Race Recap: Webb goes 2 for 2
It was a quick turnaround for the AMA supercross series Tuesday. Just two days of rest for the 250 West and 450 riders as well as the mechanics to get ready for the second of three races in Arlington Texas. The top 450 rider’s qualified top four heading into the second race with Eli Tomac heading the group in first. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider lead the way in front of, arguably the second fastest rider in the series, Troy Lee Designs Red Bull Gas Gas rider Justin Barcia and series points leader Cooper Webb. In the first qualifying sessions, Cooper Webb went down in the whoops section; which is something we don’t see very often from the series point’s leader. The Red Bull KTM Factory rider was able to come back and qualify third only two tenths of a second faster than Honda HRC, and second place in points, Ken Roczen.
In heat race 1 we saw Aaron Plessinger grab another heat race win. The Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha rider dominated the entire race by getting out with an early lead and never relinquishing it to the two top riders Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen. The story of heat race 2 was much of the same. Cooper Webb got out to an early lead and led all 8 laps. The series points leader was able to pull away from defending champion Eli Tomac and win by 3 seconds.
The main event got out to a fast start with Cooper Webb grabbing the holeshot followed by Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac. Tomac however, made a quick pass for second on Roczen and proceeded to stock the series point’s leader for most of the race. In his perfectly patient riding style, Tomac rode behind Webb for the entire race waiting for the right time to make a pass. He did this until four and a half minutes left in the race. He tried to get a jump on Webb in the corner leading into the whoops section and made a small mistake where his rear wheel spun, ultimately losing precious time on Webb. This gave the Red Bull KTM Factory rider all the space he needed to win his second race in a row.
Webb extended his lead to 12 points heading into the third race of Arlington on Saturday with only 6 races left in the 2021 season.
The 250 West Championship races have provided quite the mix of winning riders. The top three winners qualified on Tuesday with Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha rider Justin Cooper getting the top spot. Last Saturday’s winner Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki Seth Hammaker qualified second followed by teammate and series points leader Cameron Mcadoo.
Heat race 1 was won by Seth Hammaker who led the entire race followed by the rider that we expected to be the fourth new rider to win in 2021, Factory Honda HRC rider Hunter Lawrence. Mcadoo and Cooper battled it out in the second heat which ultimately led to Mcadoo getting the heat win and looking like he was keyed into defending his points lead.
The 250 main event was a little out of the ordinary form the previous three races. Mitchell Harrison would get the holeshot followed by Jalek Swoll. Of the top four qualifiers, Hunter Lawrence would be the highest positioned rider out of the first turn in fifth with Cooper just behind him. Mcadoo didn’t get out to a great start in 9th. Cooper fell with what looked like Chris Blose cutting in front of him making contact with his front tire causing him to drop back to 19th place coming out of the whoops section.
Mcadoo worked his way up to 5th place just behind Hunter Lawrence followed my Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammate Jordan Smith. The pass of the race came for the lead about four minutes in when Hunter Lawrence passed both Mitchell Harrison and Jalek Swoll in the final turn before the finish. The second moment of the race came when Cameron Mcadoo fell in the whoops section immediately following Lawrence’s pass for the lead. After getting up he cut an entire turn to rejoin the race. This cost him a 3 position penalty that resulted in him getting the red plate after the race.
Seth Hammaker had a tough night finishing in 11th, Justin Cooper was able to salvage a 5th place finish after his crash, and after the AMA handed out Mcadoos track cutting penalty he officially finished in 10th. This left Hunter Lawrence out front to get his first victory and take over the points standings by a single point over Mcadoo.