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Webb Breaks Through For Maiden 2020 SX Win As Championship Title Cloeses Up

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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It was a successful day for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Cooper Webb with the 2019 champion claiming the top step of the 450SX podium at Round 6 of the 2020 AMA Supercross Championship held in San Diego's Petco Park.

After working his way back from a first turn incident in his heat race, Webb qualified into the night's main event with a gate pick well outside the top ten. Still, luckily a gate was left vacant on the inside half of the start gate, and Webb took full advantage of the opportunity.

It was Monster Energy Kawasaki's Adam Ciancirulo who lead the field through the first turn with Monster Energy Yamaha's Aaron Plessinger in second and Webb in third.

Not wanting to allow Cianciarulo to get away, Webb quickly worked his way into second place, and momentarily lead the race, before settling into second position and stalking AC for the majority of the race.

With just over two laps to go and after a couple of earlier attempts, Webb made a decisive move for the lead, and quickly opened up a small gap that allowed him to take his first win of the 2020 season and in doing so moved his way right back into championship contention.

‰ÛÏI got into the lead early, and then Adam [Cianciarulo] made a good aggressive move on the inside and I just kind of let him go." Webb reflected.

"The track, I knew it was going to be hard to pass, and I knew it was going to be a long Main Event, so I was just kind of riding in there. I tried to make a pass a few laps earlier, but we played cat and mouse which allowed Blake [Baggett] to catch up and I didn‰Ûªt want to do that. It feels good late in the race to get that pass and the win tonight.‰Û
In the 250 West main event, it was Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha's Dylan Ferrandis who opened up his championship points lead with a calculated race win ahead of Monster Energy Kawasaki's Austin Forkner.

Forkner quickly worked his way into the lead with championship rivals Ferrandis and his Star Racing Yamaha team-mate Justin Cooper quickly moving into second and third respectively with both Forkner and Ferrandis quickly opening a gap over the rest of the field.

Much like the 450 main events, Ferrandis stalked Forkner until the dying stages of the race before putting a little bump and run move on the race leader and quickly ran away for his second straight race win.

"I‰Ûªm really happy. I felt good all day and got the fastest lap. It was another nice race with a big fight for the win," Ferrandis said. "I‰Ûªm glad I took it and am going into the break with the red plate and more points. Last year, I didn‰Ûªt have this advantage leaving San Diego, so that‰Ûªs really good. I‰Ûªm in a good situation."
A few laps from home Austin Forkner was pushed wide while leading and was forced off the track, moving him back to second. With it being late in the race, Forkner ran out of time to put in a charge, finishing in second.
Forkner crossed the line in second position lamenting dropping the spot..

‰ÛÏSecond is obviously not where I want to be,‰Û
Justin Cooper returned to the podium, as well, keeping the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team‰Ûªs 2020 podium streak alive with a third-place finish on Saturday at Petco Park.
Justin Cooper was third for the fifth time this season.

"It was a good day overall, but I was a little bit off the pace," Cooper admitted. "I felt like I got it together for the Heat race. I was riding well, but I bent my shifter about halfway through. It was kind of scary for me because I was going in and out of gears, and I didn‰Ûªt want to mess up and get hurt. I lost Dylan there and had to take second. In the Main, I was right behind him, but lost the pace a little bit, and they got away. We were close, but we will keep working. I‰Ûªm really looking to get out front in one of these Main Events and see what I can do."



Rockstar Husqvarna's Michael Mosiman rebounded from last weeks crash to finish fourth, with Brandon Hartranft finishing fifth aboard to his Troy Lee Designs KTM.

It was another excellent result for Penrite Honda's Luke Clout with the Australian finishing in sixth position and moving up to 7th position in the championship standings, while Yamaha mounted Jay Wilson just missed a top ten result finishing in 11th.

Serco Yamaha's Aaron Tanti worked his way forward through the field to finish 14th.



450SX Class Results
1 Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM
2 Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki
3 Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM
4 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
5 Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha
6 Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
7 Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda
8 Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda
9 Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Honda
10 Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha

450SX Class Championship Standings
1 Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (130)
2 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (129)
3 Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM (121)
4 Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (116)
5 Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (113)
6 Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (105)
7 Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (90)
8 Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda (90)
9 Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (89)
10 Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (75)

Western Regional 250SX Class Results
1 Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha
2 Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki
3 Justin Cooper, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
4 Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., Husqvarna
5 Brandon Hartranft, Corona, Calif., KTM
6 Luke Clout, Hemet, Calif., Honda
7 Jacob Hayes, Lodi, Calif., Husqvarna
8 Carson Brown, Ravensdale, Wash., Husqvarna
9 Derek Drake, Corona, Calif., KTM
10 Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki

Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1 Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (135)
2 Justin Cooper, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha (128)
3 Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (122)
4 Brandon Hartranft, Corona, Calif., KTM (110)
5 Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki (98)
6 Jacob Hayes, Lodi, Calif., Husqvarna (89)
7 Luke Clout, Hemet, Calif., Honda (83)
8 Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., Husqvarna (82)
9 Derek Drake, Corona, Calif., KTM (78)
10 Mitchell Oldenburg, Godly, Tex., Honda (72)

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