2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Oakland: Perfect night keeps Eli Tomac first


When the field closes in on Eli Tomac, he responds with wins and after sweeping the Oakland round with a heat and main win, he remains atop the NBC SuperMotocross Power Rankings for the fifth week.

SuperMotocross Power Rankings Oakland
For the second time in the last two rounds, Chase Sexton crashed while leading. – Feld Motor Sports

Tomac has not ridden mistake free in the first six rounds, but after disappointing races at Anaheim 2 and Tampa, he responded immediately with victories the following week. Coupled with wins in the first two races of the season, he is the only 450 rider with multiple feature victories, but he has not been able to shake his two main rivals because they regularly finish in the top three.

Tomac has a slim seven-point advantage over both Chase Sexton and Cooper Webb, who are tied for second.

Webb and Sexton are keeping the pressure on Tomac in regard to the championship, but Jason Anderson is the rider second in the NBC SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Oakland. In the first six rounds, he has not finished worse than seventh in any main event or outside the top five in his heats. That consistency shows he has a ton of speed, but he needs to ride incident free in the next few rounds and find victory lane if he wants to turn the 2023 Championship into a four-man race.

MORE: Eli Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael for third on wins’ list

Webb’s win two weeks ago in Tampa closed the gap on Tomac. He wasn’t able to back it up with another victory, but with a sweep of the top five and four podium finishes, he has Tomac looking over his shoulder. Webb is at his best when he is applying pressure.

Sexton also has a perfect record of top-fives this season and one more podium finish than Tomac or Webb. His Achilles Heel has been late-race accidents in the last two rounds. If he gets rid of those and starts to challenge Tomac for wins, the championship battle is going to get extremely interesting.

Ken Roczen finally had a truly bad race. In the first five weeks, an eighth in the Houston main was the only time this season he failed to crack the top five in either a heat or feature. That evaporated in Oakland when he finished 11th in the 19-lap feature, but it was tempered by his first heat win of the year.

Supercross hits the 45-day mark this week, so the opening race will soon age out of the formula and we will begin seeing who has the most recent momentum.

450 Rankings

Rider Power
1. Eli Tomac
[4 Main Wins; 4 Heat Wins]
84.67 1 0
2. Jason Anderson
[3 Heat Wins]
84.58 2 0
3. Cooper Webb
[1 Main Win]
82.42 4 1
4. Chase Sexton
[1 Main; 4 Heat Wins]
82.33 3 -1
5. Ken Roczen
[1 Heat Win]
79.33 5 0
6. Aaron Plessinger 75.83 6 0
7. Justin Barcia 73.42 8 1
8. Dylan Ferrandis 68.00 7 -1
9. Justin Cooper 66.50 9 0
10. Adam Cianciarulo 65.00 10 0
11. Christian Craig 62.75 13 2
12. Joey Savatgy 61.58 12 0
13. Colt Nichols 56.25 15 2
14. Dean Wilson 50.50 16 2
15. Justin Hill 42.73 18 3
16. Josh Hill 41.33 25 9
17. Shane McElrath 38.58 19 2
18. Benny Bloss 34.80 28 10
19. Fredrik Noren 33.60 20 1
20. Kyle Chisholm 31.82 29 9

Supercross 450 Points

The 250 West riders were back in action with the rescheduled Oakland round and the SuperMotocross Power Rankings continue to focus on Hunter and Jett Lawrence, who top their respective points’ battles. This is the first time in Supercross history that brothers have led the West and the East.

Hunter continues to have enough Power Ranking points to top the list, but with a few more races in the books, Jett has had more time to stumble. He’s done so just once when an accident in the first race of the Anaheim Triple Crown landed him sixth on the chart. Otherwise, he’s had a perfect record of podium finishes in his heats and mains.

Jett added maximum points last week after winning both his heat and the main.

SuperMotocross Power Rankings Oakland
Pierce Brown rode into Oakland with high expectations. He rode out with a pair of top-fives. – Feld Motor Sports

Cameron McAdoo is the second-ranked rider in the 250 West division, but consistency for several drivers at the front of the East riders pushes him down to seventh overall. An injured arm at Anaheim 2 caused him to struggle in two of the features that week and his sixth-place finish in the overall hurt his numbers. He gets an iron man reward for the gutsy performance in Anaheim and his rebound to finish second in his heat at Oakland and third in the main.

Supercross 250 Points

It was consistency and a 4-2-2 in the Anaheim 2 Triple Crown that gave Kitchen his first Supercross win. He showed that same trait in Oakland with a fourth in both his heat and the main. Trouble in the San Diego feature has him 11th overall, but he’s swept the top five since.

Mitchell Oldenburg dropped six positions overall to land 13th, but with other 250 West riders also experiencing trouble, he is fourth in that division. A sixth-place finish in his heat snapped a three-race streak of top-fives. His feature was even worse with an eighth-place finish, which is his worst result of the season.

With top-fives in his heat and main, Pierce Brown moved up the list from 19th overall to 14th. After a slow start when he crashed out of his heat in the Anaheim 1 opener, he has finished eighth or better in all but one race. A 13th-place finish in the first Triple Crown feature in the second race on that track keeps him from being higher for now.

250 Rankings

Rider Power
1. Hunter Lawrence – E
[2 Main Wins; 2 Heat Wins]
91.75 1 0
2. Jett Lawrence – W
[3 Main; 3 Heat Wins]
89.63 2 0
3. Max Anstie – E 86.00 2 -1
4. Haiden Deegan – E
1 Heat Win]
84.75 4 0
5. Jeremy Martin – E 79.25 5 0
6. Tom Vialle – E 78.00 6 0
7. Cameron McAdoo – W
[1 Heat Win]
77.13 7 0
8. Nate Thrasher – E
[1 Heat Win]
76.75 7 -1
9. Chance Hymas – E 75.75 12 3
9. Jordon Smith – E
[1 Heat Win]
75.75 11 2
11. Levi Kitchen – W
[1 Main Win]
75.38 14 3
12. Michael Mosiman – E 74.75 13 1
13. Mitchell Oldenburg – W 74.25 7 -6
14. Pierce Brown – W 73.38 19 5
15. Stilez Robertson – W
[1 Heat Win]
70.14 7 -8
16. RJ Hampshire – W
[4 Heat Wins]
70.00 15 -1
17. Max Vohland – W 68.71 16 -1
18. Enzo Lopes – W 62.13 18 0
19. Derek Kelley – W 57.50 17 -2
19. Chris Blose – E 57.50 21 2
19. Robbie Wageman – W 57.50 27 8

* 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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