2023 Seattle Supercross Recap

Eli Tomac tied James Stewart for 2nd place on the all-time wins list after taking control of the second half and cruising to a Round 11 win for the 2023 Monster Energy Supercross season held Saturday at Lumen Field in Seattle, WA.

Tomac's sixth victory this year gives him 50 career wins in the 450 class and also puts him into tie with Cooper Webb in the Championship standings. After some recent struggles, including a season worst eighth-place two weeks earlier, Tomac ended his longest winless streak (just two rounds) of the year and now shares the Red Plate with Webb heading into the break and final six rounds. Tomac, who was nursing a neck injury earlier this month, appears fully healed.

"I needed that that bounce back it was almost like I was in a little bit of a slump there the last couple of weeks. Just a little bit off," he admitted after the race. "I'm feeling much better now. That track raced really, really cool. A lot of different lines out there. Obviously, it was very dicey there early on. I had a lot of fun with it. This was important for us."

Tomac started third as Kevin Moranz grabbed the Holeshot with Chase Sexton in tow. Those two battled a bit before Sexton slipped by Moranz when he rode off the track and got stuck in the tuff blocks. Meanwhile, Sexton appeared in full control out front ahead of Ken Roczen and Tomac then with just two minutes ticked off the clock, Adam Cianciarulo and Webb passed Tomac near simultaneously dropping him to fifth.

Barely a lap ticked by before Tomac returned the favor getting by Cianciarulo and Webb for third. His effortless ride through the whoops catapulted him past Roczen for second at the 14 minute mark then just as quickly Tomac dropped behind Roczen after a small bobble which didn't last long as he jumped in front of Roczen to cement second. Then all eyes turned to Sexton, the Round 10 winner, whose season highlights include crashing away race leads.

Which he did again.

With less than 11 minutes remaining, Sexton hit some loose dirt, bounced off a tuff block, tucked his front end in, and his lead vanished. Though he never showed a fender, Webb made it exciting for about five minutes before dialing back as Tomac grabbed the checkers. Justin Barcia celebrated his birthday in third, his second podium in three weeks. Jason Anderson took fourth, tying him with Roczen, for fourth in the standings and Sexton finished fifth dropping further back in the title hunt now 22 points behind Tomac and Webb.

Of note, Cole Seely who last raced AMA Supercross in 2019, qualified for the Main and finished 21st in a likely ramp up to his venture in the World Supercross Series later this year.

2023 450 Class Supercross Season Standings

  1. Eli Tomac (248)
  2. Cooper Webb (248)
  3. Chase Sexton (226)
  4. Ken Roczen (199)
  5. Jason Anderson (199)

250SX West Class

The 250SX West class returned to racing for the first time since February for the rescheduled Oakland round and despite a collision between Jett Lawrence and Cameron Mcadoo in their Heat race not a whole lot of excitement happened. Lawrence won for the fourth time with little trouble extending his lead to 23 with four rounds left.

Styles Robertson showed some early fight grabbing the Holeshot and holding off Lawrence for nearly 5 minutes but a hard crash in the whoops ended his night early. Mcadoo was up next to try and catch Lawrence but lost his hold on second when RJ Hampshire moved forward. Mcadoo eventually got back into second but with one lap to go, Hampshire made a slick pass cutting underneath the inside of Mcadoo in a corner and held on as runner-up to Lawrence.

Hampshire has finished second and Mcadoo third in all four rounds Lawrence has won. Anaheim 2 the lone exception when Levi Kitchen too the overall for the Triple Crown race which happens to be on the schedule next.

2023 250 West Class Supercross Season Standings

  1. Jett Lawrence (127)
  2. RJ Hampshire (104)
  3. Cameron Mcadoo (101)
  4. Mitchell Oldenburg (83)
  5. Enzo Lopes (82)

No April Fools, there really is no Supercross round on Saturday. Racing resumes with Round 12 on April 8 in Glendale, AZ.

2023 Seattle Supercross