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Hear the excellent Jason Thomas’ thoughts on Eli Tomac and Cooper Webb heading into the 2024 AMA Supercross season.

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Stat Attack: Top Threes of 2023

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As we look towards the 2024 season, MX Vice and Paul Pearcy have joined forces again to deliver some quality statistics, as we’ll be running through the top 10 in each championship across 2023 (MXGP, MX2, 450, 250 – AMA Supercross, SMX and Outdoors and Australian Supercross). Here are all the riders that secured 3rd in their respective title races.

MX2

3) Simon Laengenfelder

  • 1st in Timed Practice: 5; Trentino, Agueda, Lommel, Uddevalla, Afyonkarahisar
  • Qualifying Race Wins: 5; Trentino, Vantaa, Afyonkarahisar, Maggiora, Matterley Basin (2nd most wins in class)
  • Qualifying Race Podiums: 13; out of 16 attempts (81% podium rate in qualifying races, best percentage in class)
  • Qualifying Race Laps Led: 57; (2nd best in class)
  • Race Podiums: 18; 3rd most in class
  • Race Wins: 8; 2nd most in class
  • GP Podiums: 9; 3rd most in class
  • GP Wins: 2; 1-1 at Intu Xanadu, Uddevalla
  • Race Laps Led: 141; (21% of total laps, 2nd most in class)

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 3.187; Best in class
  • Qualifying Race Finishes: 2.875; Best in Class
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 3.562; Best in Class
  • Qualifying Race Points: 131; Most in Class
  • Race Finishes: 3.375 in Race 1(Best in Class), 3.875 in Race 2(3rd best in class)
  • GP Overalls: 3.5; 2nd best in class
  • Race First Lap Position: 4.968; 3rd best in class
  • Race Points: 321 from Race 1(2nd most in class), 303 from Race 2(4th best in class), Total of 624

Series Points: 755

MXGP

3) Jeremy Seewer

  • 1st in Timed Practice: 1; Frauenfeld
  • Qualifying Race Podiums: 6; Intu Xanadu, Villars Sous Ecot, Teutschenthal, Sumbawa, Loket, Uddevalla
  • Qualifying Race Laps Led: 2
  • Race Podiums: 15
  • Race Wins: 2; Race 1 at Villars Sous Ecot, Race 2 at Uddevalla
  • GP Podiums: 7
  • GP Wins: 3; Villars Sous Ecot, Uddevalla, Maggiora
  • Race Laps Led: 62; (9% of total laps) 

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 4.421; 4th best in class
  • Qualifying Race Finishes: 6.778
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 5.222; 4th best in class
  • Qualifying Race Points: 105; 4th best in class
  • Race Finishes: 6.157 in Race 1, 4.157 in Race 2(3rd best in class)
  • GP Overalls: 4.684; 3rd best in class
  • Race First Lap Position: 6.842
  • Race Points: 310 from Race 1, 344 from Race 2, Total of 654 (3rd most in class)

Series Points: 759

250 West Coast Supercross

3) Levi Kitchen

  • Heat Race Podiums: 4
  • Heat Race Wins: 3; Seattle, Denver, Salt lake City
  • Heat Race Laps Led: 26
  • Main Event Podiums: 4; Anaheim 2, Glendale, Denver, Salt Lake City
  • Main Event Win: 1; Anaheim 2
  • Main Event Laps Led: 20; (11% of total laps)

Averages

  • Qualifying: 5th 
  • Heat Race Finishes: 2.857; 3rd best in class
  • Heat Race First Lap Position: 5th 
  • Main Event Finishes: 6.556
  • Main Event First Lap Position: 7.253

Series Points: 156

250 East Supercross

3) Max Anstie

  • 1st in Qualifying: 1; Houston
  • Heat Race Podiums: 3; Houston, Indy, Nashville
  • Heat Race Laps Led: 3
  • Main Event Podiums: 4; Houston, Tampa, Daytona, East Rutherford
  • Main Event Win: 1; East Rutherford
  • Main Event Laps Led: 14; (8% of total laps)

Averages

  • Qualifying: 4.7
  • Heat Race Finishes: 4.667
  • Heat Race First Lap Position: 5.333
  • Main Event Finishes: 5.7; 4th best in class
  • Main Event First Lap Position: 4.741; 2nd best in class

Series Points: 182

450 Supercross

3) Cooper Webb

  • Heat Race Podiums: 7
  • Heat Race Wins: 2; Seattle, Atlanta
  • Heat Race Laps Led: 19
  • Main Event Podiums: 9
  • Main Event Wins: 2; Tampa, Arlington
  • Main Event Laps Led: 17; (3% of total laps)

Averages

  • Qualifying: 6.133
  • Heat Race Finishes: 4.5
  • Heat Race First Lap Position: 4.181
  • Main Event Finishes: 2.785; 2nd best in class
  • Main Event First Lap Position: 4.307; 3rd best in class

Series Points: 304

250 American Outdoors

3) Jo Shimoda

  • Moto Podiums: 10
  • Moto Wins: 3; Moto 2 at Southwick, 1-1 at Ironman
  • Overall Podiums: 4; Southwick, Millville, Budds Creek, Ironman
  • Overall Wins: 1; Ironman
  • Moto Laps Led: 53

Averages

  • Qualifying: 6.363
  • Moto Finishes: 4.636 in Moto 1, 4.545 in Moto 2(2nd best in class)
  • Overall Finishes: 4.454 (3rd best in class)
  • Moto First Lap Position: 6.545

Series Points: 393

450 American Outdoors

3) Aaron Plessinger

  • Moto Podiums: 5; Moto 1 at Hangtown, Moto 2 at Thunder Valley, Moto 2 at Washougal, Moto 2 at Budds Creek, Moto 2 at Ironman
  • Overall Podiums: 3; Thunder Valley, Budds Creek, Ironman
  • Moto Laps Led: 7; 3rd most in class

Averages

  • Qualifying: 8th 
  • Moto Finishes: 4.818 in Moto 1, 3.909 in Moto 2
  • Overall Finishes: 4.363; 4th best in class
  • Moto First Lap Position: 5.227

Series Points: 386

250 SMX

3) RJ Hampshire

  • 1st in Qualifying: 1; Chicagoland
  • Moto Podium: 1; Moto 1 in LA
  • Overall Podium: 1; LA

Averages

  • Qualifying: 4.667; 3rd best in class
  • Moto Finishes: 7.333 in Moto 1, 7.667 in Moto 2
  • Overall Finishes: 7th 
  • Moto First Lap Position: 8.167

Series Points: 122

450 SMX

3) Chase Sexton

  • 1st in Qualifying: 1; LA
  • Moto Podiums: 5; Only time off of the box was moto 2 at LA
  • Moto Wins: 2; 1-1 at Z Max
  • Overall Podiums: 2; Z Max, Chicagoland
  • Moto Laps Led: 32; (33% of total laps)

Averages

  • Qualifying: 2; Best in Class
  • Moto Finishes: 2nd in Moto 1(Best in Class), 8th in Moto 2
  • Overall Finishes: 4.667; 3rd best in class
  • Moto First Lap Position: 2.667; Best in Class

Series Points: 126

CR22 85 Cup

3) Lachlan Allen

  • 1st in Timed Practice: 2; Newcastle, Melbourne
  • Heat Race Wins: 3; Lachlan won all 3 heat races he contested
  • Heat Race Laps Led: 13; Most in Class
  • Main Event Podium: 1; Adelaide

Averages

  • Qualifying: 1.333; Best in Class
  • Heat Race Finishes: 1st; Best in Class
  • Heat Race First Lap Position: 1.667; 2nd best in class
  • Main Event Finishes: 3.667; 3rd best in class
  • Main Event First Lap Position: 8th 

Series Points: 58

Australian Supercross SX3

3) Kayd Kingsford

  • Heat Race Podiums: 2; Adelaide, Newcastle
  • Heat Race Win: 1; Adelaide
  • Heat Race Laps Led: 4
  • Main Event Podium: 1; Newcastle
  • Main Event Laps Led: 10; Most in Class

Averages

  • Qualifying: 3.667; 5th best in class
  • Heat Race Finishes: 3.333
  • Heat Race First Lap Position: 2.333; Tied for 4th best in class
  • Main Event Finishes: 4.667; Tied for 4th best in class
  • Main Event First Lap Position: 3rd; 3rd best in class

Series Points: 52

Australian Supercross SX2

3) Cole Thompson

  • Heat Race Podiums: 3
  • Heat Race Win: 1; Melbourne
  • Heat Race Laps Led: 5; Tied for 2nd most in class
  • Main Event Podiums: 2; Newcastle, Melbourne

Averages

  • Qualifying: 4.667
  • Heat Race Finishes: 2nd; 3rd best in class
  • Heat Race First Lap Position: 1.667; 2nd best in class
  • Main Event Finishes: 3.667; 2nd best in class
  • Main Event First Lap Position: 6.556

Series Points: 85

Australian Supercross SX1

3) Josh Hill

  • Heat Race Podiums: 2; Adelaide, Newcastle
  • Main Event Podiums: 2; Newcastle

Averages

  • Qualifying: 4th; 4th best in class
  • Heat Race Finishes: 2.667; Tied for 5th best in class
  • Heat Race First Lap Position: 3.333
  • Main Event Finishes: 3.333; Tied for 3rd best in class
  • Main Event First Lap Position: 5.444; 5th best in class

Series Points: 94

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First Test: 2024 Kawasaki KX450

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MX Vice’s tester Brad Wheeler jumped on the all-new 2024 Kawasaki KX450. Check out the video below to get his thoughts and insights on this excellent bike from his time at the Kawasaki test in Spain.

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