2024 Detroit Supercross | Race Report & Results
The Monster Energy Supercross Championship continued its season-opening run with the 2024 Detroit Supercross, the fifth consecutive round for the 450 Class and the start of the 250 East Region. A straight-forward, six-lane track at Ford Field made for long Main Events, dominant runs that had Austin Forkner and Jett Lawrence lead every lap while their title rivals fought for a place in the pack.
250 EAST REGION
250 Heat One
The first start of the 250SX East Region went to Chance Hymas, who edged out Cameron McAdoo. Jeremy Martin and Haiden Deegan trailed in third and fourth place. On the second lap, Tom Vialle made the pass on Jeremy Martin for fourth place. Meanwhile, Max Anstie was battling for a transfer position after a bad start. Once picking up ninth place, Anstie made quick passes to move into seventh.
Haiden Deegan was now pressuring McAdoo for second place, as Chance Hymas continued to lead. However, Chance made a mistake in the sand that allowed Cameron to gain time on him. McAdoo then went wide around the outside of Chance to take over the race lead. Haiden Deegan then passed Chance on the following lap to shuffle Hymas back to third.
On the final lap, Jeremy Martin went down hard in the whoops. Haiden Deegan then went after McAdoo for the lead, as Tom Vialle passed Hymas for third. Cameron McAdoo just edged out Deegan to claim the heat race win.
250 Heat Two
The second 250SX start went to Austin Forkner, who was tailed by Daxton Bennick and Henry Miller. Jalek Swoll ran in fourth place, but Pierce Brown was on the charge and sat behind him. Pierce slammed Swoll in a bowl turn, which took Jalek over the berm and out of a transfer position. Evan Ferry then went down and threw away the final transfer position.
Seth Hammaker made some passes inside the top-5, as he passed both Miller and Brown to take over third place. With two laps to go, Jalek Swoll passed Boespflug for the final transfer position. Austin Forkner snagged the heat race win.
Evan Ferry snagged the holeshot and the early race lead, as Boespflug and Hoffman duked it out for second place. Marshal Weltin shuffled into fourth place, just behind Hoffman. Weltin then passed Hoffman a few laps later, as Evan Ferry continued to lead. Weltin then jumped past Boesplug for second place, but nearly went over the bars doing so. Evan Ferry snagged the win in the LCQ, just before Cullin Park stole the final transfer position in the last corner.
250 Main Event
As the field rockets into the first corner, Seth Hammaker and Tom Vialle collide and cause a massive pile-up that involves Cameron McAdoo, Evan Ferry, Jalek Swoll, Haiden Deegan, Pierce Brown, and more. Austin Forkner escapes the carnage in the first turn with an excellent start and claims the early lead. Chance Hymas and Max Anstie settle into second and third place after the first rhythm lane.
As riders remount from the first turn crash, it is apparent that multiple racers have twisted up bikes, including Haiden Deegan. Seth Hammaker, Cameron McAdoo, and Tom Vialle go multiple laps down attempting to untangle their machines and deal with their individual issues from the crash. Ultimately, Hammaker and Ferry are ruled out of the first main event of their year.
As Austin Forkner continues to lead, Max Anstie starts to pressure Chance Hymas for second place. Coty Schock also escaped the drama on the opening lap and trailed in fourth place. Laps later, Max Anstie cuts down as he goes onto the start straight to make the pass on Hymas for second.
Daxton Bennick then made the pass for third place on Hymas. Meanwhile, Jalek Swoll climbed up to eighth place after being involved in that first turn crash. With just a few laps to go, Chance Hymas made a mistake and fell from fourth to tenth place. Austin Forkner crossed the checkered flag to claim the victory in Detroit and snag the points-lead.
450 Heat One
The first start of the night went to Cooper Webb, who had Justin Cooper and Hunter Lawrence in tail. Justin Cooper secured second place after the second corner, as Aaron Plessinger made a quick pass on Hunter to take over third. Aaron Plessinger then went after Justin and began pressuring for second. Plessinger then jumped to the inside of Justin and took over second.
Moments later, Cooper Webb tipped it over in the sand and handed the race lead over to Aaron Plessinger. Webb remounted in seventh place following his crash. Justin Barcia then took Hunter wide to take over third place. Eli Tomac entered the picture after a bad start and was making passes inside the top-10, as he advanced past Dylan Ferrandis. Eli then began pressuring Webb, but ran out of time. Aaron Plessinger crossed the checkered flag to secure the win in 450SX heat one.
450 Heat Two
Jett Lawrence snagged the holeshot but then made a mistake in the first rhythm lane, which allowed Jason Anderson to make the pass for the lead. Ken Roczen trailed in third place. Jett Lawrence then capitalized on a small mistake from Anderson and retook the lead. However, Jason Anderson then cut down before the whoops and beat Jett to the corner in a couple sections later to take the lead, again.
Jett jumped a creative rhythm that allowed him to pass Anderson for the final time and then build a cushion in the race lead. Ken Roczen now pressured Anderson for second place, as Chase Sexton closed-in on the duo. Ken Roczen made the pass on the final lap to secure second over Anderson. Jett Lawrence took the checkered flag first to claim the victory in 450SX heat two.
Chyenne Harmon snagged the holeshot and the early lead, but Mitchell Harrison and Tristan Lane trailed closely. Mitchell Harrison used the outside through the sand to rocket in front of Harmon and take the race lead. Cade Clason made the pass for third and then collided with Harmon on the face of the finish line, which sent him off-track and down hard. Justin Hill then shuffled his way up to second place following the drama.
Justin Hill made the pass on Harrison for the lead with three laps to go. Lane, Robin, and Noren fought it out for the final transfer positions. Both Noren and Robin got sketchy, but Jerry ended up sideways off the track after the whoops. Justin Hill took the win, while Harrison, Lane, and Noren followed him to the Main Event.
450 Main Event
As the 450SX field rocketed out of the gate, Jett Lawrence entered the first corner with the upper-hand and the early race lead. Eli Tomac and Chase Sexton trailed in second and third place, as Jason Anderson lurked in fourth. Chase Sexton advanced past Tomac before they entered the second section and set his sights on Jett.
Dylan Ferrandis then made a pass on Jason Anderson for fourth place. Meanwhile, Cooper Webb came around in 12th place after a bad start. Aaron Plessinger was another victim of a poor start, as he was down in 14th place at the end of the opening lap. Up front, Jett Lawrence began to inch-away from Sexton. Ken Roczen was charging towards the front, as he was up to fifth place following a pass on Anderson.
Malcolm Stewart was battling with Jason Anderson for sixth place when he nearly ran into the back of Jason in the whoop section and then darted off the course. Malcolm then collided with a tuff-block and went down, which dropped him to 21st place. After just a few laps, Cooper Webb and Aaron Plessinger were already up to seventh and eighth place.
Ken Roczen continued to charge and passed both Ferrandis and Tomac, which placed him in third place. As Cooper Webb reeled-in Dylan Ferrandis, the pair caught up to Eli Tomac. Ferrandis was first to strike, as he cut inside of Tomac after the finish line to take over fourth place.
Cooper Webb then cut inside of Eli a lap later to shuffle Tomac back to sixth place. Webb went on to pass Ferrandis for fourth place. Jason Anderson caught fire after being passed by Plessinger, as he passed Aaron back and then went on to pass Ferrandis for fifth. Although he nearly went down after casing a triple-on, Jett Lawrence continued to lead the race.
Justin Cooper and Justin Barcia advanced past Eli Tomac, dropping Eli back to 11th place after starting in third. Jett Lawrence crossed the finish line to claim the victory in Detroit and become the first two-time winner in 2024.