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Plessinger take classy win in San Diego

Red Bull KTM’s Aaron Plessinger earned a hard-fought and emotional win at Round 3 the 17-round Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship inside a muddy Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego. With the win, Plessinger took over the lead in the championship points.

Supercross returned to San Diego for the 41st time with Snapdragon Stadium hosting the event for its second year. Daytime rain saturated the track that slowly tacked-up throughout the night’s racing in front of the sold-out crowd. Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.   

Two-time champion Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Cooper Webb battled forward on the deep-rutted track to take second place and his first podium of the year. Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia took the runner-up spot under clear skies on the rain-soaked track at the 50th Anniversary Race which commemorates the sport’s 50th year. In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Nate Thrasher earned the win after a thrilling battle that had the top three close and trading positions for the entire race.
First place 450SX Class – Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

 “It feels really, really good. I guess it feels like it should. I got off to a good start and just rode a good race. Kenny [Roczen] was in front and then I just applied a little pressure and he ended up going down. Cooper [Webb] was just right there behind me keeping me on my toes, and so was Eli [Tomac, who was a lap down]. Yeah, it was a really good race, I just got a good lead and rode my own race, and stayed up. It seemed like we were lapping a lot of people, so it feels good and I’m ready to do it again next weekend.” – Aaron Plessinger
Second place 450SX Class – Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc. 

“I think I’ve had a great season so far, but on paper it hasn’t [looked that way]. Anaheim 1 was great but last weekend was not, so like we say, we’re hoping that’s the battle and I can charge on from here. And tonight was great to get those points back, get it back in the mix. I felt great on the track. I felt great all day. I was really wanting that win but it was overall a really good bounce back, and for me just to know that I’m in this thing for sure.” – Cooper Webb
Third place 450SX Class – Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc. 

“The rebound this weekend was absolutely awesome. I felt really good, just staying in my lane. I didn’t feel the greatest but I ride well in those conditions… I was just sitting back thinking about this table [with the three of us sitting here at the post race conference]. This is a really cool table. We all kind of grew up riding together, [in our] professional career we’ve all trained [together], we’ve all been teammates together on different teams, so this is a really cool podium and I’m super proud to be on this podium tonight. And yeah, I’ll just keep plugging along, getting stronger and hopefully [there will be] a lot more podiums with these boys.” – Justin Barcia  
In the Western Regional 250SX Class Nate Thrasher took his fifth career win and his first podium of the year in a Yamaha podium sweep. After fighting into the lead, Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha’s Garrett Marchbanks settled for second but kept Thrasher close right to the checkered flag. Rounding out the podium was Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Jordon Smith, who stretched out his championship points lead on his nearest competitor.
First place 250SX Class – Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

“[The track] was kinda coming around throughout the night; the dirt was starting to grip back up… I was just trying to do everything, like, ride it like it was dry. That was kinda of my goal going into the main event. It was tougher to ride cautious than it was to go out there and ride all-out. So that was my goal for the night: in the main, just go out there and ride all-out and whatever happens, happens, and it was good.” – Nate Thrasher  
Second place 250SX Class – Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc. 

“Once I passed RJ [Hampshire] for the lead, I’d say for the first lap I was kinda like, ‘Holy crap, I’m actually leading.’ It’s been a really long time since Daytona that I’ve led some laps. I’d say after that it was more putting my head down, just acting like I was at the practice track, just doing some normal laps at ClubMX. Yeah, it is what it is, I got caught up with some lappers, I tried to change some lines up and it wasn’t the best I could do, and [Thrasher] got around me. Nate was riding good and yeah, it is what it is.” – Garrett Marchbanks  
Third place 250SX Class – Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc. 

“I got off to a pretty good start, I think I was in third in the first couple laps with RJ [Hampshire] and Levi [Kitchen] right in front of me. We were still taking it pretty easy on the track, I would say. The lines weren’t cut in and I was just trying to be smart where I was. [It was a] long race, a lot could happen, and then I made a few mistakes and Nate [Thrasher] and Garrett [Marchbanks] both got around me and I just really – not that I tightened up but I was just making a lot of mistakes. I was not putting the track together… I kinda re-focused and then Jo [Shimoda] and Levi were right behind me and we actually were pushing really hard at the end. I think the last five laps were probably the best of the race for me. It was not really any kind of holding back at the end of the race there, it was trying to keep those guys behind me and push forward.” – Jordon Smith  
The series now takes a short trip north for the second 2024 race inside Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Saturday, January 27th. The Anaheim 2 Supercross continues the season’s earlier start times with opening ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST (5:00 p.m. local time). The race represents both Round 4 of the 17-round Monster Energy AMA Supercross series and also the fourth round of the 31-round SuperMotocross World Championship. The SuperMotocross League is in its second year and draws points from the complete Supercross season and the 11-round AMA Pro Motocross season. In September, points are reset and the top racers are seeded into two Playoff rounds and one Final to crown the SMX champions. 
450SX Class podium (racers left to right) Cooper Webb, Aaron Plessinger, and Justin Barcia. Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.Click 250SX Class podium image below for full results
250SX Class podium (racers left to right) Jordon Smith, Nate Thrasher, and Garrett Marchbanks. Photo Credit: Feld Motor Sports, Inc.

450 main

17Aaron PlessingerHamilton, OHKTM 450 SX-F FE115125
22Cooper WebbNewport, NCYamaha YZ450F50222
351Justin BarciaMonroe, NYGASGAS MC 450F80320
418Jett LawrenceLandsborough, AustraliaHonda CRF450R60418
521Jason AndersonRio Rancho, NMKawasaki KX450SR160517
614Dylan FerrandisBedarrides, FranceHonda CRF450R70616
796Hunter LawrenceLandsborough, AustraliaHonda CRF450R150715
81Chase SextonLaMoille, ILKTM 450 SX-F FE130814
93Eli TomacCortez, COYamaha YZ450F20913
1015Dean WilsonGlasgow, ScotlandHonda CRF450R2201012
11111Jorge PradoLugo, SpainGASGAS MC 450F FE1101111
1294Ken RoczenMattstedt, GermanySuzuki RM-Z450371210
139Adam CianciaruloNew Smyrna Beach, FLKawasaki KX450SR190139
1432Justin CooperCold Springs Harbor, NYYamaha YZ450F12X0148
1567Benny BlossOak Grove, MOBeta 450 RX100157
1612Shane McElrathOakland, FLSuzuki RM-Z450200166
1722Freddie NorenLidköping, SwedenKawasaki KX450SR170175
1881Cade ClasonMedina, OHKawasaki KX450140184
1927Malcolm StewartHaines City, FLHusqvarna FC 450 RE40193
2028Christian CraigSan Diego, CAHusqvarna FC 450 RE90202
21148Justin RodbellPrince Frederick, MDKTM 450 SX-F210211
22125Vince FrieseCape Girardeau, MOHonda CRF450R

450 points

17Aaron PlessingerHamilton, OH3.3003.3160
21Chase SextonLaMoille, IL9.0004.0159
318Jett LawrenceLandsborough, Australia7.0104.7156
421Jason AndersonRio Rancho, NM9.3006.3049
52Cooper WebbNewport, NC3.7006.3049
614Dylan FerrandisBedarrides, France5.7005.7049
73Eli TomacCortez, CO5.3006.7048
894Ken RoczenMattstedt, Germany3.0108.3042
951Justin BarciaMonroe, NY13.3009.0040
10111Jorge PradoLugo, Spain9.30010.3035
119Adam CianciaruloNew Smyrna Beach, FL14.00011.0033
1212Shane McElrathOakland, FL17.00012.3029
1396Hunter LawrenceLandsborough, Australia12.5005.7027
1415Dean WilsonGlasgow, Scotland16.00014.0024
1532Justin CooperCold Springs Harbor, NY13.0107.3022
1652Derek DrakeLake Elsinore, CA16.5009.3016
1727Malcolm StewartHaines City, FL7.00017.3014
1828Christian CraigSan Diego, CA12.00018.0012
1981Cade ClasonMedina, OH19.00018.7010
2046Justin HillYoncalla, OR19.0004.708

250 main

157Nate ThrasherLivingston, TNYamaha YZ250F74125
226Garrett MarchbanksCoalville, UTYamaha YZ250F25222
331Jordon SmithBelmont, NCYamaha YZ250F40320
430Jo ShimodaSuzuka, JapanHonda CRF250R30418
547Levi KitchenWashougal, WAKawasaki KX25010517
624Rj HampshireHudson, FLHusqvarna FC 25010X7616
755Mitchell OldenburgGodley, TXHonda CRF250R50715
834Ryder DiFrancescoBakersfield, CAGASGAS MC 250F80814
985Hunter YoderMenifee, CAKawasaki KX250140913
10100Anthony BourdonHossegor, FranceSuzuki RM-Z2501801012
1173Robbie WagemanNewhall, CAYamaha YZ250F1601111
1271Cole ThompsonBrigden, CanadaYamaha YZ250F1101210
1378Joshua VarizePerris, CAGASGAS MC 250F190139
14245Matti JorgensenHelirod, FLGASGAS MC 250F FE130148
1541Carson MumfordSimi Valley, CAHonda CRF250R120157
16929Julien BeaumerLake Havasu City, AZKTM 250 SX-F FE90166
17162Max SanfordPasadena, CAKawasaki KX250220175
18135Lance KobuschNew Florence, MOHonda CRF250R210184
1935Talon HawkinsTemecula, CAKTM 250 SX-F170193
20116Tj AlbrightMt Marion, NYYamaha YZ250F200202
21509Alex NagyRichmond, ILKTM 250 SX-F150211
2236Phillip NicolettiCochecton, NYYamaha YZ250F

250 points

131Jordon SmithBelmont, NC2.7102.0167
247Levi KitchenWashougal, WA7.0003.3059
326Garrett MarchbanksCoalville, UT4.3004.0057
424Rj HampshireHudson, FL5.7105.3154
555Mitchell OldenburgGodley, TX6.7008.3041
6100Anthony BourdonHossegor, France14.0009.0039
730Jo ShimodaSuzuka, Japan7.00010.0036
841Carson MumfordSimi Valley, CA9.70010.0036
985Hunter YoderMenifee, CA14.30010.0036
10929Julien BeaumerLake Havasu City, AZ8.01011.0033
1178Joshua VarizePerris, CA15.00011.7031
1257Nate ThrasherLivingston, TN10.30013.3130
1334Ryder DiFrancescoBakersfield, CA7.30012.7028
1471Cole ThompsonBrigden, Canada12.00013.0027
1520Maximus VohlandSacramento, CA5.0008.0020
1673Robbie WagemanNewhall, CA16.0008.3019
1736Phillip NicolettiCochecton, NY10.00016.0018
18245Matti JorgensenHelirod, FL12.5009.0017
19162Max SanfordPasadena, CA21.0009.7015
20135Lance KobuschNew Florence, MO21.50011.709
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