Salt Lake City Supercross Crowns Three New Champions

Jett Lawrence, Tom Vialle, and RJ Hampshire take home the hardware for the 2024 Supercross season.

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Rice-Eccles Stadium. Salt Lake City, UT — May 11, 2024

With one more Round to go in the 2024 Supercross season, Jett Lawrence is looking to make history by winning his first 450 Supercross Championship. They call it Round 17, but in reality, it is Championship Saturday, as the 250SX East and West titles will also be decided in this one event.

Lawrence leads the premier class by 20 points over Cooper Webb. A finish of 17th or better will clinch the title for the Australian rookie. In the 250 SX East division, Tom Vialle leads Haiden Deegan by 15 points. Levi Kitchen and RJ Hampshire are tied atop the standing in the 250SX West division.

To heighten the drama the final event of the year is an East/West Showdown. Both divisions will be on the track in the main event as the best 22 riders in the class face off together. Here is a preview of what the riders will face in Salt Lake City.

250SX East Heat

Cody Schock(69) took the early lead with a solid holeshot win. Haiden Deegan(38) was fifth at the start, and Tom Vialle(16) came out in the 10th position. Schock lost control in a corner and rode off the track into one of the padded walls of Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Seemingly out of nowhere, Deegan surged forward to take the lead. Vialle seemed unsure of himself on the track and had only moved up to the eighth position. While Deegan rode confidently and secured the Heat win, Vialle dropped to ninth and just barely qualified for the main event.

250SX West Heat

As you might expect, the two title contenders fought for the holeshot with Levi Kitchen(47) coming out ahead of RJ Hampshire(24). Nate Thrasher(57) settled into third but lost time to the leaders on every lap. Hampshire hung within a second of Kitchen but could not catch his rival and settled for following Kitchen across the finish line and into the main event.

RJ Hampshire / Photo Credit Feld Motor Sports

Dark clouds framed the mountains behind the stadium as Mother Nature threatened to add her drama to Championship Saturday.

450SX Heats

Both Jett Lawrence(18) and Cooper Webb(2) lined up together in Heat #1. Lawrence came away with the holeshot, but not before Webb took a shot at the points leader, running into Lawrence in the first corner.

Justin Barcia(51) slipped into second as Lawrence pulled away, with Webb fading back in third.

The early collision with Webb must have been a wake-up call to Lawrence. Letting him know the former champion is not going to fold and allow Lawrence to walk away with the title without a fight.

Heat #2 featured the defending champion Chase Sexton(1), Justin Cooper(32), and Hunter Lawrence(96) battling for the early lead. Cooper grabbed the holeshot but could not hold the top spot as Sexton powered past on lap one.

One rider absent tonight was Eli Tomac(3). Nursing an injury of his own, Tomac is setting out the finale after being eliminated from championship contention.

The fastest rider on the track was Jason Anderson(21). He got tangled up at the start with his teammate Adam Cianciarulo(9) and had to recover from the incident. He rebounded to fourth and will move to the main for a chance at redemption in that race.

Weather Delay

The storm clouds held a potentially dangerous element as lighting in the area forced the AMA to suspend racing, and the Stadium was evacuated for safety purposes. As the storm moved through, the rain did not last long. However, it must have seemed like an eternity as the competitors could only sit and watch the raindrops fall. Will mental stress play a part in how the riders respond?

250SX East/West Showdown

Haiden Deegan served first, taking the early lead. Vialle survived his poor gate pick to settle in ninth at the start. RJ Hampshire got the jump on Levi Kitchen. Hampshire ran third, with Jo Shimoda(30) and Nate Thrasher between him and Kitchen in sixth. Vialle, in seventh, will clinch if he can maintain a top ten position regardless of where Deegan places.

Haiden Deegan / Photo Credit Feld Motor Sports

At the halfway point of the moto, Kitchen moved past Thrasher into fifth, trailing Hampshire by four seconds. With time running down, the intervals remained constant. Jordan Smith made a move on Deegan to take the lead. He mistimed the attempt and went down.

Hampshire moved up behind Deegan and followed him across the finish line. Locking up the 250SX West title. Vialle did what he had to do and, despite the Deegan victory, earned enough points to take the 250SX East crown.

250SX West Champion RJ Hampshire / Photo Credit Feld Motor Sports
250 SX East Champion Tom Vialle / Photo Credit Feld Motor Sports

250SX East/West Showdown Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL TEAM/SPONSORS
1 38 Haiden Deegan Yamaha YZ250F 18 Laps Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
2 24 Rj Hampshire Husqvarna FC 250 0.802 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
3 31 Jordon Smith Yamaha YZ250F 2.330 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
4 30 Jo Shimoda Honda CRF250R 3.424 Team Honda HRC
5 47 Levi Kitchen Kawasaki KX250 5.125 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
6 57 Nate Thrasher Yamaha YZ250F 13.800 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
7 48 Chance Hymas Honda CRF250R 21.089 Team Honda HRC
8 16 Tom Vialle KTM 250 SX-F FE 25.771 Red Bull KTM
9 33 Jalek Swoll Triumph TF 250-X 27.495 Triumph Racing
10 36 Phillip Nicoletti Yamaha YZ250F 28.624 Muc-Off FXR ClubMX
11 69 Coty Schock Yamaha YZ250F 30.433 Coty Schock Racing
12 39 Pierce Brown GASGAS MC 250F 31.570 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
13 34 Ryder DiFrancesco GASGAS MC 250F 36.955 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
14 43 Seth Hammaker Kawasaki KX250 38.414 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
15 71 Cole Thompson Yamaha YZ250F 41.122 Cole Thompson Racing
16 37 Max Anstie Honda CRF250R 44.185 Firepower Honda
17 59 Daxton Bennick Yamaha YZ250F 51.692 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
18 100 Anthony Bourdon Suzuki RM-Z250 55.586 Bar X Suzuki
19 511 Nicholas Romano Yamaha YZ250F 17 Laps Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (250)
20 87 Max Miller Suzuki RM-Z250 0.335 Max Miller Racing
21 128 Preston Boespflug Suzuki RM-Z250 1.965 Bar X Suzuki
22 929 Julien Beaumer KTM 250 SX-F FE 17.474 Red Bull KTM

 

250SX East Final Points Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN POINTS
1 16 Tom Vialle Avignon, France 172
2 38 Haiden Deegan Temecula, CA 168
3 69 Coty Schock Dover, DE 132
4 39 Pierce Brown Sandy, UT 131
5 37 Max Anstie London, England 125
6 63 Cameron Mcadoo Sioux City, IA 120
7 33 Jalek Swoll Belleview, FL 116
8 48 Chance Hymas Pocatello, ID 116
9 59 Daxton Bennick Morganton, NC 111
10 43 Seth Hammaker Bainbridge, PA 95
11 65 Henry Miller Rochester, MN 83
12 75 Marshal Weltin Ubly, MI 70
13 511 Nicholas Romano Bayside, NY 69
14 6 Jeremy Martin Millville, MN 42
15 128 Preston Boespflug Battleground, WA 40
16 602 Gage Linville Lake Park, GA 39
17 64 Austin Forkner Richards, MO 27
18 83 Guillem Farres Barcelona, Spain 27
19 174 Trevor Colip Bowling Green, IN 23
20 90 Hardy Munoz Orlando, FL 23

 

250SX West Final Points Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN POINTS
1 24 RJ Hampshire Hudson, FL 208
2 47 Levi Kitchen Washougal, WA 203
3 31 Jordon Smith Belmont, NC 185
4 30 Jo Shimoda Suzuka, Japan 181
5 57 Nate Thrasher Livingston, TN 123
6 26 Garrett Marchbanks Coalville, UT 121
7 929 Julien Beaumer Lake Havasu City, AZ 118
8 100 Anthony Bourdon Hossegor, France 106
9 36 Phillip Nicoletti Cochecton, NY 105
10 71 Cole Thompson Brigden, Canada 89
11 41 Carson Mumford Simi Valley, CA 88
12 34 Ryder DiFrancesco Bakersfield, CA 88
13 85 Hunter Yoder Menifee, CA 79
14 73 Robbie Wageman Newhall, CA 71
15 55 Mitchell Oldenburg Godley, TX 67
16 78 Joshua Varize Perris, CA 54
17 35 Talon Hawkins Temecula, CA 50
18 245 Matti Jorgensen Helirod, FL 26
19 162 Max Sanford Pasadena, MD 25
20 116 Tj Albright Mt Marion, NY 22

 

450SX Main Event

Chase Sexton ran away from the field at the start. Cooper Webb settled into the third position behind Justin Cooper. A Lawrence ran fourth, but it was Hunter, not Jett, holding the position. Jason Anderson ran fifth, with Jett Larence in sixth.

Anderson took Hunter out while making the pass for fourth. Jett made a charge, passing Anderson. A stumble by Lawrence saw Anderson and Justin Barcia move up. Lawrence, looking at the big picture, settled into sixth.

Malcolm Stewart(27) caught Lawrence, who, at this point, surrendered the position. Safely in seventh with a large interval ahead and behind, Jett Lawrence seemed content to take no unnecessary chances and ride out the moto with the title firmly in his grasp.

Sexton, Cooper, and Webb will share the podium. But Jett Lawrence will bask in the adoration of the crowd and hoist the biggest trophy of the evening.

450SX Main Event Results

POS. # RIDER BIKE INTERVAL BEST TIME TEAM/SPONSORS
1 1 Chase Sexton KTM 450 SX-F FE 24 Laps 00:52.8 Red Bull KTM
2 32 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ450F 3.228 00:53.1 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
3 2 Cooper Webb Yamaha YZ450F 4.406 00:53.4 Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha (450)
4 21 Jason Anderson Kawasaki KX450SR 9.803 00:53.1 Monster Energy Kawasaki
5 51 Justin Barcia GASGAS MC 450F 11.957 00:53.2 Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas
6 27 Malcolm Stewart Husqvarna FC 450 RE 34.797 00:54.1 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
7 18 Jett Lawrence Honda CRF450R 39.337 00:52.6 Team Honda HRC
8 14 Dylan Ferrandis Honda CRF450R 44.568 00:54.3 Phoenix Racing Honda
9 55 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF450R 46.076 00:54.7 Mitchell Oldenburg Racing
10 15 Dean Wilson Honda CRF450R 47.179 00:55.3 Firepower Honda
11 45 Colt Nichols Beta 450 RX 47.652 00:54.8 Liqui Moly Beta
12 125 Vince Friese Honda CRF450R 23 Laps 00:55.5 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing Honda
13 46 Justin Hill KTM 450 SX-F FE 1.107 00:55.2 Team Tedder Racing
14 12 Shane McElrath Suzuki RM-Z450 7.950 00:55.2 HEP Motorsports
15 96 Hunter Lawrence Honda CRF450R 10.270 00:54.8 Team Honda HRC
16 11 Kyle Chisholm Suzuki RM-Z450 22.129 00:56.1 HEP Motorsports
17 56 Jeremy Hand Honda CRF450R 23.076 00:56.1 Jeremy Hand Racing
18 23 Grant Harlan Yamaha YZ450F 25.348 00:56.2 Grant Harlan Racing
19 22 Freddie Noren Kawasaki KX450SR 27.376 00:55.8 International Supercross Race Team
20 9 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450SR 27.583 00:55.0 Monster Energy Kawasaki
21 91 Devin Simonson Yamaha YZ450F 22 Laps 00:56.7 Devin Simonson Racing
22 62 Kevin Moranz KTM 450 SX-F 1.43 00:57.3 Kevin Moranz Racing

450SX Final Point Standings

POS. # RIDER HOMETOWN POINTS
1 18 Jett Lawrence Landsborough, Australia 351
2 2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC 336
3 1 Chase Sexton LaMoille, IL 307
4 3 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 282
5 21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 282
6 32 Justin Cooper Cold Springs Harbor, NY 227
7 94 Ken Roczen Mattstedt, Germany 223
8 51 Justin Barcia Monroe, NY 217
9 96 Hunter Lawrence Landsborough, Australia 207
10 27 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL 200
11 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 198
12 14 Dylan Ferrandis Bedarrides, France 147
13 12 Shane McElrath Oakland, FL 132
14 9 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL 95
15 67 Benny Bloss Oak Grove, MO 94
16 15 Dean Wilson Glasgow, Scotland 91
17 46 Justin Hill Yoncalla, OR 71
18 11 Kyle Chisholm Tampa, FL 66
19 125 Vince Friese Cape Girardeau, MO 64
20 45 Colt Nichols Muskogee, OK 62