Plessinger Dominates San Diego Supercross

Returning to San Diego for the 41st time, Snapdragon Stadium set the stage for an intense evening of racing. Daytime rain had saturated the track, creating deep ruts that tested the riders' skills. Despite the challenging conditions, a sold-out crowd witnessed the riders tackle the 50th Anniversary Race, commemorating the sport's 50th year.

450SX Class Battle:

Red Bull KTM's Aaron Plessinger emerged victorious, claiming both the top spot on the podium and the lead in the championship points. The third round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship showcased the grit and determination of the riders as they navigated a muddy track under challenging conditions.

Aaron Plessinger - First place 450SX Class, San Deigo - Photo Credit- Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

First place 450SX Class – Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

Two-time champion Cooper Webb of Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing battled through the muck to secure second place, marking his first podium of the year. Justin Barcia of Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing claimed the runner-up spot, demonstrating resilience on the rain-soaked track.

Cooper Webb - Second place 450SX Class, San Deigo - Photo Credit- Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

Second place 450SX Class – Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

Justin Barcia - Third place 450SX Class, San Deigo - Photo Credit- Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

Third place 450SX Class – Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

Quotes from the Podium:

Aaron Plessinger: "It feels really, really good. I got off to a good start and just rode a good race. Kenny [Roczen] was in front, and then I just applied a little pressure, and he ended up going down. Cooper [Webb] was just right there behind me keeping me on my toes."

Cooper Webb: "I think I’ve had a great season so far, but on paper it hasn’t [looked that way]. Anaheim 1 was great but last weekend was not. Tonight was great to get those points back, get it back in the mix."

Justin Barcia: "The rebound this weekend was absolutely awesome. I felt really good, just staying in my lane. I didn’t feel the greatest, but I ride well in those conditions. This is a really cool podium, and I’m super proud to be on this podium tonight."

Thrilling 250SX Class Showdown:

Nate Thrasher - First place 250SX Class, San Deigo - Photo Credit- Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

First place 250SX Class – Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing's Nate Thrasher delivered a thrilling performance, earning the win after a closely contested battle that saw the top three riders trading positions throughout the race delivering a nail-biting spectacle for the fans.

Garrett Marchbanks - Second place 250SX Class, San Deigo - Photo Credit- Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

Second place 250SX Class – Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

Jordon Smith - Third place 250SX Class, San Deigo - Photo Credit- Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

Third place 250SX Class – Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

Quotes from the 250SX Class Winners:

Nate Thrasher: "The dirt was starting to grip back up. I was just trying to ride it like it was dry. My goal for the night was to go out there and ride all-out and whatever happens, happens."

Garrett Marchbanks: "Once I passed RJ [Hampshire] for the lead, I was kinda like, ‘Holy crap, I’m actually leading.’ It’s been a really long time since Daytona that I’ve led some laps."

Jordon Smith: "The last five laps were probably the best of the race for me. It was not really any kind of holding back at the end; it was trying to keep those guys behind me and push forward."

Next Stop: Anaheim 2 Supercross

The adrenaline-fueled journey continues as the series heads to Angel Stadium of Anaheim on January 27th for the second race of 2024. The Anaheim 2 Supercross marks Round 4 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series and the fourth round of the 31-round SuperMotocross World Championship. The battle for supremacy intensifies, promising more heart-stopping moments and fierce competition.

Tickets for upcoming Supercross events are available now. Visit moto.events and secure your spot to witness the adrenaline-fueled battle at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on January 27th. The Anaheim 2 Supercross marks Round 4 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series and the fourth round of the 31-round SuperMotocross World Championship. The battle for supremacy intensifies, promising more heart-stopping moments and fierce competition.

Jett Lawrence's Historic Triumph at A1 Sets the Stage for 2024 Supercross Thrills!

RJ Hampshire Reigns Supreme in the Western Regional 250SX Class Opener

The roar of engines, the scent of exhaust and the thunderous applause of 45,050 fans – that's the symphony that echoed through Angel Stadium as Team Honda HRC's Jett Lawrence etched his name in Supercross history. Lawrence not only conquered the 450SX Class Main Event but did so in a rookie feat that defies the sport's rich history.

Jett Lawrence - First Place 450SX Class - Photo Credit- Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

First Place 450SX Class – Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

As the 33rd season opener unfolded, Lawrence's decisive victory electrified the crowd, marking the fourth consecutive sold-out year for the event. In the shadow of this momentous win, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jason Anderson secured second place, while Red Bull KTM's Chase Sexton clinched the final podium spot in the 50th anniversary season of AMA Supercross.

Jason Anderson - Second Place 450SX Class - Photo Credit- Feld Motor Sports, Inc

Second Place 450SX Class – Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

The excitement wasn't confined to the 450SX Class; the Western Regional 250SX Class witnessed Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's RJ Hampshire seizing the first win of the 10-round championship. A stellar performance that earned him first place points and an early-season lead.

RJ Hampshire - First Place 250SX Class - Photo Credit- Feld Motor Sports, Inc

First Place 250SX Class – Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

Key Highlights:

  1. Jett Lawrence's Historic Win:
    • Lawrence becomes the first rider to win their debut 450SX Class Main Event, a rookie feat for the ages.
  2. Podium Standings:
    • Second Place: Jason Anderson (Monster Energy Kawasaki)
    • Third Place: Chase Sexton (Red Bull KTM)
  3. RJ Hampshire's Triumph:
    • Hampshire secures first place in the Western Regional 250SX Class opener, claiming early-season lead.
  4. Quotes:
    • Lawrence on the significance of his win: "It’s cool that it took that many years for someone to do it. I’m definitely grateful..."
    • Anderson on the battle with Cooper Webb: "Me, Coop, and Jett, for a good 15 minutes of that moto were pretty even..."
    • Sexton on the season ahead: "I come out here to win and be up front, so not only Jett, but everybody else, I gotta go out there and race as hard as I can..."
  5. Western Regional 250SX Class Results:
    • First Place: RJ Hampshire
    • Second Place: Jordon Smith
    • Third Place: Levi Kitchen
  6. Next Stop: Oracle Park, San Francisco:
    • Round two kicks off on January 13th with an earlier start time and thrilling Opening Ceremonies at 8:00 p.m. EST.

The next battleground awaits at Oracle Park in San Francisco on January 13th. Brace yourself for an earlier start time and Opening Ceremonies that kick off at 8:00 p.m. EST. It's not just a race; it's the first chapter of a 17-round Monster Energy Supercross season that also fuels the 31-round SuperMotocross World Championship.

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