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.