The 2016 East Coast 250SX Championship started off with bang in Atlanta this past weekend. An exceptionally technical track made for an exciting and challenging race event. Aaron Plessinger raced to an excellent start to the season with a third place finish and Marvin Musquin looked poised to win, but an unfortunate mishap relegated him to second place.
Aaron Plessinger had a smooth evening with an easy transfer from heat race 2 straight to the main. In the main event Plessinger had a solid start slotting into third place and maintained that position for the entirety of the race.
Jeremy Martin also started off his season favorably with an easy transfer from heat race 1 straight into the main. In the main event, Martin had a a bit of a slower start in 8th place, but throughout the race methodically picked off his competitors one by one until finishing fourth for the evening.
Marvin Musquin pulled the holeshot in his heat race and despite a few bobbles he transferred to the main event. When the gate dropped for the main event Musquin came charging and swiftly moved from second to the lead after the first corner. He lead the next eighteen laps of the race with Ryan Dungey applying pressure the whole time. In the last lap, a lapped rider cut off Musquin’s line and he was forced to come off the track and hand over the lead to Dungey. Musquin rejoined and finished in second place for the evening.
Jason Anderson had a mid-pack start in his heat race, but had no problem slicing his way through to a transfer spot to the main event. In the main Anderson had a solid start in fourth place and was making moves, when contact with another rider on lap 8 pushed him back to 11th place. Anderson battled the rest of the race to a 7th place finish for the evening.
Jason Anderson gated a little better in Dallas where he rode well and was on the podium again. Cooper Webb regained the points lead after riding hard and winning the 250 Main.
Cooper Webb rode strong once again and now controls the 250 points, with an 11 point lead over Joey Savatgy.
Marvin Musquin had some bad luck after turning in some really fast laps in practice. He was maybe even the fastest man on the track, but bad gates and unintentional contact left him dead last at the beginning of the 450 main. Marvin battled through the pack and never gave up, managing to ride all the way up to 6th place at the checkers.
It was an all-out battle at San Diego SX 2 as Cooper Webb fought tooth and nail to hang on to the red plate but was ultimately mired by setbacks.
Cooper Webb came in to the evening tied in points with rival Joey Savatgy. Webb won his heat race without any troubles and moved onto the main event. In the main event Webb claimed fifth position in the opening lap and quickly started to work his way to the front. By lap six he was hunting down the race leader Savatgy when a small mishap put him on the ground. Webb lost two positions as he remounted for the race and had to work hard again to regain lost ground. After several attempts Webb finally made his move stick and on lap 13 claimed second place from Craig. There was not enough time left in the race to chase down Savatgy however and Webb had to settle with second place for the night.
Mitchell Harrison was having a good evening, with a solid transfer from heat race 2 and looking confident for the main event. In the first lap of the main event however Harrison clipped someone’s rear tire and went down hard. He remounted and fought his way to a 14th place finish for the night.
It was a tough night for Alex Martin. Although he had an easy transfer from his heat race in the start of the main event a big pile up in turn one caused Martin to crash. Starting from way back in the pack Martin eventually worked his way to a 15th place finish.
Jason Anderson put on a show all night with daring moves and close passes that had the crowd on their feet. The sparks flew in Anderson’s heat race as he battled with Friese several laps as the two riders made close passes, bumped, and Anderson eventually edged him out to take over for a second place finish in the race. In the main event Anderson had a slow start, starting from 8th place in lap 1. Anderson had an exciting few laps as he pushed past Canard and Tomac to claim fourth place for the night.
Marvin Musquin started his night with a bang as he claimed the holeshot in heat race 1 and claimed third in the race. Musquin’s start in the main event was a bit trickier however, as the frenchman was literally unsaddled from the bike in the mayhem but miraculously kept upright and remounted with only minor damage. That opening lap bobble pushed Musquin back to sixth place, and he ultimately finished 7th in the main event.
Webb on the Hunt for the Points Lead
Cooper Webb came back with tenacity this weekend in Phoenix, as he tracked down the points lead in the 250SX class.
Cooper Webb started his night right with a win in his heat race and the fastest lap of the evening (1:02.7). In the main event Webb had some work cut out for him when he started the race in sixth position. By lap four Webb had battled his way to second place, right on the tail of race leader Christian Craig. Webb stalked Craig for most of the race, and tried to cut an inside line on Craig with five laps to go, but washed out his front end and crashed. Webb was able to rejoin the race still in second place, but Craig now had the solid lead to claim the win. Webb’s second place finish resulted in enough points to tie him for the points lead with Joey Savatgy.
Alex Martin had a solid evening, with an easy transfer from heat race 1 and 7th place finish in the main event.
Jason Anderson had some bumps and battles through the night, as a crash in his heat race forced him to race to a transfer spot in the semis. A rough start in the main event found Anderson in tenth place on the opening laps, but Anderson put his head down and charged to a fourth place finish for the evening, retaining valuable championship points.
Marvin Musquin had an easy transfer from heat race 2, but found himself in an uphill battle during the main event. A rough start from the gate put Musquin in 16th position and although he raced his way to sixth place, a tip over midway through the race cost him some positions. Musquin remounted and finished the race in ninth place.
It was a night of unusual mishaps and drama at the Oakland SX round but Marvin Musquin made a powerful statement with his third place podium finish in the 450 class.
Marvin Musquin started the night strong with a second place finish in heat race 2 for an easy transfer to the main. In the main event Musquin again secured a solid start to the race, grabbing onto Dungey’s rear tire and claiming the two spot early on. Ken Roczen eventually made the pass for second place but Musquin held on for the duration of the race to claim his first ever 450 podium.
Jason Anderson also had a solid performance in Oakland, winning his heat race with good margin and riding fast all night. In the main event Anderson had a weak start and had plenty of work to do to fight through the pack to the front. Anderson battled his way to a well-earned fourth place for the night.
A near perfect night was spoiled for Cooper Webb, when a mechanical dashed all hopes for an undefeated season. Webb battled with Christian Craig to victory in his heat race, and the stage was set for another bar banger between the two rivals in the main. Webb and Craig started the main event side by side, with Craig edging out Webb in the first few corners. Webb would latch on and diligently hunt Craig until lap 3 when Craig went down in a corner and handing the lead to Webb. Webb had full command of the lead for nearly the entire race until a mechanical forced Webb out of the race. The team mechanics scrambled to bring the YZ250 back to life, just in time for Webb to complete the final lap to score 21 place.
Alex Martin also had a disappointing end to an otherwise promising evening. Finishing second in his heat race, Martin looked poised to carry this momentum into the main. Martin had a great start in the top five and was running solidly with the front runners all the way up to third place, when he went down hard in the over-under corner and had to retire from the race.
One of the most intense battles of the season went down this past weekend at A2, when Cooper Webb and Christian Craig fought lap for lap to gain the top 250SX podium spot.
Cooper Webb scored a threepeat win at the A2 round and remains undefeated. It was no walk in the park however, as rival Christian Craig challenged the number 1 plate throughout the entire evening. It started in heat race one, where Webb scored the holeshot, but was passed by Craig on lap one. Unable to return the favor, Webb settled for a second place finish in the heat. In the main event Webb had some work cut out for him as he started in sixth position, but quickly cut through the field to third place by lap five. Webb pushed by Savatgy for second and began his assault on race leader Craig. The crowd was on their feet as Webb and Craig swapped the lead for multiple laps with close, but clean passes. In the late laps of the race, Webb finally put some distance between himself and Craig and claimed the checkered with ease.
Alex Martin held on for an early transfer spot in heat race two, but had a rough time in the main and finished 19th.
Jason Anderson fell one spot short of the transfer from his heat, but won his semi race for an easy transfer. Anderson had a slow start in the main and was mired in mid-pack battles most of the race, but charged forward for a fifth place finish.
Marvin Musquin also found himself in semi one and transferred from the two spot. In the main event Musquin had a crash early on and remounted to finish ninth.
The Monster Energy Supercross series picked up in our hometown, San Diego, for round two and the non-stop action kept us on the edge of our seats. Cooper Webb exerted his dominance again with a confident win in the 250SX class.
Cooper Webb had a little bit of excitement in his heat race, first getting caught up at the start, and then having a tangle with another rider as he charged through the pack. He started the race in 12th and moved quickly to fourth place for an easy transfer to the main event. In the main, Webb started off in seventh position and methodically worked his way up to third by lap 5. Certainly not content with a podium finish, Webb continued to charge forward and on lap 11 claimed the top spot from race leader Zach Osborne. Webb lead comfortably for the remainder of the race and also ran the fastest lap of the main event, a 49.360.
Alex Martin had a rough night, crashing in heat 1 and being forced to race the LCQ to qualify for the main. Martin battled through the LCQ where he finished third and transferred to the main event. Martin had a mid-pack start in the main, and struggled to break free during the race where he finished 11th.
Mitchell Harrison had a rough crash in the main event and finished the night in 22nd.
Jason Anderson finished in third at the checkers, but unfortunately an after-race penalty relegated him to a fifth finish overall for the night. Anderson started the night with an exciting battle against Justin Barcia in heat 2, edging out his competition for the final transfer spot for the race. In the main event, Anderson was mired in a slow start, but battled his way to fourth position by lap 8. Late in the race he staged his charge and fought Cole Seely turn-for -turn before finally overtaking his competitor for third place. Following the race, Anderson was penalized two positions for jumping a section that had flashing warning lights and an ambulance flag in use.
Marvin Musquin continues to learn the ropes in his rookie 450 season. He found himself in semi 2 where he finished second to move on to the main. In the main event Musquin had a mid-pack start and picked his way to finish the race in 9th place, his first top ten result in the 450 class.
Thor team riders Cooper Webb and Jason Anderson started their 2016 Supercross season off with a bang, by claiming victory in their respective classes.
Cooper Webb defended his 250SX West title with veracity, winning his heat race and running the fastest laps of the night in the class. In the main event Webb slotted into fifth place from the start and went on a tear the next two laps working his way to second place with lightning speed. He then stalked race leader Jessy Nelson, and with five laps remaining he made his move and claimed the number one spot, which he held to the checkered flag.
Alex Martin had a healthy start to his supercross season, where he made an easy transfer from his heat race, and finished a solid sixth place in the main event.
Rookie Mitchell Harrison had a little bit of a rough start to his season, winding up in the LCQ, but winning it with ease. Harrison finished the night in 13th place.
Jason Anderson was looking confident all night, claiming an easy transfer from his first heat race. At the start of the main event, Anderson charged to the front and was dicing it up in the top three when a red flag forced a restart to the race. The restart was a slight setback as Anderson found himself back around fifth, now with more work to do. About midway through the race the competition began to fatigue, and Anderson went on the assault, gaining multiple positions and overtaking race leader Cole Seely. Anderson won the season opener with a solid 4.2 second margin and delivered Husqvarna motorcycles their first ever premiere class victory in Supercross history.
Marvin Musquin had a tough start to the season, battling from semi 2 to the main event. Musquin finished 14th in the main event.
The Thor Rider AM team racked up the titles at the 2015 Mini O’s in Florida. The AM team won 11 supercross titles and 9 motocross titles for a total of 20 championships altogether. Stand-outs Challen Tennant scored 6 of the titles while Matthew LeBlanc added 7 titles to the final score. The Thor AM team looks forward to more of this same success in the 2016 season!
Matthew LeBlanc won the following supercross titles – 85(9-11) limited, 65(10-11)limited, 65(10-11), 85(9-11) and the following motocross titles- 85(9-11), 65(10-11), 65 (10-11) limited
Challen Tennant won the following supercross titles- 250B limited, Schoolboy 2 (13-16) and the following motocross titles- 250B, 250B limited, 450B, 450B limited
Ryder DiFrancesco won the 65 (7-9) supercross title and the 65 (7-11) motocross title.
Daxton Bennick won the 51 (7-8) limited supercross title.
Brock Papi won the schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C supercross title and the schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C motocross title.
Bradley Taft won the 450 pro sport supercross title.
Mere hours after tragedy struck Paris, promoters, fans and racers united in defiance of the atrocities committed against humanity and carried forth with racing as planned. The Lille SX racing saw close action and the crowd roared with approval as Weston Peick, Christophe Pourcel, and Cooper Webb battled for the top step. Despite an off-track excursion in the Saturday night race, Webb made a formidable dash to the front, and only conceded the win to Peick by .661 seconds. On day 2 Webb had a hard fall during the race, but picked himself up and battled all the way from the back to a fifth place finish. Webb finished the Lille SX in third place overall and is looking forward to the start of the Supercross season on January 9th, at Anaheim 1.