After a tough opening round in which he finished outside the top 10, defending champion Eli Tomac scored the 35th Supercross win of his career and broke out of tie with Ryan Dungey.
Tomac inherited the lead when first his teammate Adam Cianciarulo and then the leader Chase Sexton buried their bikes in the sand and fell to the back of the pack. Tomac’s win raised him to sixth in the points standings, four behind Justin Barcia.
In only his second 450 SX start, rookie Dylan Ferrandis earned his first career podium in second.
Justin Brayton finished third, which is his first podium in three years.
Cooper Webb finished fourth after making an incredible pass on Ken Roczen, who landed fifth.
Marvin Musquin, Malcolm Stewart and Jason Anderson finished sixth through eighth respectively.
Justin Barcia backed up last week’s win in the opening round with a second top-10. He finished ninth.
Zach Osborne rounded out the top 10 after falling from second with time running off the clock.
Barcia remains the point leader by only one over Ferrandis. Brayton and Musquin are tied for third in the standings, two points behind the leader.
In the 250 division, Jett Lawrence scored his first Main event win. Earlier in the evening, he also scored his first heat victory.
Colt Nichols and Christian Craig kept their momentum by standing on the podium in back to back weeks. Last week Craig won; Nichols was third.
Michael Mosiman, who also scored his first heat win earlier in the night, finished fourth with Jo Shimoda rounding out the top five.
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Austin Forkner was battling for second with RJ Hampshire midway through the event when he misjudged an aggressive pass and dropped both riders to the ground. Forkner rallied to finish sixth.
Mitchell Oldenburg, Max Vohland, Joshua Osby and John Short rounded out the top 10.
After contact with Forkner, Hampshire dropped well off the pace and finished two laps down in 17th.
Craig retains the points lead over Nichols and Lawrence.
The Supercross series will return to Houston for Round 3 on Saturday night.
POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 1 AT HOUSTON: Justin Barcia, Christian Craig take early lead