450 MAIN EVENT RESULTS // 2023 HOUSTON SUPERCROSS
There is no doubt that the 450 class has been intense ever since the beginning of the 2023 Supercross Championship. With Eli Tomac claiming victory at the first two rounds, but then dodging a bullet at Anaheim 2, the points chase has gotten closer with the rest of the 450 field hunting the current champion. Qualifying made an interesting story as Group A was incredibly close in times, except for one rider, Chase Sexton.
Chase threw down a consistent lap besting the second place rider by over a second. So will this be the night Chase gets the red plate or will Eli Tomac hold off the Honda rider? Or will Cooper Webb catch everyone by surprise? Find out down below as we report all the action LIVE from NRG Stadium.
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Photos by Brian Converse
450 MAIN EVENT RESULTS
Eli Tomac once again grabbed the holeshot with Aaron Plessinger close on his tail. Christian Craig went down on the face of the over-under. As Aaron was busy catching up to ET3, Jason Anderson was making up moves to catch AP. However, the race would be red-flagged with Dylan Ferrandis seeking medical attention after the whoops.
Fortunately, Dylan would be stabilized with a neck brace and make his way onto his feet, being carted off in the medic mule.
The race would commence after the riders lined up in a single file line. Anderson would make his pass around Aaron Plessinger by the second turn for second place. After a lap, Jason Anderson, Chase Sexton, and Aaron Plessinger would find themselves in the same turn, resulting with Chase making the move on Aaron.
Chase bobbled in the sand but would pull away from Aaron by the start of the next rhythm section.
With 13 minutes left, Chase sped past Jason Anderson through the whoops and immediately created a gap on third place. Where Chase made up time on Eli throughout the rest of the track, Eli dominated the sand taking the outside while the inside seemed to cause issue for the rest of the riders.
With eight minutes left in the race, Chase Sexton closed the gap on the leader as Eli Tomac navigated the lap traffic. As the leaders made their way around NRG Stadium it appeared that the lappers suffered from Tritanomaly blocking a handful of lines.
However with each lap, Eli would expand the gap in the sand taking the outside each time. With two laps left, Eli would be lapping up to 13th place.
450 HEAT 2 RACE RESULTS
Eli Tomac got the holeshot which was not a good sign for everyone else. By the second lap, Chase Sexton closed the gap on Eli and would make the pass through the whoops. After securing the lead, Chase was quick to create a two second gap. A battle ensued back in third place with Colt Nichols running away from Justin Barcia as the 51 passed Adam Cianciarulo.
Looking at the lap times, Chase Sexton ran a 51 second lap with Eli Tomac setting a 53 second lap on the second to last lap. Chase went on to win the second Heat Race.
|1||23||Chase Sexton||8 Laps|
|17||551||Guillaume St-Cyr||7 Laps|
|19||90||Tristan Lane||2 Laps|
|20||78||Grant Harlan||1 Laps|
450 HEAT 1 RACE RESULTS
Cooper Webb secured the holeshot with Jason Anderson going wide and just barely missing a round tuff block. Dylan Ferrandis and Aaron Plessinger started the first 450 Heat Race with some close battles but not as close Jason Anderson’s battle with Cooper Webb. After passing Webb, Jason would make a faulty move in the sand being bumped into Webb’s line. While the two were figuring things out, Aaron Plessinger entered the equation. Four riders were all in the same corner by the 3 minute mark. Aaron made the pass on his teammate but Cooper found traction a lap later making his way back up to Aaron.
As you can tell the 450 class is just a tad more interesting than the 250 class. Through both classes, the sand was playing a huge factor as everyone seemed to struggle in it. Back in seventh place, Joey Savatgy made a clean pass on Justin Cooper.
Jason would go on to win the first 450 Heat Race of the night.
|1||21||Jason Anderson||8 Laps|
|19||282||Theodore Pauli||7 Laps|
450 LCQ RACE RESULTS
Joshua Cartwright led the 450 class across the holeshot with plenty of green bikes just behind. Freddie Noren moved up to second after passing Chase Marquier. John Short blipped the throttle through the sand making the pass on Chase moving up to third. However, Kevin Moranz was on a mission making passes from fifth to third, and eventually second. With two minutes left, Justin Starling would squeeze past Freddie Noren.
Justin Starling made a nice pass on Kevin Moranz as he felt the pressure from Freddie Noren. Kyle Chisholm ruined both his and Freddie’s night t-boning Freddie taking the two out. However, in some weird karma, the Suzuki bit back not letting Kyle to kickstart the bike right away allowing John Short to sneak into the transfer position.
|1||519||Joshua Cartwright||6 Laps|