Seattle Supercross Sees Lawrence Win Streak Come to an End and Points Tighten

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Lumen Field, Seattle, WA — March 23, 2024

Last week, Indianapolis hosted its first-ever Triple Crown, and soft, rutted conditions challenged riders throughout the night. Jett Lawrence swept every Race in the 450SX class; he was only the second rider ever to complete a perfect Triple Crown (1-1-1) score. Ken Roczen, the only other rider to pull off a sweep, led laps in each Race and took home second-place points with (2-2-3) scores. Chase Sexton had a strong night; he caught a passed Roczen late in the final Race, but he was not able to close in on Lawrence.

Lawrence leads the point standings by 21 points over Cooper Webb, 25 over Chase Sexton, 35 over Ken Roczen, and 36 over Eli Tomac. He is threatening to run away and hide from the competition as he now has racked up three consecutive event wins.

The 250SX West riders return to the track this week. RJ Hampshire nabbed his fourth career 250SX Class victory in Glendale and second of the season with his Anaheim win. It is the first time in his career he has scored multiple wins in a season. RJ only trails by five points going into Seattle.

Levi Kitchen held the red plate through the extended Western Regional break. He holds a slim four-point advantage over Jordon Smith and five points over Hampshire. Kitchen now has eight podiums, 10 top fives, and 13 top 10s in 16 250SX Class starts across three seasons.

Jordon Smith came back from a rough accident to capture a top-five in Glendale, salvaging his position in the title fight. Smith is only down by four points going into the back half of the Western Regional.

Seattle History

The first 450SX Class round held in Seattle was on February 18, 1978, in the Seattle Kingdome. It was the Season Opener for the Championship’s fifth season, and the 1975 victor, Jimmy Ellis, won on Honda. It was his final victory. Seattle hosted the second round in 1979 and for most of the 1980s.

Since Lumen Field took over hosting the Seattle Supercross, the series visited from 2005-2014, 2017-2019, and 2022-2023. After 33 races in the Kingdome and 15 in Lumen Field, 2024 will be the 49th edition of the Seattle Supercross.

From 1985-1999, there were 20 250SX Class rounds held in the Seattle Kingdome. Just like the 450SX Class, the series returned in 2005 to Lumen Field, where 15 races have been held since. 2024 will mark the 36th 250SX Class race in Seattle.

250SX West Heat Races

Levi Kitchen(47) shot down the long straightaway at the start and outran everyone to the holeshot line. RJ Hampshire(24) settled into second, but Kitchen established a 2.5-second lead during the first half of the moto.

Kitchen doubled the advantage during the remainder of the timed portion of the race and cruised to victory. Hampshire finished unchallenged in second, with Julien Beaumer(929) taking third.

In Heat #2, Jo Shimoda(30) earned the holeshot with Jordan Smith(31) right on his rear tire. The duo rode away from the pack, establishing a 3.5-second lead early. Carson Mumford(41) ran third.

Jo Shimoda / Photo Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports, Inc

Garrett Marchbanks(26) passed Mumford on the final lap to take over third. Up front, Shimoda missed a jump and went down after taking the white flag. He managed to get back up and hold onto the second position. Smith took advantage of Shimoda’s mistake to take the Heat win.

450SX Heat Races

Eli Tomac(3),Chase Sexton(1), and Ken Roczen(94) all lined up in Heat #1. Hunter Lawrence(96) and Sexton battled for the lead, with Sexton coming out on top.

Roczen stalled his bike and went all the way to the back of the pack before he could restart it. Sexton had the same issue exiting the sand section, and he, too, had trouble getting under power again. Lawrence took the lead, and Sexton was able to rejoin the race just ahead of Tomac in third.

The three leaders rode away from everyone else. Tomac passed Sexton on the final lap and charged Lawrence. Hunter held off Eli and got his first heat win of the 2024 season.

Roczen finished 17th and will have to rely on the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) to advance to the Main Event.

Jett Lawrence(18), Cooper Webb(2), and Aaron Plessinger(7) fight it out in Heat #2. Plessinger took the early lead. He got a challenge from Vince Friese(125) but was able to pull away to a 2.5-second advantage. Lawrence moved up to the second spot and slowly began cutting into Plessinger’s lead.

Webb took over the third spot with little chance of catching the leaders. Lawrence closed on Plessinger as time ran out and made the pass with two laps to go. Plessinger tried to come back as they raced side-by-side, but it was Lawrence who ultimately pulled away to give the brothers a sweep of the 450SX Heats.

Ken Roczen led wire-to-wire to win the 450SX LCQ and advance to the main event. It was the first time Roczen had to qualify out of a last-chance moto.

250SX West Main Event

Levi Kitchen repeated his performance from the heat race out front early and moved away. Jordan Smith took over the second spot, trailing by over 2.5 seconds. Julien Beaumer held second for the first five minutes of the Main event.

Levi Kitchen / Photo Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports, Inc

RJ Hampshire eventually passed Beaumer, who began to fade back into the pack. Nate Thrasher and Garrett Marchbanks held down the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

Jo Shimoda, who had a great Heat going until he crashed on the final lap, began making a move to the front.

The running order and the points race took a huge turn when Smith crashed in the rhythm section of the track. He lay down trackside for an extended period of time before recovering to rejoin the race. Two more falls from his bike relegated Smith to a lap down and out of the battle at the top of the points standings.

Kitchen rode away to the win, with Hampshire taking second. Joe Shimoda charged into the final podium spot, finishing third.

Jordan Smith entered the race four points out of the lead that Kitchen held in the 250SX points standings. He leaves Seattle 21 points behind.

250SX West Main Event Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 47 Levi Kitchen Kawasaki KX250 18 Laps Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
2 24 RJ Hampshire Husqvarna FC 250 21.051 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
3 30 Jo Shimoda Honda CRF250R 25.969 Team Honda HRC
4 26 Garrett Marchbanks Yamaha YZ250F 30.128 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX
5 41 Carson Mumford Honda CRF250R 37.666 Carson Mumford Racing
6 76 Michael Mosiman Yamaha YZ250F 41.795 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
7 929 Julien Beaumer KTM 250 SX-F FE 46.755 Red Bull KTM
8 100 Anthony Bourdon Suzuki RM-Z250 51.971 Bar X Suzuki
9 57 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F 01:02.3 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
10 71 Cole Thompson Yamaha YZ250F 17 Laps Cole Thompson Racing
11 34 Ryder DiFrancesco GASGAS MC 250F 7.596 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
12 36 Phillip Nicoletti Yamaha YZ250F 18.131 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX
13 73 Robbie Wageman Yamaha YZ250F 26.746 Robbie Wageman Racing
14 31 Jordon Smith Yamaha YZ250F 27.141 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
15 35 Talon Hawkins KTM 250 SX-F 28.793 AEO KTM Racing Team
16 85 Hunter Yoder Kawasaki KX250 30.416 Partzilla PRMX Racing
17 473 Lux Turner KTM 250 SX-F 41.895 AEO KTM Racing Team
18 116 Tj Albright Yamaha YZ250F 50.295 TJ Albright Racing
19 245 Matti Jorgensen GASGAS MC 250F FE 16 Laps Matti Jorgensen Racing
20 78 Joshua Varize GASGAS MC 250F FE 0.994 Josh Varize Racing
21 162 Max Sanford Kawasaki KX250 7.192 Host Grindstone Kawasaki
22 88 Dylan Walsh Kawasaki KX250 31.025 Host Grindstone Kawasaki

 

250SX West Points Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN POINTS
1 47 Levi Kitchen Washougal, WA 131
2 24 RJ Hampshire Hudson, FL 123
3 31 Jordon Smith Belmont, NC 110
4 26 Garrett Marchbanks Coalville, UT 105
5 30 Jo Shimoda Suzuka, Japan 94
6 100 Anthony Bourdon Hossegor, France 79
7 929 Julien Beaumer Lake Havasu City, AZ 78
8 41 Carson Mumford Simi Valley, CA 75
9 55 Mitchell Oldenburg Godley, TX 67
10 57 Nate Thrasher Livingston, TN 63
11 85 Hunter Yoder Menifee, CA 62
12 36 Phillip Nicoletti Cochecton, NY 55
13 71 Cole Thompson Brigden, Canada 55
14 34 Ryder DiFrancesco Bakersfield, CA 51
15 73 Robbie Wageman Newhall, CA 51
16 78 Joshua Varize Perris, CA 43
17 245 Matti Jorgensen Helirod, FL 25
18 35 Talon Hawkins Temecula, CA 25
19 162 Max Sanford Pasadena, MD 21
20 20 Maximus Vohland Sacramento, CA 20

 

450SX Main Event

Chase Sexton and Ken Roczen ran away with the lead. Cooper Webb sat in the third position. Jett Lawrence was 10th early, while Eli Tomac was mired back in 16th.

Webb eventually moved past Roczen. However, Jett Lawrence was the rider on the move. After riding through half of the field, Lawrence was challenging Webb for second place. The two collided in the sand section, and Lawrence went down.

Lawrence was up quickly but had dropped behind Roczen again.

At the midpoint of the race, Sexton hit a tuff block. He stayed on his bike, but the mistake allowed Webb to close in. Lawrence moved back into third trailing the two leaders by six seconds. Aaron Plessinger sat fourth, Roczen fifth, and Tomac sixth. They were not within striking distance of the podium.

Jett Lawrence(18) and Aaron Plessinger(7) race at Seattle / Photo Credit Feld Motor Sports Inc

As he did in the heat race, Sexton stalled his bike out of the sand section, and Webb took the lead. As the clock ticked under five minutes, Webb and Sexton fought it out for the lead. Lawrence got caught behind some lapped traffic and dropped to 12 seconds out of the lead. Making it likely his three race win streak will come to an end tonight.

Sexton made a mistake, and Webb stretched the lead to four seconds. Sexton responded and closed up again. With two laps to go, the lead was down to 1.5 seconds.

Webb lost time on the final lap, and Sexton closed to his rear tire. Into the last turn, Webb powered through and crossed under the checkered flag just inches ahead of the defending champion. It was the closest finish of any main event so far in 2024, a half-second at the line.

With his third-place finish, Lawrence easily held onto the points lead. However, the margins shrunk slightly. Webb trails by 16 points and Sexton by 23.

450SX Main Event Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 2 Cooper Webb Yamaha YZ450F 24 Laps Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
2 1 Chase Sexton KTM 450 SX-F FE 0.592 Red Bull KTM
3 18 Jett Lawrence Honda CRF450R 23.118 Team Honda HRC
4 7 Aaron Plessinger KTM 450 SX-F FE 24.369 Red Bull KTM
5 94 Ken Roczen Suzuki RM-Z450 30.848 HEP Motorsports
6 3 Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F 32.569 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
7 96 Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF450R 34.283 Team Honda HRC
8 32 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ450F 37.484 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
9 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F 43.324 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
10 21 Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR 01:00.7 Monster Energy Kawasaki
11 27 Malcolm Stewart Husqvarna FC 450 RE 23 Laps Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
12 67 Benny Bloss Beta 450 RX 4.109 Liqui Moly Beta
13 55 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF450R 15.972 Mitchell Oldenburg Racing
14 9 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450SR 20.194 Monster Energy Kawasaki
15 125 Vince Friese Honda CRF450R 25.467 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
16 12 Shane McElrath Suzuki RM-Z450 33.578 HEP Motorsports
17 29 Ty Masterpool Kawasaki KX450 47.206 HBI Racing Kawasaki
18 52 Derek Drake Suzuki RM-Z450 22 Laps Bar X Suzuki
19 81 Cade Clason Kawasaki KX450 21 Laps Partzilla PRMX Racing
20 200 Ryan Breece Yamaha YZ450F 19.692 Ryan Breece Racing
21 148 Justin Rodbell KTM 450 SX-F 20 Laps Justin Rodbell Racing
22 82 Mitchell Harrison Kawasaki KX450 8 Laps Partzilla PRMX Racing

 

450SX Point Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN POINTS
1 18 Jett Lawrence Landsborough, Australia 230
2 2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC 214
3 1 Chase Sexton LaMoille, IL 207
4 94 Ken Roczen Mattstedt, Germany 192
5 3 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 190
6 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 180
7 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 177
8 32 Justin Cooper Cold Springs Harbor, NY 134
9 51 Justin Barcia Monroe, NY 122
10 27 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL 115
11 96 Hunter Lawrence Landsborough, Australia 113
12 14 Dylan Ferrandis Bedarrides, France 107
13 12 Shane McElrath Oakland, FL 91
14 9 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL 63
15 67 Benny Bloss Oak Grove, MO 51
16 15 Dean Wilson Glasgow, Scotland 46
17 111 Jorge Prado Lugo, Spain 45
18 11 Kyle Chisholm Tampa, FL 41
19 28 Christian Craig San Diego, CA 39
20 125 Vince Friese Cape Girardeau, MO 33
21 52 Derek Drake Lake Elsinore, CA 33