WATCH THE 2023 ATLANTA SUPERCROSS: WEBB STYMIED TOMAC AT EVERY TURN

Honda’s Chase Sexton quickly passed early leader Ken Roczen in the 450 main and was never challenged on his way to his third win of the 2023 season at round 13 of the 17-round 2023 AMA Supercross Championship. GasGas Factory racer Justin Barcia again showed blazing speed to catch and pass Roczen for second overall with a couple laps to go at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The prime 450 title contenders, Eli Tomac and Cooper Webb were relegated to fourth and fifth. They engaged in what could be termed as a race long game of chase, in which Tomac only made one serious passing attempt as Webb kept upping his pace every time Tomac got close. Although Webb beat Tomac to the line, the end result was that Cooper only gained one-point on Eli and is now 6 points behind.

Chase Sexton narrowed his 24-point deficit down to 17 points with four races to go.

AMA 450 RESULTS: ATLANTA SUPERCROSS
1. Chase Sexton…Hon
2. Justin Barcia…Gas
3. Ken Roczen…Suz)
4. Cooper Webb…KTM
5. Eli Tomac…Yam
6. Aaron Plessinger…KTM
7. Adam Cianciarulo…Kaw
8. Dean Wilson…Hon
9. Colt Nichols…Hon
10. Justin Hill…Kaw

Cooper Webb (2) fought Eli Tomac to a stand still in the bright sun of Atlanta and, in the process narrowed his points deficit to Tomac down from 7 to 6 points.

AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After Atlanta)
1. Eli Tomac…292
2. Cooper Webb…286
3. Chase Sexton…275
4. Justin Barcia…239
5. Ken Roczen…238
6. Jason Anderson…214
7. Aaron Plessinger…213
8. Adam Cianciarulo…155
9. Christian Craig…155
10. Justin Hill…140

In the 250 East, the biggest news was that four-fold: (1) Nate Thrasher crashed and was stretchered off the track with what looked like a shoulder injury. (2) Haiden Deegan got to lead his first-ever 250 East Supercross laps—allthough he dropped back to third behind Hunter Lawrence and Jordon Smith by the time the checkered flag fell. (3) Jo Shimoda made a comeback from his broken collarbone and was a worthy edition to a class that is depleted in talent. (4) Next’s week’s MetLife Stadium event in New Jersey will be an East/West Showdown race, it will be the first time that the 250 West riders, led by Jett Lawrence and the 250 East contingent meet on the same track at the same time. It is a preview of what a single, combined, 17-round, AMA 250 Supercross Championship would look like (if Feld ever came to their senses).

Jo Shimoda was back off the injury list and came from out of the pack to get a fourth behind Lawrence, Smith and Deegan.

ATLANTA 250 EAST RESULTS
1. Hunter Lawrence…Hon
2. Jordon Smith …Yam
3. Haiden Deegan…Yam
4. Jo Shimoda…Kaw
5. Max Anstie Hon
6. Henry Miller…Yam
7. Chris Blose…Kaw
8. Tom Vialle…KTM
9. Cullin Park…Hon
10. Caden Braswell…Hon

Tom Vialle started the 250 East with some spirited races, but, as of late, the Supercross rookie has hit the deck too often. KTM needs him for the outdoor Nationals. Tom is now 8th in 250 East points—91 points behind the leader.

AMA 250 EAST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(after Atlanta)
1. Hunter Lawrence…177
2. Haiden Deegan…132
3. Max Anstie…122
4. Nate Thrasher…120
5. Jordon Smith…115
6. Jeremy Martin…111
7. Chris Blose…104
8. Tom Vialle…86
9. Cullin Park…81
10. Coty Schock…77

 

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