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Eli Tomac And Levi Kitchen Take Triple Crown Wins As St Louis Supercross

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Eli Tomac took his first win of the 2024 AMA Supercross season at the St. Louis Triple Crown Supercross

Eli Tomac took his first win of the season, and his first since returning from his 2023 Achilles injury, with 1-1-1 Race scores at the St. Louis Triple Crown Supercross.

With the win at Round 12, Tomac became the sixth different rider to win in this highly competitive season. Cooper Webb earned second overall with (5-6-2) Race finishes inside The Dome at America’s Center. With the finish, Webb captured the championship-within-a-championship 3-Round Triple Crown title. In the race format that combines the finishes from three separate Races, Australian Hunter Lawrence earned his career-first 450SX Class podium with (8-2-4) Race finishes.

The unpredictability of the Triple Crown format showed a few new wrinkles in St. Louis with five riders getting docked positions in Race Two due to red cross flag infractions. Also, a big crash in Race Three, when Championship leader Jett Lawrence was T-boned by Justin Barcia, caused a big change in the point standings. Cooper Webb now trails Jett Lawrence by only eight points.

In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Levi Kitchen was nearly picture-perfect throughout the night; he took the overall win with 1-1-1 Race wins.

“I had so many questions, and honestly doubt, in my mind that at this point in the season before this weekend,” Tomac said. “You know, questioning the comeback and where I was. So to do this here, to feel that way, to get those rides in all through those motos, that felt like old me. So this was so awesome… Thank you to the team for believing in me, Monster Energy Star Yamaha, everyone, so thank you St. Louis,” he concluded.

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Cooper Webb finished second and took out the 2024 Triple Crown Championship.

Cooper Webb was happy to gain ground on championship leader Jett Lawrence after coming through a tough first two races.

“It was a crazy night. The first two races didn’t go my way – the second one, especially.” Webb reflected. “I was running a good spot, fell over, and just – these Triple Crowns, you never know what can happen, and that’s what the team just told me, is, ‘Don’t give up. Go in there in this last one and give it your all.’ And it worked out. You know obviously, I don’t know what happened to anybody yet [in terms of crashes in Race 3], but I just know me and Eli were out front – me, him and Chase – and we were in the clear. [It] just felt great to ride. I rode really well in that last one. Eli was really clicking his laps and made the pass on Chase, which was great. And I got to second and we started clicking some good laps there at the end but, you know, a second place is good tonight. I’ll take it, especially after the first two [Races]. To win this Triple Crown championship is all new, so it’s pretty cool. Hopefully, we keep the ball rolling.”

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Hunter Lawrence celebrates his first-ever 450 Supercross class podium.

Hunter Lawrence was equally happy to be on the podium for the first time this season.

“Man, it’s awesome. We had a little bit of an upgrade, I’d say, from the second moto to the third one with the Red Cross flag [penalty on some other riders]. But hey, I’ve been on the bad end of that deal many a time, so we’ll take it,” Lawrence said. “That was a pretty good feeling. I’m bummed to not have Jett up here with me. We all saw what happened, that sucks, but yeah I’m honored to be sharing the podium with Tomac and Webb. You know, I watched these guys racing on this stage when I was still in Australia as a kid, so it’s pretty cool. We’ll take it, try and build, and we’ll try and get a really legitimised one next time we’re back.”

Levi Kitchen took the win for the second week in a row to extend his Western Regional 250SX Class championship lead.

The Western Regional 250SX Class held its seventh round and Levi Kitchen followed up his previous round’s win with an impressive victory in St. Louis. Jo Shimoda fought his way to a second-place overall result with 2-3-3 Race finishes. Jordon Smith used 3-2-4 Race finishes to capture the final spot on the podium.

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Jo Shimoda had his highest finish for the season with second in the 250 class.

“That was insane. I mean, I’m pretty speechless right now,” Kitchen said. “That was for Austin Forkner back home. I hope he’s healing up good. I know he’s the only other one to do that [sweep the 250SX Class Triple Crown], so yeah man, that was sick. Three good starts and then going into the last race – those lappers, I actually came together pretty badly with one right before the triple. And if I would have missed the triple, RJ would have been right on me. So I had to send it – I still made it somehow. All in all though, man, what a day! Carrying the momentum from Seattle and I’m in a really good spot. I feel really good on the bike. Thanks to the whole Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team, all my friends and family… This is pretty surreal so I’m going to soak this one in.”

Jo Shimoda was happier with his starts, which have been lacking so far this season, and to get on the podium with second place.

“Honestly that was the main thing for me getting good starts finally. It’s just, like, I just couldn’t do it at previous rounds. And then today – three good starts; still not a Holeshot or anything like that, but I think once I can get a start I know I can fight with those guys. The track was gnarly. I had a couple of sketchy moments, I think everybody did, but yeah thanks so much to my team. We’re getting better each week and so it’s a good confidence booster and yeah next up is Nashville.”

The 17-round Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship takes next weekend off before resuming for the final five rounds on five consecutive weekends. Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts hosts Round 13 on Saturday, April 13th. The event will mark the return of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class for its Round 6.

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