2024 Supercross | What’s Happening With The 450 Class?
As everyone continues to push forward for the fast-approaching start to the 2024 Monster Energy Supercross Championship, we decided to take the 450 Class results from the 2023 Anaheim One Supercross and put together a one-sheet on the riders that raced the Main Event and LCQ.
You’ll notice this is a very brief update, as we’ve summarized the most significant details for the 44 competitors through the assorted team switches, training program changes, new motorcycles, or, in the case of some, a decision to step away from professional racing entirely.
Jett Lawrence, Justin Cooper, and Hunter Lawrence are missing from the list, as the three did not participate in the 450 Class at Anaheim One last year. The Lawrence brothers will headline Team Honda HRC’s big bike program in 2024, and Cooper has been promoted to a full-time spot on the big bike at Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha.
Extended highlights and results from 2023 are included at the bottom of the page. It was important to have these details, as a quick rewatch or scan of the scoresheet will remind you of all the action that happened during the January night. The 21-lap feature saw four different riders run at the front with Justin Barcia’s strong start, Malcolm Stewart’s effort in the middle of the race, Chase Sexton’s late push before getting shuffled back to third, and Eli Tomac’s eventful lead-crash-comeback win.
450 MAIN EVENT
Eli Tomac – Already considered an all-timer, comeback from Achilles could make him a living legend, one year deal with Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha, clearly stated his thoughts on the injury and motivation to comeback in recent Dirt Shark video
Cooper Webb – Much anticipated return to Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha moved to Tallahassee and Swanepoel program, part of three-man 450 squad, working with the team to dial back the engine from Tomac’s all-power spec, paired with mechanic Alex Campbell
Chase Sexton – Defending SX champion, new single-digit 4, multi-year deal at Red Bull KTM with mechanic Brandon Zimmerman, will not be part of Baker’s Factory program, explained the desire and reason for changes on AC’s podcast
Dylan Ferrandis – Desire to ride CRF450R led to Phoenix Honda with support from Factory Connection, recent interviews with Weigandt and LeBig explain how negotiations to possibly join HEP and ride at Moto Sandbox were influenced by another rider, has moved to Clermont and will ride with Lawrence brothers
Ken Roczen – Re-upped with HEP Suzuki for another year, just won the WSX championship, still looking for perfection from the RM-Z amid differences between AMA/Paris/WSX bikes, Billy Hartle will be mechanic amid Travis Soules stepping back
Colt Nichols – Just completed term with Rick Ware Racing in WSX, turns attention to multi-year ride with Liqui Moly Beta Factory Racing, will debut all-new purpose-built 450 in SX and SMX, testing with team near North American HQ in Paso Robles, California
Jason Anderson – New extension with Kawasaki goes through 2025, will be aboard the all-new KX450, still based in California, training with Charles Dao
Aaron Plessinger – Signed one-year extension with Red Bull KTM through 2024, potential for updated chassis on Factory Edition bike, factory team testing 48mm forks for change in handling/rigidity
Adam Cianciarulo – Extension with Kawasaki, will be aboard the all-new KX450, ongoing nerve issue in arm continues to be a question mark, but he’s addressed it with different options and specialists
Joey Savatgy – Runner-up in WSX as part of Rick Ware Racing, has a multi-year contract with Triumph’s developing factory team, but complications from AMA holding strong on the rule that keeps him out of 250 SX and a 450 that won’t be ready until 2025 means he will wait until 250 MX to race
Justin Barcia – Staying at Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing, recent talk of going a few more years and then retiring with the team, coming back from a complicated collarbone injury and surgery that kept him from racing in Paris
Marvin Musquin – Recently confirmed he will not compete in 2024 AMA SX
Christian Craig – Middle of multi-year Husqvarna deal, missed much of 2023 after April elbow injury, still at Aldon’s, same chassis changes to KTM Factory Edition expected for Husqvarna Rockstar Edition
Dean Wilson – Won the Australian SX title, continuing with Fire Power Honda in US SX, SMX, Australian SX, and WSX will push retirement another year
Justin Hill – Back with Team Tedder, will be aboard a KTM with enzo suspension
Malcolm Stewart – Re-signed with Husqvarna through 2025, coming back from a knee injury that put him out for almost the entire year, still at Aldon’s
Grant Harlan – On the mend from hip injury suffered at MXON in France, won’t be on the bike for a few more weeks, aiming to return to action midway through SX, will stay with Rock River Yamaha and get increased support
Josh Hill – Continues with Team Tedder, Mountain Motorsports backed and on a Yamaha
Justin Starling – Privateer program will continue, increased support from American Honda on parts and contingency
Kevin Moranz – Launched KMR, which allows him to continue his fan-supported programs, will be on 2024 SX-F models from Letko KTM
Fredrik Noren – Returned to Theodore Pauli’s MADD Parts Kawasaki and will take on the full year of SX/MX/SMX, new number is 22
John Short – Missed most of 2023, aims to run 2024 as privateer with support from dealership Jones Powersports and other sponsors
Alex Ray – Has stepped away from racing, currently working full-time at O’Neal
Joshua Cartwright – Has rejoined Theodore Pauli’s MADD Parts Kawasaki and continues to hold a full-time job as a Business Intelligence Analyst at UT Dallas
Chase Marquier – Has committed to racing the Midwest-based General Tire Arenacross series as a privateer
Lane Shaw – Switched to Yamaha, will continue as privateer in 2024
Brandon Scharer – Has stopped racing and moved back to Southern California to work for Race Tech at the company’s HQ
Tristan Lane – Will run the 2024 season as an independent with Next Level Racing
Jared Lesher – Committed to AMA Arenacross series aboard a two-stroke, unable to secure title sponsor for program, has opened up a fan-support program on Patreon
Logan Karnow – Popular privateer continues with support from OnlyFans, O’Neal, Kennedy Cycle, training in Florida, three-digit number in 2024.
Gared Steinke – Fan-favorite continues to do his own thing on the West Coast
Alex Nagy – Illinois privateer continues on his own in 2024 aboard a Honda
Scotty Wennerstrom – Texas privateer will continue on his own in 2024, sponsorship opportunities available for every round
Richard Taylor – Will miss the start of SX after a crash resulted in a compound fracture of the femur, a torn meniscus, and complications to a prior leg injury
Joan Cros – Will continue racing in 2024 as a privateer aboard a Kawasaki
Cade Clason – Signed a two-year deal with Partzilla/PRMX to race through 2025
Shane McElrath – Returns to HEP Suzuki, this time with a full contract for SX/MX/SMX, has been helping young riders on HBI Racing learn Supercross in Florida
Kyle Chishom – Remains at HEP Suzuki for another season, massive help in bike development with Active Ride Suspension
Benny Bloss – Skipped MX and SMX in 2023 to prepare for the launch Liqui Moly Beta Factory effort, and was first rider signed to the new team, testing near Beta USA HQ in Paso Robles, California