Justin Barcia wins Motocross Round 6 at Spring Creek, gives GasGas first victory

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Justin Barcia momentarily broke Dylan Ferrandis’ 450 dominance in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Round 6 at Spring Creek MX Park while the hometown favorite, Jeremy Martin kept a streak of unique overall winners alive in the 250 class.

It was the first overall win for Barcia in the Motocross 450 class as well as the first win for the new manufacturer to the class, GasGas.

“It’s a lot to take in,” Barcia told NBC Sports’ Ashley Reynard. “It was a great day . … The track was gnarly today, crazy first moto, tried chasing Kenny (Roczen) in the second moto. Couldn’t get him at the end, so he rode a good race. I’m stoked to the overall. Feels, amazing.”

It wasn’t a pretty win. Barcia charged every corner and overrode occasionally, but his aggressive style kept Ferrandis at bay in the first race and was enough to keep the second moto winner, Ken Roczen, in sight.

“That was a crazy race,” Barcia said after Moto 1. “I could never let up. I was going wide open the whole time. Had a few close calls.”

Barcia won the overall with a 1-2. His first moto win was also a first for GasGas.

Barcia earned the holeshots for both motos and was ahead of Lap 1 chaos that eliminated Roczen from the first race. Roczen went down in the middle of the pack, was run into and rolled over by several riders and was carted from the track. He failed to earn any points as Ferrandis rode to his 11th consecutive moto podium in second.

“It was definitely a hard one in the first moto,” Roczen said after the race. “I got banged up pretty good. I really had to make sure that my ribs aren’t broken. I’ll be really sore tomorrow, but as soon as I checked myself there was no question in my mind that I was going to come back out here and give my best.”

Roczen’s best was good enough for the Moto 2 win, which landed him eighth on the overall.

Tomac was also slowed by the the Moto 1, Lap 1 incident. Trailing the crash, he got on the brakes hard and fell outside top 30. He rode masterfully through traffic to finish third in that race and recorded the second-place finish overall with a 3-4.

Ferrandis rounded out the overall podium with a 2-5 after an adventurous Moto 2. He crashed early and fell to 24th, After remounting and climbing to 13th, he fell again. Once back on his bike for the third time, he eked out the top-five finish.

“Frustration, disappointment, but just to myself,” Ferrandis said after the race. “A mistake I did in the first lap. It’s not too smart. I crashed along down the hill. The restart and I crashed again. Alone. Not a good moto. I dug deep to come back and I think we saved some good points.”

Ferrandis extended his points’ lead over Roczen to 32.

Chase Sexton (7-3) finished fourth overall with Christian Craig (7-3) rounding out the top five.

450 results (moto finish)

  1. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GasGas (1-2)
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (3-4)
  3. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (2-5)
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (7-3)
  5. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (4-6)
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (5-9)
  7. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (8-8)
  8. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (DNF-1)
  9. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM (11-7)
  10. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Husqvarna, (10-10)

450 points standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 262
  2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 230
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GasGas – 207
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 205
  5. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 193
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 191
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha – 156
  8. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 148
  9. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 147
  10. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 141

The 250 class had its sixth unique overall winner in six rounds.

It was a popular winner as the hometown rider, Jeremy Martin battled through multiple injuries to take the win after literally riding the entire race next to his family’s home. Spring Creek MX Park is owned by the Martin family.

“It’s always special to get a win in front of the hometown crowd,” Martin said after winning Moto 1. “About 20 minutes in I was definitely hurting I haven’t been doing motos because of my wrist and and I broke my hand. But I’m telling you, you guys here cheering me on kept me going.”

Martin kept going with a win in Moto 2 as well for a perfect sweep of the weekend.

Michael Mosiman was second with a 3-2.

The 250 points battle heated up as Justin Cooper swept the podium in both motos. Jett Lawrence had a best finish of fourth in Race 1.

“That’s what it’s all about,” Cooper said afterward in a release. “We’re at the halfway point and we’re going after this championship. That’s the mindset. I honestly rode pretty mediocre today. I left a lot on the table, I feel. I wasn’t that comfortable (on the bike), so I got to take the blame on this one and do better. I felt like we could have been battling for the overall win today, but we’ll take it.

“We’ve got the red plate now. We’ll keep grinding, and simply need to be better. I can’t afford to leave anything on the table and that’s what it’s going to take to win this championship.”

Motocross Round 6
With his third-place finish in Moto 1, Justin Cooper (32) had enough points to take over the championship lead. Align Media

With a third-place finish overall and a 2-3, Cooper took the red plate away from Lawrence by a slim five-point advantage.

Lawrence finished fourth overall with a 4-6. His modest finish in Moto 1 was caused by a bad start.

In the first race, Lawrence’s poor launch out of the gates had him 14th at the end of Lap 1. He managed to catch the field, but got tangled in a fierce battle for fourth through seventh with Max Vohland, his brother Hunter, and Colt Nichols. It too long to resolve the conflict for Jett to catch the third-place rider Mosiman.

“This was definitely a nightmare of a day,” said Lawrence. “My starts have really been putting me down and back in the pack. It’s just not helping me. Cooper’s been getting those starts and that’s what we need to be doing. I was brought up to never give up. We’re only halfway.”

250 results (moto finish)

  1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Michael Mosiman, Sebastapol, Calif., GasGas (3-2)
  3. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (2-3)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (4-6)
  5. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (5-5)
  6. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (7-7)
  7. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki (8-9)
  8. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (17-4)
  9. Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda (14-8)
  10. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna (12-10)

250 points standings

  1. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 242
  2. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 237
  3. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 210
  4. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 175
  5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 163
  6. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki – 162
  7. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 159
  8. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna – 148
  9. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Yamaha – 124
  10. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., GasGas – 122

2021 SEASON SO FAR

Round 1: Dylan Ferrandis, Jett Lawrence victorious at Fox Raceway

Round 2: Ken Roczen’s perfect day as Justin Cooper takes 250s at Thunder Valley

Round 3: Dylan Ferrandis wins Motocross Round 3 at High Point, takes points lead

Round 4: Dylan Ferrandis wins again, stretches points’ lead over Ken Roczen

Round 5: Dylan Ferrandis remains hot in 450s; another new 250 winner with Hunter Lawrence

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Houston

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Eli Tomac led all 23 laps of the Monster Energy Supercross race at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and the results show he now has three wins in the season and is one shy of tying Ricky Carmichael’s 48 for third on the all-time list. With this win, he takes a seven point lead in the standings with 12 rounds remaining.

For Tomac at Houston, it was literally a tale of two races. Both his heat and the main started the same with Tomac grabbing the holeshot, but he was passed quickly by Chase Sexton in the heat. Tomac faded quickly after getting passed and was trailing by almost eight seconds at the checkered flag, which caused him to retreat to the hauler and reassess his lines. Without making any adjustments to the bike, Tomac entered the Main with a new attitude, and simply rode better.

Supercross Results Houston
Chase Sexton played it safe in the sand, but he was aggressive in every other turn. – Feld Motor Sports

Sexton had so great a lead in his heat that one could not even use the cliche that he left Tomac in his dust. By the time the rider with the No. 1 plate crossed the same real estate as the No. 23, the dust was well settled. Sexton had a modest start on the initial gate drop and ended Lap 1 in fourth. He worked his way past Aaron Plessinger on Lap 3 and got around Jason Anderson three laps later. Sexton was able to catch Tomac and pressure him, but he picked a safe, i.e. slow line through the sand section and could never get alongside his rival.

RESULTS: Click here for 450 Results; Click here for full 250 East Main Results

After starting the season with back-to-back seventh-place finishes, Anderson now has a pair of podiums. He won his heat and was easily one of the top three riders in the field, ultimately finishing behind the riders who finished 1-2 in the other preliminary. Anderson was subdued on the podium – happy he was there, but disappointed he has not yet found a way around the riders he is chasing in the points.

In the early stages of the race, Plessinger appeared to have a bike capable of winning. He pressured Tomac on the first two laps and was setting up the pass just as a red flag waved for an injury to Dylan Ferrandis that brought out a red flag. He lost second to Anderson on the restart and eventually slipped to fourth to score his first top-five of the season.

Click here for 450 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier

Cooper Webb rounded out the top five. Along with Sexton, he is now one of just two riders with a sweep of that mark in 2023, but with Tomac’s three wins, he is beginning to slip in the points. Webb sits third in the standings, 12 points behind the leader.

Ken Roczen entered the race as the third rider with a sweep of the top five and progressively better results in the first three races of 2023. Had the pattern held, he would have finished at least second, but he struggled for most of the night, finishing fifth in his heat and eighth in the Main. There may have been extenuating circumstances, however. Ferrandis’ injury was suffered when he landed on the back of Roczen’s bike and potentially damaged the No. 94 Suzuki.

Click here for 450 Main results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points | Lap Chart


The 250 East division made their 2023 debut in Houston, but the name atop the board was familiar. Hunter Lawrence joined his brother Jett Lawrence as the early points’ leader in their respective divisions, but it didn’t come without a little anxiety.

Riding behind Supercross newbie Tom Vialle on the second lap, Lawrence was forced to take evasive action when the leader pitched his bike sideways to scrub speed over a jump. Lawrence veered left and landed off course, but he cleared the Tuff Blox and kept his bike straight. Lawrence made the pass for the lead on Lap 18 and never relinquished it.

Click here for 250 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier

In his first attempt on a 250, Max Anstie ascended to the podium. – Feld Motor Sports

England’s Max Anstie made the move from 450s to 250s this year after scoring a best result of 11th on the big bike at Anaheim 2 last year. It didn’t take anytime at all to find the front for Anstie, who finished second in both his heat and main.

It has been a while since Jordon Smith stood on the podium: February 23, 2019 to be exact when he finished that well in Detroit. A series of injuries kept him off the bike for much of 2020 and 2021, but he’s proving to be a factor when he’s healthy.

Click here for 250 Main results | 250 East Rider Points | Combined Rider Points | Lap Chart

There was a lot of hype surrounding the debut of Haiden Deegan in the 250 class and he proved it was merited. He finished fourth in his heat and main. He was as far down as ninth at one point in the feature before slowly picking off riders on his way to the front.

Jeremy Martin finished fifth and now has a streak of three consecutive top-fives to his credit stretching back to last year. Unfortunately, his pair of strong runs in 2022 were interrupted by injury.

Making impressive debuts in the 250 division, Vialle recovered from a fall to finish seventh, Chance Hymas finished eighth, and Talon Hawkins just missed the top 10 with an 11th.

2023 Results

Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Chase Sexton falls
Week 1: Eli Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s