The 16th round of the Monster Energy Supercross series took place at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 24, 2021. The first of a two-race stay in Utah, SLC 1 brought out some intense rides from both classes to keep the competition alive all the way through SLC 2.

250SX Start at SLC 1 2021
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450SX Report

To keep his title dreams alive, Ken Roczen needed a good finish in the main event. It looked like he was going to get it, too, after grabbing the holeshot and starting in 1st place. Behind him, Joey Savatgy, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, and Dylan Ferrandis were keeping pace. As Roczen pulled away, the spots behind him shuffled, and soon the running order was Musquin, Anderson, Cooper Webb, and Malcolm Stewart.

Malcolm Stewart at SLC 1 2021
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Everything was looking good for Roczen. He was leading the race, Webb was tied up in a different battle for position, and there was no lap traffic in sight. But, much like last weekend, nothing good can last for Roczen. He went down while leading, losing his position to Musquin and giving Webb the boost he needed to get on the gas. As Roczen fell further in position, Webb climbed higher, removing himself from the Anderson-Webb-Stewart battle to challenge the new race leader, Musquin, for 1st.

450SX Podium at SLC 1 2021
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It’s no secret that Webb is a master of the last-minute passes, but Musquin was not giving up his lead without a fight. Musquin hasn’t earned a win since the 2019 Seattle race, so that probably gave him the adrenaline he needed to hold off Webb and cross the finish line still in 1st. Webb held on for 2nd, and Stewart took 3rd for his first 450SX podium. Ferrandis and Chase Sexton rounded out the top 5. Roczen and Anderson, who had both taken some spills before the checkered flag, finished in 6th and 7th place, respectively.

450SX Results

Pos.No.RiderBikePointsOverall
125Marvin MusquinKTM26208
22Cooper WebbKTM23362
327Malcolm StewartYamaha21230
414Dylan FerrandisYamaha19218
523Chase SextonHonda18141
694Ken Roczen*Honda17340
721Jason AndersonHusqvarna16236
87Aaron PlessingerYamaha15249
915Dean WilsonHusqvarna14153
101Eli TomacKawasaki13312
1117Joey SavatgyKTM12190
1220Broc TickleHonda11121
1334Max AnstieSuzuki1065
1451Justin BarciaGASGAS9273
1544Tyler BowersKawasaki839
1637Benny BlossHonda756
17280Cade ClasonKawasaki637
1828Brandon HartranftSuzuki537
1981Justin StarlingKTM421
2070Henry MillerKTM37
2143Fredrik NorenKawasaki29
22519Joshua CartwrightKawasaki11

*Holeshot

250SX Report

The 250SX East Coast main event was already shaken up from Christian Craig’s crash in practice. Sitting just eight points behind points leader Colt Nichols, Craig was in a good spot to pressure Nichols for the title. Then, he went down hard in the rhythm section and ultimately did not line up for the main event. Without Craig in the main event, Nichols was poised to claim the title a round early.

Colt Nichols at SLC 1 2021
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It was not Nichols who nailed the start in the main, however. Instead, Jo Shimoda came barreling out of the gate, taking the early lead of the race despite mounting pressure from Michael Mosiman. Shimoda has been a consistent rider all season and was sitting in 3rd overall before Craig’s crash. With Craig out of the race, Shimoda had the opportunity to rake in some serious championship points. Shimoda showed some fire as he held off several of Mosiman’s pass attempts and started to pull away from the pack.

Jo Shimoda at SLC 1 2021
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Back in 3rd, Jett Lawrence was starting to close in on Mosiman. Nichols was further back, trying to recover from a mid-pack start. By the final half of the race, the gap between those top-4 riders had narrowed. Lawrence finally made his move on Mosiman, but his momentum did not carry him around Shimoda. Shimoda was on the gas and laid down a near-flawless lap to gap Lawrence and sail over the finish line jump with his first 250SX main event win.

250SX Podium at SLC 1 2021
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Behind Shimoda, Lawrence finished in 2nd place and Nichols took 3rd, with Mosiman and Thomas Do rounding out the top 5. With his impressive finish, Shimoda has closed the gap between him and Nichols to 23 points, which means the 250SX East Coast championship is not over yet.

250SX East Results

Pos.No.RiderBikePointsOverall
130Jo Shimoda*Kawasaki26164
218Jett LawrenceHonda23151
364Colt NicholsYamaha21187
442Michael MosimanGASGAS19116
5773Thomas DoKTM1892
6241Joshua VarizeKTM1798
788Logan KarnowKawasaki1677
8914Geran StapletonHonda1515
9193Hunter SchlosserYamaha1444
1055John ShortSuzuki1368
11125Luke NeeseKawasaki1256
12170Devin SimonsonKawasaki1150
13621RJ WagemanYamaha1032
14509Alexander NagyKTM917
15162Maxwell SanfordHonda818
1657Justin RodbellKawasaki77
17185Wilson FlemingHonda641
18625Jonah GeistlerKTM56
19974Brian MartyHusqvarna44
20597Mason KerrKawasaki33
21124Lane ShawKTM235
2295Joshua OsbyHonda1104

*Holeshot

At 187 points, Colt Nichols has a nice lead over Jo Shimoda heading into the final East/West showdown. Cooper Webb is a similar 22 points ahead of Ken Roczen meaning that, barring any serious crashes, the championship is pretty much set in. We’ll see what happens in the final race next weekend.

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