2024 San Francisco Supercross | Race Report & Results
What a night in San Francisco! Round two of the 2024 Monster Energy Supercross championship is officially in the books after one of the most chaotic and brutal races we’ve seen in years. As expected, the rain came and continued to fall throughout the program, forcing racers to navigate through the challenging slop. The championship saw its third and fourth race winners of the season, rewarding the red plates to two new racers and teams at the end of the night.
250 WEST REGION | REPORT & RESULTS
HEAT RACE ONE
The first race in the mud was off, as Jo Shimoda led the field out of the first turn with Jordon Smith in tow. Mitchell Oldenburg settled into third place after another good start. Garrett Marchbanks advanced into fourth place after a few laps, before going after Oldenburg. Just a few sections later, Marchbanks passed Oldenburg for third place.
Jo Shimoda nearly went down while leading, as he almost landed on a lapped rider. That mistake allowed Smith to momentarily make the pass for the lead, but Jo fired right back in the following corner to retake the position. Jordon Smith then tipped over in the whoops while running in second, dropping him back to fourth.
Marchbanks then had his issues and fell over, shuffling him from second back to fourth place. Julien Beaumer also made a mistake, as he tipped over in the whoops and remounted in sixth place. Jo Shimoda crossed the checkered flag to secure the victory in heat one.
HEAT RACE TWO
The gate was down and the second 250 heat was off, as Maximus Vohland led the field into the first turn but then made a few mistakes. Ryder DiFrancesco then took over the race lead, as Vohland was shuffled back to second place. Levi Kitchen, who was ran wide by his teammate Maximus Vohland in the first corner, sat in fourth place – just behind Rj Hampshire.
Rj Hampshire began working on Vohland for second place, as DiFrancesco held over a 5-second lead. Rj Hampshire then cased the finish line and nearly went down. Miraculously, Hampshire recovered and made the pass for second place on Vohland in the next section. Meanwhile, Nate Thrasher ran just outside of a transfer position after a bad start.
Hunter Yoder held the final transfer position and made a mistake late, which allowed Thrasher to advance by. Rookie Ryder DiFrancesco claimed the heat race win with a dominating 20-second lead on Hampshire in second place. On the final lap, Nate Thrasher went down in the whoops and lost the final transfer position.
Max Sanford snagged the holeshot and the early race lead in the 250 LCQ, but then made a mistake at the end of the rhythm lane. That mistake by Sanford allowed Nate Thrasher to rocket by and take over the lead. Talon Hawkins was running in third place but went down early on the second lap, dropping him outside of a transfer position.
Chad Saultz took over third place but then went down a few laps later. Kyle Wise then took over third place. Wise then made a mistake and ventured off track, but he managed to stay on his bike and then make the pass for second on Sanford. Ty Freehill joined the party out of nowhere and made multiple passes toward the front.
Wise ended up tipping over on the final lap, while Freehill advanced into third place. Nate Thrasher took the win in the chaotic LCQ.
The 250 Main Event was off as Jordon Smith led the field out of the first corner with Maximus Vohland alongside. Jordon Smith took the upper hand in the first rhythm and secured the race lead. Meanwhile, Jo Shimoda went down on the opening lap and then had mechanical issues that left him stranded.
Anthony Bourdon grabbed another good start, as he sat in third and was challenging Vohland for second place. Anthony then went down, which held up Rj Hampshire and caused the points-leader to also tip over. Bourdon recovered in sixth place, while Hampshire got back going in tenth.
Julien Beaumer and Maximus Vohland then went down while running in the top-5. Maximus appeared to have fried his clutch, as his bike was no longer moving. With all the mistakes up front, Levi Kitchen was now up to second place and Carson Mumford sat in third. While in third, Carson Mumford went down and handed the podium to Phil Nicoletti.
Jordon Smith continued to lead and sat over 5-seconds up on Levi Kitchen. Jordon Smith just edged a charging Levi Kitchen out to claim the victory in San Francisco. Garrett Marchbanks made the pass on his teammate Phil Nicoletti on the final lap to secure third place.
450 CLASS | REPORT & RESULTS
HEAT RACE ONE
The first 450 race of the evening was off, as Jett Lawrence went way wide and allowed Jorge Prado to sneak through the inside and claim the early lead. Jett shuffled himself back up to third place before the end of the opening lap, just behind Chase Sexton in second. Ken Roczen ran in fourth place, ahead of Cianciarulo.
Meanwhile, Justin Barcia ran outside of a transfer position after a bad start and had his work cut out for him. Ken Roczen then made the pass on Jett Lawrence for third, after Jett tipped over in the whoops. Eli Tomac was now on Jett’s rear wheel and pressuring for fourth. On the final lap, Prado got sideways and nearly went down but managed to save it. Chase Sexton got close, but couldn’t make the pass for the lead. Jett Lawrence went down again on the final lap and lost fourth place to Tomac. Jorge Prado crossed the checked flag to claim the win in heat one!
Following the checkered flag, Vince Friese was docked two positions for passing riders while off-track.
HEAT RACE TWO
The gate was down and the final heat race of the evening was off. Hunter Lawrence ran side-by-side with Aaron Plessinger into the first corner, but Plessinger took the upper-hand in the first rhythm and claimed the race lead. Dylan Ferrandis trailed Hunter in third place, while Jason Anderson sat in fourth place.
Meanwhile, Justin Cooper sat in dead last after a bad start and opening lap. Using an outside line through the whoops, Dylan Ferrandis made the pass on Hunter for second place. Both Ferrandis and Lawrence went off course but managed to remain in their positions. Cooper Webb made the pass on Jason Anderson for fourth place with four laps to go.
Hunter Lawrence again went off track and dropped back to fifth place. Up front, Aaron Plessinger made a mistake and then made another mistake that put him sideways. That allowed Dylan Ferrandis to advance into the race lead with a lap to go. Dylan Ferrandis took the heat race win, as Cooper Webb just edged out Plessinger for second place. Cooper then tipped it over after the finish line… the track was claiming victims even after the checkered flag.
Vince Friese took the early race lead after nearly taking out Justin Cooper in the first corner. Justin Barcia sat deep in the pack after a poor start. Freddie Noren made the pass on Justin Cooper for second place, just before Bubba Pauli advanced by both of them. Justin Cooper then went down while in fourth place, ending his night.
Vince Friese and Pauli get together, putting Pauli in the mud and ending his night. That chaos allowed Justin Barcia to advance by and take over second place. Friese then has another issue, ending his night. Freddie Noren takes the win in the chaotic LCQ and moves on to the Main Event with Justin Barcia, Jason Clermont, and Cade Clason.
The 450 Main Event was off, as Ken Roczen led the field out of the first corner. Chase Sexton then advanced into the race lead after Ken Roczen made a mistake in the first rhythm and dropped out of the top-5. Meanwhile, Jason Anderson, Dylan Ferrandis, Malcolm Stewart, and more were down hard on the start straight.
Eli Tomac shuffled his way into second place on the opening lap, just ahead of Adam Cianciarulo. Shane McElrath then made a pass on Adam to take over third place. Meanwhile, Jett Lawrence miraculously cruised in sixth place after what looked to be a horrible start. After just two laps, Chase Sexton sat over 10-seconds ahead of Tomac and the rest of the field.
Jett Lawrence tipped it over in a corner and dropped back a few positions, placing him back in tenth place. Up front, Ken Roczen was back inside the top-3 as he made the pass on McElrath for third. Cooper Webb nearly went down after running into Ferrandis, but managed to save it and continue battling for eighth with Dylan.
Back up front, Eli Tomac cut the gap between Sexton and himself in half, as he now sat just 4-seconds behind Chase. On the final lap, Jett Lawrence was down again and nearly held up Chase Sexton. The 2023 450 Supercross Champion Chase Sexton grabbed the win in San Francisco just ahead of Eli Tomac.