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According to PulpMX’s Steve Matthes, Chase Sexton is a little banged up following a practice crash suffered late in the week. It remains to be seen if that impacts his speed.
On Race Day Live, Haley Shanley reports that it is a hand injury for Sexton, and he was concerned he might not race as of this morning.
Upon leaving Detroit last week, no one knew what caused Eli Tomac to struggle so badly. It was revealed as arm pump during the week.
Kyle Larson visits the guys in the booth.
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Levi Kitchen and Jordon Smith want to decide the red plate from the front of the field. Kitchen gets the early lead with Smith giving chase. RJ Hampshire rides third.
On Lap 2 Smith puts his elbows wide and moves past Kitchen.
Kitchen has nothing of it and gets him back in a rhythm. The challenge at the front is fierce and Smith gets to the front on Lap 3.
Things settle down for the moment with Smith leading Hampshire and Kitchen. Carson Mumford in fourth and Jo Shimoda round out the top five.
Just when it seemed Smith had things in hand, he tips over and gives the lead to Hampshire. Kitchen comes through in second.
Smith goes down again when Kitchen slows abruptly for a red cross flag. Ryder DiFrancesco is also down and is carted off by the medical crew.
Smith dropped to seventh with his second crash. He mounts a charge and gets back up to fourth with three minutes remaining on the clock.
Hampshire beats Kitchen to the finish line by nearly three seconds and becomes the first repeat 250s winner.
Shimoda gets his first podium of the season with Smith finishing second.
Garrett Marchbanks rounds out the top five.
Ken Roczen gets the early lead with Aaron Plessinger chasing.
Plessinger throws it away with two and half minutes off the clock. He falls outside the top 10.
Now the three riders seeking their first wins of 2024 get the best start with Ken Roczen, Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac running 1-2-3 on Lap 4.
Roczen has not won since 2023 Indianapolis. He has a 3.2-second lead over the field.
In the battle for the red plate, Jett Lawrence has moved up to fourth as the field nears the halfway point. Sexton is in eighth and that will be enough to give Lawrence the red plate if it ends this way.
Hunter Lawrence is having his best outing of 2024. He follows Jett into the top five.
With six minutes remaining on the clock, Plessinger moves up to 10th.
Jett and Tomac are now on the same straight and we will get to see how difficult it is to get around the veteran.
It didn’t take long: Jett passes Tomac for third with three and half minutes remaining.
With this win, Roczen moves back into a tie with Cooper Webb for 10th on the all-time wins’ list.
He finished 4.8 seconds ahead of Anderson with Jett rounding out the podium.
Tomac has a strong run in fourth with Hunter Lawrence taking his first top-five of the season.
Jett assumes the red plate.
Last Chance Qualifiers
Shane McElrath gets the early lead.
On the final lap, challenging for the final transfer position, Justin Starling cleans Cad Clason out, but that put him into a hornet’s nest of riders with fourth-place in mind.
McElrath wins over Kyle Chisholm in second in Fredrik Noren in third.
Fourth and the final transfer was settled in the favor of Devin Simonson.
Slade Varola was leading in his heat before crashing on the first lap, (before the red flag). He gets a great start in the LCQ.
The race is red flagged for a crash involving local rider Addison Emory. He walked to the cart. There will be another full restart.
On the restart, four riders go down in Turn 1. Matti Jorgenson is one of the riders; he was leading at the time of the red flag.
Max Sanford is the big winner on the restart. He wins his second straight LCQ.
In a sport where 30-year-olds consider retirement, Billy Laninovich, 41, will advance to the Main after finishing second.
Guillaume St-Cyr finishes third.
The hot seat was for fourth with several riders going down in the last two laps. Blaine Silveira takes the final transfer position.
450 Heat 1
Ken Roczen is looking for his first win of 2024 and he gets the early lead in Heat 1. Chase Sexton seems to be okay for now with his injured hand. He’s fifth at the end of Lap 1.
It took a lap or two, but Jett Lawrence gets around Vince Friese. One lap later, Sexton gets around as well.
Roczen wins his 47th heat over Malcolm Stewart, who fended off a charge by Lawrence on the final lap. Sexton in fourth and Friese round out the top five.
Dylan Ferrandis crashed on the last lap but recovers to finish seventh.
Benny Bloss gets the final transfer position. Josh Hill is the first rider on the outside looking in; he’ll race the LCQ.
450 Heat 2
The cowboy Aaron Plessinger wants the red plate back and he gets the early lead in his heat.
Hunter Lawrence has struggled in 2024 but he’s in P3 at the end of Lap 2.
Plessinger wins Heat 2. The last time he won his heat, he won at San Diego.
Jason Anderson settles into second with Eli Tomac taking the final podium position from Hunter Lawrence.
Lawrence hangs onto fourth with Cooper Webb rounding out the top five.
Justin Hill takes the final transfer. In 10th, Kyle Chisholm will go the LCQ.
250 Heat 1
Who will leave Arizona with the red plate? Levi Kitchen and Jordon Smith enter tied in points at the top.
Kitchen gets the holeshot; Smith will be in Heat 2.
Kitchen cruises to the win over Honda teammates Carson Mumford in third and Mitchell Oldenburg in third.
Julien Beaumer in fourth and Phil Nicoletti round our the top five.
TJ Albright finishes ninth and takes the final transfer to the Main while Matti Jorgenson in 10th heads to the LCQ.
250 Heat 2
Nate Thrasher gets the early lead with Jordon Smith following.
On Lap 2, while leading, Thrasher lands short on a jump and gets ejected from his bike. He landed hard but is able to stand up to be evaluated by the medical crew.
Smith takes over the lead ahead of RJ Hampshire.
With two laps in the books, the red flag waves so Thrasher can be helped from the track. This will be a complete restart.
Smith and Jo Shimoda get better starts this time around. They run 1-2 with Hampshire in third.
The question of who will take the red plate is not yet answered: Smith wins Heat 2 over Shimoda in second and Hampshire in third.
Garrett Marchbanks finishes fourth with Hunter Yoder fifth.
Josh Varize takes the final transfer spot ahead of Slade Varola in 10th.
Thrasher is being transported to a local medical facility for further evaluation.
Chase Sexton comes out riding a little tentatively. About halfway through the session, he is 13th. And then with three minutes remaining in Qualification 1, Sexton starts to find some comfort and jumps up the sixth.
In 450s Qualification 1, Jett Lawrence (1:04.115) had the top spot early, lost it to Tomac, and then reclaimed it at the end. Jason Anderson slotted into second with Tomac third. Sexton ended the session in eighth.
In 250s Qualification 1, the principal matchup is between Levi Kitchen and Jordon Smith. They enter Round 6 sharing the red plate in 250 East. Kitchen was second fastest with Smith landing fourth. RJ Hampshire took the top spot in this session and Jo Shimoda landed third.
The fastest 450 times will come from Qualification 2. Lawrence was faster in this session but he was not as fast as Jason Anderson. El Hombre will post quick time for the 15th time in his career with a lap of 1:03.400 over Lawrence, Tomac, Ken Roczen and Cooper Webb.
In the 250s second session, Kitchen tips over while practicing for the holeshot.
Kitchen recovers but cannot catch Smith. The two red plate holders are fastest overall with a gap of .410 between them. Hampshire lands third on the grid with Julien Beaumer and Jo Shimoda rounding out the top five.
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