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Webb sweeps Spring Creek motos to capture first career Pro Motocross Championship win

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Webb sweeps Spring Creek motos to capture first career Pro Motocross Championship win
Cooper Webb went 1-1 en route to his first career 450 Class win. Photo: Jeff Kardas
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship held its eighth round of the 2019 season at Spring Creek MX Park for the 37th running of the Frescados Tortillas Spring Creek National on Saturday.

A series of thunderstorms, accompanied by nearby lightning, forced race officials to adjust the race day schedule, which ultimately delayed the start time of the opening moto one hour. The heavy rainfall provided riders with challenging track conditions throughout the afternoon, where the 450 Class saw Cooper Webb sweep both motos for his first career victory in the premier class. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki‰Ûªs Adam Cianciarulo prevailed to take his sixth victory of the season, extending his lead in the championship standings.

As the gate dropped on the opening 450 Class moto, JGRMX Suzuki support rider Isaac Teasdale emerged with the first MotoSport.com Holeshot of his career over Webb and local hero Henry Miller. As the 40-rider field charged out of the first turn, Webb blasted by Teasdale to take over the top spot and lead the opening lap. Miller was credited in second, while TPJ Racing rider John Short moved into third, just ahead of Teasdale.


Webb immediately took advantage of a clear track and quickly opened a gap over his competition, while Miller maintained his hold of second. Teasdale managed to get back around Short for third, however, it would be short lived as Monster Energy Kawasaki‰Ûªs Eli Tomac was on the move and wasted no time overtaking both riders.

Tomac‰Ûªs march to the front continued as he tracked down Miller and took over the second position with an aggressive move around the outside of the first turn. Shortly after, Miller had company from Frenchman Marvin Musquin, who made the pass for third, shuffling Miller to fourth.
Webb sweeps Spring Creek motos to capture first career Pro Motocross Championship win
Starts were crucial to Webb's ability to win each moto. Photo: Jeff Kardas
Over the ensuing laps Tomac used every inch of the racetrack to close in on Webb, and as the moto neared its completion Tomac found himself searching for a way past the race leader. However, Webb withstood the challenge and responded by picking up his pace, which kept Tomac at bay. When the checkered flag waved, it was Webb who held on to take the first 450 Class moto victory of his career by 11.8 seconds over Tomac. Musquin remained unchallenged en route to third. Zach Osborne was fourth, while Miller finished an impressive fifth in front of the home crowd.

Moto 2 saw Webb carry the momentum from his first moto win to take his class-leading sixth MotoSport.com Holeshot over Team Honda HRC‰Ûªs Ken Roczen and Short. As Webb and Roczen set the pace out front, several riders found themselves collected in a first turn pileup, including championship contender Musquin. Tomac was mired deep in the field as well, and fought to put himself inside the top-10 at the end of the opening lap.
Webb sweeps Spring Creek motos to capture first career Pro Motocross Championship win
Zach Osborne returned from injury to capture his fourth podium finish of the season. Photo: Jeff Kardas
Behind the lead duo, the battle for third began to heat up as Osborne closed in on Short, and eventually made the pass stick for third. Despite Webb‰Ûªs strong riding out front, Roczen started bridging the gap and was able to make a successful pass attempt for the lead. Just a few corners later, Webb aggressively dove to the inside of Roczen to retake the lead.

While pushing the pace up front, Webb came up short on the landing of one of the uphill jumps, which forced him to the ground and allowed Roczen to inherit the lead. Webb was able to remount in second with Osborne just behind. As the race entered its final stages, Webb was relentless and chipped away at Roczen‰Ûªs advantage. He soon found himself once again contending for the moto win and set his sights on the lead. With just two laps remaining, Webb made the pass stick on Roczen navigating the sand rollers. He quickly distanced himself, but Roczen laid it all on the line on the final lap to close to within less than a bike length as they navigated the final few corners.

Webb pushed all the way until the checkered flag, and was able to narrowly edge out Roczen by 0.3 of a second. Osborne finished in a distant third. Tomac, who endured through a tip over of his own, only managed to fight his way up to fifth in the conditions.
Webb sweeps Spring Creek motos to capture first career Pro Motocross Championship win
Eli Tomac's third-place finish allowed him to add to his championship lead. Photo: Jeff Kardas
The 1-1 moto scores by Webb netted him both the first overall podium and overall victory of his career. He becomes the 69th different 450 Class winner in Pro Motocross history, and just the second to do so at Spring Creek MX Park.

‰ÛÏI really wanted that second moto win,‰Û
Webb sweeps Spring Creek motos to capture first career Pro Motocross Championship win
Adam Cianciarulo raced to his sixth win in eight races in the 250 Class. Photo: Jeff Kardas
The first 250 Class moto saw Cianciarulo prevail with his third MotoSport.com Holeshot while battling alongside GEICO Honda‰Ûªs Hunter Lawrence, and just ahead of Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs Justin Cooper. Lawrence was able to edge out into the lead, where he and Cianciarulo quickly set the pace out front. Behind them, JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing‰Ûªs Alex Martin began to apply pressure on Cooper for third, taking control of the position in front of his hometown crowd before the end of the opening lap.

As Lawrence continued to ride strong and attack the muddy conditions, Cianciarulo gave chase and matched the leaders pace for the first half of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto. Martin started to find his pace and slowly began closing the gap to Cianciarulo, but every time he would look to make a move, Cianciarulo responded and pulled back away. With just four minutes remaining, Cianciarulo lost the front end and found himself on the ground, allowing Martin to take over second. Cianciarulo was able to quickly remount in third.

Out front, Lawrence remained consistent to take his second moto win of the season. He crossed the line 13.4 seconds ahead of Martin, who matched a season-best moto finish. Cianciarulo rebounded from his late-race dismount to complete the podium in third. Shane McElrath was fourth, while Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs Dylan Ferrandis rounded out the top five.
Webb sweeps Spring Creek motos to capture first career Pro Motocross Championship win
Alex Martin earned his first podium finish of the season in front of his hometown crowd. Photo: Jeff Kardas
Cooper launched out of the gate to take his class-leading fifth MotoSport.com Holeshot to start Moto 2, followed by Cianciarulo and JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing‰Ûªs Kyle Peters. Lawrence, who won the opening moto, was credited with 10th at the end of the opening lap, while Martin started just outside of the top five after running off of the track in the first turn.

A clear track allowed Cianciarulo to go on the attack early. He made an assertive pass on Cooper to grab the lead and proceeded to break away from the riders behind him, opening a comfortable lead in the early part of the moto. While Cooper continued in second, Martin began to pick riders off one-by-one and soon moved into third. The Millville native then set his sights on Cooper for second, latching onto the Yamaha rider as he looked for a way around.

With eight minutes remaining, Martin and Cooper came together, which sent Cooper to the ground and caused him to lose several positions. Martin continued on in second, while Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs Colt Nichols moved up to third. Just moments later, a miscue by Martin allowed Nichols to take over second, but a persistent Martin struck back to retake the position with just three laps to go.

Cianciarulo carried on to take his sixth moto win of the season by 11.7 seconds over Martin, while Nichols finished in a strong third. At the completion of the moto, race officials announced that Martin would get a one-position penalty for his off-track excursion in the first turn at the start of the race, which moved Nichols into season-best finish of second and dropped Martin to third.

Cianciarulo‰Ûªs 3-1 scores gave him the seventh overall victory of his career, and his sixth in eight rounds this season. It‰Ûªs the fifth time this summer that Cianciarulo has used a second-moto win to carry him to the overall victory.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm not really an angry person, but after that first moto I was mad,‰Û
Webb sweeps Spring Creek motos to capture first career Pro Motocross Championship win
Australian Hunter Lawrence parlayed the second moto win of his career into a second overall podium result. Photo: Jeff Kardas
Frescados Tortillas Spring Creek National Spring Creek MX Park
Millville, Minnesota - July 20, 2019

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
1 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (1-1)
2 Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-3)
3 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (2-5)
4 Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-7)
5 Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (14-2)
6 Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (11-4)
7 John Short, Dallas, Texas, Honda (6-8)
8 Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Suzuki (7-11)
9 Henry Miller, Rochester, Minn., KTM (5-14)
10 Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, MO., KTM (16-6)

450 Class Championship Standings
1 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki ‰ÛÒ 342 points
2 Marvin Musquin, France, KTM ‰ÛÒ 304 points
3 Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda ‰ÛÒ 293 points
4 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM ‰ÛÒ 288 points
5 Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna ‰ÛÒ 272 points
6 Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna ‰ÛÒ 265 points
7 Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 198 points
8 Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM ‰ÛÒ 175 points
9 Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., KTM ‰ÛÒ 166 points
10 Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Suzuki ‰ÛÒ 156 points

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
1 Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (3-1)
2 Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (2-3)
3 Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (1-6)
4 Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (5-4)
5 Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (4-5)
6 Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (14-2)
7 Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (7-10)
8 RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (6-11)
9 Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki (10-9)
10 Ty Masterpool, Paradise, Texas, Yamaha (11-13)

250 Class Championship Standings
1 Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki ‰ÛÒ 352 points
2 Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 316 points
3 Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 306 points
4 Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda ‰ÛÒ 233 points
5 Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 233 points
6 RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda ‰ÛÒ 225 points
7 Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki ‰ÛÒ 207 points
8 Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., Husqvarna ‰ÛÒ 186 points
9 Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda ‰ÛÒ 181 points
10 Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM ‰ÛÒ 163 points

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