The long-awaited 11th round of the Monster Energy Supercross series took place in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 31st, 2020. After a long 85 days without racing, it was exhilarating to watch the riders in both classes continue their title chases. Keep reading for a recap of the races and recount of the results.

450SX Start at SLC 1 2020
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450SX Report

In what would normally be a roaring and electric stadium, the 450SX riders lined up for their first main event in 11 weekends. The stands were empty as one of the several safety measures implemented by FELD and the Utah Spots Commission – mechanics were not even allowed at the starting gate. It was just the riders and their bikes, and all eyes were glued to the TV as the gates dropped and they tore around the first corner.

Blake Baggett at SLC 1 2020
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Blake Baggett rounded the corner first, barely leading Adam Cianciarulo, Justin Brayton, and Eli Tomac. It was a tight grouping, and spots quickly shuffled after Cianciarulo, who just recovered from a previous injury, made a mistake that sent him to the ground. Landing right in front of Cooper Webb, Cianciarulo actually got run over by the defending champion. The Kawasaki rider didn’t resume the race after that, pushing Tomac, Webb and Ken Roczen up into the top 5.

Ken Roczen at SLC 1 2020
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Then in 2nd place, Brayton had mounting pressure from the three title rivals. This gave Baggett some space to start growing his lead in 1st, though not for long. Webb and Roczen both capitalized on a mistake made by Tomac and pushed the points leader back to 5th place. As all three made a pass on Brayton, though, Tomac made a quick pass on Roczen and then Webb. With just Baggett left to pass, Tomac got on the throttle and took the lead by the halfway point of the race. Webb and Roczen followed suit, rounding out the podium positions.

450SX Podium at SLC 1 2020
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The pace for the top 3 riders was set for the second half of the race. Spots shuffled behind the top 3 – both Jason Anderson and Zach Osborne made a play for the top 5 and Baggett fell back to 7th place – but Tomac, Webb, and Roczen held their podium positions without contention until the last lap. While Tomac and Webb continued their impressive ride to the checkered flag, Roczen got cross rutted and landed on a Tuff Block. Somehow, he didn’t go down, and managed to hold down 3rd place to the finish line jump. Anderson and Osborne finished shortly behind Roczen in 4th and 5th place, respectively.

450SX Results

Pos. No. RiderBikePointsOverall
13Eli TomacKawasaki26252
21Cooper WebbKTM23220
394Ken RoczenHonda21244
421Jason AndersonHusqvarna19159
516Zach OsborneHusqvarna18123
637Martin DavalosKTM17109
74Blake Baggett*KTM16125
851Justin BaricaYamaha15210
910Justin BraytonHonda14143
1015Dean WilsonHusqvarna13142
1127Malcolm StewartHonda12164
127Aaron PlessingerYamaha11136
1350Benny BlossKTM1044
1444Kyle CunninghamSuzuki932
1511Kyle ChisholmYamaha852
1646Justin HillHonda7148
1761Alex RayKawasaki625
1864Vince FrieseHonda5113
1922Chad ReedKTM453
2034Tyler BowersKawasaki363
2131Fredrik NorenSuzuki24
229Adam CianciaruloKawasaki1129

*Holeshot

250SX Report

Outside of the unprecedented break in racing for the 250SX East Coast riders, a major injury has shaken up the title chase. RJ Hampshire was 3rd in points and only eight points behind Shane McElrath in 2nd place. After electing to get surgery in April for a torn ACL, however, Hampshire wasn’t able to recover fast enough to return to racing. His untimely exit narrows the title chase for Chase Sexton and McElrath. And after winning their respective heat races of the day, both Sexton and McElrath seemed ready to take the top step of the podium in the main event.

Chase Sexton at SLC 1 2020
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McElrath ended up taking the holeshot and early lead of the race at the gate drop. Sexton and his teammate Jeremy Martin were close behind, however. Pierce Brown was, too, until a crash sent him back to last place. Brown’s crash and the general chaos in the first lap sent both Colt Nichols and Jo Shimoda to the mechanic’s area for some quick repairs. Nichols was able to resume the race, but a broken front brake sent Shimoda out of the race and back to the pits.

Garrett Marchbanks at SLC 1 2020
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Back up front, McElrath was growing a sizeable lead over Sexton. Garret Marchbanks made an aggressive pass on Martin, sending the Honda rider back to 4th place. Jalek Swoll was holding down 5th until Enzo Lopes made a move. As the clock neared the midpoint of the race, spots continued to shuffle between Lopes, Swoll, Jace Owen, Jordan Bailey, and Kyle Peters.

Shane McElrath at SLC 1 2020
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Meanwhile, Brown was starting to climb positions after his disastrous crash in the first lap. Then inside of the top-10, Brown passed Owen for 8th and continued his charge to the top 5. Up in 2nd place, Sexton was trying to make a charge of his own. He was slowly reeling in McElrath, but lap traffic slowed the points leader down. There just wasn’t enough time for Sexton to make a pass, and he finished in 2nd place behind McElrath. Marchbanks took 3rd with Martin and Brown rounding out the top 5.

250SX East Results

Pos. No. RiderBike PointsOverall
112Shane McElrath*Yamaha26114
21EChase SextonHonda23121
336Garrett MarchbanksKawasaki21100
46Jeremy MartinHonda1984
5163Pierce BrownKTM1841
638Kyle PetersHonda1734
7352Jalek SwollHusqvarna1658
866Enzo LopesYamaha1566
9159Jace OwensHonda1440
1043John ShortHonda1332
1139Jordan BaileyHonda1253
1249Chris BloseHonda1111
1359Joshua OsbyYamaha1010
14349Grant HarlanHonda924
1513Colt NicholsYamaha88
1673Chase MarquierHonda713
1777Kevin MoranzKTM619
18332Dustin WinterKTM516
1968Nick GainesYamaha428
2067Jerry RobinHusqvarna310
2184Jo ShimodaHonda262
2256Justin StarlingHusqvarna119

*Holeshot

For the 450s, Eli Tomac still has the red plate and a growing points lead over Ken Roczen in 2nd place. Chase Sexton still has the red plate for the 250s, but his points lead over Shane McElrath has shrunk. If there’s one thing we’re certain of, it’s that the next three weeks of racing are going to be exciting!

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