Supercross 2023: Results and points after San Diego

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Eli Tomac won the first two races of the 2023 Monster Energy Supercross Series at a pair of venues that have been among his worst in career average finishes and he swept his heat and the Main at San Diego and Anaheim to do so. This was Tomac’s 46th career Supercross win, placing him within two of Ricky Carmichael.

Tomac’s early season success is partly attributable to his new-found ability to earn better starts. At San Diego, he completed Lap 1 in third place, rode there for two more circuits and then followed Cooper Webb around Adam Cianciarulo. One lap later, Tomac was in the lead on Lap 5 and he never relinquished the top spot.

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Webb finished second to Tomac in back-to-back weeks, but he pressured the leader harder at San Diego than Anaheim. He led Lap 4 and was never completely out of touch with Tomac for the remainder of the race. When the pair hit traffic, Webb was slightly better at navigating the slower bikes and closed to within one second with time running off the clock.

Justin Barcia had a more dramatic weekend than he planned. In his heat, he was knocked over by Jason Anderson as the two riders battled for second. There is a lot of bad blood between the riders and Anderson waited to confront Barcia in the tunnel. Barcia’s Main was also marred by contact with another rider when he and Chase Sexton made contact early, sending Sexton to the ground.

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Ken Roczen’s transition to Suzuki is not slowing him any. After finishing fifth in the season opener at Anaheim, he improved his Supercross results at San Diego with a second-place finish in his heat and a fourth in the Main.

Sexton had the bumpiest road into the top five. He crashed in his heat and was center punched by Aaron Plessinger. The contact completely collapsed his fuel tank. Unable to continue, he won the LCQ and still got a decent start in the Main. He started and finished fifth, but lost a lot of ground in the feature after contact with Barcia.

Click here for Round 1 450 Main results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points | Lap Chart


Jett Lawrence’s domination of the 250 class continues. He won his heat by more than five seconds in a nine-lap race and earned the holeshot in the Main. He was the fastest 250 qualifier and seemed to have a handle on the field for most of the race. Cameron McAdoo and RJ Hampshire were able to keep Lawrence honest throughout the race, however, and the final margin of victory was a little more than three and a half seconds.

Hampshire might have been able to challenge for the win if not for a bump from another rider early in the Main that sent him back to sixth at the end Lap 1. He moved around Robbie Wageman for the bottom step of the podium on Lap 9 and secured second from McAdoo with two laps remaining. Back-to-back second-place finishes has him within six points of Lawrence.

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McAdoo’s third-place finish in the Main kept the San Diego podium exactly like Anaheim. As with Sexton in the 450 class, McAdoo had trouble in his heat and was dropped outside of the automatic transfer position of ninth. The damage to his bike was not as great and he recovered to score a fifth-place result in that race.

Enzo Lopes’ early surge continues. In Anaheim, he was one position outside of the top five; his San Diego Supercross results were incrementally better and he led five of the first six laps of his heat while being embroiled in a battle with Hampshire. He finished fourth in the Main for his best result of the season.

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Rounding out the top five is Pierce Brown. He failed to make the Main in Anaheim after crashing hard on the opening lap of his heat. He bruised his posterior and used the extra week provided by the Oakland cancelation to heal. On his way to the feature, he finished second in his heat behind Lawrence.

Hunter Yoder scored his first LCQ win by three seconds over Josh Varize. He was able to capitalize on that with a 14th-place finish in the Main.

2023 Results

Round 1: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Round 1: Eli Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s

Dylan Ferrandis in concussion protocol after Houston Supercross accident, Tampa status undetermined

Ferrandis Houston accident
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After suffering a frightening accident at Houston in the Monster Energy Supercross race, Dylan Ferrandis reports he is okay, but will be on concussion protocol and his status for Tampa this week is not yet determined.

Two laps into last week’s Main, Ferrandis was engaged in a battle with Ken Roczen for eighth place. Ferrandis landed on the back Roczen’s bike and was thrown, landing headfirst on the track. Ferrandis momentarily lost consciousness and the race was red flagged so he could be attended to by the Alpinestars medical team.

“I’m okay after my crash in the main event. I hit my head first and got knock[ed] out for some minutes,” Ferrandis posted in an Instagram story. “Everything else is fine and I am okay now fortunately. Will follow the concussion protocol and will see when I can ride again.”

Ferrandis regained consciousness, the medical crew fitted Ferrandis with a neck brace and he was able to stand and walk to the cart under his own power. Ferrandis was sitting up when he left the track with a member of the crew stabilizing his neck.

“It was an awesome ride [for Eli] and a good way to come back from last weekend,” said Jeremy Coker, Team Manager for Star Racing Yamaha at RacerXOnline.com. “It was also the lowest of lows. Unfortunately, it’s part of the sport, but to see one of your guys crash the way Dylan did and to see him lying there was pretty tough. Fortunately, when I got to him, he was able to open his eyes and looked at me and said my name, and it was a huge relief to see him stand up and walk away.”

Ferrandis was off to a strong start in 2023 with a worst finish of sixth at San Diego in the first three races. He entered Houston sixth in the standings, one point behind Jason Anderson.

Ferrandis’ teammate Eli Tomac went on to win the race.

Also riding for Star Racing Yamaha and making his 450cc Supercross debut, Justin Cooper advanced from 13th at the end of Lap 1 to finish seventh.