The 7th round of the Monster Energy Supercross season took place in Tampa, Florida on February 16, 2020. It was the first race of the season for the 250SX East Coast riders, but the stadium was on fire for both classes with fast racing, quick passes, and points-lead changing podiums.

2020 Tampa Track
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450SX Report

The fastest riders in the 450SX class put on quite the show in their main event. Things exploded right off the gate with Vince Friese getting the holeshot. The lead quickly went to Adam Cianciarulo, though, with a charging Eli Tomac, Malcolm Stewart, Cooper Webb, and Ken Roczen not far behind.

Adam Cianciarulo at Tampa 2020
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Barely hanging on to his points lead, Roczen knew he needed to get closer to Tomac if he was going to leave Tampa with the red plate. Both him and Webb made quick work of Friese, but then Roczen got to work closing the gap between him and the Red Bull KTM rider. Meanwhile, Tomac was working on reeling his teammate Cianciarulo in to take 1st place. Both battles were intense – Tomac and Cianciarulo went bar-to-bar a few times, but Cianciarulo’s impressive defensive riding made it hard for Tomac to stick a pass. He finally did, though, after taking a faster outside line right around the 450SX rookie. Roczen was putting serious pressure on Webb as well, tailing him closely corner after corner. Both battles reached their definitive end, though, when both Cianciarulo and Roczen went down near the whoops section. Roczen was able to recover quickly, but Cianciarulo lost his 2nd place position, plus a few more.

450SX Podium at Tampa 2020
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Once again, a simple mistake kept Cianciarulo from a spot on the podium. At the checkered flag, it was Tomac, Webb, and Roczen on the podium with Barcia and Hill finishing in 4th and 5th place, respectively.

450SX Results

13Eli TomacKawasaki26155
21Cooper WebbKTM23144
394Ken RoczenHonda21151
451Justin BarciaHusqvarna19118
546Justin HillHonda1893
615Dean WilsonHusqvarna1786
727Malcolm StewartHonda16106
89Adam CianciaruloKawasaki15128
910Justin BraytonHonda14103
1021Jason AndersonHusqvarna13118
1116Zach OsborneHusqvanra1287
1220Broc TickleSuzuki1111
1364Vince Friese*Honda1070
1437Martin DavalosKTM959
1534Tyler BowersKawasaki842
167Aaron Plessinger Yamaha777
1711Kyle ChisholmYamaha621
1844Kyle CunninghamSuzuki516
1922Chad ReedHonda421
2071Ryan BreeceSuzuki316
21722Adam EnticknapSuzuki22
224Blake BaggettKTM191


250SX Report

It was the first East Coast round for the 250s, and the competition was electrifying. Each rider had an equal shot at the red plate, and they didn’t waste any time off of the starting gate. The new Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha team rider Shane McElrath made off with the holeshot, leading Jordan Smith and GEICO Honda teammates Jeremy Martin and Chase Sexton. As Shane McElrath tore away with the lead, the other three riders were left to battle for a podium position.

Jeremy Martin at Tampa 2020
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Martin and Sexton both made the first move, working their way around Smith at the same time. With both teammates then in a top-3 position, the defending champ Sexton made his way around Martin. A small bobble from Sexton, though, almost let Martin pass him back, but Sexton pressed forward to ultimately hold on to his 2nd place position.

Chase Sexton at Tampa 2020
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The race was pretty tame up front until the halfway point, but that’s when things started to get interesting. Kawasaki rider Garrett Marchbanks and Husqvarna rider RJ Hampshire had made their way into the podium battle, and they weren’t going away without a fight. Both riders took their crack at Martin in 3rd place, but neither were able to make it stick. Martin was able to pass Marchbanks back and Hampshire made it easy on the Honda rider by going down in the whoops with just two laps to go.

Shane McElrath at Tampa 2020
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McElrath took the race in dominating fashion, getting out front early to show that he’s going to be real competition for the title. Teammates Sexton and Martin took the podium with him while Marchbanks and Smith rounded out the top 5.

250SX East Results

Pos.No. RiderBikePointsOverall
112Shane McElrathYamaha2626
21EChase SextonHonda2323
36Jeremy MartinHonda2121
436Garrett MarchbanksKawasaki1919
554Jordon Smith*Kawasaki1818
624RJ HampshireHusqvarna1717
738Kyle PetersHonda1616
8355Joey CrownYamaha1515
953James DecotisSuzuki1414
1084Jo ShimodaHonda1313
11159Jace OwenHonda1212
12175Joshua HillYamaha1111
13201Cedric SoubeyrasHusqvarna1010
1468Nick GainesYamaha99
1543John ShortHonda88
1667Jerry RobinHonda77
1739Jordan Bailey Honda66
18367Hunter SaylesKTM55
1966Enzo LopesHonda44
2056Justin StarlingHonda33
2179Isaac TeasdaleSuzuki22
22981Current ThurmanKTM11


Eli Tomac at Tampa 2020
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With his 1st place finish on the night, Eli Tomac takes over the points lead for the 450s. Shane McElrath scored the 250SX red plate, but defending champion Chase Sexton is only two points behind him. It’ll be exciting to watch the series continue to play out when Supercross returns to Arlington.

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