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This Week in SuperMotocross: Supercross Round 7

February 21, 2024

450SX Class Recap: Glendale

Ken Roczen

Kennyzona: Ken Roczen scored his 22nd 450SX Class victory when he took the checkers in Glendale. The victory keeps Roczen (-15) squarely in the Championship battle even though he is sixth in the standings. He is now tied back with Cooper Webb for 10th on the all-time 450SX Class wins list. Roczen now has 50 AMA wins in his career, good for 11th all-time and only six behind Jeff Ward in 10th. Roczen tied Ward for ninth in 450SX Class podiums, passed Ward for eighth in top fives, and passed Ward for ninth in top 10 finishes. The victory was Suzuki’s 75th in 450SX Class racing.

Jason Anderson

Anderson Takes Advantage: Jason Anderson (-11) also finds himself right in the middle of the title chase after a runner-up performance in Glendale. He beat all four of the riders ahead of him in the point standings with Webb, Plessinger, and Sexton scoring seventh or worse. Anderson gained two points on Jett Lawrence who finished third. Anderson now has 48 450SX Class podiums which is good for 16th all-time. His 86th 450SX Class top five tied him with James Stewart for 10th all-time. His 124th top 10 finish moves him into the top 10 all-time in that category as well, only one behind Roczen.

Jett Lawrence

Red Plate Rookie: Jett Lawrence secured the red plate back from his competition with a consistent third place finish after eclipsing Eli Tomac late in the race. Lawrence has three podiums, four top fives, and six top 10’s to compliment his two victories in his first six 450SX Class rounds. Jett’s brother Hunter scored his first career 450SX Class top five finish and they became the first brothers in the history of 450SX Class racing to score top fives together.

Eli Tomac

Notes: Eli Tomac (4th) Got bumped off the podium late by Lawrence, but only -17 in the point standings gives the Yamaha rider some hope as the series moves closer to Daytona where he has won in the last five seasons. Cooper Webb (7th) Nailed down his 100th 450SX Class top 10 finish in 111 starts. He is 202/229 (88%) in his AMA career. Malcolm Stewart (8th) Best finish of the season for Stewart and the Husqvarna 450SX Class squad. Chase Sexton (9th) Made his 50th 450SX Class start. Dean Wilson (16th) Moves into the top 25 all-time 450SX Class starts with his 121st.

450SX Class: DFW Metroplex Historical Facts

History Lesson: The first Supercross held in the DFW Metroplex was on February 28, 1975 in Irving’s Texas Stadium, and was the season opener of the second 450SX Class season. The round was held across two days holding two races each. Jimmy Ellis scored the overall victory with 1-1-1-2 rides on his Can-am. Ellis repeated his Texas Stadium heroics in 1976 with a less dominant 3-4-1-4 weekend but fell short to Jimmy Weinert in the final Championship tally by 30 points.

Three Different Venues: After a five-year hiatus the series returned to the DFW Metroplex from 1983-1985 and 1990 at Dallas’ Cotton Bowl. Texas Stadium would host the series again from 1986-1989 and 1991-2008 before it was demolished after 25 Supercross rounds. AT&T Stadium was built in Arlington and hosted the Supercross every season since 2010 including three in 2021. That makes the 2024 Arlington Supercross the 46th race held in the DFW Metroplex and 17th in AT&T Stadium.

Back to One: Arlington was a Triple Crown in 2020 and Eli Tomac won the last two races and the overall. Arlington hosted three races during the 2021 season, and it was a clean sweep by eventual champion Cooper Webb. Arlington hosted Triple Crowns again in 2022-2023 with Tomac and Webb winning the two overalls. After his 2023 Arlington victory Webb became the winningest DFW Metroplex 450SX Class athlete and only trailed Tomac in the point standings by two points with the series heading into Daytona. In 2024, Arlington is back to a regular format but is once again Round 7 and right before Daytona.

Championship %: In 19/43 (44%) seasons the winner of the 450SX Class race in DFW won the title. In 8/14 (57%) seasons in AT&T Stadium the winner has won the title including four of the last five.

Manufacturer Wins in DFW Metroplex (Last Win)

  • Honda: 13 (’11)
  • Kawasaki: 10 (’20)
  • Yamaha: 10 (’22)
  • KTM: 7 (’23)
  • Suzuki: 3 (’14)
  • Can-Am: 2 (’76)

Top Winners in DFW Metroplex

  • 1) Cooper Webb: 5 (’19, ’21 X3, 23)
  • 2) Chad Reed: 4 (’03-’04, ’06, ’08)
  • 3) James Stewart: 3 (’05, ’07, ’14)
  • 3) Rick Johnson: 3 (’85, ’87-’88)
  • 3) Eli Tomac: 3 (’18, ’20, ‘22)

450SX Class: First Time Winners in DFW Metroplex

  • Jimmy Ellis: 1975 (Texas Stadium)
  • J.M. Bayle: 1990 (Cotton Bowl)
  • Doug Henry: 1995 (Texas Stadium)
  • James Stewart: 2005 (Texas Stadium)
  • Marvin Musquin: 2017 (AT&T Stadium)

250SX Class Recap: Glendale

RJ Hampshire

Hampshire in the Hunt: RJ Hampshire nabbed his fourth career 250SX Class victory and second of the season with his Glendale win. It is the first time in his career he has scored multiple wins in a season. RJ only trails by five points going into the Western Regionals longest break of the season (returning in Seattle). Hampshire now has 50 250SX Class top 10 finishes, one of only 11 riders to have that many. He is tied with Greg Schnell and Shane McElrath for ninth on the all-time list.

Levi Kitchen

Kitchen Takes Plate to Break: Levi Kitchen will hold the red plate through the extended Western Regional break, as he holds a slim four-point advantage over Jordon Smith and five points over Hampshire. Kitchen now has eight podiums, 10 top fives, and 13 top 10’s in 16 250SX Class starts across three seasons.

Jordon Smith

Right in the Title Fight: Jordon Smith came back from a rough accident to capture a top five finish salvaging his position in the title fight. Smith is now tied with Mike Brown for fifth on the all-time 250SX Class top fives list with 36 and 16th on the top 10 list with Kyle Peters at 46. Smith now has 105 AMA starts and 41 top five finishes.

Jo Shimoda

Notes: Jo Shimoda (3rd) Scores his first podium of the season and sixth of his 250SX Class career. He now has 25 in his AMA career through 86 starts. Mitchell Oldenburg (6th) Earned his 60th career 250SX Class top 10 finish, only four behind Barry Carsten for third all-time. Billy Laninovich (19th) Scored his first points of his season in his second start of his return to racing. He was making his 52nd 250SX Class start and 100th AMA start. Guillaume St-Cyr (20th) Made his first career 250SX Class start.

Eastern Regional Refresher

Forkner Fries Ford Field: Austin Forkner became the second winningest rider in 250SX Class history with his Eastern Regional opening victory in Detroit. He has 13 250SX Class victories tying him with Jett Lawrence, Jeremy McGrath, and Nathan Ramsey.

Max Not Messing Around: Max Anstie proved his third-place overall finish in the 2023 Eastern Regional Championship was no fluke with a runner-up finish to start his 2024 run. He scored his fifth podium, 10th top five, and 20th top-10 finish in 27 250SX Class starts after a solid Detroit performance. Anstie and ClubMX’s Coty Schock split the factory riders in the top four two to two. Schock earned his first career 250SX Class top five finish and is also in his fifth year of 250SX Class racing along with Anstie.

Detroit Daxton Deals: Star Yamaha rookie sensation Daxton Bennick rode to a podium finish in his first career 250SX Class start. He is the first rider to complete this feat in almost 10 full years (Adam Cianciarulo, 2014 Arlington).

Rest of the Bunch: Pierce Brown (5th), Jalek Swoll (6th), Guillem Farres (8th), and Chance Hymas (10th) were able to score top 10s even with the huge first turn pileup. Nick Romano, Cameron McAdoo, Haiden Deegan, Tom Vialle, Seth Hammaker, and Evan Ferry were not so lucky, all finishing 14th or worse. Henry Miller (7th) and Marshal Weltin (9th) were surprising top 10 finishers.

250SX Class: DFW Metroplex Historical Facts

History Lesson: The first 250SX Class race held in the DFW Metroplex was on May 4, 1985 in Dallas’ Cotton Bowl. Bobby Moore won the East/West combined Main Event on a Suzuki and would clinch the Western Regional Championship a few months later in the Rose Bowl. The series moved back to Texas Stadium in 1986 and hosted their first 250SX Class round, once again being a combined Main Event. Keith Turpin’s victory clinched the Eastern Regional Championship for him.

40th: Irving’s Texas Stadium hosted a 250SX Class round from 1986-1989 and 1991-2008 before it was demolished. The Cotton Bowl held two races, 1985 and 1990. AT&T Stadium has hosted since 2010 including three in 2021. That made the 2023 250SX Class Arlington Supercross the 40th 250SX Class race in the DFW Metroplex and 16th in AT&T Stadium. 2024 will be #41 and #17 respectively.

Going Coastal: Arlington has been an Eastern Regional round since the three Western Regional rounds they held in 2021. Including 2024, AT&T Stadium has been an Eastern Regional 12 times and Western Regional five times. Texas Stadium was an East/West Shootout race from 1985-1996 and then a Western Regional from 1997-2004. Overall, the DFW Metroplex has held 12 shootouts, 14 Western Regionals, and 15 Eastern Regionals.

Champion’s Paradise?: The winner of the DFW Metroplex 250SX Class race has won the Championship in 23/38 (61%) seasons, including six of the last nine. Hunter Lawrence did win Triple Crown Race 1 on his way to a podium finish in AT&T Stadium last season though. Cameron McAdoo won in 2022 but failed to win the title. Justin Cooper won the third Arlington round in 2021 on the way to his Championship.

Manufacturer Wins in the DFW Metroplex (Last Win)

  • Kawasaki: 15 (‘22)
  • Honda: 9 (’21)
  • Yamaha: 7 (’23)
  • Suzuki: 6 (’10)
  • KTM: 2 (’15)
  • Husqvarna: 1 (’18)

Top Winners in the DFW Metroplex

  • Dean Wilson: 2 (’11, ’13)
  • Ryan Villopoto: 2 (’06, ’08)
  • Grant Langston: 2 (’01, ’05)
  • Jeremy McGrath: 2 (’91-’92)

250SX Class: First Time Winners in the DFW Metroplex

  • Bobby Moore: 1985 (Cotton Bowl)
  • Ty Davis: 1988 (Texas Stadium)
  • Grant Langston: 2001 (Texas Stadium)
  • Ryan Villopoto: 2006 (Texas Stadium)
  • Blake Baggett: 2010 (AT&T Stadium)
  • Adam Cianciarulo: 2014 (AT&T Stadium)
  • Seth Hammaker: 2021 (AT&T Stadium)
  • Hunter Lawrence: 2021 (AT&T Stadium)

Past Winners in the DFW Metroplex

450:

Texas Stadium

  • 1975: Jimmy Ellis, Can-am
  • 1976: Jimmy Ellis, Can-am
  • 1977: Bob Hannah, Yamaha

Cotton Bowl

  • 1983: Mike Bell, Yamaha
  • 1984: Johnny O’Mara, Honda
  • 1985: Rick Johnson, Yamaha

Texas Stadium

  • 1986: David Bailey, Honda
  • 1987: Rick Johnson, Honda
  • 1988: Rick Johnson, Honda
  • 1989: Jeff Ward, Kawasaki

Cotton Bowl

  • 1990: Jean-Michel Bayle, Honda

Texas Stadium

  • 1991: Damon Bradshaw, Yamaha
  • 1992: Damon Bradshaw, Yamaha
  • 1993: Jeremy McGrath, Honda
  • 1994: Mike LaRocco, Kawasaki
  • 1995: Doug Henry, Honda
  • 1996: Jeremy McGrath, Honda
  • 1997: Jeff Emig, Kawasaki
  • 1998: Ezra Lusk, Honda
  • 1999: Kevin Windham, Honda
  • 2000: Kevin Windham, Honda
  • 2001: Ricky Carmichael, Kawasaki
  • 2002: Ricky Carmichael, Honda
  • 2003: Chad Reed, Yamaha
  • 2004: Chad Reed, Yamaha
  • 2005: James Stewart, Kawasaki
  • 2006: Chad Reed, Yamaha
  • 2007: James Stewart, Kawasaki
  • 2008: Chad Reed, Yamaha

AT&T Stadium

  • 2010: Ryan Dungey, Suzuki
  • 2011: Trey Canard, Honda
  • 2012: Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki
  • 2013: Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki
  • 2014: James Stewart, Suzuki
  • 2015: Ryan Dungey, KTM
  • 2016: Ken Roczen, Suzuki
  • 2017: Marvin Musquin, KTM
  • 2018: Eli Tomac, Kawasaki
  • 2019: Cooper Webb, KTM
  • 2020: Eli Tomac, Kawasaki
  • 2021: Cooper Webb, KTM
  • 2021: Cooper Webb, KTM
  • 2021: Cooper Webb, KTM
  • 2022: Eli Tomac, Yamaha
  • 2023: Cooper Webb, KTM

250:

Cotton Bowl

  • 1985: Bobby Moore, Suzuki

Texas Stadium

  • 1986: Keith Turpin, Honda
  • 1987: Kyle Lewis, Honda
  • 1988: Ty Davis, Suzuki
  • 1989: Mike LaRocco, Yamaha

Cotton Bowl

  • 1990: Denny Stephenson, Suzuki

Texas Stadium

  • 1991: Jeremy McGrath, Honda
  • 1992: Jeremy McGrath, Honda
  • 1993: Doug Henry, Honda
  • 1994: Jimmy Button, Suzuki
  • 1995: Damon Huffman, Suzuki
  • 1996: Mickael Pichon, Kawasaki
  • 1997: Kevin Windham, Yamaha
  • 1998: John Dowd, Yamaha
  • 1999: Nathan Ramsey, Kawasaki
  • 2000: Greg Schnell, Yamaha
  • 2001: Grant Langston, KTM
  • 2002: Travis Preston, Honda
  • 2003: James Stewart, Kawasaki
  • 2004: Ivan Tedesco, Kawasaki
  • 2005: Grant Langston, Kawasaki
  • 2006: Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki
  • 2007: Ben Townley, Kawasaki
  • 2008: Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki

AT&T Stadium

  • 2010: Blake Baggett, Suzuki
  • 2011: Dean Wilson, Kawasaki
  • 2012: Jusin Barcia, Honda
  • 2013: Dean Wilson, Kawasaki
  • 2014: Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki
  • 2015: Marvin Musquin, KTM
  • 2016: Cooper Webb, Yamaha
  • 2017: Justin Hill, Kawasaki
  • 2018: Zach Osborne, Husqvarna
  • 2019: Austin Forkner, Kawasaki
  • 2020: Chase Sexton, Honda
  • 2021: Seth Hammaker, Kawasaki
  • 2021: Hunter Lawrence, Honda
  • 2021: Justin Cooper, Yamaha
  • 2022: Cameron McAdoo, Kawasaki
  • 2023: Nate Thrasher, Yamaha