Round six of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross season was also the third straight race in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Indy has been good to two riders in particular: Ken Roczen, who won the previous 450 mains, and Colt Nichols, who is on a roll in the 250 East ranks.  Both had outstanding races. Roczen led every lap of the 450 main while at least two of his main rivals suffered  varying degrees of misfortune. And while Nichols didn’t win, Indy 3 might be considered one of the best races of his career. His teammate Christian Craig finished up front and increasingly looks like the only other rider with a real shot at taking the red number plate. For extended coverage of 2021 Supercross, click here.


Tomac closed up on Ken Roczen but never made a serious attempt at taking the lead in heat one. Photo by Trevor Nelson.

Kenny Roczen, Zach Osborne and Eli Tomac were all up front from the start of heat one, making for a very fast pace. Roczen quickly emerged with a small lead. Justin Brayton crashed on the first lap, which caused some chaos in the pack. Within a few laps, Malcolm Stewart joined the fast trio up front, but there was an increasing gap back to fifth, which was held by Vince Friese. There were very few changes in the running order throughout the race, and Ken Roczen brought it home without much drama.

1 Ken Roczen
2 Eli Tomac
3 Zach Osborne
4 Malcolm Stewart
5 Vince Friese
6 Joey Savatgy
7 Benny Bloss
8 Broc Tickle
9 Carlen Gardner
10 Cade Clason
11 Justin Brayton
12 Nick Schmidt
13 Theodore Pauli
14 Vann Martin
15 Aj Catanzaro
16 Kyle Chisholm
17 Preston Taylor
18 Joshua Greco
19 Aaron Leininger
20 Carter Stephenson


Justin Barcia was ready to pounce when Marvin Musquin crashed out of heat two. Photo by Trevor Nelson.

Some of the fastest riders gated poorly in heat two, making for a rapidly changing picture. Justin Bogle was up front initially, then Marvin Musquin took over with Jason Anderson close behind. Justin Barcia and Cooper Webb cut their way to the front fairly quickly, while Dylan Ferrandis and Adam Cianciarulo started even farther back and had more work to do. About  halfway through the short race, Musquin went down, handing the lead to Barcia, who had just passed Jason Anderson. Webb also got past Anderson to set the top three. Ferrandis was fourth and Adam Cianciarulo was fifth despite a late-race crash.

1 Justin Barcia
2 Cooper Webb
3 Jason Anderson
4 Dylan Ferrandis
5 Adam Cianciarulo
6 Marvin Musquin
7 Aaron Plessinger
8 Justin Bogle
9 Martin Davalos
10 Fredrik Noren
11 Justin Starling
12 Adam Enticknap
13 Joan Cros
14 Jeremy Smith
15 Ludovic Macler
16 Justin Rodbell
17 Brandon Hartranft
18 Scotty Wennerstrom
19 Deven Raper
20 Alex Ray


Ken Roczen took intense last lap pressure from Cooper Webb, but didn’t crack. Photo by Trevor Nelson.

Justin Barcia got the start, but Ken Roczen didn’t let him stay up front for long. He took the lead and wouldn’t let go for the whole race despite deteriorating track conditions. He never got a comfortable lead, though, and most of the race it was Barcia applying the pressure. Cooper Webb, Adam Cianciarulo and Eli Tomace all seemed capable of going the same speed as Roczen, but there was very little passing up front. In the back of the pack, Zach Osborne and Dylan Ferrandis were charging hard after bad starts. Pretty soon, they were around 10th, but moving up any farther seemed difficult. At the halfway point, it was still Roczen, Barcia, Webb, Tomac, Cianciarulo, Malcolm Stewart and Marvin Musquin in the top seven places. It wasn’t until the very end that things began to happen. Webb passed Barcia and closed in on Roczen. Right after that, Barcia clipped Vince Friese, who was down a lap, and crashed hard. Tomac then crashed into his bike, and just like that,  Stewart and Musquin were battling for a podium position. In the final laps, Webb managed to pressure Roczen, but couldn’t get close enough to do anything serious. Musquin took control of third ahead of Stewart

1 Ken Roczen
2 Cooper Webb
3 Marvin Musquin
4 Malcolm Stewart
5 Adam Cianciarulo
6 Jason Anderson
7 Eli Tomac
8 Dylan Ferrandis
9 Joey Savatgy
10 Zach Osborne
11 Aaron Plessinger
12 Justin Brayton
13 Broc Tickle
14 Vince Friese
15 Martin Davalos
16 Justin Bogle
17 Kyle Chisholm
18 Carlen Gardner
19 Justin Barcia
20 Adam Enticknap
21 Cade Clason
22 Benny Bloss


Jett Lawrence rode conservatively and still took heat one. Photo by Trevor Nelson.

Jett Lawrence took the start, but had confessed earlier that he wanted to ride conservatively to nurse his injured shoulder. That gave Mitchell Oldenburg and Jo Shimoda the confidence to challenge him for the lead. Oldenburg passed Lawrence three laps into the race, and Shimoda was also looking for an opening. With two laps to go, Shimoda tried  to pass them both, but got tangled with Oldenburg. That allowed Lawrence happily back into the number one spot. The three finished with a sizable lead over fourth place Kevin Moranz.

1 Jett Lawrence
2 Mitchell Oldenburg
3 Jo Shimoda
4 Kevin Moranz
5 Grant Harlan
6 Jeremy Hand
7 Luke Neese
8 Logan Karnow
9 Wilson Fleming
10 Curren Thurman
11 Alexander Nagy
12 Austin Cozadd
13 Vincent Luhovey
14 Hunter Schlosser
15 Vincent Murphy
16 Lane Shaw
17 Devin Harriman
18 John Short


Colt Nichols passed his teammate Christian Craig on the third lap then pulled a 5-second lead. Photo by Trevor Nelson.

It was a battle of teammates in heat two as Christian Craig squared of against points leader Colt Nichols. Initially, it was Craig up front with Nichols carefully watching his lines. When Nichols made the pass a few laps into the race, it was all over. He steadily built up a 5-second lead over Craig and a 20-second gap back to third place Devin Simonson.

1 Colt Nichols
2 Christian Craig
3 Devin Simonson
4 Thomas Do
5 Hunter Sayles
6 Joshua Varize
7 Joshua Osby
8 Bobby Piazza
9 Maxwell Sanford
10 Scott Meshey
11 Lorenzo Camporese
12 Mason Kerr
13 Guillaume St-Cyr
14 Jonah Geistler
15 Chad Saultz
16 Rene Garcia
17 Kyle Dillin
18 Mason Morris
19 Michael Mosiman

250 LCQ

1 Hunter Schlosser
2 Lorenzo Camporese
3 Scott Meshey
4 Vincent Luhovey
5 Lane Shaw
6 Alexander Nagy
7 Mason Kerr
8 Guillaume St-Cyr
9 Jonah Geistler
10 Chad Saultz
11 Curren Thurman
12 Austin Cozadd
13 Vincent Murphy
14 Rene Garcia
15 Kyle Dillin
16 Mason Morris
17 Devin Harriman
18 John Short
19 Michael Mosiman


Christian Craig put himself in the right place to take the win in the main event. Photo by Trevor Nelson.

It looked like the main event was going according to the script when Colt Nichols and Christian Craig got the start. Jett Lawrence was outside the top 10 and Jo Shimoda was around sixth. Nichols built up a small lead halfway through the first lap, but then cross rutted and crashed hard. Everyone went by and he remounted in last. That put Mitchell Oldenburg in second, but he was steadily losing ground to Craig. From the second lap on, it was all about watching Lawrence and Nichols come through the pack. Eventually, they came together, battling for fifth place. By then Shimoda was cleanly into second ahead of Oldenburg. Lawrence and Nichols both passed Oldenburg, then played games for a few laps. Eventually Nichols took over. Lawrence made an off-track excursion on the last laps , letting Oldenburg back by. Craig finished with a 10-seond lead over Shimoda, who had 10 seconds on Nichols.

1 Christian Craig
2 Jo Shimoda
3 Colt Nichols
4 Mitchell Oldenburg
5 Jett Lawrence
6 Joshua Osby
7 Hunter Sayles
8 Devin Simonson
9 Thomas Do
10 Luke Neese
11 Grant Harlan
12 Logan Karnow
13 Jeremy Hand
14 Kevin Moranz
15 Vincent Luhovey
16 Joshua Varize
17 Bobby Piazza
18 Scott Meshey
19 Wilson Fleming
20 Maxwell Sanford
21 Hunter Schlosser
22 Lorenzo Camporese

450 LCQ

1 Justin Brayton
2 Cade Clason
3 Kyle Chisholm
4 Adam Enticknap
5 Brandon Hartranft
6 Joan Cros
7 Justin Starling
8 Fredrik Noren
9 Aj Catanzaro
10 Ludovic Macler
11 Jeremy Smith
12 Vann Martin
13 Theodore Pauli
14 Scotty Wennerstrom
15 Joshua Greco
16 Preston Taylor
17 Aaron Leininger
18 Deven Raper
19 Justin Rodbell
20 Nick Schmidt
21 Carter Stephenson
22 Alex Ray


Cooper Webb is usually a self confessed slow starter, but he came out swinging at Indy 3. Photo by Trevor Nelson.

1 Cooper Webb 46.752
2 Eli Tomac 46.833
3 Adam Cianciarulo 47.225
4 Malcolm Stewart 47.227
5 Justin Barcia 47.290
6 Zach Osborne 47.307
7 Marvin Musquin 47.426
8 Ken Roczen 47.572
9 Dylan Ferrandis 47.593
10 Justin Brayton 47.700
11 Justin Bogle 48.078
12 Joey Savatgy 48.160
13 Jason Anderson 48.265
14 Broc Tickle 48.353
15 Martin Davalos 48.495
16 Benny Bloss 48.645
17 Aaron Plessinger 48.728
18 Vince Friese 49.627
19 Brandon Hartranft 49.656
20 Kyle Chisholm 49.801
21 Justin Starling 49.919
22 Cade Clason 50.531
23 Fredrik Noren 50.550
24 Carlen Gardner 50.991
25 Adam Enticknap 51.091
26 Aj Catanzaro 51.103
27 Jeremy Smith 51.109
28 Nick Schmidt 51.370
29 Justin Rodbell 51.427
30 Carter Stephenson 51.481
31 Joan Cros 51.566
32 Theodore Pauli 51.793
33 Ludovic Macler 51.949
34 Vann Martin 52.217
35 Alex Ray 53.081
36 Joshua Greco 53.330
37 Deven Raper 53.481
38 Preston Taylor 53.981
39 Scotty Wennerstrom 54.176
40 Aaron Leininger 54.734


1 Colt Nichols 47.913
2 Jett Lawrence 47.979
3 Michael Mosiman 48.026
4 Jo Shimoda 48.245
5 Christian Craig 48.566
6 Mitchell Oldenburg 48.577
7 Hunter Sayles 49.790
8 Grant Harlan 49.814
9 Thomas Do 50.034
10 Logan Karnow 50.093
11 Joshua Osby 50.161
12 Jeremy Hand 50.217
13 Devin Simonson 50.224
14 Hunter Schlosser 50.389
15 Bobby Piazza 50.564
16 Kevin Moranz 50.642
17 Joshua Varize 50.878
18 Luke Neese 50.948
19 Lorenzo Camporese 51.015
20 Devin Harriman 51.199
21 Maxwell Sanford 51.244
22 Vincent Luhovey 51.300
23 Mason Kerr 51.301
24 Wilson Fleming 51.363
25 Scott Meshey 51.385
26 Lane Shaw 51.437
27 Guillaume St-Cyr 51.665
28 Curren Thurman 51.710
29 Chad Saultz 51.826
30 Alexander Nagy 52.153
31 Kyle Dillin 52.174
32 Austin Cozadd 52.184
33 Jonah Geistler 52.449
34 John Short 53.032
35 Rene Garcia 53.219
36 Vincent Murphy 53.951
37 Mason Morris 56.281


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