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Cooper Webb extends AMA Supercross Championship lead with victory in Houston

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Cooper Webb now holds a 17 point lead in the championship with 4 rounds to go. Photo: Simon Cudby
Cooper Webb once again led the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team to a 1-2 sweep in the 450SX class with a big victory at Saturday‰Ûªs Houston SX Triple Crown, Round 13 of the AMA Supercross Championship.

With 2-1-3 Main Event finishes, Webb bested his teammate Marvin Musquin (5-3-1) by only three points for the overall win in Texas while in the 250SX class Yamaha's Dylan Ferrandis backed up last weeks win to make it two in a row for the Frenchman.

Webb‰Ûªs eighth-place qualifying position left more to be desired early in the day but he quickly turned things around in the first Main Event. The current championship leader battled for third early on with Musquin, where he eventually made his way into second behind race winner Ken Roczen.


In Main Event #2, Webb grabbed the holeshot and immediately put himself out in front of the pack. From there, he never looked back as he led all 16 laps of the race to finish ahead of Dean Wilson and Musquin.

In Main Event #3, Webb got off to a third-place start, engaging in an intense three-way battle with Eli Tomac and Musquin early on. He got into second on lap six and continued to dice back-and-forth before settling into third behind Tomac and race winner Musquin in the final race. With a consistent string of podium finishes, Webb was able to top the class in the Triple Crown format thus taking home the maximum championship points from Round 12.
A good win in the final of the three triple crown races was enough to secure Marvin Musquin second for the round. Photo: Simon Cudby
‰ÛÏIt was a great night overall with a 2-1-3, and I got a Main Event win, which was cool," Webb said. "Consistency was key to this race ‰ÛÒ it‰Ûªs tough to line up for three Main Events and go to battle with the best-of-the-best, so it‰Ûªs a good night to get the win, I‰Ûªm stoked on it!‰Û
Dean Wilson had his best round with a podium finish. Photo: Simon Cudby
Dean Wilson had a stellar night carding a consistent 3-2-5 finishes throughout the three 450SX Main Events to claim his best finish of the season with third.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs good to be on the podium,‰Û
Yamaha's Dylan Ferrandis backed up his first-ever Monster Energy AMA Supercross win last weekend in Seattle with another stellar victory and overall win.
In the 250SX West class Dylan Ferrandis backed up his first-ever Monster Energy AMA Supercross win last weekend in Seattle with another stellar victory at. Geico Honda's RJ Hampshire finished second while Ferrandis' Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing teammate Colt Nichols capped off a solid night with a win in the third main to join Ferrandis on the podium.

A chaotic start with riders coming together nearly had Ferrandis on the ground in the first 250SX main event. Sitting in eighth position by the end of the first lap, the Frenchman put his head down and flew through the pack to score a valuable second-place finish behind his championship rival Adam Cianciarulo while Rj Hampshire rounded out the top three.

In the second main event, Ferrandis got off to a much better start. In the lead group, he didn‰Ûªt waste any time getting into the lead and was able to maintain it to the finish. Rj Hampshire went one better to finish second while Nichols, on the other hand, had a rough start but was able to work his way back from 10th to third after going over the bars, thanks to a false neutral. A tenth place finish for championship leader Adam Cianciarulo would make it hard for the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider to feature on the podium.


Nichols went on to lead flag-to-flag in the final moto ahead of Ferrandis and Cianciarulo, enough to finish third overall in front of family and friends.

With the win, Ferrandis was able to close the gap further on his Cianciarulo, now just five points behind the 250SX West leader with two rounds remaining. Nichols also made ground in the title chase, sitting third in the standings trailing by 40 points.

‰ÛÏIt feels good to get two wins in a row. It gave me even more confidence in myself and my riding," Ferrandis said after the race. "Like I said last time, I really like the Triple Crown format. I just needed to be consistent tonight to get a good result. It‰Ûªs what I did and I finally took the win. I‰Ûªm now five points from the leader, which gives me a chance for the championship. We have the weekend off next week, but once again I will train hard to be ready for the final two rounds.‰Û
RJ Hampshire‰Ûªs effort proved good enough for a second-place overall finish ‰ÛÒ his first podium of 2019 ‰ÛÒ and second since his 2015 rookie campaign.
RJ Hampshire was happy to be back on the podium with second, something he hadn‰Ûªt done since his rookie year, ‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a long road. Like I said my rookie year my first podium and four years later just got another one. I‰Ûªm just stoked on my team. We‰Ûªve been working hard, trying to find the right setting, and changed clutches this week, tested a lot on my starts, and you could tell my starts were better all night; I think that helped quite a bit. I was pretty strong in the whoops until that last moto, it was ugly‰Û_ I‰Ûªm just so stoked to be up here and really looking forward to Denver now. I‰Ûªm kind of an outdoor guy but I really want to prove myself in Supercross, so I‰Ûªve got two more chances at it, and [I‰Ûªm] just stoked to be up here tonight.‰Û

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