The 250 East Coast class is finally back for the last time in Houston in NRG Stadium to race the third round of the Monster Energy Supercross season before heading to Indianapolis. In the morning, there was a huge shakeup in the playing field as riders Rj Hampshire and Austin Forkner both crashed resulting in the two skipping Houston 3. The two were huge competitors in the championship hunt and gave the rest of the 250 class a run for their money in the points chase. However, this isn’t going to stop riders Christian Craig, Jett Lawrence, Colt Nichols, and more from battling it out on the longer, more technical terrain of the Houston 3 Track. The new layout features a sweeping right turn which isn’t very common in Supercross. After several first turn pileups under the NRG Stadium in the previous races, we may expect more at the night show as the riders are going to be off the back brake to make the first turn. In addition to the right first turn, the Dirt Wurx crew also added a sand section which many of the riders did not grow fond of in the previous round. Now that the sand section is also longer, we’ve already seen many take soil samples in the challenging section and can expect more action to be had. With the shakeup of the 250 class, who do you expect to walk away with the points lead and red plate? Scroll down below as we report live from Houston, Texas.


Photos by Brian Converse


The 250 riders on the gate.

The main event for the 250 East Coast class took off and Christian Craig grabbed the holeshot. Christian’s teammate Colt Nichols followed in second place followed by 250 rookie Max Vohland. In third place sat Michael Mosiman and Joshua Varize in fourth. Jett Lawrence got a poor start and sat behind Jo Shimoda in seventh place. Michael Mosiman put pressure on Max Vohland as the two caught up to Colt Nichols. Michael Mosiman made the pass on Max Vohland but Max closed the door on Michael in the following turn and made a block pass. Max would make a mistake a few turns later and let Michael by but also lost 2 more positions to Jo Shimoda and Jett Lawrence. Jett made the pass on Jo Shimoda in the turn after the whoops with nine minutes remaining. Back up front, Christian Craig led the race with Colt Nichols following behind a second and a half away. Soon the two Star Yamaha riders ran into lap traffic and ultimately would get in the way of the two leaders. Colt Nichols slowly inched towards Christian Craig with six minutes remaining. Colt made up significant time and what turned into a second and a half lead turned into a half second lead. Colt studied Christian’s riding and started to make more gains on the red plate holder. With under 4 minutes to go, Jett Lawrence made progress to Michael Mosiman as Michael continued to run into lap traffic. With three minutes remaining, Colt Nichols made the pass on Christian Craig but Christian’s strength lies in the whoops as Christian made the push through the whoops and took back his lead. Jett ran into the side of Michael Mosiman knocking him over which let both Jett Lawrence and Jo Shimoda by. Lap traffic got in Christian’s way again and Colt made the pass. 1 minute remained and Colt had a healthy lead on the 29 bike. For the first time in two years, Colt Nichols won the Main Event.

1 64 Colt Nichols
2 29 Christian Craig
3 18 Jett Lawrence
4 30 Jo Shimoda
5 42 Michael Mosiman
6 115 Max Vohland
7 95 Joshua Osby
8 55 John Short
9 85 Kevin Moranz
10 773 Thomas Do
11 241 Joshua Varize
12 88 Logan Karnow
13 116 Tj Albright
14 122 Jeremy Hand
15 185 Wilson Fleming
16 124 Lane Shaw
17 125 Luke Neese
18 76 Grant Harlan
19 216 Devin Harriman
20 49 Mitchell Oldenburg
21 637 Bobby Piazza
22 625 Jonah Geistler

Christian Craig taking the low line.


Jett Lawrence won the first heat race with Michael Mosiman on his tail.

The second heat race took off and the 88 of Logan Karnow took the holeshot. After the first turn a massive pileup took place and multiple riders went down. The leader, Logan Karnow flew off the track and landed in the safety net. Max Vohland led the race with Fleming just behind. Christian Craig got a horrible start but it wasn’t long till he broke through the pack and made his way to fourth place and then third. Half a lap later, he sat in second and set his eyes on the 250 rookie of Max Vohland. Colt Nichols eventually made his way into a transfer position and made his way through the pack. A lap later Colt Nichols made swift work of multiple riders and sat in third place but still eight seconds behind the two leaders. Christian Craig blitzed through the whoops and passed the 115 of Max Vohland with ease. Christian Craig would end up winning the second heat with ease.

1 29 Christian Craig
2 115 Max Vohland
3 64 Colt Nichols
4 30 Jo Shimoda
5 55 John Short
6 185 Wilson Fleming
7 241 Joshua Varize
8 637 Bobby Piazza
9 76 Grant Harlan
10 85 Kevin Moranz
11 170 Devin Simonson
12 99 Hunter Sayles
13 604 Max Miller
14 551 Guillaume St-Cyr
15 364 Chad Saultz
16 509 Alexander Nagy
17 512 Austin Cozadd
18 88 Logan Karnow
19 693 Rene Garcia

Colt Nichols ended up getting a bad start but would make his way through the pack for third place.


Michael Mosiman won his heat the previous weekend. Will he do it again this weekend?

The 250 East Coast riders lined up for the first heat and Lane Shaw took the holeshot. Like predicted a first turn pileup occurred with a few riders but thankfully for many, the riders escaped. Michael Mosiman sat in second behind the Australian, Jett Lawrence. On the Muc-Off Honda, Mitchell Oldenburg made the pass on Shaw for fourth place and set his eyes on Albright who sat in third. Both Jett and Michael made a huge gap within the first two laps and sat 10 seconds in front of their competition. Mitchell Oldenburg eventually made the pass on Albright and secured the third place position. Lane Shaw continued to fall back as Harriman and Osby made the pass for fifth and sixth. Thomas Do sat in seventh place after passing Lane Shaw and Dylan Woodcock made the pass for the transfer position in ninth place. Unfortunately, Dylan Woodcock went off the track at the beginning of the whoops and would lose his transfer position. Jett would comfortably win his heat race with a small lead on Michael Mosiman and a huge lead on the rest of the 250 field.

1 18 Jett Lawrence
2 42 Michael Mosiman
3 49 Mitchell Oldenburg
4 95 Joshua Osby
5 116 Tj Albright
6 773 Thomas Do
7 124 Lane Shaw
8 216 Devin Harriman
9 125 Luke Neese
10 625 Jonah Geistler
11 87 Curren Thurman
12 151 Carter Gordon
13 160 Vincent Murphy
14 122 Jeremy Hand
15 193 Hunter Schlosser
16 260 Dylan Woodcock
17 384 Lorenzo Camporese
18 597 Mason Kerr

Colt Nichols qualified third fastest in the 250 class.


Kevin Moranz almost made the Main Event from his heat race with a 10th place finish.

Simonson scored the holeshot with Kevin Moranz just behind. Kevin Moranz and Logan Karnow made the pass on Simonson for first and second. There was a huge battle for the transfer position between four riders. Kevin Moranz would redeem his heat race finish with a win in the LCQ.

1 85 Kevin Moranz
2 88 Logan Karnow
3 122 Jeremy Hand
4 625 Jonah Geistler
5 604 Max Miller
6 99 Hunter Sayles
7 597 Mason Kerr
8 509 Alexander Nagy
9 364 Chad Saultz
10 151 Carter Gordon
11 160 Vincent Murphy
12 512 Austin Cozadd
13 693 Rene Garcia
14 87 Curren Thurman
15 170 Devin Simonson
16 193 Hunter Schlosser
17 551 Guillaume St-Cyr
18 384 Lorenzo Camporese
19 260 Dylan Woodcock
20 38 Austin Forkner



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