Features 20 Mar 2024

Quotebook: 2024 Supercross Rd10 Indianapolis

Riders sound off after the 10th round of the series.

The 10th round of Monster Energy Supercross in Indianapolis became one of the toughest races of the year due to tricky track conditions and a lot of on-track action for the Triple Crown format. Quotebook features compiled comments from riders over the weekend.


Image: Octopi Media.

Jett Lawrence (Honda HRC) – First:
It was cool to be the second person to sweep all three main events, and the first since Ken Roczen when he was on a Honda. I loved to keep that tradition alive for the team. The track tonight was super gnarly; it could catch you at any moment. It was scary riding next to someone in the rhythm sections, but it created some good racing. It was easy to lose and gain time, for sure. I knew starts would be key tonight, and I was very happy with where I was off the gate in all three races.

Ken Roczen (Progressive Ecstar Suzuki) – Second:
We had an incredible night at Indy. We were on the board all day. The track was absolutely tricky; it was extremely rutty and technical. I had three awesome starts, and got either the holeshot or second [at the stripe]. I led a bunch of laps and fought for the win in every single main event. It was great to go 2-2-3 for second overall. It’s nice to have back-to-back weekends with good rides; we really needed it. We’ve been working really hard on starts to get those dialed, and it was just a really good weekend overall.

Chase Sexton (Red Bull KTM) – Third:
Indy was definitely an improvement again. Qualifying wasn’t the hottest for me, but we showed up tonight and overall we’re trying to build every weekend. I feel like we’re getting better and I’m able to do motos during the week now, so kind of getting back to how I would normally train. We still have some room for improvement, for sure, but we’re on the right path and we’re going to try to keep inching closer over these coming rounds, give it my best every weekend.

Jason Anderson (Monster Energy Kawasaki) – Fourth:
I consistently ran in the Top 5 and had a few battles with the leaders, I just have to work on making fewer mistakes and staying up in the front where we have the speed to be. Thank you to the team for making race weekends the best it can be for me. Fourth overall isn’t bad, but I’m ready for a win.

Cooper Webb (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing) – Fifth:
Not a whole lot to say, really. We finished fifth overall at the Indy Triple Crown. That lapper incident in the first main set us back early, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. We’ll regroup and be better for Seattle.

Aaron Plessinger (Red Bull KTM) – Sixth:
Indianapolis was alright, I was happy with my riding, but the results didn’t show. The first one, I got off to a mediocre start and rode around in 11th, but then I started clicking off laps and got up to sixth. Race 2, my start was really good and I went backward, then started riding good around halfway and came back to fourth. The third one was decent early on again, before I tried passing [Jason] Anderson in the whoops, we came together and I went down. I salvaged what I could from there. Overall, it was a decent night, and we’ll go back to work to get better in the first few laps!

Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing) – Seventh:
It was a tough weekend in Indianapolis. We will do our best to rebound in Seattle.

Justin Barcia (Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas) – Eighth:
I qualified P8, so I was happy with that today and the bike was working really well. First race was a bit of a blur – I don’t really quite remember! – but in the second one I was riding well even though I made a few too many little mistakes. Third race, I was all over the guys at the end for a top five and pulled up in sixth. All in all, it was a positive weekend and we’re gonna keep pushing hard to have better results and get back on that podium soon.

Malcolm Stewart (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) – Ninth:
Indy was tough for everybody with the track conditions, but we went 9-8-8 to end up ninth overall. It was not too bad, I felt like we got better as the mains went on – the intensity is always so high at these Triple Crown races. Obviously, it could have been a better night or a worse night, and we’re leaving here healthy again, ready to keep pushing ahead. It will be good to get to Seattle, I always ride well there, and I’m really looking forward to that one.

Justin Cooper (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing) – 10th:
Indy was a tough one. I made a lot of mistakes throughout the night, going off the track and falling down. It was definitely an up-and-down day, but one to learn from. We’re looking forward to racing again next weekend in Seattle.

Hunter Lawrence (Honda HRC) – 11th:
I’m super stoked to be here to race, and not at home on the couch. Obviously, it was not the night I wanted, but it was nice to be back on the gate. The team and I will keep working to get back to those results we showed earlier in the season.

Shane McElrath (Twisted Tea Progressive Suzuki) – 12th:
It was a pretty crazy race. The track was really just about ‘survival’ to try to sprint – it was definitely a tough track to do that on. It was a decent day for me. I ended up 12th overall with 13-12-11 scores. I made good passes, had good speed, and we’re making steady progress every week. This week was not as big of a step as I have been taking, but it was still a good step forward. I’m excited to continue working because we’re learning every weekend, we’re getting faster, and we’re getting closer to the group ahead of me.

Kyle Chisholm (Twisted Tea Progressive Suzuki) – 13th:
I felt really good with my Suzuki and on the track, the team did great, and everything felt good. I just missed out on qualifying straight to the main races; with the Triple Crown format they just take the top eighteen in lap times. I missed it by a few hundredths of a second, so I had to race the LCQ. I went out and ripped the holeshot and won that, so that was good.

Adam Cianciarulo (Monster Energy Kawasaki) – 15th:
After the track walk I knew the track was going to get beat up and really rutted, which is still an issue for my injured hand. I felt decent in the first race but the second race I have no excuse for. I made a mistake that sent me to the ground and finished way in the back, but I just tried to be consistent and smooth the whole time. We’re back on the west coast next weekend, let’s put in some work and make it happen there!”

Derek Drake (Toyota Redlands BarX Suzuki) – 18th:
Indianapolis was tough!” exclaimed Drake. “I’m glad to put it in the main event through qualifying. I’m still struggling with a lingering issue, so it’s frustrating to not ride to my full potential. Hopefully, this gets better, and I can be back to 100%.


Image: Octopi Media

Cameron McAdoo (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) – First:
All I can say is ‘Wow.’ My first Triple Crown win since 2022 and my first win of the season has finally come. The track was extremely beat going into the last race, and with Haiden (Deegan) and I being tied, it came down to the last race. I felt really good on my KX250 all day, and starting off the races with a win gave me the confidence I needed to know I could do this. Indy has always been one of my favorite cities, so to take the overall here is awesome. Thank you to my team and everyone behind me. We have a few weekends off and then we’re back to it!

Tom Vialle (Red Bull KTM) – Second:
I actually felt really good in the first moto and I had the crash in the whoops, so I was really frustrated. In the second one, I didn’t ride the best, and then in the third race I feel like I rode the best that I was able to all day. I’m pretty happy – the track was tough tonight, that’s for sure. I really wanted to win the last one, which I did in the end, and we’re still in the fight, so that’s what matters.

Pierce Brown (Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas) – Fourth:
Fourth overall, I’m not stoked, but not mad about it after a rough first main. The second two were better with a fourth and a second, so I just need to eliminate those mistakes and we will get there. It was a good way to finish the night in P2, and we will keep pushing from here!

Chance Hymas (Honda HRC) – Eighth:
Qualifying went really well for me; P4 showed I was comfortable with the track and the bike. My second main, I really showed my speed, but the first and third mains showed I need to work on starts. Overall, it was a step in the right direction, even though it isn’t where I or the team want to be. We have a big break now before Foxborough, so lots of time to keep putting in work.

Seth Hammaker (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) – Ninth:
Today was a rough one. We had a decent qualifying session and a great comeback in the first race, and then after that I just made mistakes that didn’t need to happen that put me on the ground. We definitely have the speed to be up front, I just have to work on starts and minimizing mistakes. We are leaving Indy healthy with a little bit of a break, so I’m ready to rest up and get back to training. Thanks to my team for the support.

Preston Boespflug (Toyota Redlands BarX Suzuki) – 21st:
We’re collecting all the pieces. We just need to start putting them together and execute a night.