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This Week in SuperMotocross: Supercross Round 3

January 17, 2024

450SX Class Recap: San Francisco

Chase Sexton

San Fran Sexton: Chase Sexton sludged his way to the eighth 450SX Class win of his career, stealing the red plate back from Jett Lawrence (9th). The victory moves Sexton into 25th on the all-time 450SX Class wins list tied with Ron Lechien and Jimmy Ellis. Sexton is the sixth different rider to win a 450SX Class race on a KTM (Ryan Dungey, Cooper Webb, Marvin Musquin, Ken Roczen, & Blake Baggett). KTM now has 62 wins and has won at least one race every season since their maiden win in 2012. That is 13 years consecutive, good for fifth all-time on the 450SX Class ‘brand’s consecutive seasons with a win’ list. Kawasaki’s 18-year streak from 2005-2022 is the all-time record.

Eli Tomac

Eli Tomuck: Eli Tomac countered his uninspiring Anaheim Opener finish with a runner-up trip through the mud in San Francisco. Tomac’s 96th 450SX Class podium brings him within five of Dungey who sits third on the all-time list. He moves only one behind Dungey for fourth on the all-time top-fives list with 121. In all-time 450SX Class starts, Tomac ties Heath Voss for ninth with 165.

Ken Roczen

San Fran Suzuki: Ken Roczen (3rd) passes Ryan Villopoto on the all-time 450SX Class podiums list for 10th with his 64th trip to the box. He will be looking for his 90th top-five finish in San Diego which would tie him with Jeff Ward for eighth all-time. Roczen’s Suzuki teammate Shane McElrath scored a career best 450SX Class finish with a fourth-place ride. He has eight top-10 finishes in 32 starts. It was only the fourth time two Suzuki’s were in the top-five together in the last 10 seasons, with the most recent time also including Roczen and McElrath last season in Denver. Roczen and Baggett pulled this off for Suzuki in 2016 while Broc Tickle and Baggett did it in 2015. 2014 is the last time Suzuki had two riders in the top-five in multiple rounds.

Jorge Prado

Notes: Dylan Ferrandis (6th) & Jorge Prado (7th) won their respective Heat Races before nailing top-10 finishes in the San Fran mud. Prado has one more race before his three-race tenure is up with GasGas in the 450SX Class season. Adam Cianciarulo (8th) Another top-10 finish, giving him a solid 26/34 mark in his 450SX Class career (77%). Hunter Lawrence (10th) Made his first career 450SX Class start. Jett Lawrence (9th), Derek Drake (13th), and Jason Clermont (21st) Made their second career 450SX Class starts.

San Diego Historical Facts

History Lesson: The first 450SX Class round held in San Diego was on October 25, 1980 in San Diego Stadium, and is one of just two October Supercross rounds in the history of the sport (1984, Oakland). Mike Bell clinched the title over a month before in Philadelphia and tacked on his seventh win of the season in the San Diego finale. Bell outdueled Honda’s Chuck Sun and ran away with the win after Sun crashed with four laps remaining. Donnie Hansen and Marty Tripes scored podiums ahead of Sun who finished fourth. San Diego Stadium became Jack Murphy Stadium the next season in 1981 and held the finale again. Mark Barnett had already clinched the title and cruised to a seventh-place finish while Broc Glover took the victory. In 1982 Jack Murphy Stadium held their third finale in-a-row and once again no title on the line as Donnie Hansen wrapped that up in the penultimate round. Glover cruised to his second in-a-row San Diego win that evening.

Supercross Mainstay: The series took two years off from San Diego before returning as the Opener in 1985 which was won by Johnny O’Mara with a 2-2 overall (Supercross used Motocross scoring in 1985). Supercross returned to Jack Murphy every season, sans 1988, through 1996. Supercross returned to San Diego from 1998-2014 and the Stadium had been re-branded to Qualcomm Stadium. The stadium has since been demolished with the San Diego Chargers moving to Los Angeles and the San Diego Padres building a separate stadium, PETCO Park. PETCO Park hosted Supercross from 2015-2022, sans 2021, and twice in 2016. San Diego Stadium/Jack Murphy Stadium/Qualcomm Stadium hosted 31 rounds while PETCO Park hosted eight. When the series moved to the brand-new Snapdragon Stadium last season, it marked the 40th time Supercross visited San Diego.

Snapdragon Stadium: Brand new Snapdragon Stadium, home of the San Diego State Aztecs, was built near the site of San Diego Stadium/Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium and opened in 2022. It was the 63rd different venue to host a 450SX Class Supercross round and first new venue since Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2021. Eli Tomac won the race with Cooper Webb and Justin Barcia rounding out the podium. The 2024 Snapdragon Stadium Supercross will mark the 41st San Diego 450SX Class Supercross race and second in the new stadium.

Championship %: The winner of San Diego has won the 450SX Class title in 17/40 (43%) rounds and none since Jason Anderson in 2018. San Diego Stadium/Jack Murphy Stadium/Qualcomm Stadium was 14/31 (45%); PETCO Park was 3/8 (38%); and Snapdragon Stadium is 0/1 after Tomac won in 2023 but lost the Championship.

Manufacturer Wins in San Diego (Last Win)

  • Honda: 16 (’22)
  • Yamaha: 14 (’23)
  • Kawasaki: 4 (’19)
  • KTM: 3 (’20)
  • Suzuki: 2 (’14)
  • Husqvarna: 1 (’18)

Top Winners in San Diego

  • 1) Chad Reed: 6 (’03-’05, ’07-’08, ’11)
  • 2) Jeremy McGrath: 5 (’93-’96, ’98)
  • 3) James Stewart: 3 (’06, ’09, ’14)
  • 3) Rick Johnson: 3 (’86, ’87, ’89)

450SX Class: First Time Winners in San Diego

  • David Vuillemin: 2000, Yamaha
  • Chase Sexton: 2022, Honda

250SX Class Recap: San Francisco

Jordon Smith

San Fran Smith: Jordon Smith made his 60th career 250SX Class start (18th all-time); 21st podium (13th all-time); 33rd top-five (7th all-time); 43rd top-10 (17th all-time); but most importantly he earned his fourth career victory and first since 2018. Smith will hold the red-plate for the first time since 2017 with a five-point lead over third-place finisher Levi Kitchen in the point standings.

Garrett Marchbanks

M’Banks Nabs Teammate Late: Garrett Marchbanks stole his fifth career 250SX Class podium in 36 starts with a last-lap pass over teammate Phil Nicoletti. Marchbanks sits only 12-points behind the red-plate with eight Western Regional 250SX Class rounds remaining. Nicoletti, making his 41st 250SX Class start, just missed out on his first career Supercross podium. He has one career Pro Motocross podium and it occurred in the 450 Class at Unadilla in 2018 where he finished 3-5 only behind Musquin and Tomac.

Jo Shimoda

Oh No Jo: Jo Shimoda saw his title hopes hit a huge roadblock with a DNF in the San Francisco mud. He sits 29-points off the red-plate with eight Western Regional 250SX Class rounds remaining. It was only the third time Shimoda had finished outside of the top-10 in his 250SX Class career (30/33). Factory HRC Honda has scored at least one point in every 250SX Class race going back to 2020. Jett Lawrence missed Glendale, Oakland, and San Diego that season and had been Honda HRC’s only rider for the Western Regional 250SX Class.

Carson Mumford

Notes: Carson Mumford (5th) Nabbed his first career 250SX top-five finish, he was making his 19th 250SX Class start. Anthony Bourdon (6th) & Hunter Yoder (8th) First career 250SX class top-10 finishes. Matti Jorgensen (13th), Slade Varola (14th), Deegan Hepp (17th), & Ty Freehill (20th) All made their first career 250SX Class starts.

250SX Class: San Diego Historical Facts

History Lesson: Before the 1985 Supercross season the AMA revamped the sport including the addition of 250SX Class racing (then 125cc). The new Classification would not have the same format as the Premier Class and only held Heat Races and a single Main Event, as opposed to the two-moto format implemented in the Premier Class. San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium would host the opener that year and on January 26, 1985 the first 250SX Class race was held. Brian Manley and Bobby Moore won the first ever 250SX Class Heat Races, but it was the two Kawasaki’s of Tyson Vohland and Todd Campbell who battled it out in the Main Event. Vohland, who is the uncle of active Western Regional 250SX Class rider Max Vohland, went down and settled for second making Campbell the first ever 250SX Class winner.

1986: The 1986 250SX Class round in San Diego proved just as exciting as the 1985 maiden voyage. Donny Schmit and his Kawasaki jammed to the front of the pack ahead of Drey Dircks, Willie Surratt, and 1985 runner-up Vohland. By the fifth-lap Surratt closed in on Schmit and took the lead. Honda’s Dircks would soon tuck under both Schmit and Surratt and build a five-second lead half-way through the race. Unfortunately, Dircks would go down and DNF leaving the race to Schmit and Surratt who were bar-to-bar. The race came down to the final lap with Bloomington, Minnesota’s Schmit taking the victory over Surratt and Vohland. Schmit would go onto win the title by 12-points over Surratt and 34-points over Vohland, who missed the final round.

Qualcomm/PETCO/Snapdragon: 1987 featured Kyle Lewis scoring his first of three victories that season while Surratt would take the title after winning zero races. Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium hosted 28 250SX Class rounds and in every 250SX Class season through 2014 except for 1988 and 1997. Just like the 450SX Class, the San Diego Supercross moved to PETCO Park from 2014-2022 for eight rounds and once again moved to Snapdragon Stadium for 2023. 2024 will be the 38th time the gate will drop for a 250SX Class round in San Diego and second in Snapdragon Stadium. Snapdragon Stadium was the 56th different venue to host a 250SX Class round when it debuted last year.

Championship %: The winner of San Diego has won the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship in 17/37 (46%) rounds. The winner took the title in 13/28 (46%) Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium rounds, 3/8 (38%) in PETCO Park, and is 1/1 in Snapdragon Stadium courteous of Jett Lawrence last season. San Diego winners are 34/77 (44%) at winning their title combined with the 450SX Class and all three venues.

Manufacturer Wins in San Diego (Last Win)

  • Kawasaki: 13 (’19)
  • Honda: 10 (’23)
  • Yamaha: 8 (’20)
  • Suzuki: 3 (’18)
  • KTM: 2 (’17)
  • GasGas: 1 (’22)

Top Winners in San Diego

  • 1) Justin Hill: 2 (’14, ’18)
  • 1) Cooper Webb: 2 (’15-’16)
  • 1) Eli Tomac: 2 (’11, ’13)
  • 1) James Stewart: 2 (’02-’03)
  • 1) Jeremy McGrath: 2 (’91-’92)

250SX Class: First Time Winners in San Diego

  • Todd Campbell: 1985, Kawasaki
  • Donnie Schmit: 1986, Kawasaki
  • Kyle Lewis: 1987, Honda
  • Mickael Pichon: 1993, Honda
  • Ryan Hughes: 1994, Kawasaki
  • Jeff Willoh: 1996, Honda
  • Greg Schnell: 2000, Yamaha
  • Justin Buckelew: 2001, Yamaha
  • James Stewart: 2002, Kawasaki
  • Eli Tomac: 2011, Honda
  • Justin Hill: 2014, Kawasaki
  • Michael Mosiman: 2022, GasGas

Past Winners in San Diego

450:

  • 1980: Mike Bell, Yamaha
  • 1981: Broc Glover, Yamaha
  • 1982: Broc Glover, Yamaha
  • 1985: Johnny O’Mara, Honda
  • 1986: Rick Johnson, Honda
  • 1987: Rick Johnson, Honda
  • 1989: Rick Johnson, Honda
  • 1990: Jeff Stanton, Honda
  • 1991: Jean-Michel Bayle, Honda
  • 1992: Damon Bradshaw, Yamaha
  • 1993: Jeremy McGrath, Honda
  • 1994: Jeremy McGrath, Honda
  • 1995: Jeremy McGrath, Honda
  • 1996: Jeremy McGrath, Honda
  • 1998: Jeremy McGrath, Yamaha
  • 1999: Ezra Lusk, Honda
  • 2000: David Vuillemin, Yamaha
  • 2001: Ricky Carmichael, Kawasaki
  • 2002: David Vuillemin, Yamaha
  • 2003: Chad Reed, Yamaha
  • 2004: Chad Reed, Yamaha
  • 2005: Chad Reed, Yamaha
  • 2006: James Stewart, Kawasaki
  • 2007: Chad Reed, Yamaha
  • 2008: Chad Reed, Yamaha
  • 2009: James Stewart, Yamaha
  • 2010: Davi Millsaps, Honda
  • 2011: Chad Reed, Honda
  • 2012: Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki
  • 2013: Davi Millsaps, Suzuki
  • 2014: James Stewart, Suzuki
  • 2015: Trey Canard, Honda
  • 2016: Ryan Dungey, KTM
  • 2016: Ryan Dungey, KTM
  • 2017: Ken Roczen, Honda
  • 2018: Jason Anderson, Husqvarna
  • 2019: Eli Tomac, Kawasaki
  • 2020: Cooper Webb, KTM
  • 2022: Chase Sexton, Honda
  • 2023: Eli Tomac, Yamaha

250:

  • 1985: Todd Campbell, Kawasaki
  • 1986: Donny Schmit, Kawasaki
  • 1987: Kyle Lewis, Honda
  • 1989: Jeff Matiasevich, Kawasaki
  • 1990: Ty Davis, Honda
  • 1991: Jeremy McGrath, Honda
  • 1992: Jeremy McGrath, Honda
  • 1993: Mickael Pichon, Honda
  • 1994: Ryan Hughes, Kawasaki
  • 1995: Damon Huffman, Suzuki
  • 1996: Jeff Willoh, Honda
  • 1998: John Dowd, Yamaha
  • 1999: Casey Johnson, Yamaha
  • 2000: Greg Schnell, Yamaha
  • 2001: Justin Buckelew, Yamaha
  • 2002: James Stewart, Kawasaki
  • 2003: James Stewart, Kawasaki
  • 2004: Ivan Tedesco, Kawasaki
  • 2005: Nathan Ramsey, KTM
  • 2006: Andrew Short, Honda
  • 2007: Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki
  • 2008: Jason Lawrence, Yamaha
  • 2009: Ryan Dungey, Suzuki
  • 2010: Jake Weimer, Kawasaki
  • 2011: Eli Tomac, Honda
  • 2012: Dean Wilson, Kawasaki
  • 2013: Eli Tomac, Honda
  • 2014: Justin Hill, Kawasaki
  • 2015: Cooper Webb, Yamaha
  • 2016: Cooper Webb, Yamaha
  • 2016: Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki
  • 2017: Shane McElrath, KTM
  • 2018: Justin Hill, Suzuki
  • 2019: Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki
  • 2020: Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha
  • 2022: Michael Mosiman, GasGas
  • 2023: Jett Lawrence, Honda