New Jersey Supercross by the numbers: Eli Tomac is great, not perfect


Chase Sexton’s Atlanta Monster Energy Supercross win allowed him to close the gap to championship leader Eli Tomac to 17 points and that is one of the numbers fans need to know heading into Round 14 in New Jersey. Tomac is statistically favored at this venue, but he is not immune to trouble.

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Eli Tomac and Cooper Webb have been evenly matched during 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

Supercross races in the shadow of New York City for the first time since 2019 and for only the sixth time since 1991. Despite so few races at this location, there are three riders in the field with 450 class wins. Cooper Webb is the most recent winner from 2019. Ken Roczen (2016) and Tomac (2015) also have wins at this venue. Sexton won the most recent 250 class race there in 2019.

No rider has multiple wins in the current stadium.

Supercross statistician Clinton Fowler points out this week that the 2023 championship has a lot of similarities to 2006 when three racers, (Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed and James Stewart), were also separated by 17 points through 13 rounds. That year, the championship was not decided until the 16th and final round when all three riders had a shot at the title.

Carmichael prevailed by only two points over Stewart and Reed, who were tied.

Fittingly, 2023 further connects to this season in that Tomac surpassed both Carmichael and Stewart for third and second on the all-time Supercross wins list. Tomac eclipsed Carmichael at Daytona and Stewart two rounds ago in Glendale, Arizona.

With Webb only six points behind Tomac in the Supercross championship battle entering New Jersey, the numbers suggest that Tomac will likely need to win at least once or twice more in the final four rounds if for not other reason than to deny Webb those points.

Tomac needs a strong start this week to keep from losing ground to Webb. Tomac has averaged an eighth-place running position at the end of Lap 1 in the four races he failed to podium. In the nine races he has finished that well, he averaged a second-place start and had five holeshots.

In five starts at this venue, Tomac holds the advantage with an average finish of 3.2 compared to Webb’s 7.5. Tomac has stood on the podium in all but one of five attempts while Webb has one podium in two starts.

But Tomac is not immune to mistakes in New Jersey. In 2017, he entered this round with a three-point lead over Ryan Dungey only to crash early in the race and finish eighth overall. Tomac ultimately finished second to Dungey by five points.

In addition to the fierce battle for the championship Justin Barcia, Roczen and Jason Anderson are embroiled in a fight for fourth.

Roczen has been a consistent contender throughout the season with only one result worse than seventh, but Barcia and Anderson have gone in opposite directions in 2023.

Through Daytona, Anderson had five top-fives and a worst finish of seventh. His average finish was 4.9. Since then, Anderson has two top-fives in five starts and an average finish of 9.8.

Barcia came to life beginning with Daytona. He had one top-five in seven starts and an average finish of 7.0 entering that race. Since then, he’s swept the top five, earned four podiums in six starts and boasts an average finish of 3.0.  A single point separates Barcia from Roczen with Anderson still in reach at -25 points if those riders stumble.

Supercross New Jersey numbers
In last week’s postrace news conference, Hunter Lawrence reminded everyone he won the last East/West Showdown race. – Feld Motor Sports

In the 250 class, this will be the first time Jett and Hunter Lawrence race head-to-head in 2023 and their Supercross numbers are virtually deadlocked entering New Jersey.

They have raced against one another in two previous East/West Showdowns with Jett winning the Salt Lake City matchup in 2021. Hunter beat his brother in their most recent battle in 2022 at Atlanta, which is something he made known in last week’s post-race news conference. In both cases, the brother who lost finished third.

In 2023 both brothers have been all but unbeatable. Jett has five wins in six races with Hunter winning six times in seven.

The NBC Power Rankings gives Hunter a slight advantage to this point in the season, but New Jersey and the season finale in Salt Lake City are where the question will most likely be answered.

Last Five New Jersey Winners

2019: Cooper Webb
2017: Ryan Dungey
2016: Ken Roczen
2015: Eli Tomac
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2019: Chase Sexton
2017: Zach Osborne
2016: Malcolm Stewart
2015: Marvin Musquin
2014: Justin Bogle

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Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider

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Beta Motorcycles

Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.

Benny Bloss finished among the top 10 twice in Pro Motocross, in 2016 and 2018. – Beta Motorcycles

“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.

“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”

Bloss debuted in the 450 class in 2015 with a 15th-place finish overall at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”

Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.

Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.

The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.

Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.

Beta will join Triumph Motorcycles as a second historic brand to join the sport in 2024. First established in 1902, Triumph has won in nearly every division they have competed in, dating back to their first victory in the 1908 Isle of Man TT. Triumph will debut in the 250 class in 2024 and plans to expand into 450s in 2025.