In a display of unwavering consistency, Cooper Webb secured the overall win in the opening Triple Crown event of the 2024 Monster Energy Supercross season at Anaheim 2.
The individual race victories were claimed by Chase Sexton, Jason Anderson, and Eli Tomac, but Webb’s steady performance across the three races earned him the top spot on the 450SX podium for the first time since rejoining Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing.
Webb’s fifth-place finish in the third race was enough to clinch the overall victory, joined by teammates Tomac and Aaron Plessinger, who benefited from a penalty applied to Anderson. Anderson’s penalty came as a result of riding past the whoop section following a small crash. As a result Anderson just missed the podium, ending the night fourth, one spot ahead of defending champion Chase Sexton.
Jett Lawrence got off to a slow start with a seventh but after a third place in moto two he was looking good for second overall until a crash dropped him back through the field where a final fourth place ultimately saw him finish sixth overall.
“Oh man, it was awesome,” Webb said of his win. “To be consistent all day, like I keep saying, a bit weird to not win a main event, but overall, it feels great to get a win, first one of the season. It was a rough end to last year and it feels great to be up here, back in the points swing, to represent the team and my new sponsors. It feels really awesome.”
Aaron Plessinger now leads the 2024 Monster Energy Supercross Championship, followed closely by Sexton and Webb as they head into round five in Detroit next weekend.
“This race was really important for me, just to stay consistent and not let things get to my head,” Plessinger said. “I feel like I did a good job of that – I got great starts all night, I tightened up a little in Race 1, before in Race 2 I rode really good, and then Race 3 I was right there behind Chase [Sexton]. Tonight was tough, a lot of the success had to do with being consistent, and I think I did a good job of that.”
In the 250SX Triple Crown main event Levi Kitchen secured his first win of the season. The race wins were divided between Kitchen, RJ Hampshire, and Nate Thrasher. Despite going down in the third race, Kitchen’s second-place finish was enough to secure the overall victory, marking his first win since joining Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki.
The podium was rounded out by Hampshire and Thrasher, with Jo Shimoda and Jordon Smith completing the top five. As the series moves to Detroit for the first 250SX East round of the season on February 3, both Kitchen and Smith will carry the red plate into the western regional break.
“We’re all really close right now,” Kitchen reflected. “Obviously I want to be the dominant guy, but yeah, it’s closer now. You can’t start in like fifth and sixth with these guys and have them up front. You’d have to have a pretty amazing – I don’t even know what you’d have to do to be able to get up to them. I think it’s tighter than in years’ past. Especially the top five of us, we’re all pretty experienced by now, so it’s definitely tight racing.