5 Things We Learned at Salt Lake City Supercross

HRC Honda Sweep

If you would have told me before the season that Honda was going to sweep the titles, I would have believed you. If you would have told me that same thing in the middle of the season, I wouldn’t have. The Lawrence brothers sweeping the 250 class was a for sure slam dunk, but Sexton couldn’t get his mistakes under control. Then towards the end, Sexton started to figure things out and the fight was between Webb and Tomac as the rounds dwindled down. Like Sexton said on the podium, you have to be in the series the entire time to get the job done and whoever won the 450SX crown deserved it. Sexton broke the RC Curse and brought a premier class championship home for Honda 20 years after the last. 


I know three things in life happen: death, taxes, and the Chef is gonna cook! I’m talking about Levi Kitchen here of course. This was basically his rookie year in Supercross after being injured and hurt most of his debut season in 2022. So, he won Anaheim 2 and then had three other podium finishes on the season, taking home third overall in the 250SX West Region standing. Kitchen has proved that he has the speed to take home wins in Pro Motocross as well, as he won Thunder Valley last summer. The future looks bright for the Chef and if this SX season is any indication, then we will see more of the same in MX as well. Kitchen is also our go to when we have stupid questions that need answered. Expect more of those soon. 

The Cowboy

Plessinger was back in action in Salt Lake City and got a well deserved second place in the main event. It’s just what he needed heading into the outdoors. I couldn’t help but laugh at his crash into the camera in the heat race after I realized he wasn’t hurt of course. Then on the podium he made me laugh even more when he basically said that he apologized for, “hitting your camera doohickey.” We learned that Plessinger is still that dude and he will always be one of a kind. It was a great return!

Hill Bros

The surprise of the series for me was the Hill brothers. Both Josh and Justin kept getting better throughout the series and kept rising through the standings and stood out in practice times. For two guys who took a long break from the series it was cool to see them team up and make a great run. Justin got his first podium of his career with a third and Josh finished sixth in SLC. Imagine getting the chance to be a teammate with your brother and having a blast racing dirt bikes. This should give Justin the confidence to return to peak form next season and be a sleeper spoiler in the standings once again. 

Jettson 250 Farewell

That’s a wrap. It seems like GEICO Honda just announced their deal with the Lawrence brothers, and now Jett is 450 bound. He’s 19 years old. Let that sink in. He’s leaving the 250 class as one of the all-time greats and goes out on top winning the East/West Showdown. It’s going to be a battle this summer between Jett, Ferrandis, and Sexton for the Pro Motocross Championship and I’m not sure if we will ever get to see that Jett/Tomac matchup besides the MXoN last year. Jett is going to be a force to be reckoned with from that first 450 gate drop. It was an all-time 250 career and I know the next chapter will be pretty spectacular as well. 

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Written by Troy Dog

Faster than Slaw Dog. Editor-in-Chief

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