The first triple crown of the 2023 Supercross season was held Saturday night at Anaheim stadium. Riders compete in three main events with finishing points going towards their overall season points. The rider with the highest combined finishes from the three races is crowned the winner.
Top honors went to Chase Sexton in the 450 class. In the first event, Sexton had the lead and cruised to an easy race win. In the second event, things got heated between Eli Tomac and Cooper Webb. An early mistake by Sexton would drop him down in the field. Jason Anderson found himself in the lead with Ken Roczen and Aaron Plessinger running third. Plessinger crashed and soon Tomac was on the move in a heated battle with Roczen. Tomac was able to get around Roczen and Anderson won the second main event. In the third and final main event, Anderson was back out front with the holeshot. Sexton found his way into second place hunting down Anderson. Cooper Webb was running third when Tomac charged hard for second. Soon Tomac had a rare crash, landing hard the on the tuffblox. Tomac recovered, but not before several riders passed him. Sexton was finally able to make a pass on Anderson for the lead and win, earning the overall position.
In the Western Regional Lites class, RJ Hampshire had the holeshot. Jett Lawrence was on the move, getting around second place Levi Kitchen and had his sights set on Hampshire. As Lawrence high-sided in a turn and went off his bike. It took Lawrence several laps to get back towards the front after he remounted only getting third. In the second main event, Lawrence and Hampshire tangled right out of the gate. Phil Nicoletti who had grabbed the holeshot was leading the race. When it was over, Stilez Robertson had moved to the front and won. With one final race to go, Lawrence was out front with a big holeshot. Levi Kitchen was running second. Kitchen needed a second-place finish to win overall. Kitchen stayed steady behind Lawrence grabbing his first triple crown win at Anaheim.
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