2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Tampa: Chase Sexton and Cooper Webb close in


It’s impossible to win every week in the Monster Energy Supercross Series, and knowing how not to ride to his limit is a big part of Eli Tomac’s success in the sport and why he tops the SuperMotocross Power Rankings once more following Tampa.

SuperMotocross Power Rankings Tampa
By taking what Tampa gave him, Eli Tomac protected his Power Rankings’ lead. – Feld Motor Sports

By Tomac’s standards, last week was disappointing. He failed to win the main for only the second time this season and was more than 30 seconds off the pace at the end of 25 laps. But bad by Tomac’s standards is a decent day for most other riders and he finished fifth in the feature after standing on the podium in his heat behind two riders who went on to score top-threes in the main. Tomac knew the conditions weren’t right for him and instead of risking injury, he protected his points’ lead.

Aggressive riding has gotten Jason Anderson where he is, but an ongoing feud with Justin Barcia threatens to put his season at risk. Anderson is currently on probation following an incident in Tampa that sent Barcia to the ground. Anderson finished sixth, but considering that he was coming off back-to-back podiums, more was expected at Tampa.

MORE: Cooper Webb wins Tampa, closes points gap

Chase Sexton has some lessons that still need to be learned. Riders can’t discount the need for experience, which showed last week as Sexton waited too long to find a better line through the whoops. He got crossed up while skimming the tops of the bumps and caught an edge that sent him down. Finishing second in Tampa, He remains one of only two riders with a perfect sweep of the top five through five rounds.

Cooper Webb is the other rider with a perfect record of top-fives, but despite his four previous strong runs, he told NBC Sports last week that the only way to make up ground on Tomac was to win. He pressured Webb into a mistake, but felt he could have passed him even without that. In his two previous championship years of 2019 and 2021, he rattled off a lot of victories after getting his first of the season. Webb closed the gap on Tomac and currently trails by two after six rounds.

Ken Roczen is riding well with four top-five finishes and an eighth, but he is starting to lose contact with the leaders. While Roczen currently sits 21 points out of first, last week’s performance by Webb shows just how quickly things can change.

450 Rankings

Rider Power
1. Eli Tomac
[3 Main; 3 Heat Wins]
84.58 1 0
2. Jason Anderson
[3 Heat Wins]
82.75 2 0
3. Chase Sexton
[1 Main; 4 Heat Wins]
82.67 5 2
4. Cooper Webb
[1 Main]
82.42 3 -1
5. Ken Roczen 81.25 4 -1
6. Aaron Plessinger 74.17 7 1
7. Dylan Ferrandis 71.60 6 -1
8. Justin Barcia 70.50 8 0
9. Justin Cooper 68.00 9 0
10. Adam Cianciarulo 67.67 10 0
11. Marvin Musquin 61.00 12 1
12. Joey Savatgy 60.50 11 -1
13. Christian Craig 59.33 14 1
14. Malcolm Stewart
[1 Heat Win]
58.75 13 -1
15. Colt Nichols 56.92 15 0
16. Dean Wilson 50.08 16 0
17. Cole Thompson 47.50 NA
18. Justin Hill 41.91 17 -1
19. Shane McElrath 38.36 18 -1
20. Fredrik Noren 34.40 21 1

Supercross 450 Points

Hunter Lawrence had a poor start to last week’s Tampa race, ending the first lap outside the top five. He settled into fourth by Lap 4, but he really started to make ground as the field encountered lapped traffic. As soon as he could see race leader Nate Thrasher, Lawrence found another gear and caught him with one to go. The highlight reel at the end of the season will feature the final two turns as the leaders battled for position with Lawrence taking the lead for the first time in the final corner of the final lap.

Max Anstie has a new lease on life with his move to the 250cc class. Back-to-back podiums places him second among the East riders and third overall. The only thing missing is a heat or main win and when that comes, Anstie is going to be mentioned as Lawrence’s main challenger for the championship.

Supercross 250 Points

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Tom Vialle scored back-to-back top-10s in his first two 250 East races. – Feld Motor Sports

No one was quite certain if Haiden Deegan’s fourth-place finish in Houston was a fluke, including the rider himself. Before the race, he told NBC Sports there was no pressure to back up his Texas top-five. Riding loose and comfortable, Deegan matched his inaugural showing and sits third in the points.

Jeremy Martin has quietly scored consecutive fifth-place finishes in the first two rounds of the 250 East division. It’s easy to fly under the radar when the Lawrence brothers are doing aerial acrobatics. Along with a pair of top-fives last year before he was injured, Martin now has four consecutive.

One gets the sense that a podium finish is right around the corner for the MXGP champ turned SX star Tom Vialle. His Main results of seventh and sixth have not served him well in the points’ battle, but Vialle has raced strong in his heats. His Achilles Heel for the moment may be a tendency to override a little in an attempt to make a strong first impression with American fans.

250 Rankings

Rider Power
1 Hunter Lawrence – E
[2 Main; 2 Heat Wins]
91.75 1 0
2 Jett Lawrence – W
[2 Main; 2 Heat Wins]
89.13 4 2
3 Max Anstie – E 86.00 3 0
4 Haiden Deegan – E
[1 Heat Win]
84.75 5 1
5 Jeremy Martin – E 79.25 7 2
6 Tom Vialle – E 78.00 7 1
7 Cameron McAdoo – W
[1 Heat Win]
77.63 6 -1
8 Mitchell Oldenburg – W 77.00 7 -1
9 Stilez Robertson – W
[1 Heat Win]
76.75 11 2
9 Nate Thrasher – E
[1 Heat Win]
76.75 21 12
11 Jordon Smith – E
[1 Heat Win]
75.75 2 -9
11 Chance Hymas – E 75.75 12 1
13 Michael Mosiman – E 74.75 7 -6
14 Levi Kitchen – W
[1 Main]
73.75 13 -1
15 RJ Hampshire – W
[3 Heat Wins]
70.00 14 -1
16 Max Vohland – W 69.29 15 -1
17 Derek Kelley – W 63.75 18 1
18 Enzo Lopes – W 63.25 19 1
19 Pierce Brown – W 61.29 20 1
20 Phil Nicoletti – W 59.25 22 2

* The NBC Power Rankings assign 100 points to a Main event winner and 90 points for each Heat and Triple Crown win, (Triple Crown wins are included with heat wins below the rider’s name). The points decrement by a percentage equal to the number of riders in the field until the last place rider in each event receives five points. The Power Ranking is the average of these percentage points over the past 45 days.

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Eli Tomac wins Seattle Supercross, ties Cooper Webb in championship points


In the past two weeks, Eli Tomac lost his momentum and with it the Monster Energy Supercross red plate to Cooper Webb, but a gutsy performance in Seattle gave him a sixth win of the season as he and the series heads into an off week tied. Tomac is currently tied in the points with Webb.

With this win, Tomac also ties James Stewart for second on the all-time wins list at 50 with six rounds remaining in 2023.

“I needed that bounce back,” Tomac told NBC Sports’ Will Christien. “It was almost like I was in a little bit of a slump in the past couple of weeks; just a little bit off. I’m feeling much better now. That track raced really cool. There were a lot of different lines out there.

“It was obviously very dicey early on. I got passed and then had to make those passes back.”

Tomac suffered with a stiff neck in Indianapolis two weeks ago when he lost the red plate to Webb for the first time in 2023. In that race, he scored his worst finish of the season in eighth. He lost more points in Detroit after finishing a distant third behind Chase Sexton and Webb. This is the fifth time this season that Tomac and Webb finished 1-2 in a race. Tomac has won them all, but Webb has been more consistent.

RESULTS: How they finished for the 450 Main in Seattle

Webb was disappointed to lose the ground to Tomac, but he will enter the Glendale, Arizona race with a red plate and a share of the points’ lead.

“It was overall a great night to get up front and get a second was great,” Webb said after the race. “Those few spots where I would get close to Eli and then make a mistake.

“The track was gnarly. It was no joke. It was cat and mouse as to who could ride the cleanest race and pick the line. I got off to a decent start, but Chase and Eli were ahead of me and I had some catchup to play and got into a good position.”

Early in the race, Sexton was indeed ahead of Webb and the remainder of the field. Another costly mistake sent Sexton to the ground. He battled back to finish fifth but is now 22 points out of the lead and in jeopardy of dropping out of championship contention unless Tomac and Webb have problems.

Rounding out the podium was Justin Barcia, who scored the third-place finish on his birthday

“Awesome ride,” Barcia said. “It was a lot of fun. I’m sure we kept the fans on their feet tonight. The track was gnarly. […] We’re searching; we’re so close to having that speed. We want it so badly. We’ll keep pushing hard and going for that win.”

Sexton’s mistake kept the three top points’ earners of 2023 from sharing the podium for the sixth time in 11 rounds, but the trio finished 1-2-3 in Heat 2 with Webb first, Sexton second and Tomac third.

The 250 West contenders were back in action after giving the last four rounds over to the East riders and Jett Lawrence picked up where he left off in Oakland: In Victory Lane. Lawrence scored his fourth win in five 250 West rounds. Last week his brother Hunter Lawrence tied Jett with 10 wins, but everyone knew it would not take long for Jett to regain the advantage.

Between them, the Lawrence brothers have won all but one race each in their respective divisions.

Lawrence rode a patient race in the Main. He settled in behind Stylez Robertson and concentrated on navigating the ruts mistake-free. He could not afford to be patient any longer when Cameron McAdoo caught up to the leaders. Lawrence found a second gear and gapped the battle for second.

An incident in their main made the battle between Lawrence and McAdoo more dramatic. While racing for second, the pair of riders ran out of room in the rhythm section. Both crashed but had a large enough lead over fourth to maintain their positions.

“It was a very eventful day,” Lawrence told NBC Sports’s Daniel Blair, answering a question about the earlier contact. “[…] It’s good to be back racing. It’s been a while. I feel like I’ve had another offseason. Glad to get out in one piece tonight.”

Lawrence now has a 23-point advantage over the field with four rounds remaining.

Click here for full 250 Main Results

RJ Hampshire finished second in his race and is second in the points after a seesaw affair that produced the final pass for position just before the white flag was displayed.

“I felt like I had a pretty good pace going for a little bit,” Hampshire said. “I closed the gap and then had a couple of big mistakes that almost put me on my head. I backed it off a little bit.

“Cam actually gapped me a little more than I would have wanted. I knew I could get a push there at the end. I thought that was the last lap, which is why my pass was a little more aggressive than it should have been, but I’m stoked to be able to close the gap a little bit.”

McAdoo took the final spot on the podium. This is the fourth time in 2023 these three riders have shared the box and if not for a sixth-place finish in Anaheim 2, he would be mounting a much more formidable challenge for the points’ lead.

“The track was really demanding tonight,” McAdoo said. “It did change a lot and the key thing was to get off the rhythms every time. We were swapping back and forth.”

Enzo Lopes in fourth and Max Vohland rounded out the top five.

Robertson had the early lead but when he lost the top spot to Jett he cross rutted on the next lap, crashed hard and failed to finish.

2023 Race Recaps

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: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael with 48 wins
Tampa: Webb gets first 2023 win
Houston: 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: Tomac, Jett Lawrence double down
Anaheim 1: Tomac wins opener for the first time

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