450 QUALIFYING RESULTS | 2021 HOUSTON SUPERCROSS 1 (UPDATED)

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450 OVERALL QUALIFYING RESULTS | 2021 HOUSTON SUPERCROSS 1

After a tremendous amount of work put on by the teams and FELD, we are once again able to experience Supercross for another year. But this year did not start off like any other Supercross year in recent memory. It started a week later and no one gathered in Angel Stadium to kick off the first round. In fact, no rounds are going to be held in California. Instead, the teams head to Houston, Texas to go head to head in the first round of Supercross and will stay primarily on the East Coast and middle America to race for the 2021 championship. Despite seeing riders on social media posting a few clips of them riding during the week, it’s hard to say where everone’s skill and speed is. A common answer during the opening round press conference was that the riders have no idea how fast their competition compares to them. After the 2020 outdoors season, teams were scrambling to develop race bikes and get their riders to the test tracks trying to get things figured out before the first round of Supercross. Some riders like Eli Tomac and Adam Cianciarulo feel very confident about their race bikes because they are essentially just making minor adjustments to their previous year’s bike. However some like Ken Roczen and Chase Sexton have both had very little time to fine-tune theirs. Who do you think will be the fastest 450 rider in the opening round of Supercross? Go down below to see the results.

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Photos by Brian Converse

450 OVERALL QUALIFYING RESULTS

Ken Roczen and Kyle Chizholm skimming the whoops in Houston

The top qualifying position of the day in the 450 division went to 450 Supercross rookie Chase Sexton. Eli Tomac sat in second place followed by Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen.

POS. # NAME BEST TIME
1 23 Chase Sexton 44.006
2 1 Eli Tomac 44.036
3 25 Marvin Musquin 44.212
4 94 Ken Roczen 44.230
5 27 Malcolm Stewart 44.268
6 51 Justin Barcia 44.355
7 14 Dylan Ferrandis 44.457
8 9 Adam Cianciarulo 44.469
9 21 Jason Anderson 44.678
10 17 Joey Savatgy 44.695
11 16 Zach Osborne 44.724
12 15 Dean Wilson 44.773
13 2 Cooper Webb 44.814
14 10 Justin Brayton 44.983
15 40 Vince Friese 45.154
16 36 Martin Davalos 45.217
17 7 Aaron Plessinger 45.236
18 20 Broc Tickle 45.671
19 19 Justin Bogle 45.829
20 37 Benny Bloss 46.159
21 28 Brandon Hartranft 46.222
22 11 Kyle Chisholm 46.703
23 83 Alex Ray 46.986
24 81 Justin Starling 47.071
25 43 Fredrik Noren 47.350
26 981 Austin Politelli 47.403
27 805 Carlen Gardner 47.687
28 280 Cade Clason 47.808
29 114 Nick Schmidt 47.920
30 309 Jeremy Smith 48.118
31 722 Adam Enticknap 48.157
32 184 Scott Champion 48.306
33 330 Aj Catanzaro 48.566
34 848 Joan Cros 48.672
35 282 Theodore Pauli 48.691
36 606 Ronnie Stewart 48.707
37 57 Justin Rodbell 48.932
38 509 Alexander Nagy 49.038
39 421 Vann Martin 49.178
40 976 Joshua Greco 49.273

TOP 40 RIDERS QUALIFY FOR THE MAIN EVENT

41 952 Ludovic Macler 49.478
42 637 Bobby Piazza 49.592
43 824 Carter Stephenson 49.623
44 121 Chris Howell 49.624
45 447 Deven Raper 50.210
46 597 Mason Kerr 50.456
47 501 Scotty Wennerstrom 50.909
48 795 Aaron Leininger 52.718

Joey Savatgy aboard his new 450 rider with Rocky Mountain KTM

450 SESSION 2 QUALIFYING GROUP A

Justin Barcia showing style during qualifying.

Justin Barcia stepped out front in the second qualifier followed by other heavy hitters Cooper Webb and Ken Roczen. With an open track in front of him, Justin Barcia set his eyes out to running a very fast lap time. But his lap time was not quite as fast as Cianciarulo’s as the Kawasaki rider jumped ahead of the pack for the fastest lap time. However the fastest qualifier from session 1, Ken Roczen, took that lead away went to the top of the board. Only two seconds separated all 20 of the 450 riders, the times were extremely close. 450 Supercross rookie, Chase Sexton passed his teammate for the top position and then followed by Justin Barcia. Red plate holder, Eli Tomac, moved into the fourth position followed by Joey Savatgy with 5 minutes remaining. Star Yamaha 450 rider Malcolm Stewart moved into the third position and Marvin Musquin moved into second. Despite having a 44.006 laptime, Chase was still unable to break into the 43 second mark set by 250 rider Christian Craig in the earlier qualifying session. With two minutes left, Eli Tomac passed Marvin Musquin for the second position in timed qualifying. Chase remained to hold onto the fastest time in the second qualifying session and the overall fastest 450 lap time of the day.

POS. # RIDER BEST TIME
1 23 Chase Sexton 44.006
2 1 Eli Tomac 44.036
3 25 Marvin Musquin 44.212
4 27 Malcolm Stewart 44.268
5 51 Justin Barcia 44.355
6 94 Ken Roczen 44.370
7 14 Dylan Ferrandis 44.457
8 9 Adam Cianciarulo 44.469
9 17 Joey Savatgy 44.695
10 16 Zach Osborne 44.724
11 21 Jason Anderson 44.737
12 15 Dean Wilson 44.773
13 2 Cooper Webb 44.814
14 10 Justin Brayton 44.983
15 40 Vince Friese 45.154
16 36 Martin Davalos 45.217
17 7 Aaron Plessinger 45.236
18 20 Broc Tickle 45.671
19 37 Benny Bloss 46.159
20 28 Brandon Hartranft 46.222
21 11 Kyle Chisholm 46.703
22 83 Alex Ray 46.986
23 43 Fredrik Noren 47.350

 

Marvin qualified in second in the second round of timed qualifying.

450 SESSION 1 QUALIFYING GROUP A

Eli Tomac 2021-Supercross_Houston-1_Eli-Tomac The 2020 champ qualified second in the first round of Group A qualifying.

Right off in the beginning, Marvin Musquin jumped to the front of the qualifying session followed by the 23 and 94 of Ken Roczen. Ken Roczen shortly took the lead followed by the 2020 Champ Eli Tomac. The number 21 took the third position in the first round. With the last minute of qualifying coming to an end, Malcolm Stewart crashed through one of the rhythm sections but appeared to be in good condition as he rode off the track.

POS. # RIDER BEST TIME
1 94 Ken Roczen 44.230
2 1 Eli Tomac 44.568
3 21 Jason Anderson 44.678
4 25 Marvin Musquin 44.704
5 51 Justin Barcia 44.838
6 23 Chase Sexton 44.927
7 27 Malcolm Stewart 45.008
8 16 Zach Osborne 45.070
9 9 Adam Cianciarulo 45.398
10 2 Cooper Webb 45.402
11 17 Joey Savatgy 45.499
12 40 Vince Friese 45.534
13 15 Dean Wilson 45.640
14 36 Martin Davalos 45.643
15 19 Justin Bogle 45.829
16 20 Broc Tickle 45.937
17 14 Dylan Ferrandis 45.996
18 10 Justin Brayton 46.038
19 7 Aaron Plessinger 46.255
20 37 Benny Bloss 46.429
21 28 Brandon Hartranft 46.746
22 83 Alex Ray 47.115
23 43 Fredrik Noren 47.559
24 11 Kyle Chisholm 47.966

Marvin started off strong in the first round of qualifying but slowly dropped to fourth by the end of the first round of timed qualifying.

Adam Cianciarulo debuting limited edition Fox Gear.

Brandon Hartranft putting that RMZ450 power to the ground.

Benny Bloss taking the inside line on the MotoConcepts 450.

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