Cooper Webb back on top in Salt Lake City with third win of the season


Cooper Webb took his third win of the season in the 450SX class and moved into second in the standings.
Cooper Webb has taken the win at round fourteen of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship in Salt Lake city while Austin Forkner rode to an emphatic victory in the 250SX West Coast class.

In a perfect day for Webb the Red Bull KTM rider qualifying fastest, winning his heat race and leading all twenty-six laps of the main event. Forkner had the same day as Webb taking a clean sweep of qualifying heat race and the main event wins, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider also lead the whole twenty laps.

Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen just edged out Cooper Webb for the holeshot as the 450SX main got underway in perfect racing conditions. The always fast-starting Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's Zach Osborne, Chad Reed and Blake Baggett where also in close attendance while Championship leader Eli Tomac was buried mid-pack after missing the jump out of the gate. Webb was once again though forced his way to the front by the end of the second corner.

Roczen's superior whoop speed was keeping him in touch with Webb as the duo started to build a gap over Baggett and Osborne. Meanwhile, Tomac was working his way through traffic down in tenth. Roczen did get past Webb for a few corners in what quickly became an entertaining battle. Webb got back by though and started to break the back of the German.
Zach Osborne had a career best finish with second place in the 450SX class. Photo: Align Media
By mid-race Webb had stretched his lead out to over five seconds as Roczen once again began to fade and quickly came under pressure from Osborne. Tomac was limiting damage by moving up to fifth but still fourteen seconds off Webb's lead. Baggett got by Roczen to move into third as the final five minutes where left to run. With Webb out front and looking unstoppable all focus was on Tomac to see how far he could climb through the field. In the end, Tomac got by Baggett with two laps to go but was still a long way off Osborne to be able to move up to second place.

At the chequered flag, it was a comfortable win for Webb over the fastly improving Osborne, who had his best 450 class career finish, and Tomac. Baggett was fourth with Roczen a disappointing fifth.
Championship leader Eli Tomac clawed his way back to third after missing the jump of the gate and getting buried mid-pack.
"It was a great race, I got a holeshot and led every lap which is the first time I have been able to do that this year, which is awesome," Webb said from the podium. "Kenny was really riding well at the beginning; we were putting in some heaters. I really then just hit my stride, I made a few mistakes, and he was able to get by, and we battled there for second. I re-focused and was able to ride my laps. It feels like these last three races we have been battling all the way to the last laps, so I enjoyed that one a bit more - not so stressful."

Tomac remains in the championship lead only dropping three points to Webb who now moves into second in the standings.

250SX West Coast
Austin Forkner qualified fastest, won his heat race and lead every lap of the 250SX West Coast main.
Fastest qualifier Justin Cooper got the best of a hectic start in 250SX West Cost Main as Monster Energy Kawasaki's Austin Forkner, Australian Jett Lawernce, Cameron Mcadoo, Alex Martin and Start Yamaha Racings Dylan Ferrandis all battled hard for leading positions in the opening lap. Aussie Luke Clout was midfield in tenth as his compatriot Hunter Lawrence, who qualified through the LCQ after crashing in his heat race, was at the tail of the field after another small crash as lap one concluded.

With the first five minutes down Forkner was setting fastest laps out front while Cooper and Mcadoo battled over the podium spots. There was some close racing between Jett Lawrence, Ferrandis and Martin and Michael Mosiman for fourth place. Ferrandis soon moved up to the back wheel of Cooper and played the patients game for a few laps before the Championship leader got by and into third. Limiting risk Ferrandis then cautiously got by Mcadoo to move into second place and set out after Forkner, who was four seconds up the track. From an Aussie perspective, Clout had dropped to thirteenth while Hunter Lawrence had moved up to fifteenth.
Second place in the 250SX West class was enough to see Dylan Ferrandis retain his championship lead.
Jett Larence's good run came to an end with a crash in the whoops that dropped him back to twelfth place.

Ferrandis was unable to make up the ground needed as the chequered flag came out and Forkner went onto a strong opening win. Mcadoo rounded out the podium ahead of Justin Cooper and Mosiman.

The three Australia's finished in a row with Jett Lawrence eleventh, Clout twelfth and Hunter Lawrence thirteenth. Penrite Honda's Mitchell Oldenburg was tenth.

With one round and the shootout remaining, Ferrandis still leads Forkner in the title chase by ten points while Cooper is a point behind Forkner. Luke Clout is the best of the Aussies sitting seventh in the standings.

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