450 OVERALL QUALIFYING RESULTS | 2021 HOUSTON SUPERCROSS 3

450 OVERALL QUALIFYING RESULTS | 2021 HOUSTON SUPERCROSS

The premier class is back for the last time in NRG Stadium before moving on to Indianapolis for the third round of the Monster Energy Supercross season. The track layout is different than the past two rounds with a sweeping right turn for a start and an extended sand section to throw the riders another curveball. Already in the first practice session we’ve observed slightly longer lap times than the previous two rounds. 5 plus seconds were added to each lap which for many riders, is a good thing. The faster the lap times, the more times they have to go around the track. And the more times they have to go around the track, the more deteriorated it becomes with lappers playing a larger role in the race. So with longer lap times, fewer outside factors come into play when time comes for the gate to drop. The track also proved to be more technical, with steeper jump faces and alternate rhythm sections. So get those early fantasy picks ready and predictions at hand as we report LIVE from Houston, Texas for the third round of the Monster Energy Supercross season.

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Photos by Brian Converse

450 OVERALL QUALIFYING

The 450 field is so close, Marvin’s lap time had him sitting in fourth in timed qualifying, then dropped to ninth after several riders only moved a tenth of a second faster.

Right off the get-go, Ken Roczen jumped to the front of the 450 pack to have a clear track and set the fastest qualifying time. Eli Tomac followed a second behind with teammate Adam Cianciarulo chasing in third. Cooper Webb there down a heater and made his way past the 2020 champ for the second place spot. Similar to the first round of qualifying, the field is so incredibly close, the top 10 positions flip-flopped every other lap. Eli Tomac grabbed the fastest time with Ken sitting in second and Zach Osborne in third. With four minutes left, the top 4 riders all sat within the same 47 second mark. Vince Friese went down in the whoops giving the rest of the riders a break during the qualifying session. The Alpinestars medical crew ran over to the number 40 and took him off on their medical rig. The riders lined back up on the track and had two minutes remaining to set their fastest lap time and Eli held on to the fastest lap time.

POS. # NAME BEST TIME
1 1 Eli Tomac 47.432
2 94 Ken Roczen 47.579
3 9 Adam Cianciarulo 47.652
4 16 Zach Osborne 47.870
5 10 Justin Brayton 48.170
6 2 Cooper Webb 48.215
7 15 Dean Wilson 48.464
8 51 Justin Barcia 48.474
9 25 Marvin Musquin 48.599
10 7 Aaron Plessinger 48.702
11 27 Malcolm Stewart 48.767
12 21 Jason Anderson 48.787
13 36 Martin Davalos 48.876
14 14 Dylan Ferrandis 48.999
15 19 Justin Bogle 49.044
16 37 Benny Bloss 49.051
17 40 Vince Friese 49.208
18 17 Joey Savatgy 49.382
19 20 Broc Tickle 49.540
20 28 Brandon Hartranft 49.954
21 11 Kyle Chisholm 50.022
22 83 Alex Ray 50.936
23 81 Justin Starling 51.028
24 805 Carlen Gardner 51.409
25 722 Adam Enticknap 51.630
26 43 Fredrik Noren 51.659
27 606 Ronnie Stewart 51.785
28 280 Cade Clason 51.854
29 981 Austin Politelli 51.903
30 309 Jeremy Smith 51.944
31 330 Aj Catanzaro 52.055
32 184 Scott Champion 52.360
33 114 Nick Schmidt 52.449
34 57 Justin Rodbell 52.782
35 824 Carter Stephenson 53.026
36 848 Joan Cros 53.055
37 952 Ludovic Macler 53.552
38 282 Theodore Pauli 53.610
39 447 Deven Raper 53.650
40 121 Chris Howell 53.835

TOP 40 QUALIFY TO THE RACES

41 976 Joshua Greco 53.860
42 421 Vann Martin 54.215
43 501 Scotty Wennerstrom 54.500
44 795 Aaron Leininger 57.191

Justin Brayton qualified fifth in the second session.

450 GROUP A FIRST QUALIFYING SESSION

Cooper Webb scouting the track out before qualifying.

With the change of the tracks speed and technicality, we still saw some regular faces at the top of the leaderboard for qualifying. One face we did not see at the top was unfortunately Chase Sexton who is quite good at getting on top of the leaderboard but did not show up due to the injury he sustained last weekend. Ken Roczen jumped to the fastest qualifying time right away followed by Adam Cianciarulo. Zach Osborne then snuck past the 9 of Cianciarulo and took the second place spot. Factory Husky rider, Dean Wilson, moved up to the fourth place position followed by 2020 Supercross champ, Eli Tomac. With two minutes remaining, Marvin Musquin jumped up to the fourth place position and Justin Brayton jumped to sixth. The current red plate holder, Justin Barcia, sat all the way back in ninth place as he navigated the track and the 2019 champ, Cooper Webb, moved to fifth place. Every other lap the 450 class made small moves on each other inching by their lap times. By the end of the first qualifying session, Ken Roczen held onto the fastest qualifying time of the day with a 47.6.

POS. # RIDER BEST TIME
1 94 Ken Roczen 47.653
2 16 Zach Osborne 48.103
3 9 Adam Cianciarulo 48.222
4 25 Marvin Musquin 48.599
5 2 Cooper Webb 48.657
6 15 Dean Wilson 48.809
7 51 Justin Barcia 48.871
8 36 Martin Davalos 48.876
9 10 Justin Brayton 48.982
10 1 Eli Tomac 49.016
11 37 Benny Bloss 49.051
12 14 Dylan Ferrandis 49.233
13 27 Malcolm Stewart 49.293
14 7 Aaron Plessinger 49.294
15 19 Justin Bogle 49.516
16 21 Jason Anderson 49.746
17 40 Vince Friese 49.751
18 20 Broc Tickle 49.931
19 17 Joey Savatgy 50.211
20 28 Brandon Hartranft 50.235
21 11 Kyle Chisholm 50.948
22 83 Alex Ray 51.294

Ken Roczen was the fastest 450 qualifier in the first session.

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