Championship-hopeful Honda rider penalized seven points after checkered flag.
A near-last-lap crash for Aaron Plessinger in Detroit put Chase Sexton in position to secure his second 450SX victory of the 2023 Monster Energy Supercross season.
Plessinger entered the Detroit round with seven career laps led in the premier class, and led 21 of the 23 inside Ford Field before dramatically crashing his Red Bull KTM.
Clearly in physical pain and struggling to remount his smoking KTM 450 SX-F FE, Plessinger came within a single lap of becoming the 66th rider to win a 450SX main event. Instead, what was nearly a win for the fan-favorite KTM rider by a margin of about 8s became an unexpected triumph for Sexton and Team Honda HRC.
Cooper Webb (Red Bull KTM) followed Sexton over the finish line jump one final time, 6.335s behind, and immediately began signaling to the scoring tower, pointing in Sexton’s direction. Soon after the race, the AMA handed a seven-point penalty to Sexton for jumping on a red cross flag.
Sexton maintains the race victory, but the benefit of winning was significantly diminished due to the penalty — and because his championship rivals Webb and Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing) landed on the podium in second and third.
A competitive race for Justin Barcia, including an exciting multiple-corner sequence with Sexton, culminated in a fourth-place finish for the TLD Red Bull GasGas rider.
Ken Roczen held fifth throughout the main aboard his Progressive Insurance Ecstar Suzuki, keeping the leaders in sight and finishing as the last rider within 30s of Sexton at the checkered flag.
Christian Craig (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and Justin Hill (Team Tedder Monster Energy Mountain Motorsports) finished sixth and seventh, ahead of Monster Energy Kawasaki teammates Adam Cianciarulo and Jason Anderson, who recovered from significant crashes to finish eighth and ninth. Josh Hill (Team Tedder Monster Energy Mountain Motorsports) completed the top 10.
Plessinger is officially scored 13th after rolling over the finish line on his damaged motorcycle, missing his goggles and helmet visor.
Webb maintains the points lead heading to Seattle in a week’s time, leading by three over Tomac. Sexton still holds third, 17 points back from Webb.