2021 Salt Lake City One Supercross | Race Report & Photo Gallery
Put the number one plates back in the box because this is going to the final round. There was a chance that the 250 East Coast Region and 450 Class championships could have been awarded at the 2021 Salt Lake City One Supercross, especially after the way title contenders Christian Craig and Ken Roczen went down at the worst times possible, but Main Event winners Jo Shimoda and Marvin Musquin did just enough to keep the points close.
250 Heat One
The gate was down for the first race in Salt Lake City and Colt Nichols was off to the early lead as a huge pileup unfolded behind him in the rhythm section, involving Michael Mosiman, Varize, and more. That pileup allows Thomas Do to slid into the second place spot with Simonson just behind. Nichols clicked off some fast laps early on and began to pull away from the rest of the field, as Mosiman reeled in Brian Marty and the back side of the pack. With only 13 riders in the heat, it didn’t take long for Mosiman to pass into a transfer position. With two laps to go, Michael Mosiman passed into third place after a rough start to the night. Colt Nichols took the checkered flag with nearly a half-lap lead on second place.
250 Heat Two
The second 250 heat was off and Jett Lawrence was off to the early lead, as Jo Shimoda got stood up after the first turn with a group of other riders. Josh Osby shuffled into second place, but only momentarily, as Jo caught and passed Osby for second place. Jett continued to click off heaters and gap the rest of the field, as Christian Craig pulled into the pits after giving it a go with a hurt leg. John Short passed into third place and was giving chase to Osby. Up front, Jett Lawrence lead Shimoda by a few seconds. Short made the pass on Osby before the whoops, but Osby fired back a few sections later and regained third place. One section later, Short made the pass again on Osby and made it stick this time. As the checkered flag waved, Jett Lawrence took the heat race win.
Josh Varize was off to the early lead in the 250 LCQ with Luke Neese just behind. As Varize began to check out, Neese had to deal with Mason Kerr who was pressuring for second place. Jonah Geistler sat in fourth and held onto the final transfer position. Neese upped the pace just enough to keep Kerr a few seconds behind. With two laps to go, Varize made a slight mistake through the whoops that allowed Neese to close in the gap. However, Josh Varize took the checkered flag first and snagged the LCQ win.
250 Main Event
As the 250 main event left the gate, Jo Shimoda was off to the early lead after diving underneath Micheal Mosiman. Thomas Do then made the pass on Mosiman through the second rhythm lane. Jett Lawrence made the pass on Joshua Varize at the end of the whoops for fourth place. Micheal Mosiman dove inside of Do after the triple and took over second place. Meanwhile, Colt Nichols and the red plate sat in fifth place after a few early passes. Jett Lawrence then made the pass on Thomas Do as they jumped through the rhythm lane. Colt Nichols followed past Do a few sections later. Up front, Mosiman reeled in Shimoda and the battle for the lead was on. Michael went to the inside before the whoops but Jo got a great run through the whoops and was able to put some time on Mosiman. Josh Osby went down hard at the end of the rhythm lane and collected Lane Shaw. Mosiman dove insider of Jo after the triple to take the spot momentarily, as Jo then dove to the inside in the following corner to retake the lead. Mosiman went for the pass again a few laps later but Jo managed to close off the line, Michael then had to roll the triple, allowing Shimoda to break away slightly. However, a few laps later, and again Mosiman had reeled in Shimoda . Josh Short slowed up the leaders for a few sections, allowing Jett Lawrence to close in on Shimoda and Mosiman. Lawrence jumped past Mosiman through the rhythm and into second place. Colt Nichols then entered the picture, as he began pressuring Mosiman for third. Colt made the pass on Mosiman as they approached the triple, where Michael made a mistake and got hung up momentarily. Colt then set his sights on Jett and second place. As the checkered flag waved, Jo Shimoda took his first career win in Salt Lake City.
450 Heat One
The first 450 race in SLC was off and Cooper Webb was off to the early lead after taking teammate Marvin Musquin wide in the first turn. Aaron Plessinger shot into third place, just ahead of Justin Barcia. Chase Sexton began pressuring Barcia for position, just before Justin lost traction as they jumped back onto the start straight and went down. As Sexton took control of fourth place, Barcia rode back to the truck for the LCQ. Up front, Webb continued to lead Musquin, but Marvin, Aaron, and Chase were just behind. Jason Anderson passed into fifth place and set his sights on the lead group. While running in second, Marvin Musquin went down in the corner before the whoops, dropping him back to fifth. Both Plessinger and Sexton made mistakes in the rhythm lane, allowing Webb to pull away. With two laps to go, Sexton and Plessinger battled over second, as they swapped positions momentarily. Sexton then made the pass on Plessinger stick on the final lap after rocketing through the whoops. Aaron then made a mistake and rolled the triple, allowing Anderson to also pass him. Cooper Webb took the heat race win after an impressive performance.
450 Heat Two
Heat two for the 450 class was off and Eli Tomac was off to the early lead after sliding under Stewart and Savatgy. Malcolm Stewart and Dylan Ferrandis sat in second and third with Savatgy trailing. Roczen made a pass on Joey as they crossed the start straight and secured fourth. Ken Roczen then began to reel in Ferrandis, as Malcolm continued to trail Eli Tomac. It took a few laps, but Roczen finally made the pass on Ferrandis through the rhythm lane. Eli continued to lead but Malcolm never let him out of his sights as Stewart kept the pressure on Eli throughout the entirety of the heat race. Despite the pressure from behind, Eli Tomac managed to grab the heat race win.
Justin Barcia was off to the early lead in the 450 LCQ after rocketing out of the far outside gate. Devin Raper sat in second place with Noren behind. Noren then made the pass for second on the following lap and Henry Miller followed a few sections later. Jeremy Smith and Cartwright battled over the final transfer spot, where Cartwright was able to make the pass stick after taking Smith wide before the triple. However, that allowed Alex Ray to close in on the duo. Alex Ray made the pass on Smith for fifth after about a lap of tailing. Smith then went down in the whoops, ending his main event hopes. As the checkered flag waved, Justin Barcia snagged the LCQ win after a prefect race.
450 Main Event
As the 450 main event left the gate, Ken Roczen was off to the early lead with Marvin Musquin and Joey Savatgy just behind. Meanwhile, Justin Barcia was down In the second corner and would have his work cut out for him. After a great start, Joey Savatgy went down in the corner before the triple, dropping him outside of the top-15. Jason Anderson now sat in third place with Cooper Webb just behind. Eli Tomac took Ferrandis wide to make the pass for seventh place. Eli Tomac then washed out and went down after the whoops, dropping him to tenth. Up front, Ken Roczen continued to lead Musquin but had already began to stretch out the gap. Anderson, Webb, Stewart, and Sexton sat closely in line from third to sixth. Further back in the pack, Savatgy and Barcia continued to battle their way through the pack as they entered the top-15. Malcolm Stewart pulled alongside Webb through the whoops but was unable to complete the pass for fourth. A few laps later, Stewart again took a shot at fourth place, as he swept low underneath Webb, but was again unable to complete the pass. Webb then upped the pace to keep Malcolm behind and took a shot at Anderson and third place. After diving to the inside after the triple, Webb passed into third. Malcolm Stewart then rocketed through the whoops and the following corner to dive inside of Anderson and take the position. While leading, Ken Roczen went down through the whoops, handing the lead over to Marvin Musquin. Ken Roczen remounted in fifth place, just behind teammate Chase Sexton. Dylan Ferrandis showed a wheel to Roczen and challenged for fifth place, but Roczen shut him down. Just a lap later, Ferrandis challenged again and this time was successful at the pass on Roczen. Back in the pack, Barcia went down again while passing through the field.Eli Tomac then went down at the end of the rhythm lane, dropping him to tenth again. Up front, Cooper Webb had reeled in Musquin and the battle for the lead was on between the teammates. Webb dove inside a few times but couldn’t quite make the pass on Musquin. And as the checkered flag waved, Marvin Musquin took his first win of the season in Salt Lake City.