SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Cooper Webb led all 26 laps of Wednesday’s 450SX Main Event en route to capturing his third victory of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship – his second of the first four races held inside Rice-Eccles Stadium this month. Webb’s nearly flawless performance vaulted the reigning Champion into second overall in the 450SX standings as he continues to fight for a second-straight title with three rounds remaining in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Despite a tough start to the season, Webb has been extremely consistent in the final stint with 2-1-2-1 Main Event finishes through the last four rounds. With that momentum, Webb came into Round 14 with plenty of steam as he topped the first 450SX qualifying session, ultimately claiming fourth overall in the combined times. In 450SX Heat 1, he powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into the lead on the opening lap and from there he never looked back, leading all nine laps of the heat race.
In the Main Event, Webb once again shot off the line to narrowly miss the holeshot but he quickly put himself into the lead on lap one. He held off a hard-charging Ken Roczen early on and the two riders diced back-and-forth for a lap until Webb fell into his groove and checked out for the remainder of the race.
Cooper Webb: “It was a great race, I almost got the holeshot and led every lap, which is the first time I’ve been able to do that this year. Kenny was riding really well at the beginning. I made a few mistakes and we battled there for a second but I regained focus and I was able to ride my laps and ended up getting a decent lead, which is nice. I feel like the first three [rounds] we’ve been battling down to the last lap so it was cool to be able to enjoy that one a little bit more, not so stressful.”
The 250SX Western Regional division returned to racing on Wednesday with Round 7 of the 10-race championship. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammates Brandon Hartranft and Derek Drake each captured top-10 finishes in the Main Event finishing seventh and 10th place, respectively.
Next Race: Round 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah – Sunday, June 10