Eli Tomac wins WSX British GP with a perfect score

Tomac WSX British GP
World Supercross Championship

Eying a third championship in 2022, Eli Tomac won the British GP inaugural World Supercross Championship (WSX) race in Cardiff, Wales. In a three-race format that combines points to determine an overall victor, Tomac was perfect by winning all three races. The British Grand Prix featured a lot of names American SX fans know and some they don’t as the new series looks to gain global appeal.

“To be honest I started off a little bit slow and Ken [Roczen] rode really well in that heat race and in the superpole (session),” Tomac said after the race. “I just never manned up for the quad, to be straight up. That thing was a big ‘nope’. I was going to stay with the triple-single and it ended up working out.

“All three mains were a little bit different. Obviously, I got the gift from Ken in the first and then had to make a couple of passes in the second, but I think the most technical part of the night was the dirt: it was tough, very hard pack. I actually almost fell in the third, near the mechanics in that last left-hander.”

Tomac raced as a wild card entry in a series with franchise teams making up the bulk of the field, but after winning both the Monster Energy Supercross Series and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross titles this year, it mattered little what bike he was aboard.

“Overall, I just enjoyed the whole schedule and the racing,” Tomac said. “Coming in here I thought that the eight- and 12-lap races were going to be a little short, but that wasn’t easy and it obviously showcased some good racing and I had a lot of fun doing it. The World Supercross Championship is real: it was a real supercross and nothing was second level with it, it was all first class and it was great to see the big crowd here.”

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Ken Roczen sends it in the inaugural WSX Series race in Cardiff, Wales. (World Supercross Championship)

Roczen seemed to hold the early advantage. He won his heat, in a race that also featured Tomac, and then grabbed the superpole.

In WSX competition, the first gate pick is awarded to the fastest rider in a 10-man, single-lap qualification session that also awards a championship point to the pole winner.

“In my superpole lap I wasn’t quite as clean as I wanted to be in the beginning, but the quad was huge and I wasn’t really planning on it, but I saw Josh [Hill] do it,” Roczen said. “What made it really nice though was that it set me up real nice for the turn because I didn’t have to do that single into it with how slippery it was.”

Roczen took the early lead in the first of three preliminary GPs, but changing track conditions caught him unaware and sent him to the ground on Lap 4 while leading and immediately after nailing a difficult quad jump. Roczen fell to sixth. He recovered to finish third in that race, and then climbed to second in Race 2 and finished second overall.

“In that first main event, obviously things happened really quick but from what I could tell there was a tiny line or ledge and the angle I was coming in on, I just wasn’t set up for it,” Roczen continued. “It was so minimal, but it just happened so fast. I tried to save it, but I couldn’t. It was a bit of a bummer because it felt like it was set up to be a really good race.”

Vince Friese rounded out the podium.

The WSX provides an opportunity for international riders to race in front of their home crowd. In fact, Roczen chose to become a free agent this year for the opportunity to race in Europe.

England’s Max Anstie made the most of that by winning the first series race in Heat 1 of SX2, their designation for 250 bikes. He won over fellow Brit, Dylan Walsh. Anstie went on to win Race 2.

But it was American Shane McElrath that scored the first win in the SX2 class with a consistent 4-3-5 that gave him the overall victory over Chris Blose by a single point.

Mitchell Oldenburg won the first and third heat races, but an accident in Race 2 on Lap 2 cost him the overall win. Oldenburg was pitched from his back in that incident. He gingerly regained his Honda while holding his back. He finished third overall.

“I need to be smarter than that bone headed move on my part,” Oldenburg said. “I put myself in a bad position on the jump after the guys around me on the start flinched and I fell for it. I came around bad and in the chaos, I made a bad move – and I’ve got to be smarter than that. But I really enjoyed myself in Cardiff and I had a lot of fun here this weekend. It’s been a blast from the get go and I’m really looking forward to Australia.”

Oldenburg attempted to triple a jump while the field was still bunched up with heavy traffic.

Chad Reed came out of retirement to race in the WSX. He injured his wrist in Heat 1 after landing nose down and endoing off the bike, but still expects to compete in front of his countrymen when Round 2 heads to Marvel Stadium on October 21.

Scotland’s Dean Wilson also had a scary crash in Race 2. After clipping another rider’s back wheel, he flipped off his bike and landed on his shoulder.

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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