Eli Tomac wins Supercross Round 4, giving the series four winners in four races

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For the fourth time in the history of Monster Energy Supercross and the second consecutive year, the first four rounds featured four different winners as Eli Tomac took the checkered flag home from Round 4 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

Ken Roczen won Round 1 at Anaheim, Jason Anderson won Round 2 in Oakland and Chase Sexton won Round 3. Those riders would all play a factor Saturday night as well with Anderson finishing second and Sexton third. A crash for the second week involving Anderson and Roczen stranded the rider of the No. 94 outside the top 10.

Last week Tomac earned the red plate as the championship leader. He assumed the top spot by one point over Chase Sexton with consistency, but something was lacking and that was a win. Taking the lead from Anderson in the second half of the main, Tomac rode flawlessly and scored his first win in seven SX races.

“It’s a testament to what we have going on,” Tomac told NBC Sports’ Kristen Beat. “The group of people behind me. This has felt so good.

“We’ve been inching forward each week – getting better and better – closer and closer, just been fine tuning. And we finally went out there and got the top spot.”

It was the first win for Yamaha in two years and snapped a seven-race losing streak for Tomac in the SX series. Tomac extended his lead by five points over Sexton with Anderson climbing two spots in the standings to rest eight behind the leader.

A contrite Anderson took the second spot on the podium.

“It’s never the way you want to ride, so it’s really on me,” Anderson said afterward about his contact with Roczen. “I’ve honestly been reading everything wrong on the track.

“At the end of the day, it’s a bummer because I really enjoy the battle and racing each other. I should have made a better move.”

Sexton kept himself in the battle for the championship with a third-place finish.

The main turning point of the feature came with the contact between Anderson and Roczen. As they battled for the lead, Roczen washed out in the sand section and as he straightened his bike, Anderson was trying to complete the pass. Roczen hit the ground and it took valuable seconds to get the sand out of his visor so he could continue.

Roczen remounted in 20th and climbed to 13th at the checkers, but two finishes outside of the top 10 this season has him buried deep in the standings. Roczen is currently 23 points out of first.

The contact also cost Anderson by throwing him off rhythm. Two laps later, he overjumped the end of a rhythm section and almost went over the top of a bowl turn, handing the lead to Tomac.

Dylan Ferrandis in fourth and Malcom Stewart rounded out the top five.

Cooper Webb started deep in the pack and climbed to eighth at the checkers, which was the third straight race in which he failed to stand on the podium.

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Christian Craig kept his hot streak alive by winning his third main in four rounds. This time around, it was a chess match between Craig and the only rider to beat him in 2022. Michael Mosiman grabbed the early lead with Craig stalking him through the first half of the race.

Vince Friese earned the holeshot, but Mosiman was close behind and completed the pass for the lead at the end of Lap 1. That was Mosiman’s best opportunity to put some distance between himself and Craig, as it took two more circuits around the track to get around Friese into second.

From there, Craig watched for any mistake by Mosiman. It finally came on Lap 8 of the main. A slight bobble in one of the rhythm sections by Mosiman stalled his momentum, allowing Craig to get around. Even then, Mosiman refused to give up ground.

“That was so much fun” Craig told NBC Sports’ Kristen Beat. “The battle with Michael, I’ve never done that before. It’s going to be a fun season.

“Obviously with me and Michael battling it out for what felt like a long time. I heard the crowd every time I got close. I made the pass stick and tried to ride away with it.”

Mosiman and Craig both won their heat race to set up the battle. For Mosiman, it has been a season of steady progression after finishing sixth in the Round 1 feature. Mosiman has been almost flawless in the heats, however, with three wins and a second in four rounds.

“It was such a good race with Christian. He’s riding so good and I learned a thing or two from him. I think he learned a thing or two from me. Clean racing; it was such an absolute blast and I’m going to enjoy it tonight. I’m looking forward to racing him all year.”

That left the final podium spot in question. Friese lost more than seven seconds to the leaders as Hunter Lawrence found his rhythm in the second half of the main. Friese had a decent lead over Lawrence until he bobbled in the whoops and got out of shape. A relatively minor crash put Friese on the ground and as he rose to get back to his bike, Lawrence swerved and easily avoided Friese, inheriting third in the process.

What seemed to be a casual crash almost turned tragic. As Friese stood and tried to retrieve this bike, he got nailed in the helmet by Jo Shimoda’s front wheel. Friese was helped off the track on rubbery legs like a boxer who took one too many punches. After the race, it was reported that he bit his tongue and will require stitches, but is otherwise okay.

Friese was on his way to a second career podium and his first since 2014 in East Rutherford.

Nate Thrasher finished fourth.

In his second race back since sustaining a concussion in the opening round, Jalek Swoll round out the top five.

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SEASON RECAPS

ROUND 1, Anaheim: Ken Roczen renews battle with Cooper Webb by winning the opener

ROUND 2, Oakland: Jason Anderson wins for first time since championship season

ROUND 3, San Diego: Chase Sexton (450s) and Michael Mosiman (250s) deliver first-time wins

Jett Lawrence wins Hangtown Pro Motocross, remains perfect in 450s

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Jett Lawrence remains perfect in the Pro Motocross series after recording another perfect round at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California. In his second start on a 450, Lawrence won his second National with his fourth consecutive moto win. It is getting increasingly difficult to find the right superlatives to describe the exploits on the reigning 250 West Supercross champion.

“The track was so brutal out there,” Lawrence told NBC Sports Jason Thomas. “The bike handles amazing even when it’s not too friendly. You had to be really patient; you couldn’t take too much. I didn’t eat enough before that second moto. I kind of lost energy halfway through, but luckily I could use technique and balance and just keep that flow going.”

Lawrence leaves Hangtown with an 18-point advantage over Ferrandis in the 450 Motocross standings, but perhaps more importantly, he climbed to 19th in the SuperMotocross standings and should he stay there, he has an automatic invitation to the Main events in the SMX Championship.

“On this track, you just have to manage,” Lawrence continued. “If you try to take too much and not respect the track, it will bite you very quickly. It was humbling on the first few laps. I got kicked on the cutout at the start of the third section, the tabletop going to the left. I had to get my focus because the boys were coming.”

Still in his first few races since returning from a concussion suffered at Houston in the Supercross series, Dylan Ferrandis finished second with results of third in Moto 1 and second in Moto 2. While Ferrandis was happy with the result, he remains hopeful that he will contend for victory shortly.

“The first moto was very hard for my physically, Ferrandis said. “I got arm pump and when you get arm pump your body gets tired. But I’m very happy because we made a big change for the second moto. We tried stuff every session today and in the last moto the bike was much better, but unfortunately I wasn’t sure what I could do with this bike because the track was very hard and difficult to pass.”

RESULTS: How they finished in the 450 Overall at Hangtown

With the rash of injuries at the end of the Supercross season, the podium was filled with heartwarming stories. Cooper Webb returned to action last week in Pala and failed to make the podium. He is steadily improving with a third-place finish in Hangtown. after finishing with a 4-2.

“It’s incredible what seven days can do,” Webb said. “Last week I felt like I was going to get lapped in the second moto. This week, I could see the leader. It was nice. I fought hard, learned how to suffer again there and that felt nice.

Moto 2 wasn’t pretty for Lawrence. On several occasions in the opening laps, he nearly high sided as he rode the front wheel through the ruts. The reward was worth the risk. By the halfway point, Lawrence had 4.5-second lead over Webb, who was embroiled in a tight three-rider battle for second with his teammate Aaron Plessinger pressuring him and Ferrandis ready to take advantage if those made contact.

It took 20 minutes for Plessinger to get around Webb and once he did, he trailed Lawrence by four seconds. But then, with three minutes remaining, Plessinger crashed and had difficulty restarting the bike, handing second back to Webb who has seven seconds behind Lawrence. Plessinger fell to fourth with results of third and sixth.

Adam Cianciarulo rounded out the top five with a 5-4.


Last week Hunter Lawrence won the overall with a 3-1. He repeated that feat in Hangtown in an exact replica of his Fox Raceway results last week. In Moto 1, Lawrence got off to a slow start and lost 10 seconds in the opening laps. Forced to overcome a sixth-place position in the race at the end of Lap 1, he once again caught the riders ahead of him when the field hit heavy traffic. For the second week, scored another 3-1 for the Hangtown National win.

“The start was crucial’ I knew I had to go,” Lawrence told NBC Sports’ Jason Thomas. “They laid a lot of water down, so I didn’t want to be behind any longer than [I was]. First hot one of the year, was a bit of a wakeup call, so I’m happy to get out of here safe and healthy.”

Lawrence’s third-place finish in Moto 1 featured a fierce battle for final spot on the podium when he caught Spain’s Guillem Farres and France’s Tom Vialle. With Lawrence hailing from Australia, the international nature of the sport was highlighted.

Lawrence left Hangtown with a 10-point advantage over Haiden Deegan in the Pro Motocross championship battle.

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Justin Cooper finished second in both motos to finish second overall. Hangtown represented a huge improvement from Fox Raceway where he finished fifth overall with a 5-4 finish in the two motos. Cooper pressured Haiden Deegan in the second half of Moto 1 and he earned the holeshot in the second moto and stayed within three seconds of Lawrence in that race.

“He was following me a little bit, checking out my lines, seeing where he was better,” Cooper said. “It’s disappointing to give up the lead like that but it was way better than last weekend. I will definitely take two seconds. I want to be on the top of the step. I feel like I get close to the top step but I never get it done. That’s building up the frustration – the fire. I really want to get one of these wins, so it’s time to start digging.”

Haiden Deegan earned the first holeshot of his career in Moto 1 and rode away from the field, building a four-second lead in the opening laps. Cooper trimmed the lead at the halfway point and for a while it leveled off at two seconds. Then Cooper made another charge with three to go and closed to within a second. Deegan was biding his time, however.

“I was saving a little. I knew at the end Justin was going to try and put a charge on. I let him get up close and then sent it super hard at the end to break him a little at the end.”

Deegan’s first moto win comes in only his fourth National and he remains perfect in regard to podiums this year.

“This was a dream since I was a little kid, to win,” Deegan said. “And in my fourth race, it’s gnarly. I was just sending it. I was getting a little tired at the end becasue I left my mouth open the whole time. It’s unreal; I’m so hyped. I wanted to win bad and I proved it to you guys.”

Chaos erupted in turn 1 in Moto 2 Jeremy Martin went and another rider ran over his arm. Michael Mosiman crashed further down the track on that same lap. Both riders were helped off course by the Alpinestars Medical team.

2023 Motocross Race Recaps

Fox Raceway: Jett Lawrence wins in first 450 start

2023 Supercross Race Recaps

Salt Lake City: Chase Sexton ends the season with win
Denver: Chase Sexton wins, takes points’ lead with Eli Tomac injury
Nashville: Chase Sexton keeps hope alive; Cooper Webb out
New Jersey: Justin Barcia wins muddy race; first in two years
Atlanta: Chase Sexton is back in the championship picture
Glendale: Eli Tomac wins 51st, breaks tie with James Stewart
Seattle: Eli Tomac wins and ties Webb for first
Detroit: Chase Sexton inherits win after Aaron Plessinger falls
Indianapolis: Ken Roczen gets first win in more than a year
Daytona: Eli Tomac extends Daytona record with seventh win
Arlington: Cooper Webb wins for second time, closes to two of Tomac
Oakland: Eli Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael with 48 wins
Tampa: Cooper Webb gets first 2023 win
Houston: Eli Tomac bounces back from A2 crash to win third race of 2023
Anaheim 2: Triple Crown produces new winners Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen
San Diego: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence double down
Anaheim 1: Eli Tomac wins opener for the first time

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250 West Supercross champion Jett Lawrence ends dream career
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