450 OVERALL QUALIFYING RESULTS | 2021 HOUSTON SUPERCROSS 2
Racing is back in NRG Stadium located in Houston, Texas for round 2 of the Monster Energy Supercross season. To say that there are quite a few fast guys in the 450 class would be a huge understatement. In fact, saying the 450 class is stacked would be an understatement. To put it into perspective, from first to 20th in Group A’s qualifying session during the first round of Houston, only three seconds separated the leader from the dude in last. And already observing the practice sessions in the early morning, we are already seeing similar results to this past weekend. The premier class is one of the most competitive classes we’ve seen in recent memory and the results from the first round are a good example of this. Champs like Eli Tomac, Cooper Webb, and Jason Anderson all performed not as well as we thought they would while Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen were riding on another level. We cannot wait to watch some awesome racing but first, we’ll examine qualifying. So if you’re here to see who your Supercross fantasy picks will be, welcome. And if you’re here to see who’s your fastest 450 qualifiers, scroll down below. Also, be sure to check out the rest of the live updates we’ll be providing live from NRG Stadium as we bring you complete coverage to the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross season.
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450 OVERALL QUALIFYING
Chase Sexton and Adam Cianciarulo both started off extremely strong at the beginning of qualifying and it wasn’t long until the two would be going back and forth for the fastest qualifying time. Ken Roczen would follow in third and Ferrandis in fourth. Malcolm Stewart made a push towards the end of qualifying giving him the third position in the second round just beating Roczen and the 2020 outdoor 450 champion, Zach Osborne, would follow Malcolm’s lead. The 2020 Supercross champ, Eli Tomac qualified in seventh place and Marvin Musquin in eighth place. Both Adam and Chase would fall in the remarkably fast 41 second lap time range while Adam would set the fastest time out of all riders sitting at a 41.79 and Chase at 41.9. Adam Cianciarulo and Chase Sexton are known for their fast lap times but as we all know in Supercross, it all comes down to their racecraft in the heats and main.
TOP 40 RIDERS QUALIFY FOR THE RACES
450 SESSION 1 QUALIFYING GROUP A
The MotoConcepts team riders Vince Friese and Benny Bloss took an early lead in the qualifying session. Half of the 450 field in the first few laps were in the 43 second lap time. However, some riders broke into the 42 second lap time very early on being lead by Chase Sexton, Adam Cianciarulo, and Marvin Musquin. We saw Chase qualify first last weekend and this appeared to be the same case for Houston 2. Halfway through their first qualifying session, it appeared Eli Tomac pulled into pit row to get some adjustments to the bike. Christian Craig in the 250 class mentioned that the dirt was harder than the past Saturday so it makes sense for the teams to make adjustments on their bikes during qualifying. Chase’s fastest lap time would soon become the second-fastest lap time as the red plate holder, Justin Barcia, would just barely scrape past with a 42.4. But just one lap later, Chase would reclaim his spot with a 42.2. Dylan Ferrandis would qualify considerably better than Houston 1 as he would sit in fifth place in timed qualifying. With one lap left, Zach Osborne would come out of nowhere and get the fastest lap time out of everyone with a 42.1 followed by Chase Sexton, Ken Roczen, and Justin Barcia.