Webb Clinches the 2016 250SX West Championship in Vegas

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

VEGAS-WEBB

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.

VEGAS-JMARTIN

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.

VEGAS-PLESSINGER

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.

VEGAS-AMARTIN

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

VEGAS-ANDERSON

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.

VEGAS-MUSQUIN

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.

MARTIN CLOSES THE GAP IN NJ, TITLE FIGHT IMMINENT IN VEGAS FINALE

The 250SX East Coast Championship fight will go all the way to the bitter end in Vegas, as Jeremy Martin creeps closer in points after a podium finish in New Jersey.

NJ-JMART

Jeremy Martin made the transfer from heat race 1 and kept his eyes on the prize for the main event. Martin had a solid start to his race in the top five and began his charge to the front.  Despite his advances and several attempts, Tyler Bowers held back Martin for the majority of the race. With a few laps left Martin finally made the pass stick, but by then it was too late in the race to challenge for second or first. Martin will be heading into the Las Vegas finale needing to gain at least 19 points.

NJ-PLESSINGER

Aaron Plessinger had a night of highs and lows. In a very exciting heat race Plessigner wowed the crowds with great speed and daring passes to snatch the win from Tyler Bowers in the final corners of the race. The momentum of this win would not carry through to the main event however, when Plessinger suffered from a terrible start, relocating him all the way back to 15th place after lap 1. Charging with all his might, Plessinger hurdled his way to the top five by lap 11, and would ultimately finish in the fifth spot. Plessinger heads into the championship showdown in Las Vegas trailing points leader Malcolm Stewart by 14 points.

450 CLASS

NJ_ANDERSON

A lackluster heat race sent Jason Anderson to semi 2 where Anderson wasted no time claiming the lead and winning the race. In the main event, Anderson had a slow start and found himself deep in the top ten. With each lap, Anderson slowly inched his way forward, and would finish 6th place for the evening.

NJ-MUSQUIN

Marvin Musquin has been regaining his pre-injury speed but isn’t at full capacity quite yet.  Musquin missed the cut off in his heat race but made the transfer with little problem in semi two.  A slow start for Musquin in the main event pushed him mid pack, and Musquin managed to climb his way to a 7th place for the evening.

THOR GOES 1-2 IN ST LOUIS

The East Coast 250SX Championship went into overdrive this weekend in St Louis, with Jeremy Martin claiming the win and Aaron Plessinger following up in second place.  Jason Anderson continues to charge hard in the 450 class, claiming another podium in St Louis.

250 CLASS

SLOUIS_JMART

The Star Racing Yamaha team continues to dominate the 250SX field and they were really cooking with fire this weekend. Jeremy Martin had a little bobble in heat race 1, but still managed an easy transfer into the main event. In the 250SX main event, Martin sprinted out of the gate for the holeshot and lead the entire race from start to finish. He was unchallenged the entire race and clocking the fastest times of the evening.

SLOUIS_PLESSIGNER

Aaron Plessinger rolled into St Louis carrying the momentum of his first career win from last weekend and rode with confidence all day. In heat race 1 Plessinger battled Shane McElrath for the lead, but a small tip over ended the battle early. Plessinger remounted quick enough to secure second place and a transfer to the main. In the main event Plessinger and McElrath battled once again, and this time after several heated laps Plessinger made the pass stick. Plessinger maintained second place for the rest of the race and considerably tightened of the championship point chase, now trailing Malcolm Stewart by a single point.

450 CLASS

SLOUIS_ANDERSON

Jason Anderson continues to race with confidence and consistency in the 450 class. Anderson had an uneventful race in the heats making an easy transfer to the main. In the 450SX main event Anderson had a decent start claiming a top five spot off the gate. He continued charging through the pack, claiming third and eventually capitalizing on a mistake by Roczen to snag second place. As the laps wound down and the race was coming to a close, Roczen managed a fast pass on the last lap of the race to relegate Anderson to a third place podium finish.

SLOUIS_MUSQUIN

Marvin Musquin was back on the gate after taking a round of racing off to allow an injury to heal. Still not quite in peak form, Musquin made good on his night back racing by transferring quickly from heat race 1 and running in the top ten during the main event. Unfortunately a slide out late in the race slowed down the Frenchman, and he had to settle for a 15th place finish for the evening.

NAGL EARNS 3RD CONSECUTIVE PODIUM IN MEXICO

Max Nagl continues his MXGP Championship hunt with fever as he claims yet another podium in Mexico.

MEXI-NAGL

Max Nagl was a rocket on the starting gate, claiming hole shots in both motos of the weekend. Holding on to fourth for the most part of the opening race, the German made a late charge that allowed him to pass Evgeny Bobryshev for an eventual third position at the checkered flag. Finding himself in third early on in moto two, Nagl went on to round out the GP of Mexico with another third place finish.

MEXI-CHARLIER

Teammate Christophe Charlier had a fall during Saturday’s qualifying race that almost meant the end of his Mexican GP. Managing to put the crash behind him the Frenchman came back strong on Sunday to collect 13th, enough for a 12th place overall.

MEXI-DESALLE

Still on the road to recovery from pre-season injuries, Clement Desalle made big gains this weekend with a fifth place finish overall in Mexico.

PLESSIGNER CLAIMS FIRST SX WIN, ANDERSON ON THE PODIUM

Aaron Plessinger had a night to remember in front of his home crowd, winning his first ever heat race and 250 SX Main Event in Indianapolis.

INDY_PLESSINGER

250 CLASS

Plessinger was in command all night, leading all 6 laps of his heat race and claiming his first ever SX heat race win. He carried this momentum into the 250SX main event, barreling out of the gate and quickly over taking first place from Audette within a few corners. Plessinger charged forward the entire race, putting down some of the fastest laps of the evening and distancing himself from the rest of the field, to a resounding career-first victory in Supercross. Aaron and second place finisher Malcolm Stewart put on quite the victory dance for the Indy SX fans, for one of the most unforgettable moments of the 2016 East Coast Championship Series.

INDY_JMARTIN

Jeremy Martin was set for another top notch evening as he claimed his heat race win with ease. Fortune was not in Martin’s favor, where a rough crash in the 250SX main event mangled Martin’s bar mount. An extensive pit stop relegated Martin to a 21st place finish for the evening.

INDY_ANDERSON

450 CLASS

Jason Anderson started the night strong with a well-earned win in heat race 1, over taking Brayton for first and then holding back Ryan Dungey to the finish line. In the main event Anderson had a slow start and was in 9th place during the opening laps.  Anderson put his head down and charged forward, reclaiming positions lap by lap. By the end of the race Anderson’s hard work paid off with a third place podium finish.

NAGL PODIUMS IN ARGENTINA

ARG-NAGL

Thor rider Max Nagl made an impressive showing in the MXGP of Argentina, claiming third overall. In race 1 Nagl had a great jump out of the gate and was on Antonio Cairoli’s rear tire for the first few corners of the race. Nagl had great speed and pushed ahead to take the lead, where he didn’t waste any time distancing himself from his competitors. Nagl maintained the lead all the way to the checkered flag for the win in moto 1. Nagl got another great start in moto 2, but a small mistake in the first corner pushed him back to sixth place. After a great battle with Romain Febvre and Jeremy Van Horebeke, the German fought back to fifth, resulting in a third overall for the weekend.

ARG-CHARLIER

Nagl’s teammate Christophe Charlier continued to show signs of progress at the GP of Argentina. Steadily getting back to full fitness after his pre-season injury the Frenchman rode two strong motos to finish 12th and 10th respectively.

ARG-DESALLE

Clement Desalle raced to a top ten finish in Argentina as he recovers from his early season injuries.

Webb one step closer to the 250SX West Championship, Anderson claims Third in 450

The Supercross season returned to the west this past weekend in Santa Clara. Cooper Webb wasted no time advancing toward his championship bid in the 250 class.

SC_WEBB

250SX CLASS

Cooper Webb had a steady night, starting his heat race about mid pack and confidently working his way to a third place and transfer position. In the main event Webb had another mid pack start, but put his head down and began to pick off his competitors one by one. Despite Zach Osborne’s holeshot advantage, Webb reeled him in with 3 laps to go and claimed first place uncontested. The 250SX West title will be decided at the Las Vegas finale, Saturday May 7th.

SC_HARRISON

Mitchell Harrison was having a stand out evening in Santa Clara, but a racing incident spoiled an otherwise stellar night. Harrison scored the hole shot in his heat race and kept up with the front contenders for a quick transfer to the 250sx main event. Harrison had another blazing fast start and comfortably slotted in behind Osborne for second place in the first few opening laps.  Unfortunately a few corners later Christian Craig made hard contact with Harrison, putting him on the ground and pinning him beneath his dirt bike, causing Harrison to fall deep into the pack and finishing 18th for the night.

SC_AMARTIN

Alex Martin had a bit of a struggle in Santa Clara, making an easy transfer from his heat race but finding difficulty in the 250sx main. Martin made a favorable start and was comfortably in third when slowly throughout the race several riders pushed by him and relegated Martin to a 9th place finish.

450SX CLASS

SC_ANDERSON

Jason Anderson came back from the break refreshed and focused on his race. In heat race 1 Anderson fought his way to the front on the first lap, and battled with Roczen to a second place finish. In the main event disaster nearly took Anderson out when Justin Brayton blind sided him in turn one. The contact was so forceful and jarring that Brayton hit the ground hard, but Anderson amazingly remained on his bike and forfeited a few positions as he rode through the aftermath. Anderson charged back through the pack, reclaiming lost positions and landing a podium finish for the evening in 3rd.

SC_MUSQUIN

Marvin Musquin had an off-night, struggling to race ahead after a really rough crash during qualifying. Musquin finished 17th for the evening.

ANDERSON WINS IN MOTOR CITY, MUSQUIN AND PLESSINGER IN SECOND

The racing action continued in Motor City as Thor riders Jason Anderson, Marvin Musquin, and Aaron Plessinger all made the podium. Due to a technicality, Anderson was awarded the win and Musquin moved up from third to second in the 450SX class.

DET-ANDERSON

450 CLASS

Jason Anderson was looking speedy all night, clocking the second fastest lap of the evening and transferring easily from heat race 1. In the main event, Anderson put in a solid start and was in the top five where he worked his way to a podium position by lap 3. Anderson stalked Marvin Musquin for the remainder of the race, and when a bobble slowed down the frenchman, Anderson capitalized and claimed second for the evening. After officials reviewed the race, it was determined race winner Ryan Dungey had in fact jumped a section during a red-cross flag and would be penalized two positions, effectively handing over the win to Anderson.

DET-MUSQUIN

Marvin Musquin was vexed by minor set backs most of the evening, yet bounced back for an excellent finish for the night. In his heat race Musquin went down hard and was unable to complete the race due to bike issues. He lined up again for the semi race 1 and lead the race from start to finish. In the main event Musquin rushed out of the gate to second place and chased Dungey for most of the race. On the second to last lap Musquin slid out and Anderson sped by for second, with Musquin remounting to finish third. After penalties were handed out to Dungey for his infraction Musquin was awarded second place for the evening.

250 CLASS

DET-PLESSINGER

Aaron Plessinger was switched on all night in Detroit. He started off with a lap by lap battle with Tonus in heat race 1, and made the transfer to the main. In the 250 main event Plessinger fired off the gate and claimed the holeshot.  He raced hard the entire moto, swapping positions and ultimately finishing second behind Malcolm Stewart.

DET-JMARTIN

Jeremy Martin had a difficult night from the get-go. First by having a small crash in his heat race, but still managing to work his way to a transfer position. Then in the main event, Martin found more bad luck in turn one as he and Bowers tangled bars and went down as the field raced on. Martin remounted and was charging hard through the pack when another mistake put him on the ground, which forced him into the pits to have his tweaked bike readjusted. Martin refused to throw in the towel and rejoined the race, salvaging championship points in 13th place.

THOR RIDERS MUSQUIN AND MARTIN PODIUM IN TORONTO

The East Coast Supercross Championship headed north of the border to Canada this past weekend. Both Musquin and Martin claimed second place finishes at the Toronto round.

TOR-JMARTIN

250 CLASS

Jeremy Martin started his night right with an easy second place in heat race 1, but soon found trouble in the 250 main event. A chain reaction pile up heading into turn 1 collected nearly half the field, including Jeremy Martin. Martin scrambled to remount and rejoined the race well behind the field. For the remainder of the race, Martin would heroically battle his way to a second place at the checkered flag. His outstanding performance of the evening also earned him the red plate and points lead going into the next round.

TOR-PLESSINGER

Aaron Plessinger had a rough night, on the dash for the hole shot in heat race two, his front wheel got clipped and he went down hard. Plessinger headed to the LCQ and won handily. The massive pile up in the main event, also collected Plessinger, sending him to the back of the field to work his way through.  Plessinger ended up finishing 12th for the night.

TRO-MUSQUIN

450 CLASS

Marvin Musquin charged off the gate in heat race two and finished third, for an easy transfer to the main event. In the 450 main event Musquin avoided some first lap drama and began plotting moves from his fifth place position. He diligently tailed Dungey for most of the race, and with six laps to go Dungey had a bobble and Musquin shot ahead to claim second place. Musquin raced hard and consistent to the finish, holding off Dungey to finish second for the evening.

TOR-ANDERSON

Jason Anderson had a roller coaster of a night. Anderson had some tense racing and tight passes in his heat race, transferring to the main. He then pulled a top-10 start before getting caught up in a big pileup in the first rhythm section. Jason remounted in the back of the pack and immediately started putting in a charge. He advanced from 16th to 10th by the halfway mark and eventually finished the race in ninth.

JEREMY MARTIN WINS IN DAYTONA, MUSQUIN ON THE PODIUM

Jeremy Martin had a stand out performance in Daytona, closely stalking and racing with Malcolm Stewart in an exciting 250SX race. Marvin Musquin also had another solid night finishing third in the 450SX main event.

DAY-JMARTIN

250 CLASS

Jeremy Martin kept to the front the entire night, claiming second in his heat race to transfer to the 250SX main. In the main event Martin flew out of the gate and onto Stewart’s rear tire for second place on the opening lap, and the two riders would race the majority of the race in close quarters. A few bobbles by Stewart made for some exciting laps as Martin edged closer, but on the tight single-track layout of Daytona the ultimate pass didn’t occur until the last few laps. With two laps to go, Martin made a mad dash to the front and made it stick to the checkered flag.

DAY-PLESSINGER

Aaron Plessigner remained consistent in Daytona, easily transferring from heat race 1 to the 250SX main. In the main event Plessigner had a slow start, slotting into 10th place on the opening lap. Plessinger diligently worked his way to the front and claimed 5th overall for the evening.

450 CLASS

DAY-MUSQUIN

Marvin Musquin continues to impress with another podium finish in Daytona. Musquin handily won his heat race and had a top gate pick for the main. In the main event, Musquin had another excellent start rounding out lap 1 in third place. Musquin along with the rest of the top three charged ahead of the field, putting a remarkable ten second gap between third and fourth place. The remainder of the race maintained this running order and Musquin claimed third place with no battles or drama.

DAY-ANDERSON

Jason Anderson was seventh at the start in his heat and could only focus on moving forward. He was able to make one pass in the last lap, for sixth, and was forced to go to the semi. He got the holeshot in the semi, led every lap, and won, earning his spot in the 450 main. He pulled fifth at the start in the main before making the move for fourth in lap four. He rode solo the rest of the night and finished the race in fourth.