2021 Indianapolis Round 4 Supercross Recap
Ken Roczen quickly moved past last week's controversy to grab the Round 4 win, his first victory of the year, for the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross series held on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.
Roczen, led much of Round 3 a week earlier until he tried passing and thus lapping Dean Wilson, which enabled Cooper Webb to get by for the win. As a lapped rider Wilson was supposed to let the leaders by but did not see the flaggers which resulted in an after race apology on social media (of course), forgiveness and a week long discussion from bench racers and others who have never raced at the top level. This time around Roczen and defending Champion Eli Tomac traded leads a few times, Roczen even coming off the track at one point after cross rutting but ultimately got around Tomac to secure the win and extend his points lead to six over Webb in the Championship standings. Tomac follows in third, three points behind Webb and nine back of Roczen.
Tomac, who grabbed the holeshot and appeared ready to checkout until an early tip over, finished second and Webb took third after getting by Adam Cianciarulo, who looked good for a podium until he washed his front wheel out. Cianciarulo settled for fourth and Zach Osborne rounded out the Top 5.
The 450 class has different four winners to start the season.
In the 250 East class, Colt Nichols made it back-to-back wins after grabed the holeshot and checking out. His teammate Christian Craig tailed him for much of the race before backing off some but on the final lap Craig and Jett Lawrence came together in a turn during a battle for second sending both riders off the track and podium. Michael Mosiman and Joe Shimoda quickly passed for second and third, respectively while Lawrence and Craig took fourth and fifth, respectively.
And how self-aware of Shimoda for saying, "It wasn't really a podium, because Jett went around me, he was riding really good tonight and Christian was ahead of me, too. So it ended up being a podium, but the next time I get a podium, I want to get a podium myself."
Nichols was tied with Craig in the Championship points standings coming in to the round, but leaves with an eight point lead over Craig who leads Lawrence by five for second-place and Lawrence holds a six point cushion on Shimoda for third-place. Mosiman sits just a point behind Shimoda in fifth.
Supercross stays at Lucas Oil Stadium for Round 5 on Tuesday. Until then, check out the photos below and live Round 4 all again.