Eli Tomac remains a solid contender to defend his 450 title as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series enters Round 9 and the halfway point of the 2023 season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Coming off his seventh victory at Daytona International Speedway, Tomac maintained a five-point lead over two-time series champion Cooper Webb.
History favors the series leader after Daytona — the rider first in the standings when leaving the World Center of Racing has won the championship more than 75 percent of the time. A rider who wins more than five times has won the championship in 42 of 49 Supercross seasons, and Tomac has five victories with nine rounds left (Webb has won twice; and Chase Sexton has one win).
Tomac also is the defending winner at Indianapolis, where he led the final eight laps last year. Ken Roczen swept a three-race residency at Indy in 2021.
Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 9 of the 2023 Supercross season in Indianapolis:
(All times are ET)
BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 9 will begin Saturday at 7 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday.
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POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division
ENTRY LISTS: 450 division l 250 division
EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET):
Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 9 in Indianapolis, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:
1:05 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 1
1:20 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
1:35 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
1:50 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
2:05 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
2:20 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 1
3:20 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 2
3:35 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
3:50 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
4:05 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
4:20 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
4:35 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 2
7:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
7:21 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
7:35 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
7:49 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
8:23 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
8:35 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
8:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
9:28 p.m.: 450SX Main Event
TRACK LAYOUT: Click here to view the track map
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FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings | 250 West points standings
2023 SEASON RECAPS
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
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