Race Recap: Webb Owns Orlando!!
Cooper Webb, track conditions, along with crashes and injuries is the take away from this weekend’s Orlando Supercross. Heading into the second race at Orlando this past weekend the weather was still an issue with track maintenance. Mike Muye, Director Of Operations for Monster Energy Supercross, explained that in order or conduct a full track change from race 1, three days would be needed. However, the rain continued to fall and the base of the track was saturated and Muye was hesitant to traverse the heavy equipment on the track. With minimal changes to the track, one would wonder who would benefit the most.
Even with a similar track setup, results didn’t seem to favor any rider in particular. Most riders took advantage of racing on virtually the same track two weeks in a row while qualifying. Cooper Webb held his second-place qualifying result from last weekend, but Jason Anderson took the jump from seventh last week to first place qualifier this week, but the rider that took a big step forward was Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Marvin Musquin qualifying seventh as opposed to his 16th last week. Heat 1 belonged to Team Honda HRC rider Ken Roczen and the second heat race went to Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Jason Anderson followed by Musquin. Marvin’s outlook this week looks positive after a very frustrating season so far, who led the entire heat until the last lap.
The main event once again saw fireworks for the second week in a row. Justin Barcia grabbed the holeshot on his Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas Factory bike but had it stolen by Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo. Cinaciarulo would hold that position until he succumbed to the pressure from Copper Webb and then later crashed in the whoop section with seven minutes left in the race. Series points leader Ken Roczen would battle back from a poor 17th place start all the way up to a fourth-place finish. The podium for race 2 at Orlando would ultimately end with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammates Webb and Mudquin taking first and second and Justin Barcia finishing third. This was another big weekend for Webb as he closes in on Roczen’s now only six-point championship lead.
The 250 west riders finally took to the stage on Saturday and the long-awaited start to their season showed just how anxious they were. The Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha West riders picked up right where they left off. Justin Cooper qualified first overall and his teammate, Jeremy Martin, qualified third. The two teammates would battle it out in the second heat race to finish first and second with Martin taking the win. The first heat race however had second-year Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Cameron Mcadoo take the heat race win.
The main event got off to a rough start with a red flag flying after a first-turn crash that involved heat race 1 winner and series favorite Jeremy Martin. Martin got up holding his left shoulder and did not finish the race. Justin Cooper and Cameron Mcadoo fought for the race lead until the red flag was waved, but before they could get back to the start gate they had to pass the section where a rider went down on the opening lap. For whatever reason, an Alpinestar Medic was attempting to get to a rider, who was suspected to have a concussion, ran out in front of Mcadoo who was following the leader Cooper. Mcadoo made contact with the medic and downed rider. That rider who was down is Jeremy Martin’s brother Alex Martin. Mcadoo apologized, taking to social media after the race, and no word yet if any disciplinary action will be taken by the AMA. Hopefully not as it looked like the medical crew was highly unorganized at the scene of the crash. They placed a tough block on the inside race line to divert the riders away from where Alex Martin was being attended to; although that is usually what happens in that situation, the tough block should have been placed on the outside race line as that was where most of the crew was working.
The race restart would yield the same results for Justin Cooper and he never yielded that position. He finished ahead of second-place finisher Mcadoo, and third-place finisher Club MX Yamaha rider Garrett Marchbanks.