Supercross 2023: Results and points after Arlington


The three riders at the top of the 450 points standings each experienced troubled in at least one of the three features that make up the Monster Energy Supercross Triple Crown format at Arlington, but when the checkered flag waved over Race 3, the results were the same as everyone has come to anticipate.

Cooper Webb won his second races of the season, Chase Sexton finished second and Eli Tomac was third, which tightened to championship battle. Only five points separate the three riders.

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Eli Tomac made a rare mistake in Race 3, which cost him the Arlington win. – Feld Motor Sports

The night got off to a rocky start for Webb. He was mired in traffic at the start of the Race 1 and could only limb as high as fifth in that feature. With Tomac winning and Sexton on the podium as well, he might have been counted out, but Webb did what Webb does.

Webb kept his composure and finished better in each successive round with a second in Race 2 and a win in Race 3. His 5-2-1 combined for eight points and tied Sexton, but by virtue of winning the final race, he owned the tiebreaker.

Sexton failed to win any of the three races, but his 3-3-2 was enough for eight event points as well. Race points are not paid out until the three features are totaled, so Sexton’s second-place finish overall allowed him to make up ground on Tomac in the championship hunt. Sexton is now five behind Tomac and three behind Webb for second in what is becoming a very compelling three-man contest.

Tomac rarely makes mistakes, so it was with a little shocking when he crashed while leading Race 3. As with Anaheim 1, he failed to navigate the tunnel jump, but where he was able to overcome his mistake in California, the Texas track was not as forgiving. Tomac dropped to fourth immediately following his crash and lost another couple of positions after losing his rhythm.

His 1-4-6 combined for 10 points and placed him third on the grid.

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Like Webb, Jason Anderson got better in each race, but a crash as the start of the first feature was too much to overcome. He dropped to the back of the pack in that race and, while he climbed to eighth at the checkers, damage was done. He made a valiant effort by winning Race 2. His 8-1-3 combined for 12 points and placed him fourth overall.

Ken Roczen also earned 12 points with a 2-6-4, but with Anderson having the better finish in Race 3, Roczen was awarded fifth. That was still a solid rebound from last week’s 11th-place finish and Roczen’s fifth top-five in the first seven rounds of 2023.

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Supercross Results Arlington
Jordon Smith and Nate Thrasher finished on the podium in Arlington. – Feld Motor Sports

It turns out Hunter Lawrence can be beat.

Despite riding with a knee injury, Nate Thrasher swept the podium in the three-races of the Arlington Supercross Triple Crown and his results of 2-2-3 were enough to give him the overall victory. He has not yet stood on the top of the podium after an individual race, but his second-place finish in the 250 East opener in Houston contributes to his third-place standing in the points.

Thrasher’s teammate Jordon Smith had a mathematical path to the overall win before he bobbled in the whoops in the closing minutes of Race 3. Finishing fourth in the first feature put him at a bit of a disadvantage, but he rebounded to win Race 2. In the final tally, his 4-1-5 tied him with Lawrence in points and Smith was awarded second via the tiebreaker.

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Perhaps the only thing keeping Lawrence off the top box of the podium is bad luck. He ran out of room entering Turn 1 of the final race and crashed. He might have overcome that still, if Max Anstie had not run over his bike and pinned Lawrence underneath for a few seconds. With a broken clutch lever, Lawrence had to ride conservatively in that race, but he climbed to sixth at the end and his 1-3-6 was enough to put him on the podium.

The European motocross star Tom Vialle continues to impress. He has been in contention for a top-five in every race this year and finally got it done in Arlington. His 5-9-2 placed him fourth on the chart.

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Anstie’s involvement in the Lap 1 crash of Race 3 dropped him to the back of the pack in that race; he was able to climb to only ninth at its end. With a third in Race 1 and fourth in Race 2, he combined to finish fifth overall.

Jeremy Martin won the final race of the night, but a dismal showing in Race 2 and 12th-place finish relegated him to sixth overall. In a race filled with accidents, Martin was as surprised as anyone that he stood on the top of the podium in that final feature.

2023 Results

Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Cooper Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Chase Sexton close gap
Week 4: Eli Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s

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.

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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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