The final night in NRG Stadium for the third round of the Monster Energy Supercross season was nothing short of exciting. One thing this season hasn’t failed us to do is keep us at the edge of our seats as we watch both the 250 East and 450 Premier class battle it out for the championship. The Houston track layouts have proven to be some of the fastest tracks in recent memory. Despite the track being a few seconds longer than the first two rounds, Houston 3 had the fastest riders going around NRG Stadium 20+ laps through challenging obstacles and a now longer sand section. Qualifying showed us who to watch out for and when it came to the Heat races and Main Event, those who sat on top remained to be big contenders for the podium.


Photos by Brian Converse


The red plate became Ken Roczen’s by the end of the night.

The 450 class is more competitive than it has ever been with the fastest qualifier only being a couple seconds faster than the 20th fastest qualifier. The premier class is full of past champions whether it is 450 or 250, each rider has serious potential to compete for the championship. As we headed to round 3 of Houston Supercross, Justin Barcia held onto the red plate as competitor, Ken Roczen, was docked several points going into the third round for jumping during a red cross the previous race. Whether it was intentional or not, this gave Justin the advantage heading into the third round by having the current points lead. However, Ken Roczen won his heat race and so did Adam Cianciarulo and the two looked especially smooth heading into the main event. When it came time for the main event, Ken Roczen would lead the whole race with Cooper Webb constantly putting pressure behind. Unfortunately for Ken, Dean Wilson being lapped would get in his way and block Ken allowing Cooper Webb to slide by for the first place finish. Both Ken and Cooper were surprised by the move and even Cooper stated on the podium that he was confused as to why Dean would do something like that and acknowledged Ken’s good riding.

POS. # NAME Total Points
1 94 Ken Roczen 60
2 2 Cooper Webb 59
3 51 Justin Barcia 59
4 1 Eli Tomac 54
5 14 Dylan Ferrandis 51
6 9 Adam Cianciarulo 51
7 10 Justin Brayton 51
8 27 Malcolm Stewart 51
9 25 Marvin Musquin 49
10 16 Zach Osborne 40
11 7 Aaron Plessinger 38
12 21 Jason Anderson 34
13 15 Dean Wilson 29
14 17 Joey Savatgy 24
15 20 Broc Tickle 23
16 11 Kyle Chisholm 18
17 40 Vince Friese 15
18 37 Benny Bloss 13
19 36 Martin Davalos 13
20 23 Chase Sexton 10
21 28 Brandon Hartranft 8
22 83 Alex Ray 6
23 19 Justin Bogle 3
24 722 Adam Enticknap 3
25 805 Carlen Gardner 2
26 981 Austin Politelli 1

Dean Wilson got in Ken Roczen’s way on the last lap resulting in Cooper Webb having the pass opportunity.

Dean later issued a genuine apology to Ken Roczen for the racing incident. Whether you’re a Ken Roczen fan or not, it takes a lot to own up to a mistake especially when it’s broadcasted live in front of millions of people. Much respect for riders owning up to their mistakes and we hope that we can see these two guys sharing some hang out time in the near future. Dean via Instagram: “First off I F***** up. I fully own this. I never knew it was the leaders behind me. Kenny I’m sorry and sincerely apologize. I ruined your race and wish I could take it back. I know the fans are pissed and team which I would be too. I hate that I was that guy in the way and ruined a win and a race. I should have been more aware of who was behind me I just got locked in on the guys ahead. you guys can tear me apart in the comments do what you gotta do. But I can’t apologize enough for pretty much being the idiot of the race. Once again I’m sorry. Sucks to be that guy… -Dean”

Whether you’re a keyboard warrior or the most diehard Ken Roczen fan, it is understandable that mistakes happen and sometimes that’s just how racing works. Now the racing is closer than ever for the 2021 450 championship.


Christian Craig headed to round 3 with the red plate.

During qualifying and practice, there was a shakeup amongst the 250 filed as bot Austin Forkner and Rj Hampshire both got injured and could attend the Heat races and Main Event. This was huge for points leader Christian Craig and the rest of the 250 field as both Rj and Austin were two big contenders in the points chase. The two riders kept the top 5 riders on their toes and now with a smaller playing field for the 250s, it is almost certain who will land in the top 5 each weekend now. Both Christian Craig and Jett Lawrence easily won their heat races and the two look to be the strongest on the Houston 3 track. When the main event took off, both Christian Craig and Colt Nichols would get terrific starts allowing them to race each other the whole race in front of the pack. The two would go back and forth but ultimately Colt would take the lead and win.

POS. # NAME Total Points
1 64 Colt Nichols 70
2 29 Christian Craig 70
3 18 Jett Lawrence 64
4 30 Jo Shimoda 56
5 42 Michael Mosiman 53
6 115 Max Vohland 46
7 95 Joshua Osby 42
8 38 Austin Forkner 40
9 55 John Short 39
10 49 Mitchell Oldenburg 34
11 24 Rj Hampshire 32
12 773 Thomas Do 31
13 241 Joshua Varize 29
14 85 Kevin Moranz 24
15 88 Logan Karnow 22
16 122 Jeremy Hand 21
17 76 Grant Harlan 21
18 99 Hunter Sayles 17
19 116 Tj Albright 14
20 125 Luke Neese 14
21 185 Wilson Fleming 8
22 124 Lane Shaw 7
23 604 Max Miller 5
24 260 Dylan Woodcock 5
25 216 Devin Harriman 4
26 384 Lorenzo Camporese 4
27 170 Devin Simonson 3
28 637 Bobby Piazza 2
29 87 Curren Thurman 2
30 625 Jonah Geistler 1

Unfortunately for Michael Mosiman, Jett Lawrence would run into the side of the 42 and knock him over. 


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