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.