Atlanta, Ga., (March 3, 2019) The ninth round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, was held at the closest venue North Carolina rider Cooper Webb of the Red Bull KTM team would have to a home race, and he led the race from start to finish to the cheers of 59,107 southern fans. It wasn’t an easy win as he had a near constant attack from Red Bull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin and Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS’ Blake Baggett. The 250SX Regional Classes saw the first of two East/West Showdowns of the year, where riders from each series compete for the same points payout in one race. It was Western Regional 250SX Class riders taking the first two positions, with points leader Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo getting to the checkers first.
When the 450SX Class Main Event racers emerged from the first turn, it was points leader Cooper Webb emerging with the holeshot. Within a few
The action was tense at the front. Musquin put in a charge four minutes into the 20-minute plus one lap race; Musquin gained a lot of ground in the whoops section and came in contact with Webb in the following corner. Neither rider went down, but the time it took for Musquin to regain balance and remount gave Webb about a second and a half of breathing room. Three minutes later the top three were bunched up again with each rider seeming to have a speed advantage in a different section of the track.
Just past the halfway mark, Musquin’s front wheel went over the inside berm in the sand section and Baggett got by. Baggett put on a charge for the lead, but Webb remained composed on the soft track that was rutting up badly. By the last
After the race, Webb was asked if his line selections made the difference, “Yeah, it was all about lines. For
Blake Baggett explained that not only passing but closing in on riders was tough on the Atlanta track, “I think it’s the track conditions and the sand. It’s tough when they put sand in a Supercross event, I’m definitely not for it. You can get a run up to him but then you’re going through
Musquin spent much of the race within one second of the lead, and was disappointed to end the night in third, “I got a great start but I wish I got the holeshot, it would have been maybe a different story. But I fought really hard trying to pass Cooper. I think the speed was really good, going through the whoops was good, I was definitely a little faster than him, but I just couldn’t make the pass. Some sections I was definitely catching him, but then through the
The first of two 2019 East/West Showdowns found the East Coast riders racing their fourth round and the West Coast riders, who have been off for three weekends, competing in their sixth round. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner grabbed the holeshot with teammate Adam Cianciarulo right behind. It looked like the teammates, who each led their points in their respective series, would go to battle butGEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton slipped past into the runner up spot. Cianciarulo stayed close, then pulled back up, and just over six minutes into the 15-minute plus one lap Main Event got back around Sexton and started setting faster lap times than his teammate just ahead of him. Behind
Cianciarulo was thrilled with his win, which was his third East/West Showdown win, the most of any rider in Monster Energy Supercross history, “First and foremost, those guys are riding so good. I can’t say enough good things about Chase and Austin both; their pace was unreal. So for
Ferrandis was very happy with second place, a completely different story from his race last season at the Atlanta round. The French rider said on the podium, “It’s a little bit like
Forkner was third on the track, his first loss of 2019, but earned the most points of any of the Eastern Regional riders and therefore extended his points lead. When asked if he settled for third, Austin said, “Yeah, I definitely settled. I had a pretty rough day in practice. I crashed twice pretty hard in the whoops and just wasn’t feeling ’em tonight. That’s where I was losing my time, obviously, that’s where I got passed both times. I wasn’t willing to go any faster, as simple as that, I was losing a little bit there but I knew Adam and Dylan weren’t in my championship. Obviously, I would have liked to beat ’em to extend my points lead even farther on the East guys, but that’s technically a win for me tonight as far as East Coast championship is concerned. That’s what I’m worried about.
Next weekend Monster Energy Supercross goes to the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, to see if Webb can continue his incredible season and for the Eastern Regional 250SX Class riders to battle again.
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450SX Class Results1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM3. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM4. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda5. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha6. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki7. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda8. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna9. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki10. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda
450SX Class Championship Standings1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (199)2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (186)3. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (182)4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (177)5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (142)6. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (137)7. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki (124)8. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (122)9. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (120)10. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda (113)
East/West Showdown 250SX Class Results1. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki2. Dylan Ferrandis, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha3. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki4. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda5. Justin Cooper, Huntington, N.Y., Yamaha6. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM7. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha8. Martin Davalos, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki9. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., Husqvarna10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings1. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (99)2. Justin Cooper, Huntington, N.Y., Yamaha (81)3. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (79)4. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM (70)5. Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki (60)6. Martin Davalos, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki (58)7. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha (54)8. Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Tex., Honda (51)9. Mitchell Oldenburg, Godley, Tex., Yamaha (50)10. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Suzuki (46)
Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings1. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (140)2. Dylan Ferrandis, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (125)3. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (123)4. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (120)5. RJ Hampshire, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (86)6. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., Husqvarna (80)7. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Husqvarna (80)8. Cameron McAdoo, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda (79)9. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Yamaha (77)10. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki (74)