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Chase Sexton Grabs Detroit Supercross Win As Hunter Lawrence Stretches 250SX Class Lead

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Photo of Chase Sexton at  round nine of the 2023 AMA Supercross Championship
Chase Sexton battled forward from a mid-pack start to win a thrilling Detroit Supercross and take his second win of the year. Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.  

Chase Sexton won a Main Event filled with intense racing at Round 10 of the 17-round Monster Energy AMA Supercross indoor stadium season.

Cooper Webb earned second place after the on-track battles had been settled in front of 49,817 race fans at Ford Field in Detroit. Eli Tomac took home third place. In Round 6 of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class, Australian Hunter Lawrence took his fifth win of the season.

Aaron Plessinger grabbed the holeshot in the 450SX Class Main Event but Adam Cianciarulo shot past down the first rhythm lane to take over the front spot. Cooper Webb held third with Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia behind. One and a half minutes into the 20-minute plus one lap race Plessinger reclaimed the lead with a blitz through the whoops. At about that same time, last week’s winner, Ken Roczen, reached sixth with Chase Sexton behind and on the move after a mid-pack start.

The racing was intense in the early laps with the front runners bunched up and trading positions back and forth. The only clear advantage was held by Plessinger. He’d only led a total of seven 450SX Class Main Event laps in his career prior to the Detroit gate drop, but as the points leaders battled behind him Plessinger pulled clear and then steadily extended his lead. Five minutes into the race Plessinger was ahead by over three seconds. Tomac got around Webb for second while Barcia hounded to do the same and Sexton pushed to get around Barcia.

It seemed likely that the top three in points, Webb, Tomac, and Sexton, would break away and reel in Plessinger. But instead, the KTM rider put even more real estate between himself and the pack while Barcia clawed his way up through it. Seven minutes into the race Barcia had reached second place and then set his sights on the win.

Photo of Cooper Webb at  round nine of the 2023 AMA Supercross Championship
Cooper Webb has extended his advantage in the 2023 AMA Supercross Championship after claiming a convincing runner-up result at round 10 of the season. Photo: Align Media

But then Sexton really went to work. Just after the race clock reached 11 minutes remaining, Sexton pushed past Webb to take third. A lap later he battled Barcia for second. The attack was quick, and Barcia’s counter was immediate; the riders came together. Sexton stayed up yet the impact threw Barcia off pace enough that Webb got around at the end of the following section.

Plessinger’s lead was over eight seconds and he looked untouchable. Meanwhile, Tomac was working to hold fifth as Roczen was on his rear fender. Then Tomac got his own surge of speed and motored past Barcia to take over fourth place. Sexton gained on Plessinger only by tenths of a second as the race clock ticked down.

Photo of Eli Tomac at  round ten of the 2023 AMA Supercross Championship
Eli Tomac was back on the podium with third place.

Plessinger held a comfortable lead when he made a critical and heartbreaking mistake. On the second-to-last lap of the race, he caught his foot on a rut and flew off the bike as it went airborne. Plessinger crashed hard, handing over what would have been his first 450SX Class win after leading the race for 20 laps.

Sexton took the win, his second of the season. Webb maintained the runner-up spot, and Tomac earned third place. The three points leaders on the race podium belied the thrills and twists of one of the most exciting races so far this season. After the race, Sexton was assessed a 7-point penalty for a red-cross-flag infraction, putting him seventeen points out of the title chase lead.

“I think starting towards the back actually helped me lock in, focus on just pushing forward, and not worry about the race,” Sexton explained. “After I made all those passes to second, I just tried to click off laps and get as close as I could to first. I definitely needed this after last weekend–especially with how I did it; this was what I needed to get momentum on my side. Hopefully, we can click a couple of these off and push toward the end.”

Cooper Webb’s second sees him maintain the championship lead.

 “It was disappointing for Aaron, he deserved to win tonight, and it was a crazy race,” Webb said. “There was a lot of battling, I was just being smart, riding my race and I’m excited. It was a great race to maximize some points and I want to give it up for the Red Bull KTM team. There were fast laps at the beginning, I went down the middle of the whoops during the race and dialed that in, so that helped. I ended up in a good groove, so finishing on the podium was a strong result. I was just clicking my laps and, at the end of the day, it was a great race. We did what we needed to do, for sure, moving forward. Thank you to the fans tonight, too, they were awesome!”

Hunter Lawrence took his fifth win of the season and stretched his points lead to 35. Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.   

Round 6 of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class saw Haiden Deegan grab the holeshot. Hunter Lawrence was quickly into the lead ahead of Jeremy Martin, Deegan, and Nate Thrasher. Lawrence soon pulled a small gap on the pack. Thrasher was into third quickly and applied pressure to Martin. Martin held strong for several laps with Thrasher looking for an opportunity to pass.

Just over four minutes into the 15-minute plus one lap race Thrasher got around Martin. Thrasher put the hammer down and slowly cut the gap to Lawrence from 4.2 seconds down to 3.6. But when the race reached the midpoint Lawrence responded, pulled the gap back to over four seconds, and never allowed Thrasher to regain any significant ground. Behind them, Deegan moved past Martin to take over third place. Chris Blose held fifth at the checkers just ahead of Tom Vialle.

Photo of Nate Thrasher at  round ten of the 2023 AMA Supercross Championship
Nate Thrasher racked up another podium with second place in the 250SX class.

Lawrence’s win created some interesting statistics in comparison compared to his brother, Jett Lawrence. The two brothers are now tied on Supercross race starts, wins, and top five finishes. Hunter holds one more podium finish, yet Jett already holds a 250SX Class championship. The stats are especially interesting in that the brothers will race head-to-head twice this season in two upcoming East/West Showdown events.

“I’ve had two healthy years of compounding work to get to where I am now. There were days where a night like tonight felt a lifetime away,” Lawrence said. “I’m glad now that I don’t have to step out of my comfort zone too often, and now I know the right opportunity to do it. I’m really happy with the bike and myself at the moment, and glad to see all that hard work paying off.”

The series returns to the west coast to drop the gate for Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Wash. The event pays points to both the Monster Energy Supercross season as well as to the brand-new SuperMotocross World Championship which culminates in two Playoff events and one Final event in September.

Photo of Haiden Deegan at round ten of the 2023 AMA Supercross Championship
Rookie Haiden Deegan was third and is now third in the championship.

450SX Class Results
1 Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda
2 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM
3 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha
4 Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
5 Ken Roczen, Mattstedt, Ger., Suzuki
6 Christian Craig, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna
7 Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM
8 Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki
9 Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki
10 Josh Hill, Huntersville, NC, KTM

450SX Class Championship Standings
1 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (225 Points)
2 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha (222 Points)
3 Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (208 Points)
4 Ken Roczen, Mattstedt, Ger., Suzuki (182 Points)
5 Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki (180 Points)
6 Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (174 Points)
7 Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, KTM (164 Points)
8 Christian Craig, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (136 Points)
9 Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (107 Points)
10 Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM (103 Points)

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1 Hunter Lawrence, Landsborough, Aus., Honda
2 Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tenn., Yamaha
3 Haiden Deegan, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha
4 Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Yamaha
5 Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki
6 Tom Vialle, Avignon, France, KTM
7 Cullin Park, Clermont, Fla., Honda
8 Coty Schock, Dover, Del., Honda
9 Henry Miller, Rochester, Minn., Honda
10 Michael Hicks, Fenton, Mo., Honda

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1 Hunter Lawrence, Landsborough, Aus., (151 Points)
2 Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tenn., Yamaha (116 Points)
3 Haiden Deegan, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (111 Points)
4 Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Yamaha (109 Points)
5 Max Anstie, Newbury, Eng., Honda (104 Points)
6 Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Yamaha (92 Points)
7 Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki (88 Points)
8 Tom Vialle, Avignon, France, KTM (85 Points)
9 Coty Schock, Dover, Del., Honda (72 Points)
10 Cullin Park, Clermont, Fla., Honda (67 Points)

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