Nashville Supercross Produces More Points Chaos

The annual Love Moto Stop Cancer event, benefiting the children of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital provided fans with wild on track action and off track donations to a good cause.

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Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN — April 20, 2024

With just three AMA Supercross events left after tonight’s LOVE MOTO STOP CANCER Race benefitting the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The season-long points in all classes are hotly contested. A perfect time for the first East/West Showdown. But first, the all-important focus on helping the kids at St. Judes battle Childhood Cancer.

2024 marks the eighth year of partnership with St. Jude, and the Supercross community has raised more than $1,000,000, and are inching towards $1.5M with this year’s array of initiatives.

  • LOVE MOTO STOP CANCER text-to-donate campaign
  • Ken Roczen’s Kickstart for a Cause campaign. Ken’s race bike from the 2024 season will be given away to one lucky fan who enters the sweepstakes HERE. The sweepstakes is FREE to enter, and the winner of the motorcycle will be announced at the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship finale in Salt Lake City.
  • Rocky Mountain ATV MC LOVE MOTO STOP CANCER Golf Tournament benefitting the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – upcoming Thursday, May 9 in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • LOVE MOTO STOP CANCER Supercross Auction – Fans can bid on the custom-designed St. Jude gear and bike graphics being used in Nashville. The St. Jude auction will run from Monday, April 29, through Monday, May 13.

About St. Jude

1. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Our mission is clear: Finding Cures. Saving Children.

2. Families NEVER RECEIVE A BILL from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

3. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.

4. St. Jude FREELY SHARES discoveries, so every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

Tonight’s Race

It’s all about points! Jett Lawrence and Cooper Webb arrive at Nashville tied for the points lead in the 450SX class. Webb has cut the huge lead Lawrence held just four races ago, and the youngster is no longer looking over his shoulder at Webb. They are side-by-side, dead even.

Cameron McAdoo holds a 13-point advantage over Haiden Deegan in the 250SX East class. Levi Kitchen is 15 points up on RJ Hampshire. With events running out, it is do-or-die time for all title contenders.

An early morning rain soaked the track and eliminated open practice for all classes as track workers squeezed as much water out of the race course as possible.

250SX West Heat

Ryder DiFrancesco(34) rode off with a quick start and took the early lead, with Phillip Nicoletti(36) just behind. Garrett Marchbanks(26) went down in the first turn and jumbled up most of the pack. Unfortunately, Marchbanks suffered a serious injury, and the race was red-flagged to allow safety crews unrestricted access. Enough time had elapsed before the stoppage that the race was restarted in a single-file staggered line.

 

DiFrancesco held the lead until the final lap. A charge from RJ Hampshire(24) and Jordan Smith(31) allowed the pair to slip by before the checkered flag.

Levi Kitchen(47) was caught up in the early crash delay and had to fight his way into a sixth-place finish

Results of the 250SX West Heat

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 24 Rj Hampshire Husqvarna FC 250 7 Laps Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
2 31 Jordon Smith Yamaha YZ250F 0.786 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
3 34 Ryder DiFrancesco GASGAS MC 250F 2.537 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
4 36 Phillip Nicoletti Yamaha YZ250F 4.588 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX
5 30 Jo Shimoda Honda CRF250R 5.095 Team Honda HRC
6 47 Levi Kitchen Kawasaki KX250 5.269 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
7 57 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F 7.552 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
8 100 Anthony Bourdon Suzuki RM-Z250 8.325 Bar X Suzuki
9 71 Cole Thompson Yamaha YZ250F 9.557 Cole Thompson Racing
10 73 Robbie Wageman Yamaha YZ250F 11.058 Robbie Wageman Racing
11 87 Max Miller Suzuki RM-Z250 12.070 Max Miller Racing
12 116 Tj Albright Yamaha YZ250F 14.816 TJ Albright Racing
13 929 Julien Beaumer KTM 250 SX-F FE 20.243 Red Bull KTM
14 473 Lux Turner KTM 250 SX-F 20.243 AEO KTM Racing Team
15 245 Matti Jorgensen GASGAS MC 250F FE 21.050 Matti Jorgensen Racing
16 35 Talon Hawkins KTM 250 SX-F 25.247 AEO KTM Racing Team
17 162 Max Sanford Kawasaki KX250 30.249 Host Grindstone Kawasaki
18 85 Hunter Yoder Kawasaki KX250 6 Laps Partzilla PRMX Racing
19 78 Joshua Varize GASGAS MC 250F FE DNF Josh Varize Racing
20 26 Garrett Marchbanks Yamaha YZ250F DNS Muc-Off FXR ClubMX

 

250SX East Heat

Tom Vialle(16) and Cody Shock(69) got the quick start and early lead. Haiden Deegan ran third but went down in the sand section on the first lap. The crash dropped him out of the top nine qualifying positions.

Tom Vialle / Lasco Press Photo

Points leader Cameron McAdoo(63) injured his shoulder in a qualifying crash. In the heat race, he got pushed wide in the first turn and had to work his way back towards the front.

Cameron McAdoo / Lasco Press Photo

Deegan had returned to a safe qualifying position. He then made another mistake and rode off the track, falling out of the top ten.

McAdoo finished in the ninth and final qualifying position. Deegan crossed the finish line just ahead of Cameron.

Pierce Brown(39) passed Shock for the second position.

Pierce Brown / Lasco Press Photo

Results of the 250SX East Heat

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 16 Tom Vialle KTM 250 SX-F FE 9 Laps Red Bull KTM
2 39 Pierce Brown GASGAS MC 250F 1.863 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
3 69 Coty Schock Yamaha YZ250F 9.234 Coty Schock Racing
4 166 Casey Cochran Husqvarna FC 250 RE 13.573 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
5 37 Max Anstie Honda CRF250R 14.556 Firepower Honda
6 33 Jalek Swoll Triumph TF 250-X 16.855 Triumph Racing
7 48 Chance Hymas Honda CRF250R 18.759 Team Honda HRC
8 38 Haiden Deegan Yamaha YZ250F 20.013 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
9 63 Cameron Mcadoo Kawasaki KX250 21.159 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
10 602 Gage Linville GASGAS MC 250F 22.081 Gage Linville Racing
11 75 Marshal Weltin Yamaha YZ250F 22.313 Marshal Weltin Racing
12 65 Henry Miller Honda CRF250R 25.006 Henry Miller Racing
13 59 Daxton Bennick Yamaha YZ250F 29.167 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
14 296 Ryder Floyd Honda CRF250R 31.353 Ryder Floyd Racing
15 511 Nicholas Romano Yamaha YZ250F 34.030 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
16 108 Jorgen-Matthias Talviku KTM 250 SX-F 36.934 Jorgen Matthias Talviku Racing
17 208 Logan Leitzel Kawasaki KX250 38.438 Logan Leitzel Racing
18 435 Marcus Phelps KTM 250 SX-F 39.852 Marcus Phelps Racing
19 90 Hardy Munoz Kawasaki KX250 56.939 HBI Racing Kawasaki
20 420 Jackson Gray Husqvarna FC 250 8 Laps Jackson Gray Racing

450SX Heat Races

Roczen(94) and Cooper(32)  battled for the lead in the first 450SX Heat. With Adam Cianciarulo(9) in third. Cooper ran off the track, and Cianciarulo jumped to second. Defending Champion Chase Sexton(1) was back in the seventh spot.

Unexpectedly, Roczen stalled his bike coming out of the whoops section, and Cianciarulo took the lead. Hunter Lawrence(96) closed the gap on Cianciarulo and made a spectacular pass coming to the white flag. Lawrence held on for the win, Cianciarulo finished second, and Sexton fought back to place third.

One of the popular riders fans won’t see tonight is Aaron Plessinger. He is out for the rest of the season after landing hard when he crashed at Foxboro last week.

In 450SX Heat #2, the riders tied for the points lead, Jett Lawrence(18) and Cooper Webb(2), lined up next to each other. Eli Tomac(3) beat both of them to the first corner. But it was Jett coming out with the lead and Cooper right behind.

Cooper Webb / Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports Inc

Malcolm Stewart(27) knocked Tomac out of third. Unlike the shootout in Heat #1, the top four rode out the remaining laps. Tomac, with one of his late-race charges, took the final podium spot away from Stewart.

250SX East/West Showdown

This is why the fans love the East/West Showdown: it’s high drama from the very start. While RJ Hampshire took off like he had a turbo boost on his bike, the point leaders from both coasts crashed in the first turn. Fan favorite Haiden Deegan started mid-pack in the 14th spot.

Haiden Deegan / Lasco Press Photo

Joe Shimoda(30) and Tom Vialle settled into second and third. However, by mid-race, Hampshire checked out on the field. Jalek Swoll, on the Triumph, sat in fourth. He trailed Vialle for the final podium spot by six seconds.

As time ran down, Kitchen had moved from 21st to 14th. McAdoo was forced to drop out and will record no points on the night. Deegan raced into the sixth position. The impact on points, both East and West, will be significant. Both riders that entered the showdown holding the red plate, emblematic of owning the points lead, gave up those positions on the same night. (See Standings Below)

250SX East/West Showdown Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 24 Rj Hampshire Husqvarna FC 250 19 Laps Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
2 30 Jo Shimoda Honda CRF250R 3.663 Team Honda HRC
3 16 Tom Vialle KTM 250 SX-F FE 9.391 Red Bull KTM
4 31 Jordon Smith Yamaha YZ250F 16.952 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
5 33 Jalek Swoll Triumph TF 250-X 20.308 Triumph Racing
6 38 Haiden Deegan Yamaha YZ250F 25.093 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
7 37 Max Anstie Honda CRF250R 27.599 Firepower Honda
8 48 Chance Hymas Honda CRF250R 29.086 Team Honda HRC
9 929 Julien Beaumer KTM 250 SX-F FE 29.747 Red Bull KTM
10 36 Phillip Nicoletti Yamaha YZ250F 36.471 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX
11 39 Pierce Brown GASGAS MC 250F 38.060 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
12 69 Coty Schock Yamaha YZ250F 41.654 Coty Schock Racing
13 57 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F 45.335 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
14 47 Levi Kitchen Kawasaki KX250 45.996 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
15 166 Casey Cochran Husqvarna FC 250 RE 51.794 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
16 100 Anthony Bourdon Suzuki RM-Z250 53.090 Bar X Suzuki
17 71 Cole Thompson Yamaha YZ250F 18 Laps Cole Thompson Racing
18 65 Henry Miller Honda CRF250R 0 Henry Miller Racing
19 34 Ryder DiFrancesco GASGAS MC 250F 1.783 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
20 59 Daxton Bennick Yamaha YZ250F 8.572 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
21 602 Gage Linville GASGAS MC 250F 33.492 Gage Linville Racing
22 63 Cameron Mcadoo Kawasaki KX250 5 Laps Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki

 

250SX West Points Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN POINTS
1 24 RJ Hampshire Hudson, FL 166
2 47 Levi Kitchen Washougal, WA 164
3 31 Jordon Smith Belmont, NC 148
4 30 Jo Shimoda Suzuka, Japan 138
5 26 Garrett Marchbanks Coalville, UT 121
6 929 Julien Beaumer Lake Havasu City, AZ 106
7 100 Anthony Bourdon Hossegor, France 96
8 57 Nate Thrasher Livingston, TN 89
9 41 Carson Mumford Simi Valley, CA 88
10 36 Phillip Nicoletti Cochecton, NY 77

250SX East Points Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN POINTS
1 24 Tom Vialle Avignon, France 136
2 47 Haiden Deegan Temecula, CA 123
3 31 Cameron McAdoo Sioux City, IA 120
4 30 Pierce Brown Sandy, UT 116
5 26 Coty Schock Dover, DE 105
6 929 Max Anstie Newbury, England 94
7 100 Jalek Swoll Belleview, FL 89
8 57 Daxton Bennick Morganton, NC 88
9 41 Chance Hymas Pocatello, ID 84
10 36 Henry Miller Rochester, MN 74

450SX Main Event

With 20 other riders on the track, Jett Lawrence and Cooper Webb don’t just need to worry about each other. As the Showdown demonstrated, riders need to be aware of everything going on around them.

Eli Tomac was fast out of the gates in his heat but could not negotiate the first turn. This time, he got it done. Lawrence and Webb rode side-by-side for second. Lawrence pulled ahead. However, Ken Roczen shot past both the title contenders into the second spot.

Eli Tomac(3) leads Ken Roczen(94) and Jett Lawrence / Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports Inc

Chase Sexton crashed out of the race early and received no points for the evening’s efforts. Roczen blew out a shock absorber and pogo-ed through the rhythm section, crashing at the end.

Lawrence turned it on and passed Tomac, putting a position between himself and Webb. With his sixth win of the season, Lawrence was back atop the points standings with a five-point advantage over Webb with just three races to go.

450SX Main Event Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 18 Jett Lawrence Honda CRF450R 25 Laps Team Honda HRC
2 3 Eli Tomac Yamaha YZ450F 9.323 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
3 2 Cooper Webb Yamaha YZ450F 14.721 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
4 21 Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR 17.512 Monster Energy Kawasaki
5 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F 27.222 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
6 32 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ450F 37.367 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
7 96 Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF450R 41.352 Team Honda HRC
8 67 Benny Bloss Beta 450 RX 24 Laps Liqui Moly Beta
9 27 Malcolm Stewart Husqvarna FC 450 RE 9.68 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
10 125 Vince Friese Honda CRF450R 22.530 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
11 15 Dean Wilson Honda CRF450R 24.544 Firepower Honda
12 46 Justin Hill KTM 450 SX-F FE 24.952 Team Tedder Racing
13 12 Shane McElrath Suzuki RM-Z450 28.988 HEP Motorsports
14 9 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450SR 31.110 Monster Energy Kawasaki
15 55 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF450R 43.001 Mitchell Oldenburg Racing
16 11 Kyle Chisholm Suzuki RM-Z450 23 Laps HEP Motorsports
17 22 Freddie Noren Kawasaki KX450SR 9.939 International Supercross Race Team
18 23 Grant Harlan Yamaha YZ450F 41.605 Grant Harlan Racing
19 56 Jeremy Hand Honda CRF450R 22 Laps Jeremy Hand Racing
20 44 Josh Hill Yamaha YZ450F 53.781 Josh Hill Racing
21 94 Ken Roczen Suzuki RM-Z450 7 Laps HEP Motorsports
22 1 Chase Sexton KTM 450 SX-F FE 4 Laps Red Bull KTM

 

450SX Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN POINTS
1 18 Jett Lawrence Landsborough, Australia 286
2 2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC 281
3 3 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 253
4 1 Chase Sexton LaMoille, IL 246
5 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 224
6 94 Ken Roczen Mattstedt, Germany 223
7 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 198
8 32 Justin Cooper Cold Springs Harbor, NY 177
9 51 Justin Barcia Monroe, NY 166
10 96 Hunter Lawrence Landsborough, Australia 163