Supercross 2021: Results and points standings after Round 9 at Daytona

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The results were clear as Eli Tomac grabbed the holeshot and walked away from the field in Monster Energy Supercross Round 9 at Daytona International Speedway.

Tomac has struggled with his starts this season, but that did not effect him Saturday night.

After all, this is Daytona where Tomac has always been at his best. He walked away from the field to win his fifth race on this track and third consecutive. With the win, Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for the most at Daytona – a record Carmichael was happy to concede seconds after the gate dropped.

The victory also keeps Tomac in contention to defend his 2020 Supercross championship after he shaved seven points from Roczen’s lead.

Aaron Plessinger had the right rhythm for Daytona. He finished second in his heat behind Cooper Webb, who remains second in the points. To take the runner-up spot, Plessinger was forced to pass the driver who beat him earlier in the night.

Plessinger eventually lost second to Webb at the checkers, but this was the his first career podium in the 450 class.

Webb and Ken Roczen became embroiled in a fierce battle for the final step on the podium at the halfway point. Webb found overdrive when Roczen pulled up on him – not once but twice.

RESULTS: Click here for 450 results; Click here for 250

Midway through the race, Roczen overjumped the rhythm section and landed on the face of one of the jumps, killing his momentum and allowing Malcolm Stewart to get around him.

Roczen regained his composure and retook the position from Stewart. As he chased down Webb, however, he reinvigorated the rider who wants to overtake him in the points and watched as the points slipped away.

Roczen retains the points lead, but now his advantage sits at only two markers.

Tomac closed to within 24 points of Roczen.

Stewart held onto fifth.

Justin Barcia and Jason Anderson took the next two spots in sixth and seventh.

Returning from injury, Chase Sexton finished eighth.

Justin Bogle in ninth and Dean Wilson rounded out the top 10.

Click here for Round 8 450 Main results450 points standings | 450 Manufacturer points


After winning his heat, Cameron Mcadoo took the lead with five minutes remaining in the 250 Main and stretched his advantage to nearly 10 seconds at the checkers to win his first race in class. Daytona is special for Supercross riders and Mcadoo showed why with a burnout on the banked tri-oval in front of socially-distanced fans.

With his win, Mcadoo took the points lead by four over Justin Cooper and 10 over Garrett Marchbanks.

Last week Stilez Robertson started the race catastrophically. He jumped onto the back of Jeremy Martin when the field stacked up in front of him. The two collected Jeremy’s brother Alex.

In Daytona Robertson got the hole shot and led until the five-minute remaining mark. He faded in the closing laps, but was shocked and pleased with his runner-up finish.

Pierce Brown rounded out the podium in his first race after ACL surgery to his knee. Brown passed Martin for position late in the race and held off a determined charge by the winner of the first round of the 250 West season, Cooper.

Cooper got a bad start. As he tried to close the distance on the leaders, his bike stepped out on him exiting the tunnel to drive him momentarily off course. This put him even further behind then-leader Robertson. Cooper restarted in 12th after than incident, but was able to rebound to fourth, which allowed him to salvage significant points.

Last year’s winner of this event, Marchbanks claimed the last spot in out the top five.

Hunter Lawrence won the second heat of the night before settling into sixth in the Main.

Martin rebounded from his hard crash last week to finish seventh.

Jalek Swoll, Coty Schock and Jordon Smith rounded out the top 10.

The preliminary races were filled with excitement. Ryan Sipes went down on Lap 1 while battling for third. He brought out the first caution of the night.

Joey Crown crashed into the face of a triple while leading Last Chance Qualifier to bring out the third red flag of the event.

Next Up: AT&T Center, Arlington, Texas March 13.

Click here for 250 West Main results | 250 points standings | 250 Manufacturer points

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 1 AT HOUSTON: Justin Barcia, Christian Craig take early lead

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 2 AT HOUSTON: Eli Tomac close gap, Jett Lawrence wins his first

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 3 AT HOUSTON: Ken Roczen earns one-point margin; Colt Nichols, Christian Craig share 250 lead

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 4 AT INDIANAPOLIS: Ken Roczen wins to extend points margin, Colt Nichols doubles down

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 5 AT INDIANAPOLIS: Ken Roczen makes it two in a row; Colt Nichols threepeats

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 6 AT INDIANAPOLIS: Ken Roczen continues to roll; Christian Craig stops Colt Nichols

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 7 AT ORLANDO: Cooper Webb gets second win as Jett Lawrence also doubles

POINTS, RESULTS AFTER ROUND 8 AT ORLANDO: Cooper Webb wins again to close the gap on Ken Roczen

Houston Supercross by the numbers: Five riders begin to gap the field

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Chase Sexton stumbled in San Diego and Eli Tomac had a hard fall in Anaheim 2, but the Monster Energy Supercross numbers for Houston suggest they will continue to be the ones to beat in Houston. To do so, they will have to turn back challenges from another pair of riders who have swept the top five in the first three rounds and another with a worst finish of sixth.

Houston Supercross numbers
Cooper Webb’s ability to close races makes him a Houston favorite. – Feld Motor Sports

Despite an accident in his heat in San Diego that sent him to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), Sexton recovered to score a top-five that weekend. His podium finish in Anaheim 1 and overall win last week in Anaheim 2 makes him one of the three riders with a perfect top-five record. He is joined by Cooper Webb, who finished second in the first two rounds and fourth last week, and Ken Roczen, whose consistency in the first three races contributed to him grabbing the top spot in this week’s NBC Supercross Power Rankings.

There are reasons to believe Webb and Roczen can keep those streaks alive.

Webb is the only multiple winner at Supercross’ current Houston stadium. His pair of wins came in 2019 and 2021, the same year he won his two 450 championships.

Clinton Fowler points out this week, that Webb has carried that strength into 2023. Webb had a late surge in Anaheim 1, advancing from fifth to second in the final six laps. In San Diego, he set his ninth fastest lap with two to go and his eighth fastest on the final lap. He posted his fastest lap of Anaheim 2 on Lap 12 while the rest of the field did so on Lap 6 on average.

By comparison, Tomac set his 14th fastest lap on the final circuit in route to winning the Main at San Diego while he was trying to keep Webb at bay.

With a sixth at San Diego, Dylan Ferrandis barely missed sweeping the top five in his first three races as did Tomac with a sixth last week at Anaheim 2.

This will be the 46th year Supercross has visited Houston and with 55 races the city is tied for the second-most with Detroit.

Jim Pomeroy won the first race in the Astrodome during the inaugural season of 1974 on a 250, which was the premiere class at the time. Houston was one of three races held that year along with events at Daytona International Speedway and the Los Angeles Coliseum. All three venues return in 2023 with the first SuperMotocross championship finale returning to the famed LA Coliseum in September.

Webb won most recently in 2021 in the final race of three held there that year as the series executed a strategy of racing in residencies to limit travel during height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tomac and Justin Barcia also won in Houston in 2021.

Two privateers have started the season on a high note.

Joshua Cartwright and Joshua Varize have each made the last two Mains. Cartwright finished 18th in San Diego and 21st last week in Anaheim 2 – all while working fulltime as a Business Intelligence Analyst at the University of Texas, Dallas. Varize earned a top-15 (12th) in San Diego and was 21st in Anaheim 2 in his third season on a 450.

Michael Mosiman scored his first 250 win last year in San Diego. – Feld Motor Sports

The numbers show none of the active 250 Supercross East riders have won in Houston, so no matter who steps on top of the box, there is going to be a fresh face. That is not surprising since most of the top competitors have not raced at this venue yet.

Michael Mosiman has a pair of top-fives there, however. His best finish was a second in the second 2021 race. Garrett Marchbanks scored a top-10 in his rookie season of 2019 in Houston.

In the 250 East division, Hunter Lawrence is one of the favorites to win the title now that Christian Craig has moved to 450s. Last year he had four wins and nine podiums, but failed to set a fast lap in a race.

The other 250 riders with 2022 wins this week are Mosiman, who earned his first Supercross win last year in San Diego, and Nate Thrasher, who became the fifth new class winner at Daytona.

Jeremy Martin will attempt to extend a record this week in Houston. His division leading SuperMotocross podiums number 65. He has 26 wins in the combined sessions, which ranks fourth all time.

Last Five Houston Winners

450s
2022, no race
2021, Race 3: Cooper Webb
2021, Race 2: Eli Tomac
2021, Race 1: Justin Barcia
2020, no race
2019, Cooper Webb
2018, Jason Anderson

250s
2022, no race
2021, Race 3: Colt Nichols
2021, Race 2: Jett Lawrence
2021, Race 1: Christian Craig
2020, no race
2019, Dylan Ferrandis
2018, Aaron Plessinger

By the Numbers

Anaheim 2
San Diego

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