Louis. Three wins are good for 69th on the all-time 250SX Class wins list. He now has nine podiums in 17 starts.

The good news for Kitchen and the fans is that St. Louis is the final Triple Crown round of the year for the 2024 Monster Energy Supercross Championship. It is sure to bring some wild racing action.

“St. Louis is one of my favorite places to race. My first win happened there, and also I’d say it was the best dirt at any round that we have. There’s nothing like it. That’s what I’m most looking forward to. Perfect dirt.” RJ Hampshire

250SX West Moto #1

Julien Beaumer(929) grabbed the holeshot. But, it was Levi Kitchen(47) who took the early lead. Beaumer, having a great rookie season, fought back and passed Kitchen. However, the points leader regained the top spot and rode away from the field.

Jo Shimoda(30) and Nate Thrasher(57) ran third and fourth, trying to chase down Beaumer. Shimoda caught the youngster but had trouble making the pass. Faster riders began to stack up behind Beaumer, including RJ Hampshire was back in sixth place.

Shimoda finally made the pass but trailed Kitchen by 6.5 seconds. Beaumer slowly lost positions to Jordan Smith(31), Hampshire, and Thrasher.

Kitchen coasted to the win, with Shimoda and Smith rounding out the podium.

250SX West Moto #1 Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 47 Levi Kitchen Kawasaki KX250 12 Laps Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
2 30 Jo Shimoda Honda CRF250R 4.164 Team Honda HRC
3 31 Jordon Smith Yamaha YZ250F 5.404 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
4 24 Rj Hampshire Husqvarna FC 250 5.943 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
5 57 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F 12.492 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
6 929 Julien Beaumer KTM 250 SX-F FE 15.321 Red Bull KTM
7 34 Ryder DiFrancesco GASGAS MC 250F 20.826 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
8 76 Michael Mosiman Yamaha YZ250F 22.293 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
9 26 Garrett Marchbanks Yamaha YZ250F 30.622 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX
10 35 Talon Hawkins KTM 250 SX-F 33.059 AEO KTM Racing Team

450SX Moto #1

In action earlier in the day, four of the 450CC class made the show out of the Last Chance Qualifier. Colt Nichols(45), Cade Clason(81), Jeremy Hand(56), and Vince Friese(125) are in. Mitchell Harrison(82) from Brighton, MI, and the popular Ty Masterpool(29) just missed out.

There has not been a podium repeat by any 450SX rider in the first two triple crowns of 2024.

Hunter Lawrence(96) and Mitchell Oldenburg(55) raced down the opening straight. Oldenburg went down and took Adam Cianciarulo(9) with him. The crash slowed a number of the favorites, including Chase Sexton(1) and Jett Lawrence(18).

Lawrence’s lead was short-lived; he went down, and crowd-favorite Eli Tomac(3) inherited the lead. Aaron Plessinger(7) ran second, and Ken Roczen(94) was third.

Jett Lawrence began picking off riders as he moved forward, moving into second place as the timed portion of the Moto was running down. He trailed Tomac by 3+ seconds.

Tomac survived the late charge, and Lawrence earned his hard-fought second position. Plessinger finished third, followed by Jason Anderson(21) and Cooper Webb(2). Sexton came home in 10th place and will need some help if he is going to work his way back into contention for the overall event title.

Ken Roczen had a mechanical problem and finished 18th, Adam Cianciarulo was unable to continue after the opening lap crash and finished 22nd.

450SX Moto #1 Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 3 Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F 14 Laps Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
2 18 Jett Lawrence Honda CRF450R 3.44 Team Honda HRC
3 7 Aaron Plessinger KTM 450 SX-F FE 11.912 Red Bull KTM
4 21 Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR 15.346 Monster Energy Kawasaki
5 2 Cooper Webb Yamaha YZ450F 17.831 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
6 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F 19.681 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
7 27 Malcolm Stewart Husqvarna FC 450 RE 21.294 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
8 96 Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF450R 28.824 Team Honda HRC
9 32 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ450F 32.068 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
10 1 Chase Sexton KTM 450 SX-F FE 35.740 Red Bull KTM

250SX West Moto #2

Levi Kitchen continued where he left off in Moto #1, rolling to the lead. Ryder DiFrancesco(34) tried to hang with him but could not match the speed. Jordan Smith had the speed, and when he passed for the second spot, he was able to hang with Kitchen, not allowing him to open a big interval. DiFrancesco held onto third, with Nate Thrasher, Jo Shimoda, and RJ Hampshire bearing down for the final podium spot.

Levi Kitchen at St. Louis / Photo Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports Inc

Kitchen began to ride away from Smith, and Shimoda took third as DiFrancesco began to fade back into the pack. Hampshire closed on Shimoda, while Kitchen opened his advantage over Smith to five seconds.

The battle for the final two podium positions turned into a three-way heat at the finish line. With Kitchen riding away to the win, Smith, Shimoda, and Hampshire ran nose to tail under the checkered flag.

Through the first two Motos, the overall standings are Kitchen in first with finishes of 1-1 for a total of 2 points. Jordan Smith in second (3-2=5), Jo Shimoda (2-3=5), Hampshire (4-4=8) and Thrasher (5-5=10).

250SX West Moto #2 Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 47 Levi Kitchen Kawasaki KX250 12 Laps Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
2 31 Jordon Smith Yamaha YZ250F 3.619 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
3 30 Jo Shimoda Honda CRF250R 4.299 Team Honda HRC
4 24 RJ Hampshire Husqvarna FC 250 5.297 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
5 57 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F 13.642 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
6 26 Garrett Marchbanks Yamaha YZ250F 16.217 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX
7 34 Ryder DiFrancesco GASGAS MC 250F 22.801 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
8 929 Julien Beaumer KTM 250 SX-F FE 29.967 Red Bull KTM
9 36 Phillip Nicoletti Yamaha YZ250F 30.994 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX
10 41 Carson Mumford Honda CRF250R 31.665 Carson Mumford Racing

 

450SX Moto #2

With a better start, Jett Lawrence grabbed the holeshot. However, Justin Cooper(32) took the early lead away. Eli Tomac ran third with Cooper Webb and Chase Sexton in tow.

Lawrence made the pass on Cooper, and Tomac followed, hanging right with the youngster. Webb took over third as Cooper dropped to fourth. Jason Anderson passed Sexton for fifth.

Cooper Webb at St. Louis / Photo Credit Feld Motor Sports Inc

Up front, Tomac continued to hang within a second of Lawrence. Webb went down, and then Cooper hit the dirt. The new running order had Anderson, Sexton, and Plessinger fighting for the final podium position.

Riding a solid race, Lawrence slowly pulled away from Tomac for the win. With two laps to go, Sexton worked his way past Anderson. However, the overall is going to come down to a winner-take-all between Lawrence and Tomac.

Late drama put the results into question. As Lawrence approached the finish jump, the Red Cross flag was clearly displayed, signaling the need to roll the jump instead of flying it. Lawrence needlessly did not observe the flag. Others were caught in the same mistake.

Five riders were penalized for the same infraction, resulting in a two-position drop in the race results. The guilty riders were Jett Lawrence, Chase Sexton, Cooper Webb, Aaron Plessinger, and Jason Anderson.

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 3 Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F 14 Laps Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
2 96 Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF450R 15.539 Team Honda HRC
3 18 Jett Lawrence* Honda CRF450R 15.539 Team Honda HRC
4 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F 20.517 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
5 1 Chase Sexton* KTM 450 SX-F FE 20.517 Red Bull KTM
6 2 Cooper Webb* Yamaha YZ450F 20.517 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
7 21 Jason Anderson* Kawasaki KX450SR 20.517 Monster Energy Kawasaki
8 7 Aaron Plessinger* KTM 450 SX-F FE 20.518 Red Bull KTM
9 27 Malcolm Stewart Husqvarna FC 450 RE 27.974 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
10 32 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ450F 36.471 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)

*Riders were penalized with a loss of two positions for a Red Cross flag infraction

Heading into the Final Moto of the night, Eli Tomac holds the top overall position with finishes of 1-1 for a total of 2 points. Jett Lawrence is second (2-3=5), Hunter Lawrence is third (8-2=10), Justin Barcia (6-4=10) and Webb (5-6=11).

250SX West Moto #3

This was another display of Levi Kitchen’s speed. He took the holeshot and early lead in Moto #3. RJ Hampshire got a great start and held second. He quickly trailed the leader by two seconds, with Jo Shimoda and Jordan Smith following.

Levi Kitchen wins all three races at the St. Louis Triple Crown event / Photo Credit Feld Motor Sports Inc.

At the halfway point of the Moto, they all held their respective positions. Kitchen rode away to the race win and the overall event title. Hampshire was unchallenged, and Shimoda took the second spot overall with his third-place finish. Jordan Smith took the final podium spot overall.

250SX West Moto #3 Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 47 Levi Kitchen Kawasaki KX250 11 Laps Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
2 24 RJ Hampshire Husqvarna FC 250 4.061 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
3 30 Jo Shimoda Honda CRF250R 8.413 Team Honda HRC
4 31 Jordon Smith Yamaha YZ250F 12.026 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
5 26 Garrett Marchbanks Yamaha YZ250F 15.962 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX
6 57 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F 22.373 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
7 929 Julien Beaumer KTM 250 SX-F FE 26.752 Red Bull KTM
8 36 Phillip Nicoletti Yamaha YZ250F 32.198 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX
9 41 Carson Mumford Honda CRF250R 33.920 Carson Mumford Racing
10 35 Talon Hawkins KTM 250 SX-F 38.402 AEO KTM Racing Team

 

Overall 250SX Event Standings

POS. # RIDER R1 R2 R3 POINTS
1 47 Levi Kitchen 1 1 1 3
2 30 Jo Shimoda 2 3 3 8
3 31 Jordon Smith 3 2 4 9
4 24 RJ Hampshire 4 4 2 10
5 57 Nate Thrasher 5 5 6 16

250SX West Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN POINTS
1 47 Levi Kitchen Washougal, WA 156
2 24 RJ Hampshire Hudson, FL 141
3 31 Jordon Smith Belmont, NC 130
4 26 Garrett Marchbanks Coalville, UT 121
5 30 Jo Shimoda Suzuka, Japan 116
6 929 Julien Beaumer Lake Havasu City, AZ 93
7 100 Anthony Bourdon Hossegor, France 90
8 41 Carson Mumford Simi Valley, CA 88
9 57 Nate Thrasher Livingston, TN 80
10 85 Hunter Yoder Menifee, CA 71
11 55 Mitchell Oldenburg Godley, TX 67
12 36 Phillip Nicoletti Cochecton, NY 65
13 34 Ryder DiFrancesco Bakersfield, CA 65
14 71 Cole Thompson Brigden, Canada 62
15 73 Robbie Wageman Newhall, CA 57
16 78 Joshua Varize Perris, CA 45
17 35 Talon Hawkins Temecula, CA 37
18 245 Matti Jorgensen Helirod, FL 26
19 162 Max Sanford Pasadena, MD 21
20 20 Maximus Vohland Sacramento, CA 20

450SX Moto #3

Of course, the wiley veteran Eli Tomac crafted the perfect start and rode off into the lead. A first-lap crash occurred on the 180-degree corner, with Justin Barcia t-boning Jett Lawrence, knocking the points leader completely off his bike. Lawrence grabbed his right arm/wrist in obvious pain. He eventually got back on the bike, rejoining the race in the 21st position, a lap down.

Tomac rode away from the field with Sexton and Webb putting on a battle for second. Hunter Lawrence held fourth with a comfortable lead over Ken Roczen in fifth. Jett Lawrence was unable to improve his position, riding out the remainder of the race in the 21st spot.

Webb moved past Sexton as Tomac increased the interval over both of them. The crowd roared as Tomac rode the final lap to his first 450SX win of the year and the 100th podium of his Supercross career.

Tomac Wins St. Louis Triple Crown / Photo Credit Feld Motor Sports Inc

Webb’s second-place finish secured second overall by one point over Hunter Lawrence. It was Hunter’s first 450SX and triple crown podium.

450SX Moto #3 Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 3 Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F 14 Laps Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
2 2 Cooper Webb Yamaha YZ450F 2.550 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
3 1 Chase Sexton KTM 450 SX-F FE 4.674 Red Bull KTM
4 96 Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF450R 11.573 Team Honda HRC
5 94 Ken Roczen Suzuki RM-Z450 14.360 HEP Motorsports
6 7 Aaron Plessinger KTM 450 SX-F FE 16.593 Red Bull KTM
7 12 Shane McElrath Suzuki RM-Z450 25.348 HEP Motorsports
8 27 Malcolm Stewart Husqvarna FC 450 RE 32.512 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
9 32 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ450F 42.675 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
10 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F 46.047 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas

 

Overall 450SX Event Standings

POS. # RIDER BIKE R1 R2 R3 POINTS
1 3 Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F 1 1 1 3
2 2 Cooper Webb Yamaha YZ450F 5 6 2 13
3 96 Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF450R 8 2 4 14
4 7 Aaron Plessinger KTM 450 SX-F FE 3 8 6 17
5 1 Chase Sexton KTM 450 SX-F FE 10 5 3 18

 

450SX Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN POINTS
1 18 Jett Lawrence Landsborough, Australia 244
2 2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC 236
3 1 Chase Sexton LaMoille, IL 224
4 3 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 215
5 94 Ken Roczen Mattstedt, Germany 202
6 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 198
7 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 188
8 32 Justin Cooper Cold Springs Harbor, NY 147
9 51 Justin Barcia Monroe, NY 138
10 96 Hunter Lawrence Landsborough, Australia 133
11 27 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL 130
12 14 Dylan Ferrandis Bedarrides, France 107
13 12 Shane McElrath Oakland, FL 103
14 9 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL 63
15 67 Benny Bloss Oak Grove, MO 60
16 11 Kyle Chisholm Tampa, FL 49
17 15 Dean Wilson Glasgow, Scotland 46
18 111 Jorge Prado Lugo, Spain 45
19 28 Christian Craig San Diego, CA 39
20 125 Vince Friese Cape Girardeau, MO 36