Salt Lake City, Utah, (April 24, 2021) – The Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship made a dramatic return to Rice-Eccles Stadium with a thrilling event at Round 16. Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin took the 450SX Class win, his first since 2019, with one round remaining in 2021. Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb crossed the checkers right on Musquin’s rear wheel for a second-place finish and Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Malcolm Stewart earned his career-first 450SX Class podium with a third-place finish in front of the limited-capacity, pod-seated fans inside the open stadium.
When the gate dropped for the 450SX Class Main Event it was Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen who grabbed the holeshot and immediately took control. Roczen sat second in the title points, down by 16 to Webb, and looked completely in command as Webb struggled to recover from a ninth place start. Musquin sat in second and lost time to Roczen in the early laps as defending champion Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac tried to fight forward from just inside the top ten after a bad start.
Webb moved quickly up to fourth with Malcolm Stewart putting heavy pressure on him, making several near-passes as the two tried to climb forward to reach third place being held by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson. Two and a half minutes into the race, Webb sat 5.7 seconds and seven championship points back from Roczen when Tomac had a tip over and dropped back more spots, remounting nearly outside of the top ten.
At the race’s midpoint Musquin began to chip away at Roczen’s lead as Webb contended with the constant pressure from Stewart and inched closer to Anderson. With less than ten minutes left on the clock in the 20-minute plus one lap race Webb got around Anderson and into a podium spot. Then Roczen made a mistake exiting the corner before the whoops and went down, dropping him to fifth and handing the lead over to Musquin. Webb broke clear of other riders as he slowly reeled in KTM teammate, Musquin, who was navigating through the lappers. Musquin held his pace and his position and brought home the win, his first since 2019, with Webb following in second and Stewart completing the podium in third. The finish marks Stewart’s first career 450SX Class podium finish.
A surprise announcement just prior to the event was Martin Davalos’ retirement. A crash on Friday during press day hastened the announcement after Davalos incurred a broken collarbone and concussion. The amiable racer moved to the United States at the age of 15 and competed at the highest level of the sport, professional Supercross, for 16-seasons and racked up five 250SX Class Main Event wins.
Tickets are on sale for the season finale on Saturday May 1 in a limited-capacity, pod-seating format. Fans can also catch the action live on Peacock and NBCSN or watch the re-broadcast on NBC on Sunday May 2. For more race information, video highlights, race stories, and more please visit SupercrossLIVE.com.
For the third year in a row Supercross is excited to be hosting an online auction in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The biggest names in Supercross have once again lent their support to the St. Jude mission: Finding Cures. Saving Children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Just as the “We Won’t Stop” text-to-donate campaign has been saying all season long, we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. Auction items include autographed jerseys from Cooper Webb, Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, Jason Anderson, Adam Cianciarulo, Aaron Plessinger, Marvin Musquin, Chase Sexton, Dean Wilson and others. Dean Guitars, based in Tampa has donated a bass guitar that has easily become one of the most unique items in the auction – autographed by the 450SX Class top 4 in points – Cooper Webb, Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia. StaCyc has also donated a custom 12eDRIVE bike in metallic Cyan, sporting patient-inspired artwork graphics. The auction includes over 60 unique items for Supercross fans and St. Jude supporters to choose from and runs until Monday, May 3 at 6 p.m. ET – www.stjude.org/
- Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
- Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM
- Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
- Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha
- Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda
- Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
- Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Husqvarna
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
- Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
- Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM (362)
- Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (340)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (312)
- Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (273)
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (249)
- Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Husqvarna (236)
- Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha (230)
- Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (218)
- Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (208)
- Joey Savatgy, Clermont, Fla., KTM (190)
Cover photo by Feld Entertainment, Inc.