Eli Tomac wins Supercross Round 13, Nate Thrasher is fifth new winner in 250s


Four races after tying Ricky Carmichael for the most wins on the infield course at Daytona International Speedway, Eli Tomac showed he continues to be the infield king with a victory in Monster Energy Supercross Round 13 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Tomac also proved to be adept at adjusting to changing track conditions. One reason is that the infield courses tend to be bigger with wider lanes and that allows him to search for the optimal groove.

After rain soaked the Atlanta course earlier in the day and necessitated changes to the schedule, Tomac took to the gate in Heat 1. The track appeared to be drying, but looks were deceiving as just under the surface, slippery conditions lurked.

He took the lead early in his heat, and despite a tendency to get mired in traffic early in the Mains, Tomac started fourth when points were on the line. But he was forced to chase down the 450 points’ leader and two riders hungry for their first wins.

As the race progressed, Tomac kept getting better. He was handed a position when Aaron Plessinger fell from the lead, stalked and passed Cooper Webb and set his sights on Chase Sexton.

“I came in here with a good mindset.” Tomac told NBC’s Will Christien after his win. “This track felt like it was going to suit me and it did tonight.

“It turned into quite the beast. It changed throughout the Main. Switched up some lines  in the whoops. That’s where I made up good time. Made a few good passes in combination with a couple of gifts, but we will take it.”

Tomac’s come-from-behind-win could set the stage for a late-season surge, but he realistically needs to sweep Atlanta if he wants to have a shot at catching Webb.

It was almost a night for first-time winners. After Nate Thrasher won his first 250 race, Plessinger and Sexton ran first and second past the midway point. When Plessinger got off his bike, it handed the lead to Sexton who stretched it for a time over Webb.

Once Tomac got him in sight Sexton’s lead progressively shrunk, but his undoing came in the form of lapped traffic. With two turns and one lap remaining, he ran up on slow traffic and guessed incorrectly which way the rider would go.

“It was definitely a challenge out there with having to get by Cooper,” Sexton said. “It was great racing, and then Aaron (Plessinger) ended up going down and got me into the lead.

“From there on I just tried to ride consistent laps. I felt like I was putting a pretty pace in. I struggled a little bit in the whoops and just couldn’t find a flow there.”

This was the second opportunity for Sexton to win in his rookie season. He was leading comfortably at Houston 2 when he crashed hard and sat out several races with an injury.

“I would like to redo that last two corners to go in the second-to-last lap, but we have two more races here and I’m excited to be on the podium.”

Sexton’s best finish in his rookie season before tonight was a fourth at Arlington 1.

POINTS, RESULTS: All the postrace statistics from Round 13 in Supercross

Webb did what he needed to do. He fought Sexton hard for a couple of laps and then settled into a comfortable pace. Knowing that Tomac was well behind him in the points, he let the 2020 champion pass with little drama.

“We’ll leave happy, but I wasn’t pumped for that ride” Webb said. “I got a good start like I needed and I was in a really good situation. (Aaron Plessinger) was really riding well out front and he made that mistake.

“I just didn’t execute. Those guys got around me and kind of pulled away, so definitely not the best race. The track changed so much today. It’s nice that it wasn’t a mud race, but it’s gnarly right now. … To gain points is always good on your bad days.”

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Aaron Plessinger seemed to be on his way to his first 450 win before a crash sidelined him. Feld Entertaiment, Inc.

In the second half of the race, Jason Anderson may have had the greatest speed. He got a poor start and settled into the pack in eighth before righting his attitude and surging through the field. After winning the second heat, he settled into fourth at the checkers.

Dylan Ferrandis gave rookies two spots in the top five with his fifth-place finish.

After remounting his bike, Plessinger lost his momentum and faded to sixth.

Marvin Musquin in seventh and Joey Savatgy in eighth took the next two positions.

It was a terrible afternoon for Ken Roczen.

After finishing off the podium in three consecutive races from Orlando 2 through Arlington 1, he was able to score back-to-back podiums in Arlington’s next two events. In those race, he still managed to lose points as Webb swept Victory Lane in the Arlington residency. At Atlanta, Roczen saw even more points evaporate. With four races remaining, he is 22 points out of first.

As noted in this week’s preview, Roczen has a tendency to fade in the closing races. He needs to reverse that trend if he wants to become the fourth consecutive first-time Supercross champion.

Justin Barcia rounded out the top 10.

There is a changing of the guard in the 250 class.

From the very start of the season, new winners have graced Victory Lane with Jett Lawrence taking his first checkers in 250 East in the Houston 2 race.

Lawrence was followed by Cameron Mcadoo with his first 250 West win at Daytona, Seth Hammaker with a win in Arlington 1 and Hunter Lawrence in Arlington 2.

With all that fresh-faced success it was not completely surprising to see another first time winner. But Nate Thrasher would not have been many pundits choice right up until the start of the Main.

In his sixth 250 start, he had not come close to earning a top-five yet, much less a podium. His best finish was ninth, which he earned in the last two races of the Arlington residency. He finished 10th in the first race there, which gave him a three-race, top-10 streak.

Thrasher fell in his heat and was forced to advance through the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). Mcadoo earned the holeshot, but Thrasher got the lead immediately after and rode away from the field.

“I got a great start,” Thrasher told NBC Sports’ Daniel Blair. “I went through the LCQ unfortunately; I had a crash. I knew I had the speed tonight. The track was technical and I’m good at that stuff.

“It feels amazing. I just want to take it in tonight and come back Tuesday.”

Cooper also crashed in his heat, but was able to remount and qualify for the Main. Wet slipper conditions contributed to his accident as he was the first rider through a challenging part of the track.

“I got some wheel spin on the first heat there and I knew I was going down from the moment I came off the face,” Cooper said. “I just came down straight on my back and shoulder. It took me a half lap to catch my breath.”

But Cooper knew he had to salvage what he could from the heat in order to get a good gate pick. He climbed back to second and ameliorated the damage.

“To be standing here is amazing for me,” Cooper added. “I didn’t think I would be able to ride this good. I knew it was going to be hard after the heat. I started tightening up there, but the adrenalin took over.”

On the slippery track, Mcadoo also struggled in his heat. He got crossed on the table top jump, crashed and cartwheeled down the back of the jump in one of the more dramatic accidents seen this year.

That was even more disappointing because it appeared he was going to make up some points in the Main. Mcadoo got a good start and was ahead of Cooper when he crashed again in the Main.

“Like you saw in the heat race, I wasn’t patient enough and it was pretty slick,” Mcadoo said. “Then the Main event – I got a great start. And actually I messed this rhythm up and Nate jumped a different line than me and I almost landed on his rear wheel.”

Mcadoo’s third-place finish in the standings will keep the points’ battle tight with three races remaining. He trails Cooper by only four markers.

The news was not quite as good for Hunter Lawrence. He buried a wheel on the first turn of the Main and fell. In the few moments it took for him to reclaim his mount, he dropped to the tail of the field. Lawrence salvaged what he could, but a seventh-place finish leaves him 13 points out of the lead. Realistically, he needs for Cooper and Mcadoo to experience a little misfortune in the next three events.

Seth Hammaker in fourth and Kyle Peters in fifth rounded out the top five.

ROUND 1, HOUSTON: Justin Barcia wins opener for third consecutive time

ROUND 2, HOUSTON: Eli Tomac rebounds, wins after Round 1 disappointment

ROUND 3, HOUSTON: Cooper Webb wins, Ken Roczen denied revenge

ROUND 4, INDIANAPOLIS: Ken Roczen makes it four winners in four races

ROUND 5, INDIANAPOLIS: Ken Roczen goes back to back for first time since 2017 injury

ROUND 6, INDIANAPOLIS: Ken Roczen is perfect in Indy for third straight win

ROUND 7, ORLANDO: Cooper Webb trims Ken Roczen lead

ROUND 8, ORLANDO: Cooper Webb sweeps Orlando to put pressure on Ken Roczen

ROUND 9, DAYTONA: Eli Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael at Daytona; Ken Roczen, Copper Webb war 

ROUND 10, ARLINGTON: Cooper Webb takes the points lead with five straight top-two finishes

ROUND 11, ARLINGTON: Cooper Webb wins first two races of Arlington residency

ROUND 12, ARLINGTON: Cooper Webb becomes favorite with Arlington sweep

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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