Colt Nichols Repeats 250SX Class Win and Takes Over Title Standings
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – January 31, 2021 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) Triumphantly returning to the site of last year’s first venue cancellation, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship delivered a night of big thrills to the restricted-capacity in-person fans inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen grabbed the 450SX Class victory at Round 4, his first win of 2021, with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac right behind and round three winner Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb fighting his way to third. In the Eastern Regional 250SX Class, Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Colt Nichols became the first repeat winner of the season in either class, backing up his Round 3 win with a dominating wire-to-wire victory.
Ken Roczen (#94) was on a mission to win in Indy. He did, in thrilling fashion, and extended his points lead in the process. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Round two winner Eli Tomac grabbed the holeshot and looked to have the speed to run away with the win but when he washed out in a corner and hit the ground his Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate, Adam Cianciarulo, took over the lead spot. The three top runners – Cianciarulo, Roczen, and Tomac – ran an exciting race, with the three riders competing within a second of each other. After multiple attacks, and often getting his front wheel past Cianciarulo’s rear wheel, Roczen made a clean pass into the lead right before the race clock ticked down to ten minutes in the 20-minute plus one lap event.
Tomac got around Cianciarulo in the following corner and resumed chase of the Honda rider, but Roczen inched out a gap that reached three seconds before a mistake sent Roczen off the track. He re-entered just behind Tomac and in short order got back into the lead. The riders hit the finish line marker with a single second on the clock, extending the race by an additional lap. Tomac remained right on Roczen but never got close enough to make a pass.
Behind them, Cooper Webb moved through the field after a mid-pack start, nabbing the final podium spot from Cianciarulo in the whoops with under two minutes left on the race clock. Maybe the most impressive charge of the night, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne, moved up to finish in fifth after getting stuck in the starting gate and starting the race in last place.
Colt Nichols is the first repeat winner of 2021, putting his Yamaha back on top with a dominating win at the first race of the Indy triple-header. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Colt Nichols backed up his Round 3 win in the Eastern Regional 250SX Class by grabbing the holeshot and riding nearly flawlessly to a commanding win. Nichols’ Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha teammate Christian Craig spent most of the race in second without pressure while Team Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence recovered from early race trouble; after hitting a false neutral on the start and then stopping to avoid contact with another rider on a wall obstacle that had him backing the bike and remounting, Lawrence looked like he’d have a salvage ride night. But the sophomore Aussie started slicing through the pack. He caught Craig on the final lap, and two corners from the end the riders came together and both went off the track. Jett recovered sooner, but both lost two places just a few dozen yards from the checkers.
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450SX Class podium (riders left to right) Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen, and Cooper Webb. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
450SX Class Results
- Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
- Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM
- Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki
- Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna
- Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha
- Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Husqvarna
- Joey Savatgy, Clermont, Fla., KTM
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
- Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
450SX Class Championship Standings
- Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (86)
- Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM (80)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (77)
- Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (70)
- Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (69)
- Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (67)
- Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha (63)
- Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (62)
- Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (61)
- Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (58)
250SX Class podium (riders left to right) Michael Mosiman, Colt Nichols, and Jo Shimoda. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
- Colt Nichols, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
- Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., GASGAS
- Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
- Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda
- Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha
- Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda
- Thomas Do, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
- John Short, Pilot Point, Tex., Suzuki
- Joshua Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., Honda
- Grant Harlan, Justin Tex., Honda
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
- Colt Nichols, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (96)
- Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (88)
- Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (83)
- Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki (77)
- Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., GASGAS (76)
- Joshua Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., Honda (56)
- John Short, Pilot Point, Tex., Suzuki (54)
- Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda (51)
- Thomas Do, Murrieta, Calif., KTM (47)
- Max Vohland, Granite Bay, Calif., KTM (46)
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