The 12th round of the Monster Energy Supercross series took place in Salt Lake City on June 3, 2020. The first Wednesday race of the series took its toll on some of the riders and impacted the title chase for both classes. Read the race report below for a full recap of the night.

Cooper Webb at SLC 2 2020
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450SX Report

A more technical track layout showcased some unexpected 450SX riders early in the day. Blake Baggett logged the fastest qualifying time, and Malcolm Stewart took his first heat race win in the first 450SX heat race. The start of the main event wasn’t much different. Top points contenders Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen got buried in the pack around the first corner, leaving the top spots open for Zach Osborne, Cooper Webb, Justin Barcia, Vince Friese, Dean Wilson, and Martin Davalos.

Zach Osborne at SLC 2 2020
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It didn’t take Osborne long to pull away from the riders behind him. Roczen and Tomac were on a tear for the front, though, and it seemed like no riders were safe. While making quick passes on each other, the duo made it up from 8th and 9th place to 6th and 8th place by the second lap. By the third, Tomac was in 7th place. By the fifth, Roczen and Tomac were in 4th and 5th place, respectively. They held those positions for the next five laps until Tomac finally made it around Roczen. The Honda rider faded after that. At the beginning of the race, he was laying down lap times a whole second faster than Tomac. By the halfway point, he was over a second slower. 5th place is where Roczen settled and stayed for the rest of the race.

Jason Anderson at SLC 2 2020
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The race up front was anything but settled, however. Osborne was still leading the race, but the other top-5 positions had been switched around. Webb was holding down 2nd place, but Tomac had edged out Jason Anderson, who was in 3rd place, for the final podium position. The other riders who were up front – Barcia, Friese, Wilson, and Davalos – had all been subject to Tomac’s charge and subsequently dropped into the bottom half of the top 10.

Cooper Webb Wins at SLC 2 2020
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As the clock ticked down, Osborne’s lead had all but eroded. Webb was riding fast, and gained enough time over several laps to finally end the Husqvarna’s 20-lap run in 1st place. Just two laps after losing the lead, Osborne lost 2nd place to Tomac. The points leader tried to catch up to Webb after that but didn’t have enough time left to steal the lead. The checkered flag saw Webb, Tomac, and Osborne taking the podium. Anderson and Roczen locked in the other top-5 finishes for the night.

450SX Results

Pos No. RiderBikePointsOverall
11Cooper WebbKTM26246
23Eli TomacKawasaki23275
316Zach Osborne*Husqvarna21144
421Jason AndersonHusqvarna19208
594Ken RoczenHonda18262
615Dean WilsonHusqvarna17159
727Malcolm StewartHonda16180
851Justin BarciaYamaha15225
910Justin BraytonHonda14157
1046Justin HillHonda13161
1137Martin DavalosKTM12121
127Aaron PlessingerYamaha11147
1350Benny BlossKTM1054
144Blake BaggettKTM9134
1544Kyle CunninghamSuzuki840
1664Vince FrieseHonda7120
1722Chad ReedKTM659
1811Kyle ChisholmYamaha557
19722Adam EnticknapSuzuki416
2069Carlen GardnerHonda33
2134Tyler BowersKawasaki265
2271Ryan BreeceSuzuki132

*Holeshot

250SX Report

If Chase Sexton needed to win Sunday’s race, then he really needed to win Wednesday’s race. The points lead that was cushioning Sexton heading into the final rounds was being eaten up by Shane McElrath and his persistent wins. As the 250SX riders lined up at the starting gate, it was clear that Sexton needed to get out front early in the race if he wanted to take 1st place over McElrath.

Pierce Brown at SLC 2 2020
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That’s not how the race started for Sexton, however. After the gate dropped, Colt Nichols took the lead, followed closely by McElrath, Jace Owen, and Pierce Brown. Back in 5th place, Sexton needed to make a few passes just to catch up to McElrath. Brown and Owen didn’t take much time to pass, but once he got behind McElrath, Sexton made a mistake over the finish line jump and went down hard. Brown landed on top of his bike, and the two were stuck for several seconds before moving their bikes and resuming the race. Then in 17th place, Sexton had a lot of ground to make up between him and McElrath.

Colt Nichols at SLC 2 2020
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Up front, McElrath was still closely trailing Nichols. Jeremy Martin had made his way up to 3rd place with Owen and Jalek Swoll not far behind. Then, McElrath made his move and made a quick pass on Nichols for 1st. The teammates stayed close together, but started to gap Martin in 3rd place.

Chase Sexton at SLC 2 2020
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Meanwhile, Sexton was making incredible progress. He’d made quick work of the riders outside of the top 10, and managed to get up to 6th place before the halfway point of the race. With seven minutes left on the clock, he was in 4th place behind his teammate.

Shane McElrath Wins at SLC 2 2020
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The race for the podium quieted down after that. McElrath, Nichols, Martin, and Sexton rode through the checkered flag in that order. Garrett Marchbanks rounded out the top 5.

250SX East Results

Pos. No.RiderBikePointsOverall
112Shane McElrathYamaha26140
213Colt Nichols*Yamaha2331
36Jeremy MartinHonda21105
41EChase SextonHonda19140
536Garrett MarchbanksKawasaki18118
638Kyle PetersHonda1751
7352Jalek SwollHusqvarna1674
884Jo ShimodaHonda1577
949Chris BloseHonda1425
10163Pierce BrownKTM1354
11159Jace OwenHonda1252
1239Jordan BaileyHonda1164
1343John ShortHonda1042
1459Joshua OsbyYamaha919
1547Lorenzo LocurcioKawasaki828
16981Curren ThurmanKTM725
1756Justin StarlingHusqvarna625
1873Chase MarquierHonda518
19332Dustin WinterKTM420
20157Darian SanayeiKawasaki33
21185Wilson FlemmingHonda24
2267Jerry RobinHusqvarna111

*Holeshot

With Ken Roczen finishing in 5th place in the 450SX class, Eli Tomac’s point lead has grown to 13 points. As for the 250s, Chase Sexton’s point lead is completely gone, and both he and Shane McElrath will have the red plate going into Sunday’s race.

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