The 2016 Las Vegas Supercross finale was high drama as torrential rain lead to some of the most exciting and high stakes mud racing ever witnessed in Sam Boyd Stadium.
250 SX Class
Cooper Webb came into the weekend with a comfortable points lead, but the muddy conditions in Las Vegas proved to be a near deal-breaker. In heat race one Webb nabbed the holeshot, but was hounded by Alex Martin and some contact with Joey Savatgy pushed him back to fifth. The rain began to pour halfway through the race and Webb clawed his way to a third place finish. Webb proved he had the grit and quality of a champion as the main event unfolded and only pure tenacity delivered him the title. Webb went down in the second lap, momentarily losing the championship lead to front-runner Savatgy. Battling through the mud and an injured wrist, Webb closed the gap and finished just in time to clinch the title by a single point. Cooper Webb is a back-to-back 250SX West Champion and now sets his focus on an outdoor title in 2016.
Jeremy Martin struggled in the Vegas mud bog along with much of the field. In his heat race Martin worked his way to third place, but went down in the mud relegating him to a sixth place finish. In the main event, the mud thwarted Jeremy’s efforts as he went down on lap one. Literally stuck in the mud, Martin had a hard time getting his bike unstuck and started again, dashing any hopes of championship chase. Despite being nearly a lap down, Jeremy Martin charged to a 15th place finish for the evening.
Aaron Plessinger started the night calm and collected, riding his heat race to an easy transfer from fifth in the downpour. Bad luck struck Plessinger in the main event however, when a bent shifter early in the race forced him into the mechanics pit for a fix. Plessinger charged with all his might for the remainder of the race to an impressive fourth place finish, it was just not enough to unseat championship leader Malcolm Stewart.
Alex Martin’s start of the night was very promising, as he overtook Webb for the lead in heat race one. As the rain began to deteriorate the track, Martin lost grip right before the final lap and went down, remounting in time for a transfer spot to the main event. In the 250 main, Alex Martin struggled in the muddy conditions and rode to a 18th place finish.
450 SX Class
Jason Anderson made do with the mud in his heat race, chasing race leader Dungey for a majority of the race. A few mistakes and bobbles set him back a few corners however and Anderson settled for a second place. In the main, Anderson was again second at the start, briefly occupied third after getting passed in the second lap only to reclaim the position about halfway through the race and take it to the finish. He finishes out the season third overall in 450 rider point standings.
Marvin Musquin had his work cut out for him in the mud, as unfavorable conditions pushed him out of transfer and into semi 2 where he went head-to-head with the mud again to claim a third place finish to transfer to the main. Musquin regained his composure and started off the main event with a top five start. He was pushing hard when he landed off a double and collided with another rider, causing him to crash hard. As a result, Musquin was forced to pull into the mechanic’s area and make adjustments to his bike, he ended up 21st for the evening.